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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.

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Early bird registration deadline approaching for 2016 #WV Brownfields Conference

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Events, News

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers are reminding those interested in attending the 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference that early registration is available through August 5, 2016.

Kicking off this year’s conference is Ric Cavender, executive director for Charleston Main Streets. Charleston Main Streets is an administrative collaborative comprised of East End Main Street and West Side Main Street in Charleston, W.Va. Cavender is excited to bring this statewide event to Charleston and showcase some of the outstanding work on brownfield redevelopment being done in the Kanawha Valley.

“We are absolutely honored to host the West Virginia Brownfields Conference in Charleston and happy to share our economic and community development successes and challenges while learning from so many people throughout the state,” said Cavender.

“We at Charleston Main Streets understand the importance of effective partnerships and collaboration to work toward the ultimate goal of district redevelopment. We’re excited to learn new methods and practices for making cities and towns throughout our state unique destinations and are happy the Brownfields Assistance Centers share this vision with us. We look forward to seeing you in the Capital City!”

The West Virginia Brownfields Conference is the state’s premier redevelopment event. The 2016 conference will feature programming and sessions related to brownfield redevelopment in West Virginia, including project financing and deal structuring, downtown redevelopment, community engagement, specialty training on remediation, networking receptions, and the inaugural Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit on Sept. 8, which will feature sessions covering regional brownfields topics impacting Central Appalachia.

The two-day event will be held September 7-8 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, W.Va.

This event attracts over 200 stakeholders including economic development professionals, real estate developers, lawyers, federal, state and local officials, environmental professionals, entrepreneurs, planners, bankers, investors, and community redevelopment professionals.

“This year’s event is shaping up to be the best yet,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. “Whether you’re a small community in West Virginia looking to get started on the redevelopment puzzle or you’re a community that has tackled several brownfield projects, there will be something for everyone at this year’s conference.”

For more information, to register, and to consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2016 West Virginia Brownfields Conference, visit www.wvbrownfields.org/2016-conference/.

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As7/20/2016

Contact: Andrew Stacy, West Virginia Water Research Institute
304.293.7085, astacy@mail.wvu.edu

A Step Toward Renewal

Written by Michelle Sloane for Renewal and Development Magazine on . Posted in Media, News

West Virginia towns take the steps toward renewal by addressing vacant properties

“They stopped thinking about it as me and started thinking about it as we.”

Two years ago, community members in Fairmont, West Va. decided to address the significant number of abandoned buildings in the city by forming a Brownfields, Abandoned, and Dilapidated (BAD) Buildings Team, supported with technical assistance from the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC).

While City Planning Department staff spearheaded the effort, volunteer citizens surveyed 326 properties across 110 miles of city streets — on foot. After dividing the city by council districts, 18 volunteers walked the streets in pairs to document the conditions of abandoned and dilapidated properties via a 2-page survey per building.

Volunteers then compiled the survey information into a database and researched property owners within a month and a half. The inventory became a live document, as the team continues to update information about properties.

While many City Council members were initially against the creation of strong legal enforcement like a vacant property ordinance, the results of the volunteer-driven inventory process demonstrated the need to implement specific tools to tackle the dilapidated building situation. The city passed a Vacant Property Registration Ordinance and created tax credits rewarding vacant property rehabilitation.

Soon after establishing the Vacant Property Registration Program, Fairmont representatives met with counterparts from the city of Wheeling, West Va. to exchange insights and discuss similarities and differences between their programs. NBAC staff facilitated the meeting through the Redevelopment Expert Exchange program.

NBAC Accepting Applications for BAD Buildings Program Associate

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Job Opportunities, News

The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) seeks to hire a Program Associate in the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. This position performs various support duties related to the BAD Buildings Program, including helping communities establish sustainable community development initiatives that will enhance the well-being and quality of life for the people of WV, attracting investment to communities and maximizing resources in the state. This position facilitates the implementation of community development strategies on brownfields and abandoned and dilapidated properties, including coordinating stakeholder groups, project identification, project prioritization, site redevelopment plans, and pursuit of public and private sector funding opportunities.

Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public administration, political science, business/finance, environmental studies, or related disciplines; and 6 months – 2 years of project management experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in brownfield redevelopment, community development, and/or issues related to abandoned and dilapidated structures is preferred.

Competitive salary and benefits package offered. For a complete job description and to apply for this position, please view the job announcement.


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