ST. ALBANS, WV (WOWK) – Several abandoned homes in St. Albans are coming down.
Thanks to a grant awarded to Kanawha County via the Kanawha County Commission, Mayor Scott James said originally, five homes were on the list to be demolished.
One of those homes went up in flames a couple of years ago. Three others have fallen into disrepair over the years.
Another was saved by a local family who purchased the property with the goal of rehabbing it.
The mayor said this is just one way he plans to make St. Albans the city that it once was.
“I want this to come back to a place that people want to be a part of,” James said Monday. “A place where people want to come visit and spend their money as tourists. Also, I want our community to be a place that people want to come and live. We’re getting there. We’ve made progress, but we’ve got a lot more progress to go.”
The city offered up money to assist the commission, he said. “They appreciated that and they put us up near the top of the list.”
These demos are just the beginning.
Mayor James said St. Albans is developing a land-use agency that will allow the city to purchase properties and tear them down through a fast, efficient process.