Yemassee to target blighted buildings
by The Press and Standard | November 29, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 26, 2019 at 11:55 am
A federal grant is going to allow Yemassee officials to begin removing blighted buildings.
Town officials recently received a $157,500 Community Development Block Grant that will pay the bulk of the cost in the multi-year project.
The town will have to pay a $17,500 match to obtain the federal development funds.
Officials anticipate that the funding will cover the cost of demolishing 15 dilapidated residences throughout the town.
When the buildings are gone, town officials suggest that neighbors will find their property values increasing.
An environmental impact study in the portions of Yemassee where the demolition is planned is underway.
Once the study is completed, the town will go out for bids on the demolition.
Officials anticipate the demolition will begin next spring and be completed within two years.
Once the blighted buildings are removed, the property owners will assume the responsibility of maintaining the lots.