HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Demolition is expected to start next week at a now vacant Huntington public housing complex.
Huntington Housing Authority Executive Director Vickie Lester says that demolition on three buildings at the Northcott Court Housing Complex will likely begin Monday.
The work is expected to take up to three years.
he Housing Authority has considered the complex outdated and inadequate for its residents.
The 30 housing units, built in the 1940s, were boarded up in May and June.
Residents were relocated starting last year either to another public housing site or they received vouchers to pay for other types of housing.
The city plans to convert the site along Hal Greer Boulevard into a commercial district.
One of the three apartment buildings were boarded up Friday, ahead of demolition later this year.
The Huntington Housing Authority tells WSAZ.com that there are still seven tenants in the apartments. They say once those residents are relocated, the demolition can move forward.
They hope to start the demolition later this year.
The demolition was approved last June.
City officials hope the demolition will clear the way for a major redevelopment project in the Fairfield West community.
It will involve new housing for neighbors who live in Northcott, as well as commercial development where the housing project now stands.