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Most threatened historic places

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The Historic Wilmington Foundation released its fifth annual list of threatened historic places Wednesday. The program helps maintain homes, schools, churches, and other buildings to preserve historic neighborhoods.

“Historic preservation really defines the character of a community. It's important to keep that housing stock vibrant and resourceful in terms of taxes and the community” said Jeffrey Crow.

Dr. Jeffrey Crow a state historic preservation officer announced the buildings on this year's list. 811 Ann Street is one of the most threatened historic places. By restoring properties like this one, the Historic Wilmington Foundation not only helps keep history alive, but also puts people to work.

“They currently are second in the number of properties that have taken advantage of federal and state tax credits, which are an important engine for the economy as well as preserving buildings” Crow added.

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LOOK at the house

Why would anyone waste their money restoring that place...wouldn't a much better alternative be to tear it down and rebuild the same style/look of the house. Much more cost effective, safer and far higher chance of finding someone to put money into a new home in that location with the same charm than it would be to put double into a renovation. Say what you want, but these older homes are just money pits. I'd love to live downtown but simply won't waste the money. If, however, I could build a new home on a lot downtown that had the same looks/style as what had been there but with all the modern conveniences...I'd be happy to!

Forget the buildings...

it's we, the wage-earning, tax-paying citizens of Wilmington/New Hanover County who are the most the likes of Saffo, Caster, Thompson, and the rest of their ilk.