CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A vacant property on Charleston's East End recently purchased by the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority appears to be prime for development following several analyses of the property.
In November, the authority formally purchased the property at 1601 Washington Street East. It is a vacant building on the corner of Washington and Elizabeth streets that features three storefronts on the first floor and four apartments on the second floor.
The authority plans to renovate the structure before selling it back to the private sector.
But before any work can begin, the authority has been analyzing the structure to see what work needs to be done and what, if any, damage there is that needs to be repaired.
CURA Executive Director Jim Edwards said in November that an asbestos analysis revealed only a small number of contaminated floor tiles, making required asbestos abatement a relatively simple task.
Wednesday, Edwards said an environmental analysis showed the only hazards to be storage containers for photographic chemicals in one of the second-floor apartments that used to house a photo studio for around 30 years.
Structurally, the building is in pretty good shape. Edwards said a preliminary architectural report showed the floors and supports are still sound, though there is a small amount of water damage in one corner of the building that can be repaired.
"So far, the news has been pretty good about the building," Edwards said.