WBOY reports on a project to breathe new life into a neglected corner of Shinnston.
At its “Extreme Makeover: Brownfields Edition” event in December 2011, the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative is a new initiative of West Virginia University’s Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center, funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, used a team approach to tackle obstacles involved in redeveloping brownfields. Brownfields are properties that sit undeveloped because of a variety of real or perceived environmental barriers.
Four brownfield redevelopment projects were selected at the event to receive $5,000 grants and continued assistance from their dream team. The Shinnston team will develop a plan for the highest and best recreational use of a former City Garage site with significant community engagement and input. WVU’s Ashley Kyber, assistant professor of landscape architecture, and Chris Haddox, visiting assistant professor of design studies, will team with Concord University’s Linwood Clayton, Emma Clarke of the City of Shinnston, and LaReta Lowther of WesBanco.