CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A blighted West Side property and the future of trees in Kanawha City were the main topics of discussion during Charleston's Municipal Beautification Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Concerning the West Side, the Staats Hospital building will at least look a bit brighter once plywood covering broken windows on the front of the property is painted.
Adam Krason, representing West Side Main Street, told the beautification commission that local artist Rob Cleland will be painting the plywood boards at a cost to West Side Main Street of $1,500 to $2,000.
"It'll give the appearance of windows, but in a bright, lively way," he said.
The painting project is temporary. Once the paint begins to fade, West Side Main Street will paint the plywood red to match the building's brick facade.
"It's been in a blighted condition for some time now," he said.
West Side Main Street has received written approval for the project from the building's owner, Florida-based REO America. The beautification commission also gave the project its approval yesterday, which is required because the project is considered a public mural.
The art should be completed in time for West Side Main Street's OktoberWest fundraising event on Oct. 12.