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Brooke County Land at a Premium Thanks to Business Boom

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 $800 million worth of prospects are looking to find a home in Brooke County but due to the recent business boom the county is seeing, they’re running out of land to accommodate the growing need.

So now, Business Development Corporation Executive Director, Pat Ford, says they only have two options. “We either re-purpose our underused or abandoned factories or we create new opportunities for greenfield development for these prospects,” said Ford.

This means taking old factories and mills such as the former Wheeling Corrugating plant, Colliers Steel, and Brooke Glass Factory and turning them into usable facilities. There’s also the possibility of looking at unused land like the hundreds of available acres between Three Springs Drive and Colliers Way in Weirton.

Ford says he plans on performing a feasibility study.  “[It will] determine how we could actually put a service road to connect these two geographic areas and at the same time re-grade that area to accommodate large investment,” said Ford.

On Tuesday, the Brooke County Commissioners showed their continued support by providing the BDC $30,000 to continue to bring jobs into their county.

“They work very hard to make these old sites into new sites and that there’s economic development that can potentially happen in there again,” said Commission Chairman Tim Ennis.

Ford says they’re looking to add light manufacturing, offices and retail in that area between Three Springs Drive and Colliers Way and hopes to have that feasibility study results by the end of the year.

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