The newly painted and rehabilitated building in downtown Prosperity was owned by Norfolk Southern Railway and closed 40 years ago. Since then, the building has been vacant. Palmetto Trust’s efforts to rehabilitate the space with help from funds generated by Prosperity’s penny sales tax mean that once the organization occupies the building, it will be open to the visiting public on a more regular basis. Palmetto Trust will lease the space from the Town of Prosperity.
“We are pleased to be working in a space that Palmetto Trust helped to save and rehabilitate,” said Michael Bedenbaugh, executive director of Palmetto Trust. “We’ve worked hard to pass the Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act, which was signed into law this summer, over the past three years. ABRA creates incentives to attract capital to areas of South Carolina that need it most by encouraging development of abandoned buildings. And that’s exactly what we’ve done with the Prosperity Depot. It’s exciting to be working in a place that’s centrally located for our statewide work, but also a space that Palmetto Trust helped to rehabilitate.”
Palmetto Trust’s move to the Prosperity Depot was made possible partially through a generous grant from First Community Bank.
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For more information on The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, contact Michael Bedenbaugh, Palmetto Trust executive director at (803) 924-9979. Palmetto Trust is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PalmettoTrust.
THE PALMETTO TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the endangered historic places of South Carolina through preservation development, advocacy, education and networking. The Palmetto Trust is the state's only statewide membership organization committed exclusively to preservation.
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