UPDATE: Roads are still closed after the façade fell from an old restaurant on Charleston’s East End.
The owner of three popular East End eateries says she isn’t very happy for a few reasons. One reason is the lack of care in of the empty building.
“They are not for the faint of heart so if you either don’t care enough or you don’t have the capacity whether that be energy-wise or financially to keep up old buildings, then they really should be turned over to someone who will,” said Keeley Steele, an East End business owner.
Another reason is the cleanup may impact her businesses, as all three are blocked off. Steele has been a business owner for over 20 years on the East End and says several people were interested in leasing the building, but nothing was ever set in stone.
Steele says she hopes the building coming down will be a chance for more economic opportunities.
“I want more reason for our travelers and folks driving through our city to get off at Exit 99,” Steele said.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Several roads have been closed on Charleston’s East End due to a structure’s falling façade.
Officials have determined an old restaurant, located on the corner of Washington and Elizabeth Streets, to be structurally unsound. The building will be torn down immediately after bricks fell from the façade onto the sidewalk overnight, according to a statement received from Charleston City Hall. An engineer will further assess the building this afternoon.
Currently, Washington Street East is closed between Maxwell Street and Sydney Street and Elizabeth Street is closed between Lee Street and Jackson Street.
The closure is expected to last at least a week at this time.
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