- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia has added Beckley’s Courthouse Square Historic District to its West Virginia Endangered Properties List.

Officials say the eight-block downtown business district has lost 22 of its 100 buildings to demolition and historically inappropriate renovations in the past 20 years.

The district also is in danger of losing its place on the National Register of Historic Places. That would jeopardize the ability of property owners to get grants and tax credits.

The Charleston Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1BVUxQB) that the preservation organization is reviewing options on what assistance is available to help property owners in the historic district maintain their buildings.

Other properties on this year’s list are: The Old White House near Mt. Nebo and the former Esso service station on W.Va. 16 in Fayetteville.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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