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Amiri Farris, Artist, Professor, Homeowner
A neighborhood is reclaimed from blight and now inspires a rising new artist.
Sometimes a blighted neighborhood is just a blank canvas waiting for the right inspiration and a little paint. So it was with the Wharf Street neighborhood in Bluffton SC, a once blighted and crime ridden neighborhood, now restored thanks to a lot of vision and funding from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and HOME.
About 70 people applied to live in the homes, which range from 330 square feet for a one-bedroom house to 1,155 square feet for a three-bedroom house. Applicants were narrowed down during a review process that included background and credit checks and a mandatory course for first-time home buyers.
Like Amiri, the works of the Wharf Street Redevelopment project have been recognized and awarded for their excellence, first by
SC Housing in 2012, for Housing Development of the Year and then by the S.C. Municipal Association.