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October 14, 2013

Bluefield, Princeton continue demolition projects

BLUEFIELD — The cities of Bluefield and Princeton plan to continue demolition projects as winter quickly approaches.

Bluefield plans to continue to rid the city of dilapidated buildings, according to City Manager Jim Ferguson.

Bluefield’s goal is to demolish 50 buildings between the effort of city crews and private companies. Right now the city only has 35 that have been demolished, Ferguson said.

“We will do what we can to get 50 as long as the weather stays good and we have the man power to complete the projects,” Ferguson said. “We won’t stop unless the weather gets too severe.”

Princeton is continually in the demolition process, Bill Buzzo, city code enforcement officer, said.

“We are closing in on 500 demolitions. Demolitions are always an ongoing project,” Buzzo said.

Demolitions are good for Princeton, they help economic growth and help reduce fires and crimes, Buzzo said.  

“We remove around 30 to 40 buildings per year and the cold weather doesn’t stop us,” Buzzo said.

The city of Princeton sets aside a specific budget for demolitions. “We don’t wait for grants,” Buzzo said. “If we receive grants that is extra money, which is helpful.”

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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