August 6 - NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 

at HOLLYWOOD PARK

 

Plan to drop by the park on this first Tuesday in August to visit with neighbors as we celebrate National Night Out from 5-7pm.  Pelican snoballs will be present along with other goodies.  

 

ENGRAVED BRICKS BACK IN THE PARK

 

The bricks have been installed at the S. Gregg entrance. We are working on an index to aid in finding an individual brick easily. Drop by and take a look.


Neighbors Lotte Chakowski, Richard Kherlopian and Meredith Berry helped but this project was successful because neighbor Jane Plante Chesnutt (former Heyward now Saluda Ave) supplied 4 of her employees from AOS Specialty Contractors with skills for this task. Thanks to Eloi, Abraham, Junior and Edwardo for making this possible.

 

WANT A TREE? 

 

Columbia Green (see: https://www.columbiagreen.org/ ) is sponsoring a free tree giveaway. On their website below you will find more information on the program.  


Partnering with Historic Columbia in a project to plant trees in underserved areas of Columbia identified as 'heat islands', many of the trees planted were dedicated to important residents in these neighborhoods. See some of the historical context uncovered in the project along with maps identifying neighborhoods and tree planting.

 

USC HEALTH SCIENCE CAMPUS

 AT BULL STREET 

 

Plans are available for the extent and design of the new USC Health Sciences campus. The first buildings will be for the Medical School.


schealthsciencescampus.com

 

Meeting on the National Historic Register Program

 

There were about 28 neighbors in attendance on June 12th for an informational session on what the National Register program is (and isn't) for neighborhoods. Differences among existing City programs (architectural districts and protection areas, also called Community Character overlays) were addressed. The major benefit of being designated a National Register Historic District is that any property in the area could seek Bailey Bill support for exterior renovations. This is an optional step each homeowner could solicit - NOT a requirement or restriction for renovations, etc. The Bailey bill will freeze property taxes for 20 years and IS transferrable to subsequent owners for the 20 year time span. If the Bailey Bill is not used, there are no exterior renovation requirements or limitations from being in a National Register Historic District. 


A PDF used during the presentation can be accessed here

HRH 2023 -The Year in Review

 

The year 2023 was recapped at the 2024 HRH Annual meeting held at Rose Hill Presbyterian Church on Jan. 21st at 4pm.  Outgoing president Lynn Shirley gave the following highlights:

 

GRANTS OBTAINED: 

$3000  Columbia Green – (New plantings in the park – S. Saluda side)

$1500 – Richland Co. Neighborhood Improvement Pgm. (partially paid for the 2023 Directory)

$1200 - City Community Development Grant (LYB) purchased new History Sign for the park

 

PARTNERSHIPS:

Three neighborhoods collaborated (HRH, Wales Garden and Wheeler Hill) on various issues: USC South Campus, Five Points, City rental ordinances, parking and traffic.

 

New STOP signs on S. Pickens @ Crestwood, S. Saluda @ Pinewood & speed humps on Pinewood, S. Bull and S. Gregg

 

TANGIBLES:

·      Coordinated a “Do you own” yardsale in the spring

·      Finished installation of 10 more Historic House plaques

·      Published a 2023 Directory

·      Published updated Historic House brochure

·      Resurrected our website (https://hollywoodrosehill.org)

·      Replaced HRH history sign in park with free installation by Jim Evatt (PCR)

·      Created HRH car window stickers

·      Started a phase 2 brick paver project in the park

 

IN HOLLYWOOD PARK:

·      The City extended the irrigation system to both sides of S. Saluda planted beds

·      Kathryn Luchok devised a planting plan for items purchased from a Cola. Green grant – Joel Gillespie & employees did the planting free of charge

·      City agreed to re-plant diseased redtips & replace the park water fountain