CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nearly three years after tenants like Gallery Eleven were forced to move out amid reports the nearby Catholic church needed the space, the seven-story office building at 1033 Quarrier St. remains empty.
The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston does indeed want to use the building, said lawyer Ralph Hoyer, who owns the building under a limited liability company, 1033 Quarrier, LLC.
"The big long-range plan was always to have that building connect to Sacred Heart Grade School," Hoyer said. "We're doing the evaluation of the building as an extension of the grade school."
Hoyer said he is working with Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese on the building plans.
"I represent the Sacred Heart Basilica, as I have for the last 40 years," he said. "I do all their property development. I've been involved with all the acquisition of real estate, the addition to the basilica, most recently the early childhood center and gymnasium."
On Tuesday the building at 1033 Quarrier, at the southeast corner of Dunbar Street, looked much as it did when the tenants moved out in October 2010, though perhaps a bit worse for wear.
Faded signs on the front still tout Betty K's Hairstyling and Gallery Eleven, while posters taped inside the glass doors promote three-year-old events. Upstairs, scattered broken windows allow the wind to ruffle curtains.
Hoyer said he bought the building about 30 years ago. "It was the last piece of property on the block that was not owned by the church."