Workshop aims to help clean up southern WV communities


An effort to get rid of unsightly buildings in West Virginia communities is getting some help from the West Virginia HUB.  The organization has a workshop planned for Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at the West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV.  The one day conference aims to help cities and counties across the area learn how to utilize the West Virginia Property Rescue Initiative to take down buildings that have been deemed unsafe.

“It is an issue in almost every community is West Virginia,” said WV HUB Deputy Director, Stephanie Tyree. “In some communities it is one of the largest issues they face, especially as populations decline and our county government resources decrease.”

The Property Rescue Initiative was developed by the West Virginia Housing Development Fund.  The goal is to look for creative and innovative ways to address the issue of dilapidated and abandoned buildings through rehab, deconstruction and demolition.

Tyree said that anyone who is interested in cleaning up their communities can attend the conference.  That includes community leaders such as mayors or city managers, but could even be someone who lives next to an abandoned building and is passionate about getting the buildings taken care of.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m.  You can register and find out more information at the West Virginia HUB web site.

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