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A part of history to be restored on Wheeling Island

Updated: Wednesday, September 3 2014, 06:32 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va.--

A part of history is being restored on Wheeling Island. The former Gene Long Community Center will soon be transformed into a park and the flood wall will be preserved.

The building was razed in January 2013 and a portion was left standing. That portion is considered a part of history because if marks flooding on Wheeling Island dating back to the 1800s.

Jeremy Morris, with the National Heritage Area, said they will stabilize the building and put an anti-graffiti coat on the wall.

"We will repaint it and also do some other historical interpretation around the building," said Morris.

Landscaping will also be done to the area around the wall.

"What I really hope is that people take pride in the spot and watch it and contain and be vigilant," said Morris.

He expects the project to be completed in five to six weeks. The total cost of the project is around $60,000.

A part of history to be restored on Wheeling Island


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