Town of Summerville drafting historic district design guidelines

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The Town of Summerville is creating its own historic district design guidelines to protect the town’s historic homes and businesses.

Currently the town uses state guidelines to preserve historic properties and determine if any new building or renovations are appropriate for the historic district, which consists of over 800 residential and commercial properties.

Officials said on Tuesday that creating the guidelines will ensure that Summervilles own historic characteristics are preserved.

“We haven’t had this before, we’ve been going by the state and that’s really broad so now this will get us a chance to stay Summerville-based with our rules,” said town spokesperson Mary Edwards.

In January, the town held a kick off meeting with engineering consulting firm Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson to discuss the creation of the guidelines. The firm will be responsible for drafting the new guidelines.

Edwards said the town expects to see a draft of the guidelines in June.

To view a map of the town’s historic district, visit the Town of Summerville’s website.

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