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Municipal annex demolition begins

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 10:25 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Demolition began Saturday on a long-vacant and dilapidated building in downtown Huntington.

Crews began taking down the municipal annex building located next to City Hall on 5th Avenue on Saturday morning. A parking lot is planned for its place.

Developer Shane Radcliff purchased the annex building property from the city for $100,000 last year. He has said the property will be used for tenants living in the newly-renovated, loft-style apartments he is constructing in the old Renaissance Bookstore, 831 4th Ave. The first available apartments in that building are expected to be ready by June.

At the time of the building's sale, Huntington Municipal Development Authority Executive Director Tom Bell called it a "considerable relief" to dispose of the property and see it put back to productive use. The building, previously used to provide extra office space for city employees, was forced to close in 1999 because of safety concerns.

The demolition project and debris removal is expected to take two weeks. During that time, traffic on 5th Avenue will not be affected, but parking spaces along the west side of the building will be unavailable.