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$30,000 In Public Money Awarded To Help Fix Private Building's Roof
May 21, 2013
As part of the latest round of historic preservation grants the state handed out federal money to projects all across West Virginia.
One of those was to Station Place on MacCorkle Avenue at the foot of the South Side Bridge.
Built in 1905, Station Place is one of Charleston's most storied structures. But the building is definitely showing its age. Its owners receivd $30,713 in grant money, which they have to match, to assist with roof repair, the painting of gutters, soffits downspouts and window trim.
Although Station Place is privately owned, Brad Rowe of General Corporation says the grant will help defray some of the costs incurred while dealing with a historic structure and allow more work to be done.
He says Station Place is a gateway to the Capital City that should be protected.
"It's important to preserve the historical properties so that future generations can enjoy them," Rowe said. "When you talk about this building in particular this building was built in 1905 by the railroad. And if you look at the history of the rail industry in West Virginia that coincides with the history and the growth of the coal industry so I certainly think its significant. And what a lot of people don't realize it's actually an operating train station today. Amtrak runs three times a week out of here. So this building is the first thing people see when they get off the train."
Rowe says the repair work at Station Place should be finished by this fall.
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