City of Hinton tackles dilapidated, abandoned homes

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HINTON, WV (WVNS) — They are an eye-sore. Mayor Joe Blankenship said Hinton City Administrators are tired of seeing such a beautiful area taken over by abandoned or dilapidated homes.

“A home that is not livable. More people look at it as a home that needs torn down, but it could also need some renovation. One that’s not fully livable and degraded, needs some work,” Blankenship said.

City administrators reached out to the community for help. On Tuesday, Sept 25, community members met to tackle the issue. Blankenship said the committee will meet again within the next month to go over a three-year- old list that consists of roughly 60 structures.

“We’re going to give them a list, this committee, a list of the properties we’ve already identified and then they can add to that list any properties that may not be on it that they know of that we may have missed. Then they’re going to write down some ideas on how to go about this,” Blankenship said.

A lot of work will have to go into cleaning up Hinton’s dilapidated structures. Mayor Blankenship said extra help may be needed to make this happen.

“We can only do so much here at the city, and the people are aware of that. Of course, our people are only able to do so much as well, so we’re hoping some grants may be available to help us, but we have to start somewhere,” Blankenship said.

This committee plans to meet monthly. It is not too late to get involved. Email for more information.

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