The Town of Bluffton closed Monday, December 31, 2018, on the purchase of a 37-acre parcel located at 200 New Riverside Road. This property, commonly referred to as the “New Riverside Barn Property” includes the 2,700 square-foot iconic barn structure which is visible from the highway. The sales agreement also included the donation of a seven-acre parcel located at the southeastern intersection of South Carolina Highways 46 and 170, made possible as a result of a successful strategic partnership with Palmetto Bluff. These properties are expected to be master planned for use as civic space.
“It’s important to create community open space in this section of Bluffton,” Town Manager Marc Orlando, said. “The Town will work to master plan this acreage and we are open to residents’ ideas. If you have a suggestion about how to design this parcel, please contact me or a Town Council member. This acquisition further advances our wonderful relationship and partnership with Palmetto Bluff.”
Dallas Wood, the chief operating officer for the Palmetto Bluff Company, said company representatives sought a partnership with the Town of Bluffton in this transaction so this parcel of land will be utilized as open space for the greater Bluffton community.
“We are passionate about conservation and look to the Town of Bluffton to help us realize our vision for these 44 acres.” Wood said. “Whether it is a park or open space, we are pleased this land will continue to benefit the Town’s residents for many years while also conserving open space in one of Bluffton’s fastest growing areas.”
Comments from Mayor and Town Council:
Mayor Pro Tempore Larry Toomer said this purchase was important due to Bluffton’s growth in that area.
“I am ecstatic about this purchase, most importantly for our residents who live in proximity to this property. Most of Town-owned properties are centered in or adjacent to the Historic District. While those parks and spaces have added to the success of the Town, it is important to spread that success and amenities to other parts of Bluffton. This property is in the center of Bluffton’s growing neighborhoods and I am 100% sure this property will become a centerpiece of many activities.”
Councilmember Harry Lutz said he believes the new park will pull neighbors and the community closer together.
“This purchase is aligned with the Council’s priority of preserving Bluffton’s culture and maintaining a sense of community. I’m looking forward to the planning process of how this facility and land will be used. Whether it’s sports fields, a passive park, a venue for outside movies, entertainment, parties or weddings, I believe this space will be a special place where neighbors connect with each other and memories will be made for many years to come.”
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