Wheeling Pursuing Emergency Demolition of 23rd Street Building

Two residential buildings at 43 and 45 23rd St. are under raze orders and Wheeling plans to pursue a nuisance declaration that would prompt an emergency demolition of one of the two.

WHEELING — The city is preparing to take emergency action against two dilapidated Center Wheeling properties on 23rd Street.

The vacant residential buildings at 43 and 45 23rd St. are under raze orders and Wheeling plans to pursue a nuisance declaration that would prompt an emergency demolition of one of the two, City Manager Robert Herron said.

“That’s our current course of action,” Herron said.

The properties both share a wall, and only the owner of 43 23rd St. has cooperated with the city regarding demolition, Herron said.

“One property owner has expressed willingness to demolish his building, but they have a common wall,” he said. “The other property owner has not been compliant.”

The connected structures, located east of Luau Manor apartments, were built in 1900 and are zoned for residential use, according to the Ohio County Assessor’s Office.

The office lists 43 23rd St. as in unsound physical condition and 45 23rd St. in poor physical condition. Part of the upper floor of 43, visible from the adjacent alley, appears to have collapsed slightly.

Wheeling’s building inspection division issues raze or repair orders to irresponsible property owners who haven’t properly maintained their buildings. In some instances, the city will intercede to raze and clear “vacant, derelict” structures, according to its website.

Per city code, a building is a public nuisance if it is “dilapidated, decayed, unsafe or unsanitary … or is unfit for human habitation” and can be ordered abated by demolition through a majority vote of City Council. It was not known when council would take action against the buildings.

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