Moundsville’s Fostoria Glass Site Ready for Redevelopment

Written by The Associated Press, The Charleston Gazette; June 10, 2013 on . Posted in News, Uncategorized

Moundvsille Fostoria Glass site photo

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — A former glass factory site in the Northern Panhandle is ready for redevelopment following a cleanup of lead and other contaminants.

GAB Enterprises recently received approval from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to begin building on the site of the former Fostoria Glass Co. factory in Moundsville.

Tom Brown, with GAB Enterprises, said the property has drawn interest from several investors. He told The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register that development plans will be announced later this month.

“We have finally reached a point where the people willing to be tenants on the property or to be a partner in development are able to invest in the property and be free of liability issues that were there,” he said.

Residents will likely see more work at the site soon, Brown said, including demolition of a remaining building.

Read more on the development of the site in the Charleston Gazette

2013 West Virginia Brownfields Conference Featured on WBOY Channel 12

Written by Krista Baker, General Assignment Reporter (WBOY Channel 12) on . Posted in News

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MORGANTOWN – Brownfields include residential, commercial, and industrial properties where redevelopment may be complicated by the potential presence of a hazardous substance.

The West Virginia Brownfields Conference in Morgantown deals with the issue of making brownfields suitable for development. It brings people together from across the state to show off projects that have been a success in the past, as examples for current projects to also be affective.

The conference moves to different areas of the state each year. Having the 8th Annual Conference in Morgantown gives local communities, development professionals and service providers great networking opportunities.

“What happens when we have it in Morgantown, we actually get to attract some different university professors we’ve been collaborating with, we’ve had some students come, also we pull some from the Pittsburgh market,” said Patrick Kirby, the director of the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center. “From developers, with the steel towns in the northern part of the state, and the eastern part of the state. As well as some orchards and other former and industrial stuff out there.”

The conference features a number of topics, including building demolition and environmental threats. Federal Agencies will also discuss upcoming plans, like the new initiatives brought up by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

“They’re looking to address reuse of some old surface mine lands for agricultural purposes,” said George Carico, the Director of the Southern Brownfields Assistance Center, which handles the southern counties in West Virginia. “So, we’re trying to play a role there to help bring land holders and some different companies together with them to look at the agricultural industry that’s here in West Virginia.”

Projects are also presented from different cities around the state. They even set up a fun atmosphere, “Game Time,” to decide which projects have the most potential.

“They get to see all the successes that we are having. But also for those ones that don’t have successes yet, they get to learn from the others and get those connections,” said Kirby. “So, that’s really the networking that it involved in this always turns out to pay huge dividends to the communities that are here. “

The group will meet again Friday to discuss legislature and also have other activities. The event is open to people who are interested to hear the discussions, if they stop at the registration table at the Waterfront Place Hotel.

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.”

The property’s ascension up the priority list started with a $5,000 grant from the Benedum Foundation to assess the potential for environmental contaminants on site, calculate the cost to remove them and get public input on how the property should eventually be reused. The assessment grant was followed up with another $5,000 grant through “Project Buzz,” a redevelopment program spearheaded by the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative.

The Redevelopment Collaborative is a Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center project. Because it’s funded by the Benedum Foundation, its services are available statewide.

Once they’re accepted into the program, “Project Buzz” uses a team approach to breathe new life into old industrial properties by helping community leaders draft redevelopment plans tailored to their needs and allows them to tap into the expertise of faculty members at West Virginia University, Alderson-Broaddus, Fairmont State, West Virginia Wesleyan and West Liberty University as well as experts in government and the private sector.

While the initial assessment grant helped them figure out what was on site that needed to be removed, City Manager Mark Henne described the buzz grant as “seed money to keep the ball rolling, to look at how our feature properties can be reused once they’re cleaned up.”

Read the full story at the Weirton Daily Times

Adamston’s Former Flat Glass Site Celebrates Shop-N-Save Opening

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Adamston Flat Glass to Shop-N-Save Photo

Former Adamston Flat Glass Site celebrates Grand Opening of Shop-N-Save

The former redevelopment of the Adamston Flat Glass site near Clarksburg, WV has created many jobs, saved a neighborhood’s livelihood, and created a positive reuse of the abandoned glass factory site.  The city worked with the USEPA and WVDEP to cleanup and redevelop the property into the site of two retail facilities.  The community has embraced the opening of a new Save-A-Lot grocery store last month and celebrated the opening of a Shop ‘N Save on Thursday, May 23.  The two supermarkets will employ approximately 100 residents. Read more in Clarksburg’s The Exponent Telegram.