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.

West Side gas station could be a dog park

Written by Jim Balow, WV Gazette on . Posted in Media, News

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If Stephanie Johnson and her West Side neighbors have their way, the old Sunoco station at the corner of Greendale Drive and Washington Street could soon become a dog park, or maybe a children’s park.

First, though, Johnson needs to ensure the property is free of environmental hazards.

Like other former gas stations, the .71-acre site at the foot of the West Side hill once hid underground storage tanks. And its soil was likely contaminated by gasoline that overflowed from car fill pipes and oil that washed from the garage floor.

Johnson, director of the West Side Main Street program, recently obtained a $5,000 grant from the West Virginia Brownfields programs. The program is aimed at helping folks reuse contaminated (brownfields) sites.

Working with Patrick Kirby at the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU, Johnson and other grant winners will meet in June to decide how to use their money. It could go toward more soil testing or feasibility studies, she said.

“Since I’ve been here, this is the site I get the most calls about,” Johnson said Monday beside the fenced-in property.

“I get calls about once a month: ‘Do you know what’s going on? Are there any grants available?’ Most are from Edgewood residents.”

Morgantown Community Discusses Future of Woodburn Elementary School

Written by Krista Baker, WBOY on . Posted in Media, News

MORGANTOWN –

After more than 100 years, Woodburn Elementary will officially close this April. Some people want to know what will go in its place once it’s closed.

The Morgantown community is meeting for Woodburn Visioning Workshops to discuss what the building will be used for.

“It’s a critical piece of property and it’s something we just can’t let go as a community,” said Chris Haddox, a member of the Woodburn Reuse Study Committee. “These kinds of properties don’t become available that often and when they do you have to jump on them.”

Main Street Communities Meet to Discuss Upcoming Projects

Written by Kelsey Pape, WBOY on . Posted in Media, News

Main Street West Virginia aims to help cities throughout the state bring their downtown areas back to life.

Various people with expertise in tourism, development, and revitalization came to Fairmont to meet with several Main Street communities.

Each community shared a project it was working on with the group then discussed ways to work through barriers and what potential solutions could be.