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Millions of dollars in development have taken place within the City on previous industrial sites over the past 15 years.
The City of Clarksburg has successfully completed three (3) Brownfield site developments and land revitalizations over the past 15 years. The City has contributed to an investment of $15 million. The City successfully acquired and helped clean up three former industrial sites and returned to the private sector for redevelopment.
The past Brownfield redevelopment efforts include: the redevelopment of the former Adamston Flat Glass site (Adamston area) which includes Price Cutter (formerly Shop N Save), Pizza Hut and Dollar Tree; Valley Supply (Glen Elk II) opened a regional distribution center at the former West Virginia Mack property; and Oliverio Italian Style Peppers (Montpelier area) built a new production line at the former Quality Foundry site.
At those sites, $625,000 was necessary for environmental remediation, which includes $500,000 from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants and $125,000 from the City.
Clarksburg City officials have continuously came together with developers to improve their communities by turning these blighted properties into sustainable reuses.
Currently, the North 25th Street Glass and Zinc site, formerly Rolland Glass, meet the necessary guidelines to become a Brownsfield site. This location is placed on the National Priorities List of hazardous wastes sites, commonly referred to as Superfund sites by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA first proposed the site in April 2016. As a National Priorities List site, the location is eligible for remedial action financed under the federal Superfund program.
The goal is site reuse and redevelopment. Once the clean-up is complete, the City is in a better category for redevelopment as the hurdle of contamination has been rid, so our potential for future development is greater.
Brownfields are defined as a former industrial or commercial site where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination. Cleaning up and reinvesting in brownfields combines environmental benefits with economic development and social improvement.
Developing untouched, undeveloped land usually requires building new infrastructure, which can be expensive. Brownfield developers often save money because of existing infrastructure like water and sewer lines, electricity, natural gas, roads and access to public transportation.
Brownfields help clean up cities, grow suburbs and alleviate pressure to develop green spaces.
The City is proud to have partnered with private entities and will continue to show its commitment to assist in redevelopment of future industrial sites.