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Brooke Glass House Project moving along

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

WTOV9.com
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -- The Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle purchased the Brooke Glass House in Wellsburg in March.
It is now in the second phase of redeveloping the historic site and local business leaders are using development plans at the site to show others what can be done.
"I love what they are doing," said Janine Jerrell, a member of the Leadership Weirton group that toured the facility Monday. "I'm glad they came across it; I'm glad they're part of all this to get Brooke and Hancock County. You know sometimes we get lost being at the top of the state and now they're getting back into it -- like he said they started with $50,000, they now have assets over $12 million - it's building jobs, its building things for the community."
What the group learned was what's involved with acquiring a property, remediating it, and preparing it to bring business and industry into the community.
"It's important for the leaders of our community to see what's involved with redeveloping a number of our challenged properties in Brooke and Hancock County," said Pat Ford, executive director of the BDC.
Phase 2 of the Brooke Glass project involves in-depth testing on how much material is inside and what needs to be removed before a work plan can be drawn up that will include demolition of the building.
Ford said they're working with environmental Protection Agency to actually fund some assessment work that is required to identify what material needs to be removed. They're also working with the USEPA and are going to be traveling to Philadelphia in the next few weeks to talk about an opportunity to go after a federal clean-up grant.
Ford said they are going to start marketing the property nationally and internationally to choose the area to do business.

Brooke Glass House Project moving along


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