4/21/2014 9:35 AM
by Rebecca Turco
– A proposed demolition project could threaten uptown Beckley's designation as
a historic district, according to state historians.
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.
Virginia Division of Culture and History Deputy Commissioner Caryn Gresham said
the demolitions could lead to the district's removal from the national
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.