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CommunityImprovement™: Gilmer County EDA Removes Abandoned, Dilapidated Building in Glenville

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The Gilmer County Economic Development Association (GCEDA), led by President Jeff Campbell, completed the demolition of an abandoned, severely dilapidated building in Glenville, on Tuesday.

“The removal of this property had been identified by local citizens as one of the highest priorities in town. It attracted crime, created a blind intersection, and was highly visible to residents,” said Jeff Campbell.

The GCEDA put a bid on the property in July at a public tax auction after the property had been vacant and abandoned for several years. After receiving a title deed proving their ownership in December, the GCEDA moved quickly to conduct asbestos testing and prepare for demolition.

“Glenville State College and the Gilmer County Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency were major partners in this effort. We worked with the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center’s BAD (Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated) Buildings Program to identify priority dilapidated properties and understand the legal and financial process to address them,” said Jeff. “Now that the GCEDA secured funding from its members with matching LED funds, and demolished the structure we plan to work with the community to reuse the property. Possibilities include a river access point, additional public parking, and working with the Department of Highways to widen River Street to make the area safer for drivers and pedestrians.”

“Seeing a severely dilapidated building come down and returned to a use that benefits the community is the goal of our work with organizations like the GCEDA all across the state,” said Luke Elser of the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center. “Pointing toward tangible change in a community is very powerful and can spur significant investment. Glenville has the information and momentum needed to continue removing its blighted buildings and improving its town through partnerships with the GCEDA, Glenville State College, and local citizens and property owners.”

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association’s mission is to foster, promote, further and advance the social, cultural, agricultural, commercial, industrial, civic, economic, and general interest of Gilmer County, West Virginia, and its surrounding territory.

 

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