Jail Closing

By: Susan Bahorich
By: Susan Bahorich

Franklin, West Virginia is rich with history, and some people like Koren Rawlings are afraid that history is being destroyed.

"It disturbs us the building may be demolished," says concerned resident Koren Rawlings.

She talking about the 100-year-old Pendleton County Jail is set to be torn down sometime this year. In it's place a new judicial annex and parking lot. But, since the jail is listed in the National Register of Historic Places some state officials are raising eyebrows at the plan.

In writing they've expressed their outrage and hope for a different ending than demolition of this old building.

The jail hasn't housed prisoners for years. County commissioners say renovations would be expensive, in fact, the building is falling apart at the seams.

"Basically to build a new structure it would be $1.2 million and to repair other without as much floor space would be $1.5 million," explains Pendleton County commissioner Kelly Hartman.

Hartman says county commissioners have followed the laws by posting meetings and requests in the local paper, but there was nothing they could do to save the building.

Hartman explains, "With new structure we'll have increase in floor space and area with old structure do not have minimum a requirement to meet offices."

The Pendleton County Commissioners are currently taking bids for the demolition of the building.

Bidding is open until March 4.


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