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Old Kirk's Art Supplies building in Wheeling set to come down

By the end of the week, the building which once housed Kirk's Art Supplies on Market Street will be torn down, making room for an outdoor park and a historic monument.

By the end of the week, the building which once housed Kirk's Art Supplies on Market Street will be torn down, making room for an outdoor park and a historic monument.

"We hate to see an old building like this come down,” said Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott. “It's a very neat, historic building. The time to save it was about a decade ago. Sadly, it was left in disrepair.”

Elliott said after taking one look inside, the city had no other option than to tear the structure down.

"The first floor is in the basement, the second floor is increasing on the first floor and the roof has now partially collapsed,” Elliott said.

Crews have their equipment ready to handle the demolition. After that, the city has a contract with the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument, which will be moved from Wheeling Park to the space right beside West Virginia Independence Hall.

"If we don't do this soon, the cost of moving that monument actually goes up,” Elliott said.

The city said the property where the old Kirk's building sits will be given to the state.

"Let the state then expand the existing green space here behind Independence Hall, and make it sort of an outdoor park with the monument being the focal piece of that,” Elliott said.

The building could be demolished any day now and when that happens, city officials want to move the monument right away.

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