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Last blighted building on New Cumberland’s first list comes down

Updated: Wednesday, July 23 2014, 06:33 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. – New Cumberland officials were happy to see that last dilapidated building on their list come down this week, especially since that means they can begin working on a new one.
A house on N. Chestnut Street in New Cumberland was one of several structures declared unsafe and unsanitary a few years ago. It was the last one on the city council's demolition list to fall.
"It is very beneficial to residents to have properties that are well cared for,” New Cumberland Mayor Linda McNeil said. “When we have property owners who don't care for their properties, it hurts all of us."
McNeil says even though funds are tight, council will start a new list of structures to be demolished.
"There are other properties in town that need attended to. And I'm very, very gratified that council is behind this and they recognize the importance of doing this for our residents."
McNeil says that dilapidated buildings are not only eyesores for neighbors but a safety concern.
"The appearance detracts for the property value of those around it, and it is unsafe because as we all know it can be a great attraction for children to wander in and play around and be injured," McNeil said.
Officials have already started the process of condemning buildings downtown that are used for warehousing and haven't been attended to.

Last blighted building on New Cumberland’s first list comes down


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