Huntington Demolishes 36 Building in Fight Against Blight

West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Huntington has demolished 36 buildings so far this year as part of a plan to remove blighted structures from the city.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Huntington officials say they are on track to take down more than 100 vacant buildings before the end of the year.

Scott Lemley, director of the city’s Planning and Development Department, says they’re knocking down an average of 12 structures a month.

Lemley says he and another staffer drive through the city each year looking for unsafe homes to add to the demolition list. Residents can also call in to let the city know about other dilapidated structures.

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