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Grant moves Brooke Glass project forward

Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 06:43 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -- A $77,000 grant awarded by the Federal Government is the key to change at the old Brooke Glass site.
That grant will allow officials to identify materials and objects as hazardous or not. Once they do that, they can dispose of the materials and proceed with the cleanup.
It's an abandoned building that has great potential for local leaders and the Brooke-Hancock Business Development Corporation, which recently purchased the property with the goal to demolish the building and use it for further economic development.
Officials say it means a lot for state and federal leaders from the EPA and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to show such interest in the county. That's interest the new building owners have used to generate funds.
"Ideally we'd like to get the final product in time to meet the application deadline in time -- late fall or early winter --- (for a) clean-up grant next spring," said Pat Ford, executive director of Brooke-Hancock BDC.
"This grant will help this site be cleaned up and be used for future development that is richly needed here in Brooke County," county commissioner Tim Ennis said.
About a week and a half ago, local leaders also obtained a $12,000 grant, which they'll use to apply for a clean-up grant for Phase 3.
That $77,000 grant pays for all of Phase 2. Not a dime will be spent by officials locally. In several weeks, they'll move forward with Phase 3, and that will allow them to completely tear down the facility.  

Grant moves Brooke Glass project forward


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