Beckley historic district, 2 other sites on preservation group's endangered properties list


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BECKLEY, West Virginia — Beckley's historic district and two other sites are on the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia's latest endangered properties list.

The other sites are a farmhouse built around 1845 in Mount Nebo and a service station built in 1945 in Fayetteville.

Executive director Danielle LaPresta tells The Register-Herald ( ) that the preservation group normally works with individual properties. But she says Beckley's entire national historic district is in eminent danger because of neglect, demolitions and inappropriate development.

The historic district was created in 1994. Since then, LaPresta says more than 20 of 100 historic downtown properties have been demolished. Another 20 have been remodeled without concern for historical standards.

Information from: The Register-Herald,

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