August 18, 2015 by Gilmer Free Press
Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville Better Buildings Team, an ad-hoc group of local volunteers, elected officials, and business and property owners, are conducting a city-wide survey to find potentially abandoned, dilapidated, or vacant properties. Volunteers plan to begin surveying on August 17th and anticipate the work will run through November. The survey and the work of the Team is supported by a $10,000 technical assistance grant through the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center’s BAD (Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated) Buildings to address barriers to the reuse and redevelopment of abandoned and dilapidated buildings in Glenville.
The ultimate goal of the volunteers is work with property owners to return abandoned and underutilized properties to productive, positive uses that will benefit the entire town. These uses can include a variety of possibilities, such as new families moving into renovated homes, new businesses occupying underutilized commercial spaces, or new parks and gardens in residential neighborhoods.
Luke Elser, BAD Buildings Program Manager says, “The first step to helping property owners get their properties back to productive uses must be a community survey. Without knowing basic, crucial information, such as where these properties are, how many of them there are, or who owns them, we don’t know what steps need to be taken in Glenville.
“Once we’ve done the up front legwork, we’ll know which direction to go. Does the Team need to work on downtown beautification, supporting fixed-income properties owners to find grants and low-interest loans, or implementing a blight prevention program? Once we’ve done the survey and have the data, the volunteers will be armed with the information they need to start solving the real challenges facing Glenville and its citizens.”
Glenville was one of only 9 projects awarded statewide to receive a 2015 BAD Buildings Program technical assistance grant.
The BAD Buildings Program is funded through a grant from the Benedum Foundation through the WVU Foundation, a private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for West Virginia University.
Information about the BAD Buildings Program can be found at www.wvbrownfields.org. The Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center is a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, located at WVU’s National Research Center for Coal & Energy.
CONTACT: Luke Elser; BAD Buildings Program
The West Virginia Water Research Institute, a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. WVWRI is the premiere water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.
Original story: Gilmer Free Press