What is so magical about the Abandoned Building Revitalization Act?

(Reprinted from Charleston City Paper)MAGCottages

On June 11, 2013, Gov. Nikki Haley handed owners of abandoned buildings a magic wand when she signed into law the most powerful incentive for neighborhood revitalization that South Carolina has ever seen. It’s called the Abandoned Building Revitalization Act (ABRA), and its passage was an initiative of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The act was supported by a coalition of preservationists, community activists, fire and police departments, and elected officials, including Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.

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