Clarksburg City Council held its meeting Thursday evening discussing moving forward with the development of a new state building and hotel conference center.
Council held the second and final reading of an ordinance for the city to convey and transfer the acquired lots on Washington Avenue and Parrill Court to the State Department of Administration. Clarksburg Mayor, Cathy Goings, said the blighted properties that were around where the new state building is going to be located have been transferred to the state and the city will be demolishing those buildings soon.
“Well this was like icing on the cake for that particular property; getting those blighted properties around the complex and getting those demolished, which will be the very next step here in the next couple of days,” said Goings.
Also at Thursday night's meeting, council passed a resolution declaring certain areas of the City of Clarksburg to be blighted areas in need of redevelopment. Mayor Goings said the city is required to have a resolution by statute, and pass the resolution on to the urban renewal authority for development of a new hotel and conference center.
“That property is for the hotel conference center. So we are very excited that at least now it's moving in a positive direction. The URA will put in a redevelopment plan and put out a request for proposal to developers, and ultimately it will come back to council as a ordnance for vote,” said Goings.
The property in question that is blighted is where the old Central Junior High and Towers Grade School were located in downtown Clarksburg near Route 50 where the city hopes to develop a hotel and conference center soon.
Clarksburg City Council held its meeting Thursday evening with a full agenda.
Council held the first reading of an ordinance for the city to convey and transfer the acquired lots on Washington Avenue and Parrill Court to the State Department of Administration. Clarksburg Mayor, Cathy Goings, said the City of Clarksburg has invested over $350,000 to have a new state building developed in downtown Clarksburg.
“We are in the process of once we get the final reading, and the public hearing for the properties then we will raze the properties and do the demolition, and proceed with the project. The project is anticipated to be completed in December of 2015.” said Cathy Goings, Clarksburg Mayor.
Mayor Goings said everything is going as planned. Also on Thursday night, council passed a resolution where they'll be applying for a $20,000 grant through the state of West Virginia for a Public Relations Officer at Robert C. Byrd High School.