Posts Tagged ‘Chester’

Chester Talks Riverfront’s Future

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Media, News

CHESTER — Now that construction has begun on the Rock Springs Business Park, the city of Chester is getting some outside help with what to do with the rest of the riverfront.

About a dozen Chester officials, residents and business owners met Thursday with a team from the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Riverlife to brainstorm about the riverfront’s future.

But first they came up with a list of words to describe the riverfront as it appears today — “sloppy,” “uninviting,” “inaccessible,” “underutilized,” “underappreciated,” “wild,” “green,” “beautiful,” “overgrown,” “steep” and “priceless.”

Then they answered two more questions: “How would you describe your ideal riverfront? What are the biggest impediments to riverfront development?” — and posted the words on a board.

“I’m really encouraged that half this board is positive. It speaks to what could happen in the future,” said Nina Chase, Riverlife senior project manager.

Chase and Riverlife Vice President Jay Sukernek said their goal was to leave Chester on Thursday with a list of next steps toward the implementation of a riverfront project.

“Trying to find out what works for the community is really important,” Sukernek said. “There’s a big difference between downtown Pittsburgh and downtown Chester.”

Some of the groundwork for such a project already has been laid, starting with the 2011 acquisition of the old Taylor, Smith & Taylor pottery site by the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle.


EPA Recognizes Local Revitalization Group

Written by Jessica Haberley, WTOV on . Posted in Media, News

The work being done by the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission is being recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency.

A video featuring the revitalization of local sites was played in the EPA’s regional offices across the country. It highlights the cooperative spirit that gets the job done.

“The theme is we don’t want to compete against each other as communities, we want to work together and bring the best of what we all have in our resources,” said Michael Paprocki, executive director of the B-H-J Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Read the full article on the WTOV website here.

New EPA Brownfields Videos Highlight West Virginia Partnerships and Projects

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Media, News

The Environmental Protection Agency has released two Brownfields Partnership videos highlighting successful projects and partnerships in the Mountain State. The videos showcase the value of partnerships in navigating the brownfield redevelopment process from beginning to completion. The role of teamwork and partnerships between communities, the private sector and government is key because of the complexity brownfields redevelopment.

Brownfields Partnership Video (short version, 3:25):

The Taylor, Smith & Taylor Pottery site in Chester, in the northern panhandle of West Virginia is featured in both videos. Also shown are sites in Beech Bottom and Wellsburg. Interviews include speakers from the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission, Hancock County and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) in addition to a Chester community member. The long version features additional interviews with Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, Patricia Hickman, director of Land Restoration at WVDEP and others.

Brownfields Partnership Video (long version, 7:26):

Site Success May Spur Aid

Written by Linda Harris, The Intelligencer/ Wheeling News-Register, August 20, 2013 on . Posted in Media, News

Local leaders have parlayed redevelopment of the Taylor, Smith and Taylor pottery property into an opportunity to do something similar at another northern Hancock County site, this time with technical assistance from the state as part of the “Communities of Achievement” program.

“The goal here is to find another site in northern Hancock County where we can build off the momentum generated by the Taylor, Smith and Taylor project and identify a project, remediate that site if necessary and prepare it for future economic development,” said Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle. “It’s not supposed to be directly related to Taylor, Smith and Taylor, but a requirement of the program is that you have to identify a project in the vicinity of a recent successful project.”

“Communities of Achievement” is a West Virginia Community Development HUB program. The designation, awarded to Chester, means a 10-member steering committee will get whatever technical assistance it needs to identify workable projects in northern Hancock County as well as whatever specialized coaching is needed to complete one of them.

The program is funded by state and federal grants and also the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

HUB Executive Director Kent Spellman said the designation is a 16-18 month process.

Read the full story at the Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register