North Augusta landmarks have new owners

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 4:54 PM
Last updated 4:57 PM
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Rosemary and Lookaway halls have new owners.

Kelly and Diana Combs closed on Rosemary and Lookaway Halls about 1:30 p.m. today.

The couple, who currently lives in California, plans to live in Rosemary Hall and initially play host to small events like luncheons and themed teas.

Mr. Combs plans to establish a for-profit foundation of community investors to co-own Lookaway Hall. The arrangement is intended to preserve the historic building while earning a profit for its investors.

“The people who own it would be responsible for its upkeep, but they will get monetary benefit,” Mr. Combs said.

He said he is still developing ideas for possible uses for Lookaway Hall.

Mr. Combs is currently a partner of Medical Real Estate Development, LLC, based in Menifee, Calif.

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This is, one can hope, a

This is, one can hope, a permanent reprieve from the wrecking ball. But only time will tell if it holds. Let's hope so, as destroying these irreplaceable, and ultimately priceless landmarks would be tragic. Loss of the Seven Gables was senseless enough.

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