Demolition project could affect Beckley's historic district, according to state historians

Local - 4/21/2014 9:35 AM by Rebecca Turco

BECKLEY – A proposed demolition project could threaten uptown Beckley's designation as a historic district, according to state historians.

Dan Bickey has proposed demolishing three buildings that he owns and developing the space for metered parking. Only one property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing resource to the Beckley Courthouse Historic District, but State Historic Preservation Officer Susan M. Pearce said demolishing the buildings would significantly alter the district's viewshed.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Deputy Commissioner Caryn Gresham said the demolitions could lead to the district's removal from the national register.

Bickey hopes the district does not lose its historic designation. He said Beckley needs more parking and it is not cost effective to restore the buildings.


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