By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
Community members believe redeveloping the old fire station in downtown Fairmont could create many positive impacts.
Main Street Fairmont recently received a $7,000 grant through the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative to discuss redevelopment opportunities for the historic firehouse on Monroe Street. The City of Fairmont, which owns the building, is supporting the project.
The West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative is a program of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, which is housed in the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy. With funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the collaborative assembles teams of experts to work on redevelopment projects and create plans, said coordinator Carrie Staton.
The program awarded its first round of grants, which are $5,000 to $7,000 each, in 2012. The collaborative selects projects for funding a little differently than traditional grant programs, she said.
Staton said communities submit projects they think would benefit from the Redevelopment Collaborative process, and then they are invited to an event where they work on activities related to the barriers of their projects. A panel of judges chooses the projects to receive funding.