- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - The City of Beckley is calling for the demolition of the old Beckley Newspapers building which sits empty inside the city’s downtown historic district.

The Register-Herald of Beckley (https://bit.ly/252eJvN ) reports that the city has submitted a demolition proposal to the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office.

Mayor Bill O’Brien called the building, which had once been home to The Raleigh Register and Beckley Post-Herald, an “eyesore” and a “hazard to the public.”

Preservation Office Director Susan Pierce says the 1950s building may be architecturally significant and may be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

County officials say there have not been any estimates for how much renovation or demolition would cost.

An adjacent building that also held the newspapers is occupied by a law firm and is not in danger of being demolished.

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Information from: The Register-Herald, https://www.register-herald.com


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