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Downtown building to be razed

Demolition of a downtown Huntington building deemed unsafe will begin the week of Monday, April 11.

The structure at 201 W. State St. has been vacant for several years.  It is located across from The LaFontaine Center.

“Given its years of neglect, the property was deemed to be beyond savings with its roof, first and second floors all partially-collapsed in the rear,” City of Huntington Building Commissioner Shad Paul said.

The property has been subject to numerous orders of enforcement issued by the board of public works and safety dating back to 2008.  It fell into further disrepair after the owner’s death in 2018.

As part of a subsequent order of enforcement issued in 2019, the City of Huntington obtained a structural analysis of the property from contracted engineering and architectural firms, which concluded that the building was beyond repair and recommended demolition.  The city took control of the property in February to resolve the ownership situation.

On-street parking will be restricted after work begins.  The sidewalk on the south side of W. State St. will be closed to ensure the safety of workers and pedestrians.  

Demolition and clean-up of the site is expected to be completed within two weeks.

No future uses for the site have been determined yet.  The City of Huntington has worked with adjacent building owners to identify solutions and stabilize their properties during the demolition.