- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Charleston officials are considering slowing down the process to demolish historical buildings.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1lGLPsm ) the city’s planning commission has approved a proposal to delay the destruction of historic properties for up to 135 days after a demolition permit is requested.

The action would still need the approval of the city council’s planning committee and the full council to go into effect.

Councilwoman Mary Jean Davis says the idea is to provide a cooling down period before a historic building is torn down.

The ordinance would apply to properties in historic districts and to individual properties deemed historical by national or city databases.

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