By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - More than 200 properties in a historic West Virginia district have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service approved the addition of the South Wheeling area last week, news outlets reported.

The area includes historic properties between 31st and 41st streets from Chapline Street to West Virginia 2.

Wheeling Heritage and the Wheeling Historic Landmarks Commission oversaw the project.

“South Wheeling as a historic district is important because it recognizes the industrial and vernacular architecture of Wheeling,”said Betsy Sweeny, historic preservation program manager for Wheeling Heritage. “For much of history, these spaces have been overlooked, with more attention being given to high-style architecture, but human history is not limited to high-style. South Wheeling is home to many of the industries that built this city and the people that worked in those industries.”

Along with giving the properites recognition, the listing makes property owners eligible for tax incentives and opportunities, such as the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Sweeny said.

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