Posts Tagged ‘BAD Buildings Program’

BAD Buildings Focus of Fairmont-WVU Partnership

Written by Sean McNamara, Times West Virginian on . Posted in Media, News

FAIRMONT — As Fairmont continues its quest to improve the Friendly City and revitalize the community, it has partnered with a group of students from West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics in an effort to do so in the best way possible.

Under the direction of Steven Cutright, the director of the BrickStreet Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at WVU, Logan Stout, Ben Scott and Brody Prudnick have partnered with Main Street Fairmont and the Fairmont Community Development Partnership in this project.

“Our goal and our initiative is to mobilize the intellectual capacity of the College of Business and Economics to the communities across the state,” Cutright said. “I think it’s been a great contribution to the City of Fairmont.”


Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center launches BAD Buildings program website and toolkit

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Blog, News

A highly visible abandoned and dilapidated building in downtown Fairmont, WV.

A highly visible abandoned and dilapidated building in downtown Fairmont, WV.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers are pleased to announce the rollout of the West Virginia Brownfield, Abandoned and Dilapidated (BAD) Buildings website and toolkit. The BAD Buildings toolkit is an invaluable resource designed specifically for West Virginia communities to help them address the issue of blighted, abandoned, and dilapidated properties, accessed via

The West Virginia BAD Buildings Program is a statewide initiative that provides communities with technical assistance, tools, resources, and a clear implementation process to address their problem properties.

Through, communities can download tools and templates to:

• Survey and prioritize buildings
• Engage a property owner
• Prevent blight
• Build a partnership network
• Address demolition and deconstruction
• Manage a brownfield

Tools include the BAD Building survey sheet, inventory, prioritization grid, letter templates, and a community beautification guide.

Visitors to will also find success stories from West Virginia communities who have tackled blight through local programs, volunteer efforts, and municipal ordinances. These stories include contact information so that communities can connect and learn from each other’s experiences.

The site also includes links to grants and loans for projects related to historic preservation, community building, economic development, demolition and deconstruction, and links to regional resources. The front page features news stories highlighting events and information relating to the abandoned and dilapidated building issue.

BAD Buildings is a program of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, which is housed in the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University.


Contact: Luke Elser, Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center

BAD To The Bone

Written by Steve Dwyer, Association for Redevelopment Initiatives on . Posted in Media, News

There are bad strategies in dealing with urban tear-downs for the intention of eventually redeveloping them. And then there are BAD strategies for doing it.

The upper case pathway—BAD—is the one to select, and here’s why. A BAD building model is an acronym for Blighted, Abandoned and Dilapidated (BAD) structures. It’s actually a systematic approach of how to create a vision for site redevelopment.

The reason it’s necessary is that too often structures are razed and sit idle for years. It’s something that Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfield Assistance Center, is keenly aware of. And a plight that motivated a panel discussion on this topic in September at the 2015 Brownfields national conference in Chicago.

We all know that vacant contaminated land is a devastating problem in U.S. cities because it results in lost opportunities for new businesses, permanent jobs, housing and healthy open space. It occurs disproportionately in low income neighborhoods.

A BAD building model is a solution, and has been put to good use for sites in West Va., ones that have met the wrecking ball, and are now in that in-between time. Kirby talked about establishing a “reuse plan—don’t tear down structures and let them sit idle.”

Read the full article on the ARI website.

Glenville Better Buildings Team Conducting Community Survey

Written by Gilmer Free Press on . Posted in Media, News

The Glenville Better Buildings Team, an ad-hoc group of local volunteers, elected officials, and business and property owners, are conducting a city-wide survey to find potentially abandoned, dilapidated, or vacant properties. Volunteers plan to begin surveying on August 17th and anticipate the work will run through November. The survey and the work of the Team is supported by a $10,000 technical assistance grant through the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center’s BAD (Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated) Buildings to address barriers to the reuse and redevelopment of abandoned and dilapidated buildings in Glenville.

The ultimate goal of the volunteers is work with property owners to return abandoned and underutilized properties to productive, positive uses that will benefit the entire town. These uses can include a variety of possibilities, such as new families moving into renovated homes, new businesses occupying underutilized commercial spaces, or new parks and gardens in….

Read the full article on the Gilmer Free Press website.