CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A prominent slum on Charleston's West Side is getting a sprucing up courtesy of a local economic development group and a local artist.
The former Staats Hospital building, located on Washington Street West, has fallen into serious disrepair over the years. Its windows are shattered and graffiti dots its facade.
Artist Rob Cleland put finishing touches on his plywood murals Tuesday. The murals mock a reflection and are meant to give the appearance of windows. Agsten Construction Co. workers installed the panels Tuesday.
West Side Main Street paid for the work. Adam Krason, a representative of the group, told Charleston's Beautification Commission is September the project would cost $1,500 to $2,000.
The beautification commission gave the project its approval, which was required because it is considered a public mural.
The murals are temporary. Once the paint begins to fade, West Side Main Street will paint the plywood red to match the building's brick facade.
Florida-based REO America is the current owner of the building.