Wheeling looks to add historic district to National Register

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - The city of Wheeling may see another historic district added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Wheeling Heritage seeks to add over 100 properties in a South Wheeling neighborhood, citing the city's development as an industrial powerhouse at the turn of the 20th Century.

While the neighborhood has seen some blight as the city's fortunes have declined, shoots of revitalization have come to the neighborhood.

"The neighborhood has been cleaner, people seem to be taking a little bit more pride, but we still want to see that really be throughout the whole neighborhood.  And also, that the businesses that are here, too would realize that the rich heritage this section which was formerly called 'Ritcheytown' really does possess," said South Wheeling Preservation Alliance Co-Founder, Brother John Byrd.

West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office representatives also came to answer questions about what changes might happen if the historic district designation comes through.

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