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Huntington, WV, finalist for grant to revitalize abandoned, deteriorated properties

Written by Linda Harris, The State Journal on . Posted in Media, News

Huntington, WV is competing with four other communities for a technical assistance scholarship from the Center for Community Progress that will help city officials revitalize vacant, abandoned and deteriorated properties.

Up to three of the finalists will receive scholarships through the Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit.

Also in the running are Albany, New York; Las Vegas, Nevada; Memphis, Tennessee; and the Steel Rivers Council of Governments in Pennsylvania.

The five community finalists will receive no-cost site visits from national experts, as well as assessments of their current activities and systems to address vacant and abandoned properties, through March 2017. Assessments may evaluate: parcel data systems and data management practices; code enforcement programs and strategies; land banks; tax enforcement and foreclosure laws and practices; and vacant land reuse strategies.

Read the full article at The State Journal website.

Groups Target Huntington Revitalization

Written by Brandon Roberts, The Herald-Dispatch on . Posted in Events, Media, News, Uncategorized

HUNTINGTON – A forum hosted by the city of Huntington and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday brought together leaders of various local, state and federal agencies to provide guidance on moving Huntington’s revitalization plan forward.

The daylong forum, which took place at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center, was among the first of its kind under the EPA’s “Making a Visible Difference in Communities” initiative.

Huntington was one of 53 communities nationwide the EPA selected to participate in the initiative, which aims to coordinate technical assistance across EPA programs and other federal agencies to support communities with brownfield and other old industrial sites as they pursue environmental improvements that enhance economic opportunities.

“Huntington must begin to think of itself on the scale of Philadelphia or Chicago,” said Huntington Mayor Steve Williams during his opening remarks. “This forum serves as a huge opportunity for local, state and federal agencies to form partnerships.”

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Nudging the Immovable Object: Huntington Has Momentum on Brownfield Sites

Written by Ben Fields, Huntington Herald-Dispatch, March 29, 2015 on . Posted in Media, News

HUNTINGTON – They may be viewed by some as baby steps.

But to slay a dragon the size of the four brownfield sites that take up 78 acres in the middle of Huntington, you have to take your time in making a pretty good lance.

The city received perhaps the best news it has heard in 20 years regarding the property when the Environmental Protection Agency announced March 9 it was awarding a $200,000 grant so Huntington could make a plan on how it would repurpose the wasteland that sits between the eastern end of Marshall University’s campus and the west end of the Highlawn neighborhood.

The contiguous block that stretches from 5th Avenue to the Ohio River is comprised of former rail car manufacturer ACF, Flint Pigments, a former coal dock operated by Ohio River Terminals and the shuttered McGinnis factory.

Huntington was one of 20 cities to receive such a grant from the EPA, and the Huntington Municipal Development Authority is also pursuing a $400,000 grant that would go toward environmental cleanup.

The early March announcement was paired with an announcement from Rubberlite Inc., a company that employs 170 in Huntington and makes foam and rubber products for everything from footwear to the aerospace industry, would be revving up an expansion of its operations in a temporary site with an eventual plan to move onto the brownfield block.

Mayor Steve Williams has said he envisions the area as a place that would accommodate light industry and manufacturing, recreation, including a baseball park to be shared by Marshall University and a minor league team, hotels, retail and housing.

The grant is a bundle that attempts to link cities that come up with good plans with more funding to actually make those plans happen, EPA officials said.

Click here to read full article in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.