Volunteers help repair home in historic Beaufort neighborhood
A Beaufort home damaged by a falling tree was repaired on Saturday with the help of local Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, the City of Beaufort, a $5,000 Keep America Beautiful grant and a lot of sweat from over 30 volunteers in all.
The Old Commons neighborhood home on West Street is an historic property. Earlier this year, a large tree limb fell on the porch side of the house. The owner has limited vision due to glaucoma and wasn’t able to make the repairs himself, so volunteers stepped in to do the work.
“When we look at making historic Beaufort even more beautiful, sometimes it helps to look at the small pieces to the puzzle, such as this improvement project,” she said. “It’s not an expensive project, and certainly having volunteers helps make it work, but taking care of this property will bring new life to the entire street”, said Libby Anderson, City spokesperson.
The $5,000 grant will be used to remove portions of the damaged and non-historic porch, to stabilize and then paint the main body of the house, to remove the dead tree to prevent more damage, and to beautify the property.
The front yard’s chain link fence is being replaced with a living fence, a concrete ramp will be removed and replaced with proper steps to access the property, and landscaping is being added to enhance not only the property, but the entire streetscape.
“The homeowner and his neighbors were willing to pitch in despite the extenuating circumstances of his physical situation, plus we’ve been working on other improvements in the Old Common neighborhood,” Anderson said.
Participating in the Saturday project were volunteers from the Lowe’s Heroes program, the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Sutton Construction Company, the City of Beaufort, Baptist Church of Beaufort, Bartlett Tree Experts, and Historic Beaufort Foundation. The volunteers were served lunch by the Beaufort bread Company.
Just another example of what makes Beaufort so special. What a wonderful and positive thing to do for another member of our community.