Pikeville to get $15K to restore York House

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The city of Pikeville is getting $15,000 to go toward the restoration of an historic house.

According to the Appalachian News-Express (http://bit.ly/1mAfnI9), during a recent event the director of the Kentucky Heritage Council gave the city a ceremonial check to restore the York House.

The building dates back to the late 19th century and has ties to some of the most prominent families in the city's history, as well as the Hatfield and McCoy feud.

Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn said it has not yet been determined exactly how much it will cost to restore the home, but the city's main focus is stabilization.

He said it is estimated that, just to do the stabilization will cost $30,000 to $50,000, which is where the initial fundraising goal has been set, with the $15,000 from the Kentucky Heritage Council serving as the seed.

He said the immediate intent is to stop the rot and get the roof stabilized.

"Because it's going to be such a large project, the city commission is doing its due diligence to not only determine the cost but also to determine the potential use," Blackburn said.

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Information from: Appalachian News-Express, http://www.news-expressky.com

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