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Huntington tower declared unfit for habitation

Herald-Dispatch photo by Bishop Nash The Hope Tower, formerly known as the Prichard Building, on Monday, March 30, 2015, in Huntington.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Bishop Nash
The Hope Tower, formerly known as the Prichard Building, on Monday, March 30, 2015, in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Residents of Hope Tower were scrambling to find new housing on Monday after an inspection by the city of Huntington caused city officials to believe the building is uninhabitable.

Formerly known as the Prichard Building, Hope Tower is located at 601 9th St., and in the past year has been in the process of shifting from affordable housing to the general public to being a recovery program for people battling addiction. The mission is in partnership with Christ Temple Church and Eddie James Ministries, an internationally touring Christian ministry that has had a special ministry to heal people battling addiction.

Property owner Shane Polan said the number of residents in the 13-story building already had decreased from 65 to 21 and plans were to clear out the building before doing $10 million to $15 million in renovations needed to transform it. He was planning to give the remaining residents 45 days to find new homes, but that changed after a city inspection deemed parts of the structure are unfit for human occupancy…

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