Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Epworth Children's Home announced plans to acquire 19.6 acres of land and more than a dozen buildings from Carolina Children's Home. The property is on Sunnyside Drive near Trenholm Road within Columbia city limits.

The group says it is the last remaining property of the former Carolina Children's Home property.

"The need for high quality residential services, independent living programs, and early intervention services for children and adolescents is growing in the Midlands and in South Carolina," Rev. John Holler, Epworth president and CEO, said in a news release.  "As we continue to address how best to meet our mission going forward, our board, after lengthy and thorough discussions, thought it prudent to acquire this additional property which is less than two miles away from our current thirty-two acre Millwood Ave. campus."

Rev. Holler tells News19 that staff and board members are in the planning stages and still considering how to best use the property. Holler says Epworth is considering expanding several programs and the new property would likely give them an opportunity to do so. However, he says it may be some time before Epworth announces details on those efforts.