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Wellsburg aims to breathe new life into old properties

Written by Linda Harris, Weirton Daily Times on . Posted in Media, News

WELLSBURG – The boarded up windows at the old Brooke Glass property in the south end of town don’t begin to tell the story of what’s happening in the community, Mayor Sue Simonetti says.

Idled more than three decades ago, Simonetti sees the old factory as the centerpiece of a citywide effort to reinvent Wellsburg that started just about the time the old Banner-Fibreboard property in the heart of town was cleaned up and then acquired by Eagle Manufacturing for roughly $1.2 million. The company is currently building a 40,000-square-foot distribution center and a 1,200-square foot office where the paper plant once stood, leaving it with another 60,000 square feet of development potential in reserve.

“Brooke Glass wasn’t our first priority (when we started),” Simonetti says of the 2-acre parcel just a block from city hall. “But it’s become our first priority.”

Retail outlets inquire about old TS&T site

Written by Linda Harris, Weirton Daily Times on . Posted in Media, News

CHESTER – Two retail outlets are looking at the old Taylor, Smith & Taylor plant site, the executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle said Wednesday.

Pat Ford said they’d forwarded the TS&T master site plan in response to their inquiries “to see what parts they might be interested in.” He said both companies “want to be part of a multi-tenant development.”

Microbrewery among redevelopment ideas for 19th century stone building in Martinsburg

Written by Matthew Umstead, Herald-Mail on . Posted in Media, News

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.— A microbrewery was among the most popular redevelopment ideas pitched Friday for the Matthews Foundry, a dilapidated 19th century stone building located in Martinsburg’s historic industrial core.

Built before the Civil War, the building at 420 N. Queen St. was one of five projects in Main Street communities across the state that the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative chose earlier this year to receive technical assistance that could help spur revitalization.

“We’re really excited about this project,” Carrie Staton, the collaborative’s coordinator, told community stakeholders invited to a kickoff for the Benedum Foundation grant-funded project.

Main Street Martinsburg was awarded $5,750 as part of the expanded focus of the redevelopment collaborative, which is part of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center.

Group tours downtown buildings

Written by Michael Erb, News and Sentinal on . Posted in Media, News

PARKERSBURG – Local officials are teaming with architects and engineers to showcase potential uses for vacant buildings in downtown Parkersburg.

Carrie Nesselrode, executive director of Downtown PKB, said about a dozen local officials along with professionals from Charleston and Morgantown toured vacant buildings in downtown Parkersburg. The project is being overseen by Downtown PKB’s Economic Restructuring Committee.

The group was brought to the area through a cooperative agreement with Downtown PKB and the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative.