Missed it? Get the Webinar Recording – Funding for Blight Removal Through the AHP

In case you missed last Wednesday’s informative webinar on acquiring funding for blight removal through the Affordable Housing Program, you can find a recording of it and download slides at the Redevelopment Expert Exchange website (click here).

Learn How your Community Can Alleviate Blight while Creating Affordable Housing in Your Community. AHP Opens June 6 with Approximately $23 Million in Funding. The 2016 funding round of the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) will open on Monday, June 6, with approximately $23 million in available funding.

Laura Rye presented past successful projects and discussed key scoring and feasibility issues. 2016 AHP applications are due on Thursday, Aug. 11. The awarded projects will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 15. Early application planning will help your application be more competitive for funding.

redevelopment exchange

Nominations Open for 2016 West Virginia Brownfield Awards

Submit Your Nominations Now!

The West Virginia Brownfield Awards recognize the hard work and great achievements in brownfields redevelopment from across the state. These awards recognize individuals and communities who have made major contributions to the redevelopment of brownfields in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers are currently accepting nominations for the 2016 West Virginia Brownfield Awards.

Award categories:
Economic Development
Community Engagement
Environmental Impact
Local Leadership
Redevelopment Partner
Brownfields Visionary

Award nomination deadline is June 30.

Award recipients will be announced at the 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference on September 7 in Charleston, WV.

For more information on the awards, contact wvredevelopment@mail.wvu.edu.

Click here for more information about the 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference, to register, and to consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor.

Early Bird Registration for State Brownfields Conference Now Open!

Register by August 5 to receive the early bird rate! Click here to register. 

Early bird registration is now open for the 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference. The event will be held September 7 and 8 at the Marriott Town Center in Charleston, West Virginia and will feature the inaugural Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit on September 8.

The event will kick off with three pre-conference workshops on the afternoon of September 6, followed by a West Virginia Networking Welcome Reception.

Conference Day 1 (Sept 7) will feature programming and sessions related to brownfield redevelopment in West Virginia, followed that evening by a Regional Networking Welcome Reception.

Conference Day 2 (Sept 8) will feature sessions covering regional brownfield topics impacting Central Appalachia.

Join the conversation on social media using #WVBrownfields. For more information, to register, and to consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference, visit www.wvbrownfields.org/2016-conference/

New Cumberland Eyesores To Be Redeveloped

New Cumberland, WV city officials recently presented a redevelopment plan that would impact the entire city. The plan included demolition of two buildings that have been vacant for more than 20 years. The buildings are located in the heart of the small downtown area, adjacent to the Graham/Staley Building, a key historic structure in the town’s most prominent intersection.

Community members recently participated in a visioning event where they brainstormed reuse plans on base maps of the area. Attendees decided to formalize as the River RATs (Redevelopment Action Team), and plan a follow-up meeting later in May.

“This is a combination of a lot of teamwork and hard work to start building a vision. We can start to dream tonight,” Mayor McNeil said.

Click here for the full story.

How to Mothball Historic Properties: Video Available

The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) released its newest technical how-to video which offers a step-by-step guide to mothball historic properties. Mothballing is the process of creating a ventilated envelope around a building to preserve the structure until it can be restored.

This technique is frequently used for historic properties for which rehabilitation funding is not immediately available. It’s a useful tool for dealing with vacant and dilapidated properties because it buys the owner time to protect the building from vandals and weather until funds can be raised to rehabilitate it. This video includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions on how to build window and door panels that when applied, result in minimal damage to wood frames.

Click here for the full story.

Upcoming Local WV Community Events: Thomas

Thomas Spring Clean-up and Trail Maintenance
Saturday, April 30th, 10 a.m. 

Join New Historic Thomas for some spring cleaning in Thomas! Meet at the lower lot of City Hall on Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m. Groups will be organized to clean up trash, work on the Thomas Trails, and finish other Spring beautification activities around town. Please bring gloves, water, and sunscreen. Join us afterwards for a community lunch gathering.

Thomas Community Clean-Up Flyer

Developing Your Digital Gallery: Training in Digital Marketing and Social Media for Artist Entrepreneurs.
May 7th – 11a.m.-4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Mountain Arts District. Buxton & Landstreet Building in Thomas. $15

Mountain Arts District flyer

Webinar: Right on Track — Train Depot Redevelopment

Join the WV Redevelopment Collaborative for the April Redevelopment Expert Exchange Webinar to hear from two communities working to redevelop train depots into community assets! Click here to register.

Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Learn how you can redevelop the old train depot in your town. Hear from community members from Webster Springs & Berkeley Springs about how their abandoned train depots are being transformed into active community assets. Learn about the full process from two community groups tackling historic depot redevelopment.

redevelopment exchange

Creative Business Model for Downtown Revival

Tighe Bullock proposes a creative way to preserve West Virginia’s rich architectural history while simultaneously providing jobs for the hard working people of West Virginia.

He gives the example of his real estate company’s rehab of the Ort building in Charleston, a three-story structure composed of 1890s red brick. After four years, $900,000, and the labor of five workers, this 9,000 square foot building now holds seven small businesses and employs approximately 20 people, whose income contributes directly to the state’s tax base.

Part of their model is to create a business incubator where small companies share a common bathroom, copy/fax machine, and kitchen. A major benefit of this model is that it hedges the risk; if a tenant leaves, they won’t be left with a whole empty floor.

Click here for the full story.