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Northcott Court Demolition Moving Forward

Reported: Feb. 11, 2014 4:06 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 12, 2014 10:17 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) -- It's been in limbo for more than a year, but plans are finally moving forward toward the demolition of Northcott Court.

"It's a great opportunity and finally there's some movement that people will be able to look to and know that change is coming," said Huntington mayor Steve Williams.

Mayor Williams announced Monday funds are finally approved for the demolition of the housing project that many have come to refer to as an "eyesore" to the entryway into downtown Huntington. "Certainly they're aged. They're old. Starting to be decrepit," said Williams.

While residents like Tommy Howard are happy to have a place to live, he said he'll be happier for the change of scenery. "People's just too close to each other. I like to have my own privacy," said Howard.

Residents will be relocated in phases, with the first phase being the buildings closest to Hal Greer Boulevard. In Nortcott's place, there will be two, 40-unit senior townhouse complexes and 50 individual units. Those units will be placed throughout the Fairfield West area of the Huntington. Relocating residents is expected to take a couple years.

Williams said the current Northcott buildings have just outlived their usefulness. "There are other ways of providing affordable housing to individuals that are certainly more cost-effective, more energy-efficient, and it will be pleasing to the neighborhood," said Williams.

The mayor said in the next five years, the area leading from the interstate to Marshall University and downtown Huntington will undergo and major facelift, that could include a grocery store and more commercial development. "It's going to create a whole different perspective in coming into the city," he said.



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