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Church, City tackle 40 home renovations

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Monday Charleston area leaders will open a newly renovated home on Simons Street. The home is the first of nearly a dozen to be renovated by the New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church.

"The vestry decided that any property that becomes available we would purchase to clean up the neighborhood," Seaward Middleton, Junior Warden at New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church, explained.

The church teamed up with the P.A.S.T.O.R.S. organization and the City of Charleston for financing the overhaul. Built to energy star standards, the formerly vacant house will remain restricted as affordable housing for low to moderate income residents.

"This project is our first project. We expect the others to be better until we complete this whole neighborhood," Middleton said.

 You've probably seen the efforts around the city.

The P.A.S.T.O.R.S. organization is the driving force behind some 40 projects in Charleston County and Hollywood.  Right now in city limits, 8 projects are underway. The city works with the organizations to find funding for the projects.  The P.A.S.T.O.R.S. spokesman said on average the city contributes $300,000 to P.A.S.T.O.R.S. annual budget.  

The P.A.S.T.O.R.S. organization works with more than a dozen churches that own homes that can be flipped and either rented or sold. The hope is to flip a few and change the entire community.

"That's really the goal. How can we spur private investment," FA Johnson II, P.A.S.T.O.R.S. Director of Development, explained.

The dedication of 76 Simons Street is Monday at 10:00 AM.           

 

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