Bill to demolish unsafe homes in West Virginia to be introduced

ELKINS, W.Va. — West Virginia’s state auditor has drawn up a plan to immediately demolish more than 10,000 dilapidated and unsafe homes across the state.

John “JB” McCuskey met Wednesday with Elkins and other Randolph County officials to explain details of the Community Resurrection and Economic Development Act. The bill will set aside $30 million for cities to use to demolish unsafe homes in disrepair. It also offers incentives for land improvement while providing homeowners with hardship programs and repayment terms.

State Auditor WV McCuskey met with community leaders from Elkins and Randolph County to discuss the plan. (Image WBOY)

McCuskey said the governor will introduce the bill this week during the legislative session. “Our hope is that if we do all of this at the same time, we can demolish them cheaper. We can all do them quickly and we can really begin to prepare our small towns and beautiful counties for what I think will be our state’s economic renaissance,” McCuskey said.

“We’re very happy that he’s sort of a champion,” Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco said. “This idea of ​​bringing in funding that would allow cities to buy properties and then take them and revitalize them or tear them down and rebuild them. I’m very supportive of this bill, I hope it passes, and I know it’s a governor’s bill, and I’m very excited about it.

McCuskey said delinquent properties turned over to his office will be offered first to neighboring property owners, then to the county or city, and finally to nonprofits or charities.

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