Main Street Fairmont to Redevelop Historic Monroe Street Firehouse

Main Street Fairmont has received a $7,000 grant that will allow it to begin redeveloping the historic firehouse on Monroe Street.

The grant came from the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative which is on board with the project.

Main Street Fairmont said it will work with the City of Fairmont and several other entities to come up with a plan for the firehouse.

"We hope that this building is restored to a functioning use and becomes active in our community again," said Kate Greene, Main Street Fairmont. "That would be a fantastic thing for us. Beyond that, kind of one step further, we hope that this becomes creative enterprise. Something that goes a different direction for Fairmont and Marion County."

Community members said renovating the historic firehouse will have a positive impact on the community.

Joey Madia of Seven Stories Theatre Company has already come up with some ideas.

"We can have music acts; you can have live poetry acts, of course theatre. All kinds; Musical, regular theatre, and really have it thrive. In the upper floors have supporting businesses, offices, and residencies for artists," Madia said.

Community members can discuss their ideas for the historic firehouse at the Gatherings in Fairmont every Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

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