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BDC acquires Brooke Glass Company building

Updated: Friday, April 25 2014, 05:53 PM EDT

wtov9.com

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -- Once a large facility constantly producing glassware, the Brooke Glass Company in Wellsburg sits empty and deteriorating.
That’s about to change after the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle’s recent purchase of the facility with an eye on redevelopment.
“It was an older site that had some history to it, which we are always interested in (old) family businesses,” said Marvin Six, assistant director of the BDC of the Northern Panhandle. “But it also had some environmental problems that the Rithner family was unable to handle.”
Inside the building, glass products of anything you can imagine from glass teacups to lighting fixtures, even headlamp covers for trucks and traffic signals. There are products and records from the business spanning decades.
“It's very interesting to be able to see those products and keep those products alive in people's minds,” Six said.
Officials recently applied for a grant to identify potential hazardous materials and evaluate them for removal.
But they are constantly finding new things they wish to preserve.
“A drawer pull, I have no idea how old it is,” Six said, “but it's nice. These are the things that are collectibles and they're usable items.”
Six said they are still too early in exploring development opportunities for the property, but  …
“We don't have a definite plan for the site, but we do know this, Wellsburg has a history of glass making,” he said. “And in that history we want to make sure that it's memorialized.”
That target of Bronwfield Assistance Grant is tailed for the project in two phases -- the first for evaluating the site and determining if there is any hazardous material present.
Phase 2 involves performing in-depth testing on how much material is present before a work plan can be drawn up that will likely include demolition of the building.

BDC acquires Brooke Glass Company building


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