Charleston Gazette-Mail – Kanawha County commissioners said Monday they would file a claim against the owner of the Crossings Mall in Elkview, which has been closed for several months after the only bridge to the shopping center washed out in last June’s floods.
The mall was supposed to be sold on the Kanawha courthouse steps last week, but a last-minute bankruptcy filing by the mall’s owners, Tara Retail Group, canceled that sale. Tara Retail is owned by Bill Abruzzino.
“There have been far too many delays in the process to rebuild the bridge at the Crossings Mall,” County Commission President Kent Carper said in a news release. “The lack of safe access to the mall creates a public nuisance that must be rectified as soon as possible.”
Carper noted that as many as 500 people work at the shopping center, and urged the bankruptcy judge to move as quickly as possible to let the bridge be built.
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