SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A two-story building at 4410 MacCorkle Ave. S.E. in South Charleston's Spring Hill neighborhood was demolished over the weekend to create additional parking for Marty's Tire and Sassy's.
Steve Pendleton of Pendleton Land Co., who owns all of the property involved, said the demolition of the building, which had a 4,000-square-foot footprint, will create about a dozen parking spaces.
Marty's Tire Store, at 4404 MacCorkle Ave. S.E., is on one side of the now-vacant space. Sassy's, a limited video lottery parlor at 4414 MacCorkle Ave. S.E., is on the other side.
The additional parking "will make accessibility a lot better for everybody and will improve visibility on MacCorkle Avenue," Pendleton said. He noted that with Thomas Memorial Hospital nearby, the area has a lot of traffic and parking is a valuable amenity.
Teays TLC Property Management demolished the back half of the building on Saturday. "On Sunday the South Charleston Fire Department blocked off a part of MacCorkle Avenue and they took down the front of the building," Pendleton said.
A crew was cleaning up the site on Monday.
Pendleton said the demolished building had most recently been used for storage by Charleston Tire Inc. "With changes in distribution, the business didn't need the space any longer," he said. Pendleton sold Charleston Tire Co. to Marty's Tire Store of South Charleston Inc. last July.
Before Charleston Tire used the building for storage, an H&R Block office occupied the ground floor and there were some apartments upstairs, Pendleton said. He figures the building was erected in the 1920s or 1930s.
Pendleton said the building "was a bit of an eyesore," and noted that South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens has been pushing businesses to revitalize the Spring Hill Business District.Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.