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Brooke Glass redevelopment project moving along

Updated: Friday, August 8 2014, 12:23 AM EDT


The Brooke Glass GO Team gathered Thursday evening to discuss how redevelopment plans are coming along for the Brooke Glass Factory site.

The Brooke Glass Factory ceased production back in the late 1980’s and now it is somewhat of an eyesore in Wellsburg but the Business Development Corporation saw potential in the site and is seeking to change that.

The BDC is working towards their goal of demolishing the building and using it for further economic development.

The project is still in phase two which is the environmental assessment, identifying hazardous materials on the site.

The next phase is the disposal of those hazardous materials and cleanup of the site.

 “We’re in the process of assessing the environmental contaminants that are on the property and while we’re doing that we’re also preparing our applications for a federal grant release that’s going to be in the fall to get the necessary funding to remove any environmental contaminants,” Executive Director of BDC Pat Ford said.

The BDC is also seeking community input on how they maintain the property to reduce any negative visual impact of the site on neighbors.

Local leaders are working to get a public art display onto the Brooke Glass site.

“We’re hoping to recover some of the history of Brooke Glass and some of the phases in which they progressed over the years and the history of Brooke Glass itself because it’s an important project. It’s also a beautification project for the site because right now the site isn’t very pleasant to look at, we’re going to decorate it up a little bit,” Mayor of Wellsburg Sue Simonetti said.

The BDC wants to make sure to incorporate the history of the site in their plans by preserving glass remnants and some structural components to include in the new site design.

“Working with the community to identify what parts of this site we should be focusing on as preserving as a legacy when we develop this property in the future so people will always have a place to go back to remember the great heritage and history that this property has played in the evolution of the community,” Ford said.

Ford said that cleanup and demolition is anticipated for spring or summer of 2015.

Brooke Glass redevelopment project moving along

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