Clarksburg City Council met and discussed blighted properties and the demolition of unsafe structures.
On Thursday night, council awarded two contracts by the city for approximately $100,000 for both contracts to demolish of ten structures. Also, there were five additional contracts that were approved through the Urban Renewal Authority for demolition of 45 structures, all together that is 55 unsafe structures that will be torn down.
The $100,000 will come from the tax increment financing and approximately another $300,000 will be in the form of a loan from M.V.B Bank. Council said it has set aside approximately $400,000 through its budget for these demolition projects.
“A lot of these structures have been vacant for a number of years, as you know it poses a safety risk because we have vagrants that are breaking into the properties, some are building fires to stay warm. So, we’re able to go in and tear down the properties and then rid the neighborhood of these slum and blight properties,” said Cathy Goings, Mayor of the City of Clarksburg.
Council also stated that the city is committed to cleaning up the neighborhoods and that the demolitions will make a dramatic improvement in each neighborhood. Demolition is due to start in late spring and early summer.