Georgetown Deteriorated Buildings StrategY
Georgetown, South Carolina (2018)
Georgetown is a small historic coastal town founded in 1734 north of Charleston. It has a National Register and local historic district, but economically-disadvantaged neighborhoods surround it. The Walker Collaborative (TWC) was hired as a sub-consultant to Thomason & Associates, who rewrote the City’s historic district design guidelines as the primary component of this project. A separate but parallel part of the project that was led by TWC was the creation of a strategy to rehabilitate numerous deteriorating historic buildings. Key recommendations included: 1) address the heirs property issue; 2) improve local lending; 3) revise various local regulations; and 4) adopt a package of property tax policies.