Collaborative Project Profiles

At the heart of the WV Redevelopment Collaborative model are Brownfields Redevelopment Teams (BRTs). BRTs are assembled and tailored to meet the needs and goals of specific redevelopment projects. Teams are composed of academic experts, agency service providers, and other redevelopment professionals to address the complexities of redevelopment projects. These teams work closely with one another and local project champions to help communities address challenging  projects.

To date, the WVRC has awarded funding to 20 projects in three rounds of funding.  

2013 WVRC Projects

Bendix Building

Project Location: Ronceverte

Grantee Organization: Ronceverte Development Corporation

Project Funding: $5,000

Project Summary
 
This project involves a 3 story 45,000 sq ft vacant building on the edge of the City’s 22 acre park and within walking distance of the downtown commercial district. 

The Development Corporation is working with the BRT to develop a site plan for the site, perform structural and environmental assessments on the property, and engage the community in re-use planning activities. The team met initially with community stakeholders to discuss re-use potential, and Professor Butler is currently working to develop a site plan based on community input.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  •  Sally Baker, President, Main Street Ronceverte/Ronceverte Redevelopment Corporation
  • Lisa Circle, Program Director, Main Street Ronceverte
  • Doug Hylton, City Planner, City of Ronceverte
  • Sharon Schaefer, Board Member, Main Street Ronceverte
  • Peter Butler, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University
  • Joe Brouse, Business Lender, Natural Capital Investment Fund
  • Kudzayi Maumbe, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Tourism Studies, West Virginia University
  • Jennifer Brennan, Assistant Director, WV State Historic Preservation Office
Project News
Coming soon!

Brooke Glass

Project LocationWellsburg

The BRT in Wellsburg will be exploring redevelopment options for the Brooke Glass site.

The BRT in Wellsburg will be exploring redevelopment options for the Brooke Glass site.

Grantee Organization: Brooke-Hancock Regional Planning and Development Council

Project Funding: $5,000

Project Summary
The goal of this project is to further the redevelopment of the Brooke Glass site, a former glass factory along the Ohio River. Representatives from the Wellsburg Urban Redevelopment Authority are working with the Brooke-Hancock Regional Planning & Development Council, officials from the WV Department of Environmental Protection, and academic experts in e-government and marketing to explore the potential of redevelopment of this key property in the downtown district of Wellsburg, blocks from access to the Ohio River. The team will be exploring other successful riverfront redevelopment efforts in the search for best practices to apply to this project, as well as considering the site as part of a plan for broader redevelopment in Downtown Wellsburg.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • John Brown, Executive Director, Brooke-Hancock Regional Planning & Development Council
  • Sue Simonetti, Mayor, City of Wellsburg
  • Ryan Weld, Chair, Wellsburg Redevelopment Authority
  • Christian Schaupp, Associate Professor of Accounting, West Virginia University
  • Joseph Scarpaci, Associate Professor of Marketing, West Liberty University
  • Patricia Hickman, Environmental Resources Program Manager, WV Department of Environmental Protection

Project Updates
Coming soon!

Houston Company Store

Project Location: Kimball

A team of experts is working in McDowell County to preserve and redevelop a historic former coal company store.

A team of experts is working in McDowell County to preserve and redevelop a historic former coal company store.

Grantee Organization: McDowell County Economic Development Authority

Project Funding: $5,000

Project Summary
 
The McDowell County EDA is working with their BRT on the redevelopment of the Houston Company Store, a historic coal company store in the heart of the community of Kimball. The BRT's work will include an environmental assessment of the building; a plan for the removal of any hazardous material, including asbestos; significant community engagement on plans for the future use of the site; the creation of a marketing plan for public engagement

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Peni Adams, Executive Director, McDowell County Economic Development Authority
  • Jean Battlo, Artistic Director, McArts Fine Arts Organization
  • Jamie Durant, Instructional Specialist, Bridgemont Sustainability Institute
  • Michael Mills, Pricipal Architect, Mills Group
  • Michelle Whittaker, President, McArts Fine Arts Organization

Project News
Coming soon!

Wyoming County Industrial Park

Project Location: Tralee

Team meets on Wyoming County Industrial Park project

Team meets on Wyoming County Industrial Park project

Grantee Organization: Wyoming County Economic Development Authority

Project Funding: $5,000

Project Summary
The Wyoming County EDA is working with a BRT to remediate and redevelop a former lumber yard into an industrial park. The BRT will develop a site plan, as well as specific plans for remediation, marketing, and infrastructure development. 

The proposed activities fall into two categories, completing the Decision Enhancer Tool and marketing.  The results of the DET will influence what types of companies will be best suited for the site, which determines the physical layout and construction methods to be used at the site. The DET training will have long-term benefits as well. The general county information will be readily accessible and individuals will be trained to take advantage of the DET, as well as the Brownfields Assistance Center.

Marketing involves both branding and advertising. Branding this site involves naming the site and producing a corresponding logo. A new image will help move the site away from its past, as well as bring the project back to the public's attention. The WCEDA Board will settle on a name, and the logo will come from a design contest
among students at a local career and technical center. The WCEDA Board will select a winning logo from those submitted.  BRT member Elizabeth Oppe and her students will work with the EDA and students on this piece of the plan, helping to integrate the selected logo into a complete marketing plan for the site. 

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  •  Morgan Findley, VISTA, Americorps
  • Christy Laxton, Executive Director, Wyoming County Economic Development Authority
  • Sue Cline, Realtor, Century 21 Real Estate
  • Jennifer Weidhaas, Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, West Virginia University
  • Ken Ellison, Director of Division of Land Restoration, WV Department of Environmental Protection
  • Anna Withrow, Graduate Research Assistant, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
  • Elizabeth Oppe, Teaching Assistant Professor of Journalism, West Virginia University
Project News
Coming soon!

Barbour County Historical Museum

Project Location: Philippi

The BRT in Philippi is working on the Barbour County Historical Museum

The BRT in Philippi is working on the Barbour County Historical Museum, a former train depot that will now serve as the tourism gateway to the city.

Grantee Organization: City of Philippi

Project Funding: $2,000

Project Summary
 
The Barbour County Historical Museum is located in the former B&O Railroad Station in Philippi, WV. The floor of the shop area is contaminated with creosote and structural issues have been discovered that need corrected. The former Marathon gas station is located adjacent to the museum and is under consideration to be purchased by the City or the Building Commission to be improved as a potential location for the Convention and Visitors Bureau and possibly tourism based retail space. The project would result in a "tourism gateway", improving the initial impression of the City after exiting the historic covered bridge. Grant funds would be used to pay for travel to the site by the Fairmont State University Community Design Team to develop a proposed site plan, including parking and rendering of the possible renovated exterior of the Marathon station. The designs would take into account the location of the project in a historic district. In May, team members will meet in Philippi, WV to view the recommended designs and select the best option(s). A public meeting will be scheduled to present the design(s) to the public for their input. Other activities conducted during the grant period will include work by Alderson-Broaddus representatives to collect information on the potential environmental contamination at the train station and the former Marathon site. We will also pursue obtaining a Phase 1 environmental review.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  •  Karen Weaver, City Manager, City of Philippi
  • Ed Larry, Member, City Council
  • Larry Jett, Vice President, Philippi Building Commission
  • Philip Freeman, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Fairmont State University
  • Susan Aloi, Director, School of Business, West Virginia Weslyan College
  • Donald Martin, Assistant Director of Division of Land Restoration, WV Department of Environmental Protection
  • Aaron Maxwell, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Alderson-Broaddus Collge
  • Cheryl Wolfe, Retired, US Department of Agriculture
Project News
Coming soon!

BFG Building

Project Location: Richwood

BFG Building in Richwood

The BFG Building in Richwood has served many uses but currently sits vacant and susceptible to vandalism.

Grantee Organization:  City of Richwood

Project Funding: $2,000

Project Summary
The focus of this project is a structural, environmental, and demolition assessment or repurposing analysis of a Richwood industrial property. The property consists of several contiguous lots containing a single structure. The structure contains construction/warehouse space and offices and was built circa 1970. The property has had several tenants and has been vacant since 2005. The structure has been vandalized and is unfortunately accessible to the public via various access points.

The team in Richwood is helping to assess the environmental concerns as the City explores potential for redevelopment. The team is also assisting in a broader effort to create a comprehensive plan for the City of Richwood.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Ray Moeller, Community Development Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Bob Johnson, Mayor, City of Richwood
  • Derek Springston, Program Associate, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
  • Ross Brittain, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Alderson-Broaddus College
  • Jared Anderson, Supporting Land Use Attorney, WVU Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Clinic
Project News
Coming soon!

Marketplace of Ideas

Project Location:  Parkersburg

Grantee Organization: Downtown PKB

Citizens United Bank

The BRT in Parkersburg will explore opportunities to convert the Citizens United Bank into a showcase property for sustainable downtown revitalization efforts.

Project Funding: $2,000

Project Summary
The BRT in Parkersbug is planning to take two buildings that are currently vacant and showcase how they can be utilized for business or living space. This showcase will take place during a tour of ALL vacant buildings in the downtown area. The tour will be presented to investors and realtors in a hope of educating them on space availability as well as funding opportunities.

The BRT will work with local stakeholders to select buildings that present the best opportunity for the project and develop a plan for redevelopment and future marketing activities.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Carrie Nesselrode, Executive Director, Downtown PKB
  • Rickie Yeager, Planning Administrator, City of Parkersburg
  • Monica Miller, Manager of Local Capacity Development, WV Development Office
  • Kathryn Wittner, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University
  • Jenny Boulware, Associate Coordinator of Cultural Resource Management Program, West Virginia University
  • Ryan Hess, Director of Sustainable Design, Mills Group
Project News
Coming soon!

Woodburn School

Project Location: Morgantown

Reimagine Woodburn

Morgantown residents learn background information on the Woodburn School before completing visioning activities for the site's future at Reimagine Woodburn event in March of 2013.

Grantee Organization: Woodburn School Re-Use Committee

Project Funding: $2,000

Project Summary
 
The Woodburn BRT is exploring the opportunity to maintain a soon-to-be abandoned elementary school as a community asset. The team has worked with neighborhood stakeholders and City Council members to hold re-use planning sessions to solicit community input on the future of the site. The City recently agreed to purchase the school from the Monongalia County Board of Education, and Team Members are working to develop several site plan options based on community input. The Team is also exploring unique re-use funding options, including crowdsourcing.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Chris Haddox, Member, Woodburn School Re-Use Committee
  • Patrick Kirby, Director, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
  • Ron Dulaney, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, West Virginia University
  • Billy Plyler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Design & Merchandising, West Virginia University
  • Peter Butler, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University
Project News
Coming soon!

 

2013 WVRC Projects: Main Street Edition

Bark Park

Project Location: Ronceverte

Grantee Organization: Main Street Ronceverte

Project Funding: $1,250

Project Summary
 
The prospective Ronceverte river side dog park project will be adjacent to the City Island Park and will butt up against the C&O rail way that goes through town with the Mullicans Lumber Yard on the other side. A dog park for would be the perfect addition to the 22-acre city park located between Monroe Avenue and the Greenbrier River and would provide a safe and clean place for community residents to spend quality time with their pets and socialize. The dog park would offer an off-leash play area which does not exist anywhere else in the current park and would deter folks from using the fenced in ball field as their play area. The fenced in area of a dog park would prevent the dogs from infringing on the rights of other parks users such as small children and those who may fearful of dogs while keeping the dogs safe from the rail road and the lumber yard. On the site there is an old dilapidated water treatment plant no longer in use that would be great for two public restrooms along with a couple coin operated dog washing stations for public use. The proximity of the prospective park to the Greenbrier River offers an opportunity for a dog friendly beach area which would only compliment the bank of the river currently used as a put in and a take out for recreational boaters.  

Brownfields Redevelopment Team
This summer, Main Street Ronceverte will work with WVRC Coordinator Carrie Staton to assemble community stakeholders and a Brownfields Redevelopment Team to create a redevelopment plan for this project, which the BRT will implement. 

Project Update
Coming Soon

Fairmont Firehouse

Project Location: Fairmont

Grantee Organization: Main Street Fairmont

Project Funding: $5,000

Project Summary
This redevelopment project will allow Main Street Fairmont to lead by example.  MS Fairmont's goal is to systematically acquire & rehabilitate vacant spaces throughout our historic downtown commercial district. 325 Adams will be the genesis this redevelopment mission.  This three story, 2,400 square foot space was most recently used as a children’s bookstore.   They will approach this project in phases, as funding allows.

  • Phase 1:  Renovate and lease first floor commercial area to start-up business
  • Phase 2:  Move Main Street Fairmont to restored second floor and begin rehabilitation process on third floor residential space

Brownfields Redevelopment Team
 
This summer, Main Street Fairmont will work with WVRC Coordinator Carrie Staton to assemble community stakeholders and a Brownfields Redevelopment Team to create a redevelopment plan for this project, which the BRT will implement.

Project Update
Coming Soon

Matthews Foundry

Project Location: Martinsburg

Grantee Organization: Main Street Martinsburg

Project Funding: $5750

Project Summary
This building has been dilapidated for numerous years. This site could be commercial/ mixed use building for retail and restaurants. The surroundings site is on .55 acre of land with a waterfall running through the South side of the property. This site would adapt to a outside sitting area for multi-purposes. This site has been a sore eye to the community and public, because of its location within the downtown district. 

Brownfields Redevelopment Team
This summer, Main Street Martinsburg will work with WVRC Coordinator Carrie Staton to assemble community stakeholders and a Brownfields Redevelopment Team to create a redevelopment plan for this project, which the BRT will implement.

Project Update
Matthews Foundry Project in the news.

Sunoco Lot Project

Project Location: Charleston

Grantee Organization: West Side Main Street

Project Funding: $5,750

Project Summary
The Sunoco lot was previously the site of a Sunoco Station. Unfortunately, the gas station went out of business and left the lot with chemically rich soil. The tanks were later taken out of the ground, however, the lot still remains a brownfield site. The lot is in an ideal location just at the edge of the Elk City District and beginning of the CURA district. It has long been a concern for the community and has drawn the attention of many public figures. West Side Main Street has received a large volume of calls and emails regarding the status of this lot. Restoration of the lot would provide an exciting link between the Elk City District and CURA district. Currently, the vacant brownfield does not provide an aesthetically pleasing connection from one district to the other, and therefore, does not encourage pedestrian traffic to venture beyond this site.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team
This summer, West Side Main Street will work with WVRC Coordinator Carrie Staton to assemble community stakeholders and a Brownfields Redevelopment Team to create a redevelopment plan for this project, which the BRT will implement. 

Project Update
Coming Soon

VFW Building

Project Location: Morgantown

Grantee Organization: Main Street Morgantown

Project Funding: $1,000

Project Summary
Main Street Morgantown has identified a commercial building at the corner of Spruce/Willey Streets as a project that is in need of a development/feasibility study to assist in facilitating development at this location.  Currently, the building on the site is under-utilized and does not add to the business mix currently in downtown Morgantown 

Brownfields Redevelopment Team
This summer, Main Street Morgantown will work with WVRC Coordinator Carrie Staton to assemble community stakeholders and a Brownfields Redevelopment Team to create a redevelopment plan for this project, which the BRT will implement. 

Project Update
Coming Soon

 

2012 WVRC Projects

Little Kanawha Riverfront Redevelopment

Project Location: Parkersburg, WV

Grantee Organization: City of Parkersburg

BRT developing redevelopment plan for Little Kanawha Riverfront site.

BRT developing redevelopment plan for Little Kanawha Riverfront site.

Project Funding: $5,000

Project Summary
The City of Parkersburg is an old industrial town that is nearly built out and has made a strategic decision to focus on infill and redevelopment projects where the economic potential of a property can be realized. The Little Kanawha Riverfront (LKR) site was once home to an old marble factory, but has sense been abandoned. This 8 acre, six parcel site provides the perfect opportunity to revitalize an underused, former industrial site.

Because seventy-five percent of the property is in the 100 year floodplain, the City’s conceptual land use called for the site to be revitalized into a public greenspace with recreational amenities. Proposed amenities included a new public marina and restaurant, natural ecology center and a wetland boardwalk. Light commercial and retail opportunities were suggested on the portions of property out of the floodplain. A deli, ice-cream parlor, bike shop, and canoe/kayak livery were all considered to be viable given the site’s central location, visibility and connectivity to multiple modes of transportation.

When the site is built out, the LKR Redevelopment Project will become a destination center in the community for residents and non-residents alike. And although the project will not necessarily create hundreds of jobs, it will revitalize an underutilized property in the community and greatly improve the City/region’s quality of life (which is critical to attracting businesses and young professionals to a place).

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Rickie Yeager, Planning Administrator, City of Parkersburg
  • Ann Conageski, Development Director, City of Parkersburg
  • Kathy Wittner, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University
  • Jennifer Selin, Community Design Team Coordinator, West Virginia University
  • Torie Jackson, Marketing Instructor, West Virginia University - Parkersburg

Project Success
The Brownfields Redevelopment Team conducted several site visits to the LKR site, beginning their work with a site tour and a review of the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment report. Professor Wittner included several of her landscape architecture students on the site visits, and these students contributed to the final site designs provided to the City.

As the team worked on a new site design and recommendations for the project, they made several visits to successful riverfront redevelopment sites in Ohio, to observe best practices and site ideas for implementation on this project. 

The major project success was the revision of the conceptual plan for the site, completed by Professor Wittner and her students. The plan was presented to the property owner, community stakeholders, the Municipal Planning Commission, and the Parkersburg City Council. Using the conceptual plan for the site and the input from the community, Ms. Jackson is creating marketing materials to aid the City and the site owner in future site marketing.

Little Kanawha Riverfront project news.

Old North Park Landfill

Project Location: Wheeling, WV

Grantee Organization: City of Wheeling

Team in Wheeling receives 2012 Collaborative Buzz Award

Team in Wheeling receives 2012 Collaborative Buzz Award

Project Funding: $5,000

Project Summary
The Old North Park Landfill is a former municipal landfill owned by the City of Wheeling, which operated from 1971-1983 to serve the citizens of Ohio County and the neighboring Brooke and Marshall Counties.  The dumping area has been covered, however, as with most very old landfills, there is concern that hazardous materials could have been deposited there.  As a recipient of a 2009 FOCUS Grant, the City conducted a Phase I and Limited Phase II Environmental Assessment, and confirmed that there are some true environmental concerns that need to be addressed, as well as further assessment to do, before the site could be redeveloped.  The City plans to re-use the site as a recreational complex, which is much needed in the community and very well supported by the neighborhood residents.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Melissa Thompson, Community Development Specialist, City of Wheeling
  • Nancy Prager, Director of Economic and Community Development, City of Wheeling
  • Chad Proudfoot, Program Coordinator, WVU Extension
  • Kudzayi Maumbe, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Tourism, West Virginia University
  • Ken Ellison, Director of the Division of Land Restoration, WV Department of Environmental Protection

Project Success
The goals of the BRT on the Old North Park Landfill Project were to engage the community on the project, assess the feasibility of recreation at the site, and complete a conceptual design.

To engage the community on the project, the team held several community focus group meetings and conducted a recreation survey to identify the priorities of Wheeling residents for the use of the site. The Community Focus Group meetings were planned to engage the community, to address any health concerns of the neighborhood residents, and to assess the community’s appraisal and support of the recreational reuse concept.  In the process of preparing for these community engagement activities, the team learned that the Landfill Closure Assistance Program (LCAP) could expand the boundaries of the existing closure that was occurring at the Newer North Park Landfill, to also include the entire area of the Old North Park Landfill.  The LCAP intervention in the project meant that the costs of all assessment and cleanup as well as site grading/preparations would be absorbed by the LCAP, and as a result, will save the City from any further need to secure assessment and cleanup money.  A “Community Design Event” was eventually held, with the community invited to learn about the project and bring any comments or concerns, as well as their ideas for recreational reuse of the site.  This public meeting allowed for an opportunity to bring together City officials, members of the existing Brownfields Revitalization Task force, and the residents that are interested in shaping the future of the site. 

The involvement of the LCAP helped the BRT and the City determine that the recreational re-use plan at the site was not only feasible, but that it has the potential to be an award winning project.   

The City worked with a local consultant to develop the concept of the recreational reuse, into a schematic Conceptual Master Plan, which will serve to not only enhance investment/funding requests, but also as a design that will be used by the LCAP to guide the assessment, cleanup, and site grading/preparation to the greatest extent possible to prepare the site for future recreational redevelopment.  

The Old North Park Landfill BRT received the 2012 Collaborative Buzz Award from the WVRC for its outstanding efforts at community engagement, as well as its ability to work collaboratively and identify additional resources for leverage, such as the LCAP funding and assistance.

North Park Landfill project news.

Shinnston Activities Park

Project Location: Shinnston, WV

Team Shinnston works on a redevelopment plan at Extreme Makeover: Brownfields Edition in 2011.

Team Shinnston works on a redevelopment plan at Extreme Makeover: Brownfields Edition in 2011.

Grantee Organization: City of Shinnston

Project Funding: $5,000

Project Summary
The City of Shinnston worked with a Brownfields Redevelopment Team to formulate a plan for the highest and best recreational use of the former City Garage site. This included gathering as much stakeholder input as possible and developing the site in a manner consistent with Smart Growth principles.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Emma Clarke, Financial Administrator, City of Shinnston
  • Debra Herndon, City Manager, City of Shinnston
  • LaReta Lowther, Vice President for CRA Compliance, WesBanco Bank, Inc.
  • Chris Haddox, Visiting Assistant Professor of Interior Design & Design Studies, West Virginia University
  • Ashley Kyber, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University

Project Success
A key component of the Shinnston Activities Park project was community engagement. The City and the team hosted several creative and unique opportunities for stakeholders of all ages to contribute to the vision of the site.   During the summer months, City personnel worked with the Harrison County Parks and Recreation program to let the children develop their own means of data collection. The students decided to use an interview format. Using the flip camera that the City had won at the initial WVRC kickoff session, the students put together their own interview team. This group of 6 worked hard to interview all the other program participants and solicit their ideas on what they wanted to see in a downtown park. Additional visioning was done using more traditional methods including drawing and using modeling clay. At the City’s Independence Day Concert in the City Park, surveys and interviews were conducted of those in attendance to gauge their level of support and suggestions for facilities at the project site. 

Using the input from all of the stakeholder groups, a student from Professor Kyber's class incorporated feedback into a plan for the site. 

During the course of the project the City of Shinnston received notification that the application for the voluntary buyout of eight properties located near the project site had been approved by FEMA. This additional space will provide parking for the park area, freeing up space within the park for additional green space and amenities. The first two of these properties are scheduled to go to closing in November. 

Activity park project news.

TS&T Pottery

Project Location: Chester, WV

BDC Director Pat Ford presents on the success of the TS&T Project at the 2012 Collaborative Buzz Awards.

BDC Director Pat Ford presents on the success of the TS&T Project at the 2012 Collaborative Buzz Awards.

Grantee Organization: Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle

Project Funding: $5,000

Project Summary 
The TS&T Pottery site entered the WVRC as a site of abandoned buildings located within walking distance to the heart of downtown Chester in Hancock County, West Virginia. The Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle (BDC), project champions and site owners, applied to the WVRC to explore options to create a unique development that will enhance the vibrancy of the existing downtown and provide Chester with a planned development to be integrated into the community.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Pat Ford, Executive Director, BDC
  • Marvin Six, Assistant Director, BDC
  • Sandi Parkins, City Clerk, City of Chester
  • Angela Campbell, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University
  • Hodjat Ghadimi, Assistant Professor of Design & Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University
  • Kevin Leyden, Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University

Project Successes
The BRT worked closely with the project contacts and site owner, as well the Rock Springs Riverfront Redevelopment Task Force, a local community stakeholder group, to implement the redevelopment plan developed by the team. The multi-disciplinary BRT made several visits to the site and created a proposed master plan for the site. The team also helped to develop materials that are currently being used by the BDC to market the site to potential developers.

During the grant period, the project achieved several additional milestones, including the receipt of $400,000 in funding for site remediation and demolition. 

TS&T Pottery project news.

Helmick Beltline Property

Project Location: Fairmont

Team Fairmont works on a redevelopment plan for the Helmick Betline project.

Team Fairmont works on a redevelopment plan for the Helmick Betline project.

Grantee Organization: City of Fairmont

Project Funding: $1,000

Project Summary
The project focused on identifying barriers to redevelopment and determining next steps for redevelopment of a large brownfield site within the Beltline Area of Fairmont.  A significant amount of work has been focused on redevelopment of the Beltline Area and its largest brownfield site the Helmick property, however, past planning efforts have fallen short of realizing significant improvement to this area.  

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Kathy Wyrosdick, City Planner, City of Fairmont
  • Kate Montgomery, Fairmont Community Development Partnership
  • Charles Yuill, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
  • Daniel Eades, Extension Specialist, WVU Extension Community, Economic, and Workforce Development Unit

Project Success
The key success for the Beltline Project was the devleopment of the Fairmont Beltline Community Enhancement plan. The plan was prepared by a Master of landscape Architecture class from WVU and includes an analysis of existing conditions within the Beltline area and recommendations for redevelopment opportunities and pedestrian linkages. The plan focuses on how to physically and emotionally connect the area's housing, educational institutions, and small businesses with streets designed for pedestrians and motorists as well as opportunities for outdoor recreation and public spaces. Community stakeholders were engaged throughout the process with one-on-one interviews and community meetings held at a local restaurant. The plan was presented to the Fairmont Planning Commission in May of 2012.

 

Morgan County Recreational Complex

Project Location: Berkeley Springs

Morgan County BRT works to create a redevelopment plan for their future recreational site.

Morgan County BRT works to create a redevelopment plan for their future recreational site.

Grantee Organization: Morgan County Commission

Project Funding: $1,000

Project Summary
The Morgan County Commission is developing a recreational site on a 16 acre parcel that will compliment the adjacent ball field complex and a developing soccer field complex.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Brad Close, Commissioner, Morgan County Commission
  • Jody McClintock, Administrator, Morgan County Commission
  • Brenda Hutchinson, Commissioner, Morgan County Commission
  • Chad Pierskalla, Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Resources

Project Success
The team worked with Professor Pierskalla to create, distribute, and analyze a recreational needs survey. This survey had a significant response rate, with more than 400 community members responding. The County Commission is using this input in their planning for the future of the project site.

Morris Block Factory

Project Location: Osage

Collaborator Ron Dulaney and project champion Patty Thomas work closely on a new vision for the community of Osage

Collaborator Ron Dulaney and project champion Patty Thomas work closely on a new vision for the community of Osage

Grantee Organization: Scott's Run Community Parks and Recreation, Inc.

Project Funding: $1,000

Project Summary
The goal of this project was to find ways to reinvest in the blighted and disinvested community of Osage, guided by a comprehensive redevelopment plan, in the hopes of reversing the current slow erosion of the community’s rich and unique physical, historical, and social identity.

Brownfields Redevelopment Team

  • Patricia Thomas, President, Scott's Run Community Parks & Recreation
  • Mary Jane Coulter, Member, Scott's Run Community Parks & Recreation
  • Ron Dulaney, Jr., Assistant Professor of Interior Design, West Virginia University
  • Eve Faulkes, Professory of Art, West Virginia University

Project Success
The WVRC team worked with the local communtiy and NBAC staff to 

  • Develop a clear, inclusive, and cooperative vision for the community of Osage;
  • Lay a solid foundation for a community improvement / redevelopment master plan:
    • Identify and prioritize key outcomes that would support the community’s vision
    • Identify potential resources for achieving these key outcomes;
  • Develop, produce, and distribute information graphics that:
    • Document the participatory community visioning process;
    • Communicate the community vision, prioritized outcomes, and potential resources for achievement.

Since the development of the community vision and corresponding materials, the BRT members have continued to be involved in this community project and seek additional resource opportunities to further the vision identified by community stakeholders.