Eight W.Va. communities get abandoned buildings grants

MORGANTOWN (AP) — A program based at West Virginia University has awarded technical assistance grants to eight communities aimed at redeveloping abandoned and dilapidated buildings.

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center awarded the $10,000 grants to efforts in Fairmont, Kenova, Middleway, Point Pleasant, Ronceverte, Wellsburg, Weston and Wheeling.

Funding for the assistance center’s BAD Buildings Program is provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation through the WVU Foundation.

Program manager Luke Elser says the grants will provide expertise to help communities identify and research abandoned buildings, create redevelopment plans and overcome major obstacles in turning problem properties into community resources.

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