Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Oct. 21, 2012 8:04 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 21, 2012 9:12 PM EDT
EYEWITNESS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO C L I C K T O P L A Y
, Cabell County
, West Virginia
A long awaited project in Huntington has finally come to an end. Dozens of abandoned homes are no longer standing in the Fairfield West & East communities of Huntington.
It's a dream come true for Ernestine Parker and her husband Randolph. They've lived in the area for more than forty years and they've seen it change.
Ernestine Parker said, "As we've lived here, it's deteriorated. It was beautiful when we came here."
Recently, the National Guard and the D.O.H. came to town and stared rearing down eyesores. Many of the structures were drug havens or even targets for arson. Fifty-four structures were leveled in less than a month.
Randolph Parker said, "I figured it was going to take them a long time to do that, but they really moved pretty fast up here. They were really at it you know. They had it together, to put it that way."
Christal Perry with Huntington's Development and Planning Office said, "It was dedication from the Guard and the D.O.H., those guys worked tirelessly, we had no problems. Everything went smoothly for as big as this project was and we are very pleased."
The Randolph's are just glad to get their old neighborhood back. Ernestine said, "It's already back, with the nice land."