The historic Graves House in Bluffton will be moved to its new location on Calhoun Street by a local developer Aug. 4.
Bluffton Town Council unanimously approved Thomas Viljac's plan Tuesday to move the home, built between 1905 and 1908, from Calhoun and Allen streets to a vacant lot three blocks north.
The house will be moved on a flatbed truck up Calhoun Street in one piece and backed onto a lot owned by Michael Hahn at the corner of Calhoun and Lawrence streets. The vacant lot is across the street from Viljac's tavern, the Old Town Dispensary.
The moving process will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Aug. 4, town director of growth management Frank Hodge said.
Hodge said at Tuesday's council meeting that the house's size would create some complexity. A utility pole across Calhoun Street from the house's current location will be temporarily by SCE&G. A tree near the utility pole will be cut down to accommodate the house, which will be removed from its current lot at an angle to reduce the amount of tree-trimming needed, Hodge said.
To move the house north of the intersection of Bridge and Calhoun streets, an encroachment permit will be needed to avoid trees near the May River Montessori School. The truck will use the sidewalk across the street from the school to prevent having to prune trees there.
Pruning along the route may be needed at two locations on Calhoun Street, but that will be handled as needed Aug. 4, Hodge said.
Once the house gets to the lot, it will be backed in from Calhoun Street to avoid a historic live oak tree on the property.
Viljac spent the previous three months replacing support beams and detaching the porches to prepare the house for the move. Once it is attached to a new foundation, Viljac will complete the house's renovation.
The home's next primary tenant is still unclear, but Viljac will use the second floor as office space. A room on the first floor will be an office for the Bluffton Farmers Market, run by Viljac's wife, Kim. The office will give the market, held on Calhoun Street near the future site of the house, a permanent home.
The Bluffton United Methodist Church, which owned the Graves House before turning it over to Viljac, plans to build church offices and meeting space on the house's current site.
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