Eight projects in the Mountain State will receive grant funding to help address barriers to the reuse and redevelopment of abandoned and dilapidated buildings.
Six communities — Weston, Kenova, Wellsburg, Fairmont, Point Pleasant and Ronceverte — as well as the Middleway Conservancy Association Inc., and Downtown Wheeling Inc., will each receive a $10,000 technical assistance grant through the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University.
The center's BAD (Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated) Buildings Program, will enable recipients to address barriers to the reuse and redevelopment of abandoned and dilapidated buildings within their communities.
"The BAD Buildings Program allows the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center to provide technical assistance and expertise to these communities to identify and research their abandoned buildings as well as create redevelopment plans and overcome major obstacles in turning these problem properties into community resources," said Luke Elser, BAD Buildings Program Manager at WVU. "All of the work will be done in collaboration between local elected officials and community volunteers — everyone will have a voice at the table because everyone is being impacted by these abandoned and dilapidated properties."
Funding for the BAD Buildings Program is provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation through the WVU Foundation.