Three abandoned buildings in the Historic District of Uptown Beckley have been a hot topic for the past few months. A lot of people say they make the city look bad and need to be torn down! Officials say that although they look bad, they are actually structurally sound and in good shape.
This upcoming Tuesday there will be an auction promoted by the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia to sell the buildings on Neville Street.
Officials say that demolishing the buildings wouldn’t be a smart move because they are in a Historic District. This means there are tax credits and grants available to renew these buildings rather than starting from scratch and being delisted as a historic district.
Members of the Preservation of Alliance say it’s important for the people of Beckley to understand why these buildings haven’t been torn down.
“What we are trying to do is find somebody who understands tax credits and understands the investment and who understands what might happen when WVU arrives in the area,” David Sibray, with the Beckley Business Association, said.
Sibray says that with WVU’s southern campus coming to Beckley sometime in the future, these buildings could be successful economic engines.