Posts Tagged ‘redevelopment’

Early Bird Registration For West Virginia Brownfields Conference Ends August 14

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Blog, Events, News

The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers will host its 10th annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference on September 15 and 16 at the Erickson Alumni Center at West Virginia University. Early Bird registration for the Conference ends on August 14.

“We’re particularly excited this year to reflect on ten years of brownfields redevelopment in West Virginia with a lunch keynote address by West Virginia DEP Secretary Randy Huffman,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University.

“We’re very thankful that several regional EPA representatives will be in attendance again with a keynote by Shawn Garvin the EPA Region III administrator. We’re also excited to host the first-ever conference Redevelopment Expert Exchange, which gives individual community members the opportunity to learn from redevelopment leaders around the state in an experience-sharing exchange. For those needing LRS and LED credits, we’ll have those too.”

This premier redevelopment event attracts 200 stakeholders including regional EPA officials, economic development professionals, real estate developers, lawyers, state and local officials, environmental professionals, entrepreneurs, planners, bankers, investors, and community redevelopment professionals. The Redevelopment Expert Exchange on Wednesday, September 16 will be by appointment only.

The Exchange matches redevelopment leaders from across the state with communities facing similar opportunities and challenges, allowing communities to learn from the best practices and experiences of their peers across the state.

For more information, to register, and to consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2015 West Virginia Brownfields Conference, visit

To sign-up for an Exchange appointment or volunteer as an expert, contact Carrie Staton at

For more information on the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers visit

West Virginia Receives $1 Million in EPA Brownfields Grants

Written by Associated Press, May 28, 2014 on . Posted in Media, News

On May 28th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1,000,000 in 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants for five West Virginia communities.  Assessment grants provide funding to communities to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement on brownfield sites, while Cleanup grants provide funding for environmental remediation on brownfields.
Four Assessment Grants were awarded to West Virginia communities totaling $800,000:
  • The City of Morgantown, a $200,000 recipient, will use their assessment funds to perform up to 10 Phase I and five Phase II environmental site assessments as well as to review cleanup strategies and support community engagement activities.
  • The City of Thomas, a $200,000 recipient, will use their assessment funds to conduct up to up to seven Phase I and up to four Phase II environmental site assessments. The funds will also be used to prepare up to five cleanup plans.
  • The Wayne County Economic Development Authority, a $200,000 recipient, will use their assessment funds to conduct up to 15 Phase I and four Phase II environmental site assessments in addition to hosting workshops to promote outreach to the community.
  • The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, a $200,000 recipient, will use their assessment funds to perform up to eight Phase I and five Phase II environmental site assessments focusing on Nicholas, Fayette, and Raleigh Counties.
One Cleanup Grant was awarded for brownfield remediation totaling $200,000:
  • The Wyoming County Economic Development Authority, a $200,000 recipient, will use their cleanup funds for the remediation of the former Lusk Lumber property, now referred to as the Barkers Creek Industrial Park. The site’s soil is contaminated with heavy metals and petroleum.

Click here for more information on the EPA awarded grants.

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

Wellsburg pursues development plan

Written by Warren Scott, Weirton Daily Times, August 20, 2013 on . Posted in Media, News

 WELLSBURG – Wellsburg officials want to replace unused former industrial sites with new businesses and remove dilapidated structures that create a hazard or eyesore.

And their first step in doing that is to establish a comprehensive plan for development.

“We need a blueprint – what the citizens think the city should be – moving forward,” City Manager Mark Henne told members of the city’s planning commission Monday.

Jared Anderson, an attorney and professor with the West Virginia University Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, told the group a comprehensive plan not only helps cities and counties to prioritize improvements and measures needed to support various types of development.

Anderson noted cities and counties with zoning also are required under state law to adopt a comprehensive plan by June 2014.

Henne said the law clinic was recruited to assist the city in developing a plan because federal money enables it to offer free services as a consultant.

Anderson said the clinic is working with about 15 counties and cities to develop plans through the efforts of its staff and about a dozen second- and third-year law students at the university.

He said two law students have been assigned to assist him in working with Wellsburg and will attend future meetings. He said the plan shouldn’t be confused with zoning as it doesn’t limit use of land, including private development.

But it does identify potential areas for development while including elements supporting that, such as infrastructure, housing and financing, Anderson noted.

Read the full story at the Weirton Daily Times