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Moratorium will remain in effect, Craft tells board

Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft told the Letcher County Conservation District’s governing board this week that he does not plan to lift a moratorium on the issuance of a work permit that would allow a contractor to begin tearing down the old KYVA Motor Company building.

Craft issued the moratorium last month after learning the Conservation District had plans to tear down the building which was constructed in 1925 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Craft reaffirmed the moratorium Monday after attending a meeting of the Conservation District’s board of directors, at which he learned a $16,000 contract had already been awarded for the demolition of the building.

Craft said he told the members of the board of directors that the moratorium will remain in place until they can prove to city officials that the building is beyond repair. The building, which was constructed to house an Oakland, Willis, Pontiac, and Internationa truck dealership, is located at the corner of East Main Street and Madison Street. It is surrounded by several other buildings which are also on the National Register of Historic Places, but have been renovated.

The Conservation District purchased the building for $80,000. Craft said the Letcher County Board of Health wants to save the building and has offered to pay the same price to the Conservation District. A new Letcher County Health Department is scheduled to be built on a lot across the street from the KYVA building.

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