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Town, preservationists at odds over demolition

by AP posted Jun 14 2012 12:41PM



POCAHONTAS, Va. (AP) - A southwest Virginia town's demolition of an old coal company store's front is drawing fire from a preservation group.


Crews razed the front of the former Pocahontas Fuel Company Store in Pocahontas late Tuesday night.


Historic Pocahontas Inc. treasurer Thomas B. Childress says that he's angry. He says his group was working with the town to save the building.


Childress says the preservation group plans to seek an injunction in Tazewell County Circuit Court to block the town from proceeding with a downtown revitalization plan.


Pocahontas Mayor Jonathan Gibson says the town had to take immediate action because the top of the structure began swaying and posed a danger to the public.

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06/14/2012 12:42PM
Town, preservationists at odds over demolition
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