Abandoned and dilapidated properties the focus

Last updated: May 14. 2014 5:25PM - 740 Views
Beth Sergent bsergent@civitasmedia.com

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POINT PLEASANT — A team training meeting has been set to help those in Point Pleasant combat the issue of dilapidated properties.

Last month, members of city government, business owners and residents attended a kick off meeting to organize the Point Pleasant BAD Buildings Team. BAD stands for Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated buildings. The team is open to new members who want to take on the issue of redeveloping and reusing abandoned and dilapidated properties. This movement is led by community members.

The next step in this movement is team training, which will happen from 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 21 in council chambers at the Point Pleasant Municipal Building. This meeting will teach participants how to conduct BAD Buildings surveys and what to look for when identifying abandoned and dilapidated buildings.

Attendees to the meeting will have the opportunity to volunteer to survey a portion of Point Pleasant for these properties.

The Point Pleasant BAD Building Team is part of a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC) — a program, funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The city is one of eight entities in the state approved to receive assistance from the BAD program. The city receives no money from the program, but what it does receive is free technical assistance needed to deal with abandoned and dilapidated buildings. This assistance is valued at $10,000 — an amount that can be used for any matching grant funds the city may obtain for dealing with the properties.

At last month’s kick off meeting, led by BAD Building Program Coordinator Luke Elser, residents spoke about what they’d like to see developed in Point Pleasant. He received multiple suggestions that included a restaurant connected to a national chain, more places to buy goods (such as clothing), sports facilities for children, a hotel and more proprieties that compliment the already growing tourism industry in Mason County. Elser took the suggestions and interpreted the ideas as making Point Pleasant a “destination location.”

Some of those at the meeting remarked about the busy town Point Pleasant once was, especially on Main Street. Elser asked those at the meeting to think about what could be taken from the past and utilized in the present.

Again, one of the main focuses of the BAD Buildings Team will be taking otherwise abandoned and dilapidated properties and turning them into something new - something useful and sustainable for the future of the city and its residents.

For more information about receiving the free training and being on the team, contact City Clerk Amber Tatterson at (304) 430-3426, cityclerk@ptpleasantwv.org; or Mayor Brian Billings at (304) 675-5989, mayor@ptpleasantwv.org.

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