Bluefield, WV is demolishing a dilapidated building on Saturday.
The building, 912 Princeton Ave, is adjacent to the Mayor Manor apartment building.
The City of Bluefield has condemned the building, which used to be an apartment building. The building has been abandoned for 10 years, with trash and debris littering the premises. Building Code Official Lori Mills told WVVA News that the building saw many people trespassing in it and it drew a lot of drug-related crime. “It’s much better to at least have a vacant lot where it’s no longer a safety issue, especially with a building next store that’s fully occupied” Mills told WVVA News.
The building will take about a week to be demolished. Gutting the building of asbestos and other hazardous materials will be a several day process. Mayor Manor residents will be evacuated temporarily on Saturday.
There are no immediate plans for the lot, although Mills says that turning the building to a vacant lot is positive for downtown.