Kenova Receives Grant to Battle Blighted Properties

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

KENOVA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The City of Kenova has received a grant that will allow officials to work on a plan to battle blighted properties.

The city received a $10,000 grant through the 2014 Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated (BAD) Buildings Technical Assistance program to address barriers to the reuse and development of abandoned and dilapidated properties.

Kenova was one of eight to receive the grant in the state.

Kenova City Planner Gordon Jones says it "will help the City and its Unsafe Building commission return blighted residential, commercial and industrial properties to productive and useful status by initiating a plan of targeted action."

Jones said one hurdle he often sees with dilapidated property is uncertain ownership with property that has fallen into heirs or property with absentee ownership.

"With this grant award, we can put together a plan that details the problem, documents ownership and offers a course of action that respects the right of due process and looks at new life for what are otherwise decaying situations," Jones said.

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