West Virginia Neighborhood Seeks National Historic Listing

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia city could have a portion of one neighborhood added to the National Register of Historic Places.

News outlets report groups in Wheeling are seeking to have more than 100 properties in South Wheeling listed as a historic district. Residents of the area met Tuesday night with Wheeling Heritage and the State Historic Preservation Office.

Wheeling Heritage Project Manager Rebekah Karelis says the designation is mostly an honor, but does offer some advantages like tax credits and development grants that can help offset costs of restoring historic structures.

South Wheeling became part of Wheeling in 1870, and the area developed as a significant industrial center at the turn of the 20th Century.

The neighborhood could have to wait until early 2019 to learn if it is officially listed.