Volunteers to repair Old Commons home with grant funding

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 19, 2013 

A Beaufort home that was damaged by a falling tree earlier this year will be repaired by volunteers Saturday.

The home, located on West Street in the Old Commons neighborhood, is a historic property, according to a news release. Earlier this year, a tree limb feel on the porch side of the home. The owner has a physical challenge and wasn't able to make repairs himself, according to the release.

"When we look at making historic Beaufort even more beautiful, sometimes it helps to look at the small pieces to the puzzle, such as this improvement project," Beaufort Planning Director Libby Anderson said in the release. "It's not an expensive project, and certainly having volunteers helps make it work, but taking care of this property will bring new life to the entire street."

About 30 volunteers with the Lowe's Heroes project, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and the Historic Beaufort Foundation will do the repairs, which have been paid for with a $5,000 Keep America Beautiful grant. The grant will cover to costs for removing portions of the damaged and non-historic porch, stabilizing and painting the house and removing the dead tree to prevent more damage.

The grant will also cover costs to beautify the property. Volunteers plan to replace a chain link fence with a living fence, remove and replace a concrete ramp with steps, and add landscaping.

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