Historic Wilmington releases endangered list

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Some Wilmington homes have made the fourth annual list of Most Threatened Historic Places in Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region.

The North Carolina Preservation Department released its annual list of historic homes that could fall victim to the wrecking ball.

The Historic Wilmington Foundation made the list as part of an ongoing campaign to preserve the unique architectural heritage and quality of life in southeastern North Carolina.

The purpose is to focus attention on threatened sites and to illustrate the importance and benefits of historic preservation.

"Wonderful new architecture has a place in our society and always will we applaud the creative architects who build new buildings, but we still need to have these connections to our past and we still need to incorporate these buildings into our future," said Executive Director of Historic Wilmington George Edwards.

Former Topsail High School, St. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church, and Atlantic Coast Line/CFCC Building are among the sites on the endangered list.

CFCC officials said they've already tried to repair their building on Red Cross Street by replacing the roof and removing asbestos, but it just isn't feasible to continue to restore with tax payer money.

"As we progressed with the project we had to consult with engineers and architects they renewed the building very closely," said David Hardin of CFCC. "And their recommendation came back to absolutely not use that building."

So now, Hardin said they are going to try to incorporate some of the history from the old building into a new building they are planning to construct, called "Union Station."

After the design for "Union Station" is completed and approved by state construction office, the college plans to begin construction on the new building in 2010 and open the new facility in 2011.

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