Rundown buildings in several Ohio Valley neighborhoods will soon be a thing of the past.
The goal of a new program in Brooke and Hancock Counties is to rid the area of dilapidated buildings.
The Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle’s BAD building initiative has resulted in the removal of 12 abandoned houses and trailers in Brooke and Hancock counties.
BAD stands for Brownfield, abandoned, and dilapidated.
The elimination of these buildings help improve public safety along with helping the development of the community.
The have reached out to local banks to help with the funding and just last week Huntington Bank gifted the BDC with $20,000 to help with the distruction of two houses that were in Chester.
“One lot for example, we partnered with the Weirton Christian Center and we turned it into a fantastic community garden,” said Patrick Ford, the executive director of the BDC of the Northern Panhandle. “Another site we actually decided to keep the building. We fixed up the house and we leased it to a single mother and her daughter.”
Ford said they have just started tearing down the last two of the “Dirty Dozen” in New Cumberland.