Brooke County Officials Addressing Blight Issues

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Potential prospects looking to open or expand their business in the northern panhandle have raised concerns over the amount of blight surrounding some of the properties in Brooke County.

BDC Executive Director Pat Ford said six dilapidated houses are being demolished or renovated to eliminate that concern that many prospects have.

“The bigger picture here looking holistically at our region we want to re-purpose older buildings, we want to eliminate slum and blight and we want to create economic development and investment opportunities not only nationally but internationally,” Ford said.

The BDC wanted to figure out the best way to address this issue so they came up with a strategy to work with Wells Fargo to have various properties in Weirton, Wellsburg and Beech Bottom turned over to them to be demolished or renovated.

Weirton Councilman George Ash is thankful that the BDC is working with local organizations to clean up the county. 

“That’s good for the community. We don’t need vacant buildings in the community that causes more problems,” Ash said.

Kim Weaver, Executive Director of the Weirton Christian Center, said the property on Elm Street will be turned into a community garden with their help.

“This will be great because it’s a lot more property and its a little more than a block away so the kids can come and work in it and teach them how to grow their own vegetables,” Weaver said.

A blessing for one of the renovated properties in Beech Bottom is being held on Friday night. The home is going to single mother. 

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