- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - Beckley’s national historic district, a farmhouse near Mount Nebo and a former service station in Fayetteville are on the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s latest endangered properties list.

The preservation organization normally works with individual properties. Beckley’s historic district, created in 1994, made the list because it is in eminent danger from neglect, demolitions and inappropriate development, Executive Director Daniella LaPresta told The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/1Eke0ZL ).

Since the district’s creation, more than 20 of 100 historic downtown properties have been demolished. Another 20 have been remodeled without concern for historical standards, she said.

A proposed demolition of three downtown buildings recently was rejected by the Beckley Historic Landmark Commission. The buildings’ loss could have led to the removal of the historic designation.

Properties on the endangered list qualify for preservation assistance through the alliance. LaPresta said the organization is considering how it will help property owners in Beckley because of the endangered resource’s size.

LaPesta said the former Esso station in Fayetteville, built in 1945, has mold and white rot issues because of water damage. The roof is leaking and could collapse from the weight of snow.

“The owners are passionate about rehabilitating this property, but they have little experience with preservation, so we’ll help provide the guidance they need to save the site before it deteriorates beyond a point of salvage,” she said.

The Old White House near Mount Nebo has been vacant for 30 years. Vandalism and water damage from a leaking roof have damaged the two-story structure, which was built about 1845 by Matthew McClung. The property has been owned by the McClung and McMillion families since then.

“The owners are in the process of passing ownership to their grandson, who is passionate about restoring the property and will implement a management policy so that it may serve as a community resource,” LaPresta said.

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Information from: The Register-Herald, http://www.register-herald.com

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