Help for historic properties in Allegheny counties

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The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is seeking endangered historic properties in Preston, Monroe, Randolph, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas counties in need of technical assistance from licensed professionals to aid in revitalization efforts.

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Assistance will be provided to low-income individuals who own a historic building or serve on the board of a nonprofit organization that will reuse property to benefit the community, according to Danielle Parker, executive director of the alliance.

Though the alliance continually supports development initiatives across the Mountain State, this particular program targets areas defined by the U.S. Census as having an economic deficit, thus meeting the requirements of the Neighborhood Investment Program.

Alliance support is available to tackle site-specific obstacles at challenging buildings that are listed on the national register or are determined eligible and to respond to emergency situations that arise at historic buildings that would, in turn, endanger them.

The alliance last month unveiled a new loan program to provide capital, technical assistance, and development expertise to property owners who are renovating historic buildings.

The Historic Preservation Microloan, as the micro-loan is known, is helping property owners save endangered historic properties and develop commercial properties to create or retain jobs, housing, or heritage-related commercial activity in downtown commercial districts.

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For more information, contact Danielle Parker at dlapresta@pawv.org.

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