Bluffton seeks applications for Wharf Street Redevelopment Project

achristnovich@islandpacket.comJanuary 22, 2012 

  • Applications can be found at:

  • www.townofbluffton.sc.gov

  • Bluffton Town Hall, 20 Bridge St.

  • Bluffton Police Station, 101 Progressive St.

  • Bluffton library, 120 Palmetto Way

  • So far, 35 people have applied for homes in Bluffton's affordable-housing program, and about 15 attended the town's information meeting earlier this month.The Community Development Department will host another meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 28 at 11 Recreation Court, according to a news release. The meeting's aim to help first-time homebuyers and provide information about the six new homes in the Wharf Street Redevelopment Project.
  • The department doesn't plan to set a limit on the number of applications it will accept, according to community development consultant Shirley Wilkins. A deadline for applications has not been set.

    Applicants must qualify for the Affordable Housing Homeownership Program, which requires, among other criteria, that applicants be first-time homebuyers and make less than 80 percent of the county's median household income. A single person, for example, would have to make less than $39,100 a year to qualify. A family of four could make no more than $55,850. The maximum income for households of up to eight is listed in the application package.

    The program prioritizes applicants by a point system. For example, living and working in the Bluffton area is worth 50 points, while living elsewhere in Beaufort County is worth 12 points.

    Interviews and completing a homebuyer education course are also required.

    The homes have one to three bedrooms and are made to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The half-acre development has rain barrels and gardens, as well as edible plants.

    Follow reporter Anne Christnovich at twitter.com/BlufftonBlogIP.

    Related content:

    Affordable cottages arrive in old town, Nov. 3, 2011

    Affordable housing project nearing completion, Dec. 19, 2011

    Wharf Street redevelopment a go, Aug. 3, 2011

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