Brownfields Center, WVU, and Fairmont continue city’s revitalization with new “Storefront”

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March 9, 2015 WRITTEN BY Lauren Talotta, WBOY; Video by Michael Corley, WBOY.  Published by Permission.

Morgantown, W.Va. – The city of Fairmont and its partners have a new headquarters for their revitalization efforts.

The city held a ribbon cutting at a new “storefront” studio for the “Your Neighborhood, Your Future” project – a partnership between Fairmont’s Urban Renewal Authority, landscape architecture students from West Virginia University, and the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center. The project, which is supported by the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative (WVRC), affects the city’s Beltline community.

One of WVRC’s goals is to redevelop areas across West Virginia that have been in decline due to the growth of brownfields, according to a press release from the city. Officials say in this case, the Beltline is a community in Fairmont that has the potential to grow but has experienced problems because of the abandoned warehouses and industries that used to thrive in that area and housing transitioning from owner-occupied to rentals.

The story continues, with video, at the WBOY website. Cliick here.


CONTACT: Carrie Staton; Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center

The NBAC is a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy.