The Times West Virginian

July 23, 2013

Monongah building at center of potential restoration project

Blumberg facility could be site of farmers market

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

MONONGAH — Monongah Town Council voted at Monday’s meeting to pursue the possibility of the restoration of the Blumberg Building across from town hall.

Danielle Williams, a Monongah resident who has a background in historic preservation, requested that council give her time to try to stabilize the building and explore options for how it can be used in the future before choosing to have it condemned.

Council agreed to give Williams 180 days to make some progress on the building and asked that she provide council with periodic reports on its status.

“We will give you the time you need as long as we can see that you are intent on fixing it and bringing it back to something that will benefit the town,” councilman Warren Sloan said.

Williams said her vision for the building would include ideas such as a rooftop garden and farmers market, and also mentioned the possibility of refinishing a dance floor so it could be rented for various events.

Now that the extension has been granted, Williams said the next step is to gain support, apply for grants, and stabilize and assess the building. Williams also hopes to hold fundraisers in order to bring residents’ attention to the significance of the building while earning money that can be put toward its restoration.

According to Williams, the restoration project could lead to further development within the town, specifically related to the PACE project.

 

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