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Results of East End survey to be presented at meeting

June 26, 2014

By Matt Murphy, Charleston Daily Mail, W.Va.

June 26--The results of a survey for the proposed East End North Historic District will be presented at an August meeting of the East End Community Association, East End Main Street board member and Charleston Neighborhood Planner Lori Brannon told East End Main Street board members Wednesday.

If approved, the district will be placed on the National Register of Historic Places and would make property owners in the area eligible for tax credits. The district as planned would include all of the blocks form Bradford Street to the state Capitol, and from Lee Street to Piedmont Road.

The proposed district will still need to be approved by the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service.

Funding for the survey was secured in October, when Charleston city council approved the use of a $14,000 State Historic Preservation Office grant for the project. The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority kicked in the remaining $26,000 needed for the survey.

The survey examines historic buildings in the area, formally defined as "contributing structures." The contributing structures are then analyzed by the State Office of Historic Preservation and the National Park Service to determine the proposed district's eligibility for the National Register.

If approved, the new district would place nearly all of the East End in a historic district.

Currently, historic buildings on Kanawha Boulevard, Virginia and Quarrier streets between Bradford Street and the Capitol are in the East End Historic District.

However, unlike the current historic district, the proposed East End North district would not subject buildings to design review before renovations can take place, East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender said previously.

The East End Community Association's August meeting is scheduled for Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Woman's Club of Charleston on Virginia Street East.

In other business, East End Main Street board members:

Learned an East End business, resident and visitor survey is close to being released for public participation.

Cavender said once the survey is launched, the public will have 30 days to participate. From there, data from the survey will be presented at East End Main Street's annual meeting in August.

Learned the five BigBelly solar-powered recycling compactors are scheduled to be installed by the annual meeting.

Cavender said he expects to receive designs for the "skins," or coverings for the exterior of the bins, within the next few weeks, and the bins and skins will be ordered at the same time.

Three of the four bins will be placed on Washington Street and two will be placed on Smith Street. The bins are only for recyclables, and are funded by a $27,470 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Discussed the future of the Warehouse Wednesday promotion. In the future, the promotion may be expanded to include the entire East End, board member Mary Anne Crickard said.

Learned sponsorship changes to HallowEast may be coming for this year's event, which will have the theme of "Six Feet Under" in honor of the festival's sixth year.

Brannon, who heads up the HallowEast subcommittee, said if all the first-tier sponsorships are filled, the event stands to raise $5,000 more than budgeted for East End Main Street.

Received an update about the East End Bazaar.

East End Main Street VISTA Volunteer Keegan Fountain said attendance for the Bazaar has been rising each Saturday except June 21, likely due to rain and FestivALL events.

Crickard also encouraged board members to make sure they try to attend as many Bazaars as possible.


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