Posts Tagged ‘TS&T Pottery’

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.


Ground Broken for New Business Park in Chester, WV

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

Construction officially began June 23 on a 30,000 square foot industrial building to anchor the new Rock Springs Business Park in Chester, WV.

Federal, state and local leaders gathered to break ground at the 8.5 acre site, once home to the Taylor, Smith & Taylor Pottery.

“This development will transform a once abandoned pottery factory site into a job-creator for Hancock County and the Ohio River Valley,” Hancock County Commissioner Mike Swartzmiller said. “The business park will also add much needed building inventory to our region to accommodate the economic growth in energy, transportation, and value-added metals.”

The property, a brownfields site, is owned by the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle. The organization has been able to drum up nearly $3.3 million in loans and grant funding for the acquisition, site cleanup and redevelopment.

The West Virginia Economic Development Authority and United Bank are financing construction of the building. BDC Executive Director Pat Ford said no tenant has been announced, but energy, chemical and value-added steel fabrication companies have shown interest in the site. He said a final decision is “probably still about three months off.”

Read the full article on The State Journal website.

Business Park Planned for Chester

Written by Luli Ortiz, WTOV 9 on . Posted in Media, News

CHESTER, W.Va. — Job opportunities are on the horizon in Hancock County.

The Business Development Corporation (BDC) has a new contractor for a project that’s been in the works since 2011.

News9 obtained an early look at the Rock Springs Business Park project.

“Just last week, United Bank loaned us $1.7 million to finance the construction of a brand new building, which is going to be the first phase at the former Taylor, Smith and Taylor Pottery site. We are now going to be calling it the Rock Springs Business Park,” said Pat Ford, executive director of the BDC.

The park is centrally located in Chester along the Ohio River. It’s visible from State Routes 2 and 30.


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.