Charleston, WV – This afternoon, following several hours of testimony, the Honorable Judge Thomas Johnston of the Southern District of West Virginia ordered that a receiver be appointed to manage the property at Elkview Crossings Mall. The receiver will be repsonsible for rebuilding the bridge and restoring access to the Elkview Crossings shopping center. U.S. Bank, which holds the mortgage on the property, has agreed to fund the rebuild of the bridge. The Judge ordered that work on the new bridge begins as soon as possible.

“I want to sincerely thank Judge Johnston for his efforts in this case. He made it clear that restoring access to the Elkview Crossings mall was a priority, and his order today appointing a receiver will allow that to happen as soon as possible. I am very pleased for the residents of Elkview, the retail tenants at the mall, and all of Kanawha County,” stated Commission President Kent Carper.

Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy added, “The Commission’s primary focus since the June flood was to have the bridge rebuilt, and the Judge’s ruling will allow construction to begin in short order. The Crossings Mall is a vital part of the Elk River community and I am so pleased our residents will soon be able to shop there once again.”

The Judge appointed Martin Perry of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank as receiver. It is expected that a contract to build the bridge will be awarded by the end of the week. Due to winter weather, the construction process could take up to 90 days to complete.