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Bankruptcy Halts Auction of Marooned Elkview Mall

Flood, Elkview

  A last-minute bankruptcy filing has halted the sale of an Elkview shopping center that has been marooned and shuttered since a crucial access bridge was washed away by flooding last summer.

A group was forming on the steps of the Kanawha County Courthouse on Tuesday to participate in an auction for the Crossings Mall property, but the scheduled sale was called off after the mall owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The move will likely further delay construction of a new bridge to access the property.

About 500 employees who worked at the mall have been unable to return since June floods washed out the bridge.

The property will stay with the owners, Tara Retail Group, as the bankruptcy case heads to court.