Parkersburg URA to consider acquiring three properties

Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 5:06 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Parkersburg City Council, acting as the city’s urban renewal authority, is expected to vote Tuesday night to “acquire, demolish or renovate” three currently abandoned homes.

The properties are located on Race Street, Covert Street and East 8th Street.

It’s part of an ongoing effort by the city, to reduce or eliminate entirely the number of blighted homes.

The homes can be either demolished or renovated. Either ways, it’s an effort by city development leaders to improve Parkersburg’s neighborhoods.

”Sometimes they can be renovated; more often than not, they do get demolished,” says Councilman Mike Reynolds. “Then, they become the property of the Urban Renewal Authority, and people can bid on them if they wish to purchase them. But it does give us the ability to take control of the situation and try to help these neighborhoods out.”

This also comes in the wake of numerous fires in late 2020 and early 2021 in abandoned structures. But Reynolds says that isn’t necessarily the reason for council’s action.]

Council will meet as the Urban Renewal Authority immediately after Tuesday night’s regular meeting, which begins at 7:30 in the city council chambers.

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