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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.

Point Pleasant to Receive Assistance for Eyesore Properties

Written by Beth Sergent - Daily Register on . Posted in News

POINT PLEASANT — The city of Point Pleasant is about to receive some assistance in developing a plan to deal with distressed and abandoned properties.

The city is one of eight entities in the state approved for the 2014 Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated (BAD) Buildings Technical Assistance Program.

The BAD Buildings Program, which is funded through a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, is a statewide initiative that provides technical assistance and site analysis tools to develop and enhance abandoned/dilapidated buildings programs in West Virginia communities. The program also addresses barriers to identifying, prioritizing and redeveloping BAD buildings.

Luke Elser, the BAD Buildings program manager, said the city receives no money from the program, but what it does receive is free technical assistance needed to deal with abandoned and dilapidated buildings. This assistance is valued at $10,000, an amount that can be used for any matching grant funds the city may obtain for dealing with the properties.

“The program is basically guidance and instruction,” Elser said. “We set up team meetings, train volunteers on the issues of abandoned and dilapidated buildings, how to go out to survey the building and how to prioritize the buildings.”

Elser said many small towns in West Virginia don’t have the money to throw at these types of problems, but the BAD Buildings Program will show residents how to strategically use resources available to them to improve properties by tearing them down or rehabbing them, as well as offering tips on how to deal with property owners, including helping the owners find grant funds or loans to fix their properties.

Prioritizing which properties to focus on will be the job of the team of local residents Elser will help lead. On this team, Elser hopes to see representatives from the city, local businesses, residents, a representative from Main Street Point Pleasant, etc. Elser said this entire initiative will be led by volunteers. Elser said the goal is to have everyone on board and be transparent. He said it’s important the public knows what properties are being looked at for improvement and why.

“Our overall goal is to return properties to productive use,” Elser said. “The community gets to decide what that means to them.”

Elser said some of those possibilities could be turning property into community parks or gardens or using the property for economic development purposes.

“The goal is to take the property and turn it into something beneficial to the community,” Elser said.

This is the first year for the program. Elser will be coming to Point Pleasant in the next few weeks to organize a local BAD Buildings Program kick-off meeting for citizens who wish to participate or have their concerns heard about eyesore properties. When the meeting’s date and time are announced, it will appear in the Point Pleasant Register.

Working on the grant for the city were Mayor Brian Billings, City Clerk Amber Tatterson, City Inspector Jeremy Bryant and City Attorney RF Stein.

BAD Buildings Program Provides Momentum for Eight W.Va. Communities

Written by WVUToday on . Posted in News

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University has awarded eight West Virginia communities with technical assistance grants.

The grants, valued at $10,000 each, are made available through the Brownfields Center’s BAD (Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated) Buildings Program and will enable the grant recipients to address barriers to the reuse and redevelopment of abandoned and dilapidated buildings within their communities.

The 2014 BAD Buildings Program technical assistance grant winners include the following communities:

• Town of Weston

• Middleway Conservancy Association, Inc.

• City of Kenova

• City of Shinnston

• City of Fairmont

• City of Point Pleasant

• Downtown Wheeling, Inc.

• City of Ronceverte

“The BAD Buildings Program allows the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center to provide technical assistance and expertise to these communities to identify and research their abandoned buildings as well as create redevelopment plans and overcome major obstacles in turning these problem properties into community resources,” said Luke Elser, BAD Buildings Program Manager at WVU. “All of the work will be done in collaboration between local elected officials and community volunteers – everyone will have a voice at the table because everyone is being impacted by these abandoned and dilapidated properties.”

Funding for the BAD Buildings Program is being provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation through the WVU Foundation.

For more information about the BAD Buildings Program or the Northern West Virgnia Brownfields Assistance Center, visit www.wvbrownfields.org. The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center is a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, located at WVU’s National Research Center for Coal & Energy.

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University has awarded eight West Virginia communities with technical assistance grants.

The grants, valued at $10,000 each, are made available through the Brownfields Center’s BAD (Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated) Buildings Program and will enable the grant recipients to address barriers to the reuse and redevelopment of abandoned and dilapidated buildings within their communities.

The 2014 BAD Buildings Program technical assistance grant winners include the following communities:

• Town of Weston
• Middleway Conservancy Association, Inc.
• City of Kenova
• City of Wellsburg
• City of Fairmont
• City of Point Pleasant
• Downtown Wheeling, Inc.
• City of Ronceverte

“The BAD Buildings Program allows the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center to provide technical assistance and expertise to these communities to identify and research their abandoned buildings as well as create redevelopment plans and overcome major obstacles in turning these problem properties into community resources,” said Luke Elser, BAD Buildings Program Manager at WVU. “All of the work will be done in collaboration between local elected officials and community volunteers – everyone will have a voice at the table because everyone is being impacted by these abandoned and dilapidated properties.”

Funding for the BAD Buildings Program is being provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation through the WVU Foundation.

For more information about the BAD Buildings Program or the Northern West Virgnia Brownfields Assistance Center, visit www.wvbrownfields.org. The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center is a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, located at WVU’s National Research Center for Coal & Energy.

– See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/02/13/abandoned-buildings-program-to-provide-momentum-for-eight-w-va-communities#sthash.p5yiw9ST.dpuf