February 16, 2012
By Kevin Courtney, Exponent Telegram
It’s about time.
A decade after being scheduled for demolition, the John W. Davis Building is finally coming down.
Crews from Reclaim Co. out of Fairmont began razing the familiar downtown structure Monday, and are expected to complete demolition work within the next two weeks.
The building — a Sheraton Hotel before being purchased by the state — was put on the list for either demolition or renovation in 2002 after former Gov. Bob Wise announced the state would build a new office complex on the site.
Once demolition is complete, the state plans to build a new four-story, 88,000-square-foot building that will house five state agencies. “It’s been a long time coming,” Councilman Jim Hunt said. “The message is still the same: Having the presence of the state in the downtown is a plus for the city.”
The demolition scene along West Main Street looks like something different. It looks like progress. And that’s truly something to build on.