Historic Aiken Foundation to host two preservation workshops next week

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Sep. 22—The Historic Aiken Foundation is set to host two workshops on the benefits of historic preservation.

The foundation will host two identical workshops at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts located at 126 Newberry St. S.W.

Linda Johnson, foundation president, said the workshops will feature nationally recognized authorities who will talk about the economics of preservation, share preservation stories from other cities, dispel myths about preservation and share what preservation could mean to Aiken and how it can keep Aiken vital.

Scheduled to be at the workshops are Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting specializing in historic preservation and economics; Kristopher King, an Aiken native and former director of the Preservation Society of Charleston; and Mike Bedenbaugh, CEO of Preservation Solutions and former chief executive of Preservation South Carolina.

Each workshop is scheduled to last one-and-a-half hours. Doors for the evening session will open at 5 p.m., and people who arrive early will have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and meet the speakers.

Johnson said the workshops will not be focused on Project Pascalis but, instead, on preservation.

The Historic Aiken Foundation is one of the plaintiffs in the July 5 lawsuit that was filed to stop the city of Aiken from moving forward with the current proposed plans for the Project Pascalis downtown redevelopment project. The foundation also requested a meeting with Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon to discuss the project and options for it; however, that meeting never happened due to the litigation.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit historicaikenfoundation.org.