Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 28, 2012

Piece by piece... Demolition progresses on parking garage

BLUEFIELD — Piece by piece, the old Scott Street Parking Garage is steadily falling to the efforts of demolition workers and their equipment.

Work on demolishing the parking structure near the West Virginia Manor in downtown Bluefield started in early August.

Crews have been working daily to bring down the concrete garage. The parking garage was closed due to structural concerns.

“I believe that they have a few more weeks and we hope it’s completed by the end of October,” said City Manager Jim Ferguson. “I don’t know the exact schedule, but they are making progress.”

Workers have continued the project during weekends while putting in some late hours during the week, Ferguson said. How soon the rest of the garage comes down will depend on the weather.

“We hope within a few weeks, it will be completed; at least the demolition. Then there will be some clean up,” he said.

Mayor Linda Whalen said the space now occupied by what is left of the Scott Street garage will be turned into a parking lot. Plans call for the new lot to have approximately 85 spaces.

“It will certainly provide needed parking,” Whalen said. “Downtown businesses have been having to park on the street.”

The city will charge for parking at the new lot just as it charged for space at the Scott Street garage, Whalen said.

— Contact Greg Jordan at

gjordan@bdtonline.comꆱ

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