Girl Scout Facility Mobile Workshop


Tuesday, September 6, 2016
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tour will depart from the Charleston Town Center Marriott at 1:30 pm. You must register for this workshop separately, it is not included in the Conference registration (follow the link below).


The former Charleston Lincoln Mercury Dealership in Charleston’s West Side was acquired by the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council (GSBDC) to provide council members with a larger store, meeting facilities, and a place for out-of-town Girl Scouts to stay overnight. GSBDC entered West Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation Program in June 2012 to remediate the 1.6 acres site, which had operated as an auto sales and service facility since the late 1940s.

Site assessment was completed in August 2013, and the council opened a 24,600-square foot facility on the property in December 2013. Billed the first of its kind in the nation, the new facility houses a volunteer center, store, and urban camp for the approximately 15,000 Girl Scouts in its 61-county region (covering parts of West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland). The urban campground, referred to as “The Girl Zone,” can sleep up to 24 Girl Scouts at a time and includes multipurpose space, a kitchen, a lounge area, and an outdoor firepit with stone seating. Future expansion is being discussed for re-purposing the remainder of the site.

Participation in the Voluntary Remediation Program is still ongoing. Site assessment established that soil and soil vapor meet the Non-Residential De Minimis standards, but that groundwater does not meet the De Minimis standards for arsenic, lead, and benzo(b)fluoranthene. Planned remedies include a Land Use Covenant to prohibit residential land use and withdrawal of groundwater, as well as natural attenuation to address the groundwater exceedance.

Join us for an interactive discussion of assessing risk, determining remedy, and preparing a brownfield for public use, while touring this one-of-a-kind facility.

Register For the Girl Scout Facility Workshop Here