Huntington's Demo List Growing

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The city of Huntington's demolition list seems to be growing faster than they can afford to trim it.

Tom Bell, chair of the city's Unsafe Building Commission, says on average they're tearing down about five properties a month.

There are 111 houses on the city's list. Many of them are burned-out.

To get a building on the list, neighbors or concerned residents can call city hall.

Bell said the National Guard may come help tear down houses through part of the Weed & Seed program.

There are two ways to get off the list: demolish the building, or rehab the home.

Myron Burton has bought one of the homes on the list in the 400 block of 6th Avenue and is considering buying another next to it.

"I don't understand why some of the people in Huntington don't take better care of their property," Burton said. "You've got neighbors that have their houses in absolutely perfect condition, and then some pig lives next door."

Bell says the list will likely keep growing if the population continues to decline and jobs leave the area.

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