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Vitro Agate Survey

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

The Vitro Agate Marble Factory once stood there. Now developers have the chance to make something benefiting the people and the city even more.

"It does seem like we respond almost at least once a year on a fire down at that facility,” says Chief Eric Taylor, of the Parkersburg Fire Department.

It's an eight-acre site at East and Depot Street.

"Right now it's an underutilized property that we're working with the property owner to develop some plans to redevelop it,” says Rickie Yeager, city planner for Parkersburg.

Removing the contaminants is always the goal.

"It would clean up a Brownfield area within the city and also a dilapidated area,” says Mayor Bob Newell. “There would be some buildings that would be torn down of course, and it would become a useful property again."

Focus is shifting.

"One of the things that we see, because we're limited in terms of our waterfront with the floodwall downtown, is looking at other opportunities to have more activities on the water,” Yeager says.

The city's not going to develop it.

"We don't own it and we're not going to buy it; we have no interest in it,” Newell says. “We are interested in helping get that developed at some point in time."

There are several proposed amenities.

"A new public marina, a new boat launch area, some areas for nature recreation, a wetland education area, and so there are a lot of different activities we proposed and we're asking people to give us some feedback,” Yeager says.

The survey is made possible by a WV FOCUS Grant from the Northern Brownfield Assistance Center and Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, as well as a WV Redevelopment Collaborative Grant.

Fire Station 1 sees their share.

"It has been a problem for the fire department over the years and we would like to see the site revamped,” Taylor says.

The city wants everyone’s input. To take the survey, follow this link -- http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JR77WL2.


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