Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 31, 2014

Highland Avenue: Housing project good for Bluefield


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — A welcomed housing project is nearing a long-awaited completion for the city of Bluefield. The eight new homes under construction along Highland Avenue are just about finished, and families could begin moving into the new units as early as next month.

The project contains a total of eight new houses on the site. Two of these newly constructed units will be single-family houses and six of them will be rental properties. The new housing units are a project of Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia. The new homes are centrally located at one of the busiest entrances to the city from the U.S. Route 52 Easley Bridge — thus helping to create a positive first impression for visitors into the city from the heavily traveled Route 52 corridor.

The inside of the houses are now complete, and contractors are working to finish up sidewalks, parking lots, lighting, fencing and landscaping, according to CASE Executive Director Oretta Hubbard.

Hubbard says there is already a waiting list for the new houses.

“We have about 30 applications so far and we are still sorting through those. There is a selection criteria that we are required to go by,” Hubbard said. “We were hoping people were going to be able to move in around the first of June but it looks like we will be shooting for the middle of June so we can finish up all the odds and ends.”

We congratulate CASE on the looming completion of this important project. It’s a big plus for Bluefield and the Highland Avenue community in particular.