Groundbreaking set for teacher housing in West Virginia

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WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Construction will start next spring on apartment-style housing for West Virginia public school teachers in McDowell County.

Reconnecting McDowell says the public-private group's board has approved a plan of the $7 million Welch building that will have two floors of apartments and two floors of commercial space.

The building is intended to make housing more accessible for teachers. County School Superintendent Nelson Spencer says there are 22 vacant teaching positions in the county.

The statement says the original plan to have up to five floors of apartments was too expensive. A redesigned plan makes it possible to get financing to have the groundbreaking next spring.

Welch Mayor Reba Honaker says it will be the first new multistory construction in the community of 1,800 residents in more than 50 years.

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