BAD Buildings Request for Proposals Released

Written by cdspringston on . Posted in Funding, News

The Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC) has released a Request For Proposals for the BAD Buildings Program for WV communities who can demonstrate their need for technical assistance and support for creating a local abandoned and dilapidated buildings program.

The assistance, valued at $10,000 to complete project proposal work, will include:

  • Professional project support,
  • GIS mapping expertise and guidance,
  • Redevelopment planning.

A set of four webinars about the BAD Building Program are set throughout October and November, and applications are due January 7th, 2014.

Visit our BAD Buildings Program website for more details and to download your application.

EPA Brownfields Grants Resource Announcement

Written by cdspringston on . Posted in Funding, Media, News

The Environmental Protection Agency expects to post guidelines for FY14 Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup and Revolving Loan Fund Grant proposals on it’s website around October 1.  Below you will find a link to a downloadable file designed to help applicants prepare for FY14 ARC proposals.
For additional information please visit

Parkersburg issues marble park survey

Written by Michael Erb, Parkersburg News and Sentinel, August 6, 2013 on . Posted in Media, News

PARKERSBURG – City officials are seeking public input on the future of Agate Marble Park.

The city is studying the 8-acre Vitro-Agate Marble Factory site off East Street near the bridge for possible development as a water recreation park.

In August of last year students from West Virginia University Landscape Architecture Program unveiled a conceptual design for Agate Marble Park. The design concepts incorporated the site’s industrial history, the reuse of existing materials, sensitivity, green infrastructure and river access and recreation. The plans included recreational activities, nature programming and revenue-producing ideas, such as a ice cream shop, bike store, marina and bar and restaurant.

Read the full story at the Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Site Success May Spur Aid

Written by Linda Harris, The Intelligencer/ Wheeling News-Register, August 20, 2013 on . Posted in Media, News

Local leaders have parlayed redevelopment of the Taylor, Smith and Taylor pottery property into an opportunity to do something similar at another northern Hancock County site, this time with technical assistance from the state as part of the “Communities of Achievement” program.

“The goal here is to find another site in northern Hancock County where we can build off the momentum generated by the Taylor, Smith and Taylor project and identify a project, remediate that site if necessary and prepare it for future economic development,” said Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle. “It’s not supposed to be directly related to Taylor, Smith and Taylor, but a requirement of the program is that you have to identify a project in the vicinity of a recent successful project.”

“Communities of Achievement” is a West Virginia Community Development HUB program. The designation, awarded to Chester, means a 10-member steering committee will get whatever technical assistance it needs to identify workable projects in northern Hancock County as well as whatever specialized coaching is needed to complete one of them.

The program is funded by state and federal grants and also the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

HUB Executive Director Kent Spellman said the designation is a 16-18 month process.

Read the full story at the Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register