CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say more than 100 buildings have been demolished in West Virginia’s capital and most populous city over the past year.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority announced Wednesday that 138 abandoned or dilapidated buildings were demolished in Charleston, and 70 of those were located on the city’s West Side. The authority funded $500,000 toward the effort.
Authority Executive Director Ronald Butlin says that even though the structures have been leveled, they can’t go on the market as they’re still privately owned.
Butlin says if officials’ efforts to contact the owner of a home that falls under disrepair aren’t successful, they can get a warrant to see if it’s unsafe. The city is allowed to raze dilapidated buildings and place liens for how much the work cost.