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May 2, 2022

A Note from Mayor Sulka: May 2022

Lisa Sulka

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M.KAT Photography
Preserving Our Sense of Place The town is currently offering a Historic Preservation Grant Program to owners of “contributing resources” to the Old Town Bluffton Historic District to financially assist in the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of these structures so, collectively, these will continue to represent the history of Bluffton. Bluffton currently has 82 structures […]

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Preserving Our Sense of Place

The town is currently offering a Historic Preservation Grant Program to owners of “contributing resources” to the Old Town Bluffton Historic District to financially assist in the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of these structures so, collectively, these will continue to represent the history of Bluffton.

Bluffton currently has 82 structures on its list of contributing resources, which means these homes, churches, schools, and other resources (i.e., non-structures which include Heyward and Huger Coves,) significantly contribute to Bluffton’s history and tell a story about our collective past. Without these resources, meaningful components of Bluffton’s history would be lost.

Whether you are on Broadway or in Bluffton, the template to attract tourism and economic development all starts with historic preservation. Decades ago, New York’s Broadway District was crime-ridden, then historic preservation of theatres began, and now look at its decades-long prosperity.

It’s the same template with Bluffton. Preserve your “sense of place” with historic preservation; tell the story of your community, and pride and prosperity follow. Bluffton’s Historic District represents our town’s past, present and future.

Owners of qualifying structures in the Bluffton’s Historic District can now apply for up to $30,000 for residential structures and up to $20,000 for non-residential/commercial structures.

The owners of the 82 contributing structures, as well as any member of the public, are invited to the May 12 Open House where Glen Umberger, the town’s historic preservationist, will detail the program. Please RSVP by May 6 by contacting Umberger at gumberger@townofbluffton.com. The open house will be held at 6 p.m. at Town Hall in Council Chambers.

For applications:

Historic Preservation Grant Application (Residential)

townofbluffton.sc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2874/Residential-HP-Grant-Program-Application

Historic Preservation Grant Application (Non-Residential)

townofbluffton.sc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2873/Non-Residential-HP-Grant-Program-Application.

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