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HISTORICAL LANDMARKS COMMISSION

Historical Landmarks CommissionHistorical Landmarks such as the Darlington Memorial Center, Dargan House, Wilds-Edwards House, Carnegie Library and Grove Hill Cemetery reflect our rich history.  The Historical Landmarks Commission works to preserve the traditional character of homes and buildings in our community.

The Architecture seen in the historical districts of the City of Darlington display the designs and features in vogue during the late 1800s era.  The homes today still depict the traditional character, and the Historical Landmarks Commission works passionately to keep the architectural historical elements alive today.

For Southeast Darlington, the City is enlisting an architectural historian to conduct a Historic Resource Survey, updating research of the history of the area, taking photographs, updating descriptions of historic buildings and offering recommendations of buildings that may qualify for listing in the National Register. The project continues through the end of Summer. Find out more here.

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IRS Issues Guidance on Rehabilitation Tax Credit Deadlines

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Notice 2020-58 (PDF) that provides additional relief to taxpayers in satisfying the substantial rehabilitation test because of the burdens the COVID-19 pandemic may have placed on taxpayers claiming the rehabilitation credit. More information is available at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-grants-additional-relief-for-rehabilitation-credit-deadlines.

BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Steve Abbott – Term Expires June 30, 2023
Ms. Rosanne Brasington – Term Expires June 30, 2023
Mrs. Catherine Howle – Term Expires June 30, 2024
Mrs. Rose Pruitt – Term Expires June 30, 2024
Ms. Kay Pierson, chair – Term Expires June 30, 2023
Mrs. Sandra Chace – Term Expires June 30, 2024
OPEN SEAT – Term Expires June 30, 2023
OPEN SEAT – Term Expires June 30, 2024
OPEN SEAT – Term Expires June 30, 2023

>APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS
>APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF NO EFFECT
GROUP INFORMATION:

Time & Day: Quarterly at 5:30 p.m. First Monday of the second month of the quarter.  Called meetings are held as-needed. Dates for 2022 are Monday, February 7, May 2, August 1, and November 7 .
Location: City Hall Courtroom (400 Pearl St.)
For more information, contact (843) 398-4000 x103 or mmsmith@cityofdarlington.com

>MEETING MINUTES

November 7, 2022, Minutes
August 1, 2022, Minutes
May 2, 2022, Minutes
February 7, 2022, Minutes

November 1, 2021, Minutes
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November 2, 2020, Minutes
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CONSIDERING IMPROVEMENTS TO YOUR HISTORIC HOME?

If you are in one of the City’s historic districts OR your home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you will need approval from the Historic Landmarks Commission prior to making any changes.

Submit an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, and staff will schedule a meeting for the commission to review your request. The fee for this application is $65, payable to City of Darlington, at the time of application. This covers the cost of notification and advertisement of the meeting as required by state law.

If you are not making any changes to your historic property but simply need to make repairs or paint, submit an Application for a Certificate of No Effect prior to beginning work.  There is no fee for this application.

For both applications, supporting data (sketches, drawings, photo or snapshot, architect’s plans, site plan, etc.) must be submitted.

STATE HISTORIC INCOME TAX CREDIT LAW AMENDED

On June 9, 2015, Governor Nikki Haley signed into law changes to the South Carolina state income tax credits for historic preservation projects. These changes include an option for taxpayers with income-producing projects to elect a 25% state income tax credit (capped at $1 million credit), and using the credits in three years instead of five years.  You may read more about the Tax Incentives here.  More about South Carolina preservation laws can be found here.

NEW DIGITAL GUIDEBOOK TO S.C. HISTORICAL MARKERS

The South Carolina Historical Marker Program is pleased to announce a digital Guidebook to South Carolina Historical Markers for Winter 2019 is now online. The guidebook includes the text of all state historical markers approved by SCDAH since the program’s establishment over 80 years ago, as well as lists of markers by select subjects and time periods, an FAQ section, and application information. For more information on the Historical Marker Program, please contact Edwin Breeden at ebreeden@scdah.sc.gov, 803-896-6182.

SC AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION NOW THE WeGOJA FOUNDATION

The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation has recently re-branded itself as the WeGOJA Foundation. Under the new brand, the non-profit will collaborate with civic, government and business leaders to strengthen its advocacy for historic preservation and to raise money to support the efforts of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission. For more information about the Foundation and its current initiatives visit https://www.wegoja.org/.

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