A plan to move a historic, century-old home in Bluffton was delayed a week because the moving company needed more time to prepare, the home's owner said Monday.
Thomas Viljac said the Graves House's trip up Calhoun Street, which was supposed to have occurred Monday, will now happen Aug. 11. He said he postponed the move Wednesday after being notified by the moving company.
The home will be placed on a flatbed truck in one piece by the moving company and driven three blocks north -- from Calhoun and Allen streets to the corner of Calhoun and Lawrence streets -- and placed across the street from Viljac's Old Town Dispensary.
The move will occur during the same hours as originally planned, from 7 to 11 a.m., Viljac said. A rain date has been scheduled for Aug. 12.
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Calhoun Street will be temporarily closed for the move, and tree pruning along the route to clear the way will also occur that day, according to the moving plan submitted to the town.
The house will be relocated to property owned by Michael Hahn, Viljac's business partner in the venture. It will be backed into its new location from Calhoun Street to avoid a large oak tree.
After the home reaches its new location, Viljac will complete its restoration, attach the old porches and set it on a new foundation.
Viljac plans to lease the first floor to a business and use the second floor as office space. One room will be an office for the Bluffton Farmers Market that is run by his wife, Kim Viljac.
The move frees up space for the Bluffton United Methodist Church -- which owned the home before turning it over to Viljac -- to build offices and meeting space on the house's current site. On Tuesday, the town's Development Review Committee will consider plans for the church expansion, which is expected to occur later this year.
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