The Town of Columbia voted to go out of business and it will happen on July 1st. Now, the state is providing funds to raze four buildings considered dangerous and an eyesore.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is providing a $150,000 grant to buy and pull down the structures on St. James Street. Columbia is on the James River at the confluence with the Rivanna River. It has struggled since Hurricanes Camille in 1969, and Agnes in 1972, caused dramatic damage.