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Huntington City Council wants to designate neighborhood as "slum and blighted area"

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The Huntington City Council unanimously approved a first reading of a resolution designating the Fairview West neighborhood as a "slum and blighted area."

By doing this, doors open up to the city for federal grants and loans to revitalize the neighborhood.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman Sandra Clements, received a yes vote from all members of the council.

Preliminary plans are to tear down the Northcott Court Apartments along Hal Greer Blvd., and to replace them with updated housing for seniors and a grocery store.

Neighborhood leaders have pushed for a grocery store in the area, and after zoning issues are resolved, a grocery store could soon become a reality.

In an interview with 13 News, Councilwoman Clements stressed that the more than 300 people currently living in the Northcott Court Apartments would have the opportunity to remain in the neighborhood, and all relocation costs would be paid for by the Huntington Housing Authority.