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All those who regularly vacation Murdoch Avenue would have recently recognized a large gap in the landscape. The Vaughan Funeral Home is no more. The developing was privately owned, rightfully acquired, and if the new entrepreneurs sought after to raze it, it was definitely their ideal. The concerning point is that that same buyer has acquired other qualities, adjacent to, and maybe even infringing on, the Julia-Ann Square Historic District, absolutely detracting from a single of Parkersburg’s most beneficial belongings. One can only suspect that much more and additional assets is being acquired for floor parking. If Camden Clark Memorial Medical center Company (or WVU Drugs as my expenditures detect) want to be a part of the other “big-time” conglomerate hospital groups, why never they do what most many others have performed, that getting to make multi-degree parking garages, alternatively than continuing to invest in qualities and raze what is left of historic Parkersburg?

I, and many others who respect our record, are grateful that the outdated Windmill Provider Station is even now in our check out as a single turns the corner from Eighth Avenue to Murdoch Avenue. We really should probably thank the Waldeck family for not only its even now becoming there, but also for the new restoration operate.

Of much more immediate concern even so, is the Logan Memorial Church, below the railroad bridge at Sixth and Ann Streets. It, as perfectly as the aforementioned Windmill Station, are both on the Countrywide Sign-up of Historic Areas. Unfortunately, this designation does not defend either of them from getting razed. The church is now an “island,” surrounded by Camden Clark Memorial Clinic Company. It is vulnerable!

Perhaps the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital Corporation (or their powers-that-be in Morgantown), would look at somehow partnering with the Logan Memorial Church, offering some type of expert services that could benefit from and make this historic creating into a extra feasible component of not only the church local community and Parkersburg, but also of WVU Drugs.

By the time this letter is go through, a further dwelling, across 10th Road from the Vaughan Funeral household utilised to be, will have been erased from the landscape. When will it stop?

Bob Enoch

President Wooden County Historical and Preservation Culture

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