Crews demolish several downtown Bedford buildings

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BEDFORD, Va. An entire block of buildings is being demolished in downtown Bedford.

Crews are tearing down two structures at the corner of Washington and South Bridge Streets.

Everything from pharmacies to department stores have occupied those spaces in the past, but the buildings have been vacant for several years.

Bedford County's Economic Development Authority owns the property. A spokesperson said the buildings, constructed in the 1940's and 50's, were suffering from mold and maintenance issues that could not be resolved.

"It was costing the EDA money just to keep the lights on," said Bedford County Economic Development Director, Traci Blido. "The fact that there were some mold issues and things like that, it really was not conducive to have retail operations in there."

The EDA is spending around $74,000 to demolish the buildings. The work should be finished by the end of the week.

A temporary parking lot will sit on the property until a new use can be developed.