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Greenbelt Bank, September 6

Second round of applications draws 8 submissions for rural grants
A total of $4.6 million is sought
Warwick Jones

There are eight applications in the second round of applications for rural grants, members of the Greenbelt Bank board were told by staff today. The requests total $4.6 million and cover 1666 acres, equal to about $2770 an acre. The latter figure compares with about $5500 an acre from applications in the first round.

Three of the applications are from the City of Charleston, two from the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and three from the Nature Conservancy. One of the applications by the City of Charleston is a re-submission of an application from the first round relating to property adjacent to the proposed Long Savannah development in West Ashley. No details of other properties were made available

Members were given packages relating to the submissions. There are to be perused by members before the meeting of the Bank board in October where members will decide on the grants.

The Guidance on Heritage sites sought from the Greenbelts Advisory Board (GAB) was also briefly considered. But discussion and a decision on its adoption were deferred to the next meeting to give members time to study the document. Board member Lane complimented the GAB on the Guidance. The Chair of the GAB, Louise Maybank gave a short presentation about the contents. (See GAB Meeting, September 4)

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