Fri Jun 5, 2020

Fair Bluff gets input on damaged business district

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By Allen Turner allenturner@nrcolumbus.com

Posted on: 03.28.2020 at 10:00 a.m. |

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The Fair Bluff Board of Commissioners met in a short special called session Tuesday to get public input on a proposal that the town use $1 million in grant funds to acquire flood-damaged properties that once composed the town’s business district so that a green space, or park area, can be constructed in its place.

Three citizens briefly voiced support for the idea in a meeting that lasted only seven minutes.

The town has applied for a state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant of $500,000 to purchase the property. If the state awards the grant, the town will have to match it with $500,000. That match will be provided by a $500,000 state budget appropriation. 

Town consultant Al Leonard told commissioners that grant writer David Hartigen, who has done previous work for the town, is completing the grant application. Lacy Wilson has already appraised the properties that the town would like to acquire, and Leonard said the appraisals totaled just over $1 million. Negotiations with property owners will be conducted in an effort to get them to agree to sell the properties to the town at the appraised value, something on which another consultant, the N-Focus Group, is currently working.

Leonard said the town should learn in late April or early May whether the grant application is successful.

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