Main Street Clarksburg building torn down

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – A downtown Clarksburg building that has stood for over a hundred years is being demolished.

Most recently known as the Galleria Mini Mall, the Main Street building was originally built around 1910 and was home to a Woolworth’s Department Store for many years.

Workers began carefully removing the bricks from the front facade of the dilapidated building on Monday. A local Historian said that it makes more sense for the owner to tear it down rather than restore it.

Rod Rogers, a Clarksburg Historian, said, “You got to use business sense on these buildings. When you have a building that is condemned and rotting, you could put a lot of money into it, but what are you going to put in it to recoup your costs.  In this particular situation, the building was in really bad shape and had been condemned by the city of Clarksburg.”

Demolition crew members said the building should be completely torn down by the end of the week.

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