Demolition to Clear Way for Teacher Housing in McDowell County

Jun 7, 2016

Demolition will start soon on two buildings to clear the way for new apartments for teachers in a blighted southern West Virginia community.

The old Best Furniture Store building in downtown Welch will be demolished to make room for new housing.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A news release says the Best Furniture and Katzen buildings in downtown Welch will be torn down starting Thursday.

The new space will house the Renaissance Village apartment complex, which will primarily be intended for teachers.

The apartments are a key component of the Reconnecting McDowell partnership. That project led by the American Federation of Teachers and its many partners aims to improve opportunities in impoverished McDowell County.

The 30-unit Renaissance Village will include rental apartments, a common area for residents and street-level retail establishments, like a coffee shop.

The news release says the project will be the first multistory construction in Welch in 50 years.