The city of Newport is ready to add an eighth historic district to its existing seven.
At a city commission meeting on Monday, Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso announced that planners will use a $20,000 award from the Kentucky Heritage Council, as well as $13,000 in matching grants from the city, to begin surveying roughly 1,000 Westside properties to establish the new historic district.
The new district will be located in the Buena Vista neighborhood between Eighth and 12th Streets, and from York Street to Brighton Street.
Newport residents like Kate and Micky McElwain, who are currently renovating a 19th century property on West 10th Street, see their city as a treasure trove of both history and potential.
“If you look at the east side of Newport in the late 1970s, early 1980s, there were very old buildings in various conditions," says McElwain. "With preservation, we now have a very beautiful neighborhood and we are hoping to have the same thing on the west side."
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