Historic building is declared health & safety hazard

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A historic building in Wheelwright is declared a health and safety hazard.

City commissioners have decided to tear down the old Clubhouse.

Decades ago, the old Clubhouse building in Wheelwright use to house a hotel, restaurant, bowling alley, and even a barber shop.

Carolyn Bryant remembers what the Clubhouse was like when she was a child.

“It was beautiful. The whole thing was beautiful,” Bryant said.

The historic Clubhouse built in the 1920s sat empty for more than 30 years. Vandals struck the building and this year city officials say the roof started to cave in and the back wall started fall apart near the walking track.

“You don't want somebody getting hurt and we had children going in it. We had a lot of danger,” City Commissioner Don Hall said.

City officials declared it a health and safety hazard and decided to tear it down.

When demolition is complete, city officials want to turn the land into retail space for things the community needs.

“Hopefully, we're going to get a grocery store in here,” Hall said.

Though she is sad to see the Clubhouse go, Bryant is looking forward to the future.

“People have to go to either junction, or Martin, or Prestonsburg or places like that to get groceries. I'd rather be a store up here,” Bryant said.

Crews hope to finish demolition in a few weeks.

City officials say the Veterans Memorial that currently sits by the historic building will be moved to a new site.

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