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.

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

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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.”