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Fairmont Receives Abandoned Buildings Grant

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The City of Fairmont has made it a point to continue bringing up the issue of dilapidated buildings and ways they can fix the problem.

The City has received a grant valued at $10,000 through the 2014 Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated (BAD) Buildings a BAD Buildings Technical Assistance program.

The grant was awarded to the city by the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center. It provides technical assistance and expertise to assist communities in West Virginia to create a redevelopment plan for the eyesores around communities.

Fairmont was one of only 8 projects awarded statewide to receive the grant and said it will help get the issue under control.

"Our goal is to get all of the vacant and dilapidated structures, getting a good handle on the extent on the deterioration of those structures so we can start prioritizing once funding becomes available to the city," said Kathy Wyrosdick, Fairmont City Planner.

Luke Elser, BAD Buildings Program Manager said in a press release: "The BAD Buildings model provides an initial stepping stone for revitalization efforts by initiating redevelopment progress and spurring community involvement. The NBAC looks forward to working with the City of Fairmont and its community partners on this project."

The BAD Buildings Program is funded through a grant from the Benedum Foundation through the WVU Foundation.

Wyrosdick said a presentation on how the grant will be used will be held at the Gatherings in Fairmont next Thursday at 12:30.

Additional information on the program can be found by clicking on the link.

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