WASTE WATCHEast End Survey
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Charleston Gets $14,000 Grant To Take A Look At Architecture And History
March 25, 2013
Charleston leaders want to take a good, hard look at a section of the city they're calling east end north. That's why they've gotten a $14,000 Historic Preservation Survey and Planning Grant from the state. The area bordered on the east and west by Greenbrier and Morris Streets and the north and south by Piedmont Road and Lee Street is going to be explored to see if it qualifies for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
"Well this gives us an opportunity to look at nearly a thousand structures on the east end that need, in many places, redevelopment and rehabilitation," Lori Brannon with the City of Charleston said. "And if we are listed on the National Register of Historic Places we have opportunities to educate property owners about tax credits that would be available to them."
Brannon says the $14,000 grant will be supplemented by a donation from the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority. She says spending taxpayer dollars on the survey could result in a much bigger return if property owners and developers decide to invest in the area.
"We have to do something to trigger the redevelopment that needs to take place," Brannon said. "And public funds are one way to go about doing that to benefit a larger group of property owners."
Division of Culture and History officials say funding projects like this one is important both financially and to our shared heritage.
"It's a good starting investment," Susan Pierce with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History said. "A survey is important to know what you have so that you can protect it. I think that's important to know the resources you have in your community so that you can make better decisions for them in the long run."
The survey work is almost ready to be bid out. Brannon says it should be under way by mid-summer.
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