Posts Tagged ‘BAD Buildings Program’

Bad Buildings Summit Held to Discuss Vacant Buildings

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Community leaders throughout Brooke and Hancock Counties all have one thing in common: they want something done about the amount of abandoned and dilapidated buildings that are saturating their towns.

As a first step in combating this problem, leaders attended a summit at Mountaineer Casino and Racetrack.

Every town up and down the Ohio River has a problem with homes that are either sitting vacant or are in a state of disrepair.

Something needs to be done, so they’re reaching out to the Bad Buildings Program to provide them with technical assistance and site analysis tools to develop and enhance these properties.

Read the entire article on the WTRF website.

City of Morgantown Holds First Bad-To-Better Buildings Meeting

Written by Kathryn Ghion, General Assignment Reporter, WBOY on . Posted in Media, News

Concerned residents came to the kickoff meeting for the BAD Buildings Program in Morgantown on Monday night to discuss abandoned properties in their neighborhoods. This is all part of a larger effort to either revitalize or remove those properties that can sometimes be hazardous.

“We really want everyone in the city to know what this team’s about, what we’re trying to do, what we want to accomplish,” said Luke Elser, Project Manager with Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center.

Vacant, abandoned and dilapidated buildings are a problem in Morgantown, but thanks to a new team there will be some more help.

Read the full article on the WBOY website.

Brownfields Assistance Center Accepting Applications for Technical Assistance Grants to Eradicate BAD Buildings

Written by Linda Harris, The State Journal, January 23, 2015; Posted on . Posted in Media, News

Communities throughout the Mountain State trying to eradicate abandoned, vacant and dilapidated buildings may apply for technical assistance awards through the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University.

The grants, worth $10,000 each, help communities dealing with the challenges caused by abandoned and deteriorated structures.

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center helps communities convert problem properties — residential, commercial or industrial sites — into usable parcels for redevelopment. The grants are awarded through the NWVBAC’s Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated, or BAD, Buildings Program.

Click here to read full article from The State Journal

Historic Jefferson County Village Making Improvements

Written by Rebecca Glover, WV Public Broadcasting on . Posted in Media, News

The village of Middleway, W.Va., appears to be a moment frozen in time.  The historic district of the village is home to buildings that date back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and was a battleground throughout the Civil War. 

Nowadays, the streets are quiet, the cars are few, and the numerous buildings that line the streets are dark and uninviting.  Moss and vines creep up the old War Hospital on Queen Street and residential properties are boarded up and left alone.

The abandoned buildings in Middleway have become drop-offs for refuse and tires, and places of shelter for squatters and drug abusers.  President of the Middleway Conservancy Association, Peter Fricke, appreciates the neighborly characteristics of the village, but began to notice some people feel their village isn’t safe. 

Fricke’s background of living on a farm in England allows him to appreciate the small-town feel of Middleway and gives him incentive to help the community restore itself back to its better days.

“In England, farms are in communities for generations and this is true here too,” Fricke said.  “So when I moved here, coming from an English farm, and having been in all sorts of other things, it was in a way coming home.”

Technical Grant Awarded

The Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated (BAD) Buildings Technical Assistance Program awarded the Middleway Conservancy Association a $10,000 technical assistance grant. The BAD Buildings Program helps communities in West Virginia identify and prioritize properties based on community need.  The Middleway historic district was the only unincorporated community, and one of eight statewide, to receive the grant.

Read the full story on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s website.