Invitation to Bidders
Wheby's Grocery Roof Restoration
Part of - L.G.C. - Phase 1
Princeton, West Virginia
Sealed Proposals for the roof restoration of the former Wheby’s Grocery will be received by the Owner at the second floor conference room of the Princeton Railroad Museum, 99 Mercer Street, Princeton, WV 24740, on November 30, 2023, at 11:00 A.M., local time. Bids will be opened publicly and read aloud. An apparent low bidder will be established from this process. Contracts for this Project will be awarded to the lowest, best qualified (type of experience, history of work on similar historic structures, references) and most responsive bid that reasonably meets all the specifications and qualifications further enumerated in the Construction Documents.
The project consists of the removal of existing roof elements, the restoration of other roof elements mainly terra-cotta copings, brick parapet restoration, and the installation of new EPDM roofing. All work will comply with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Refer to Specification Section 01 11 00 - Summary of Work, for a more complete description of the work.
Electronic Plans and other contract documents shall be obtained by Prime Bidders only from the office of Johnson+Bailey Architects P.C., 100 East Vine Street, Suite 700, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Attn: John Trail, Project Architect, phone 615-890-4560 starting on November 2, 2023. Prime Bidders are required to obtain contract documents and register as a bidder with the Architect. All documents will be dispersed in electronic PDF format. Large format printing of documents will be the bidder’s responsibility. Bids from Contractors not registered with the Architect as a plans holder will not be opened.
A Pre-Bid Conference will be conducted at the site 125 Mercer Street, Princeton, WV on November 13, 2023 at 1 pm, local time. Attendance at the Pre-Bid Conference is highly recommended, but is not a requirement for bid submittal.
Individual drawings, specification sections, and/or complete sets of plans and specifications and other bid documents may be obtained by Material Suppliers, Subcontractors, and general Contractors from the following:
Dodge Data & Analytics, www.construction.com 877-784-9556
ConstructConnect, www.constructconnect.com 800-364-2059
Contractors Association of West Virginia, www.cawv.org 304-342-1166
Bidders shall be licensed General Contractors as required by applicable laws of the State of West Virginia. Funds for this project are provided by the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia as awarded by the National Park Service’s Paul Bruhn grant program. All work must be approved by PAWV and the NPS prior to payment. All applicable Federal, State and local rules and regulations apply.
Each Proposal shall be accompanied by a bid bond in the amount of 5% of the bid. The bond is required as a guarantee that, if the bid is accepted, a contract will be entered into.
A performance bond and a labor and material payment bond in the amount of 100% of contract sum, issued by a bonding company licensed in the State of West Virginia and acceptable to Owner, will be required of successful bidder to guarantee faithful performance of work under the contract (see Supplement to General Conditions of the Contract).
In the event the Bidder to whom the Contract is awarded fails to execute a satisfactory contract and bond, they shall be eliminated and shall forfeit their bid bond, and shall be liable for any loss occasioned to the Owner because of such failure.
BY: JOHNSON + BAILEY ARCHITECTS, P.C.
FOR: RiffRaff Arts Collective, Inc. - Lori McKinney
869 Mercer Street
Princeton, West Virginia 24740
The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) is pleased to welcome Greg Coble to its Board of Directors. Coble’s appointment to the Board was finalized during PAWV’s recent membership meeting in Lewisburg, WV.
Mr. Coble brings a wealth of knowledge to PAWV from his roughly three-decade career at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he strengthened and fostered the development of state and local preservation organizations across the nation.
Coble, of Shepherdstown, served in various capacities at the National Trust, including Senior Vice President of Business & Finance, Vice President of Administration, Chief of Staff, Director of Human Resources, Director of Budget & Planning, and Director of Program Development. His business acumen and passion for historic preservation will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable asset to PAWV.
Members of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s Board of Directors and staff are pleased with the appointment of Coble: “We are excited to include Greg's fresh perspective as we tackle new projects,” notes Danielle Parker, Executive Director of PAWV. “PAWV is expanding, and we are able to do so under the guidance of a knowledgeable Board of Directors. Greg is a welcomed advisor as we begin the process of renovating the historic Arthurdale High School into the state's Historic Preservation Center and advocate for historic preservation across the State of West Virginia.”
New Salem Baptist Church, a historic Black church in Tams, West Virginia, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The church is the sole remaining building in the Black coal camp community established at Tams and is also a physical reminder of the once-bustling coal town’s racially segregated past. The congregation consisted of Black miners and their families who resided in the northern section of Tams, while white and recent European immigrant groups lived in separate areas.
The Gothic Revival style church was built in 1921 after the board of trustees of the congregation approached W. P. Tams, Jr., who owned the company town, requesting that a church be built for them. Tams obliged and provided the funding for the construction of the church. The congregation was able to repay Tams in 1928 and received a clear title to the property. Unfortunately, a reversion clause in the deed reportedly states that the parcel will revert to ownership by the present Western Pocahontas Land Company should it cease to be used as a house of worship.
The church building currently serves a small congregation dedicated to the continued preservation of its built history with admittedly limited resources. Calls for its preservation have been publicly discussed through local news media for several decades, and in 2016 the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia listed the church as a West Virginia Endangered Property.
In 2021, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia received a grant from the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office to conduct a National Register nomination. PAWV is delighted to report that as of 2023, the New Salem Baptist Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
We're proud of the work the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia accomplished in 2022! Take a look at the report below or download the .PDF document.
PAWV received 32 applications requesting over $2.8 million during the Saving Historic Places Grant application period of December 8, 2021 to March 18, 2022. Seven projects were selected totaling $488,008.53 in grant awards (detailed below). Most of these projects have already published requests for quotations (RFQs) from qualified contractors.
1. Arthurdale School Buildings, Arthurdale (Preston County)
Amount Received: $65,175.28
Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. received funding to stabilize the exteriors of the 3 historic school buildings on the Arthurdale campus. This includes roof repair, drainage systems, gutter installation, mothballing windows and doors, sidewalk repair and brush removal. Project funding will secure, stabilize and mothball the buildings to prepare for their adaptive re-use. Pictured below are two of the school buildings.
2. Cold Metal Building, Wellsburg (Brooke County)
Amount Received: $84,790.10
The Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle (BDC), a nonprofit organization, received funding for the stabilization of the Cold Metal Building. Funding will be used to repoint brick, infill holes, and rebuild certain areas of the building. The BDC is working with the local community on a master plan for the structure that involves reusing it for a commercial space.
3. New River Grocery Building, Hinton (Summers County)
Amount Received: $108,810
The City of Hinton received funding to install a complete EPDM roofing system, including the insulation board, gutters, downspouts, and accessories. The proposed use of the New River Grocery Building will be to immediately incorporate it as an extension of the Freight Depot event center, a space used by nonprofit organizations, as well as to relocate the Railroad History Museum to this space.
4. Logan House, Beverly (Randolph County)
Amount Received: $30,000
Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation received funding to repair a hole in the roof of the Logan House, replace timbers in the roof and upper floor that have been compromised by a fire, and replace rotting boards. This is a first step in saving the currently vacant building.
5. Pink Library, Lewisburg (Greenbrier County)
Amount Received: $34,425
The Greenbrier Historical Society received funding for emergency repairs to the roof drainage, masonry, and windows on the Pink Library, also known as the 1834 Supreme Court Library. The goal of the project is to fully restore the building into a heritage tourism attraction.
6. Wheby’s Grocery Store, Princeton (Mercer County)
Amount Received: $102,808.15
The Riff Raff Arts Collective, a nonprofit organization, received funding for stabilization and interior renovations of the Wheby’s Grocery Store building. Funding will be used for roof replacement, interior repairs, rehabilitation of all windows and doors, restoration of all hardwood floors, and upgrades to the installation system. The future use of this vacant building is the Lonnie Gunter, Jr. Center for Culture and History.
7. WV School for Deaf and Blind Dairy Barn (Hampshire County)
Amount Received: $60,000
The Town of Romney received funding for emergency repairs to the roof on the WV School for Deaf and Blind Dairy Barn. The adaptive reuse of this vacant building has not yet been determined, but goals are for the barn to be reused for recreational or entertainment purposes.
Hello everyone! My name is Jamie Billman and I am so pleased to be joining as PAWV’s newest Preservation Manager! I am originally from Pennsylvania, but I have been living in West Virginia since 2018 and I have really fallen in love with the state and its history. I served two years with PAWV's AmeriCorps program at the Old Hemlock site and most recently with the Weston Historic Landmarks Commission, both of which were immensely influential on me. I am a recent graduate from WVU’s public history program and I am so excited to continue my career in historic preservation with PAWV!
In the past I have specialized in oral history projects and the preservation of African American history and historic sites. Most recently I was able to continue working to that goal by documenting the historically Black section of the Weston Old Hill / Arnold Cemetery using ground penetrating radar and also completing an accompanying oral history project on African American education and the Weston Colored School which was funded by a WV Humanities Council mini grant.
I have been able to attend several hands-on preservation workshops during my time with AmeriCorps and I am so excited to be able to help continue to bring that knowledge to future AmeriCorps members. One particularly special moment for me was to meet and work with Bob Yapp of “About Your House” fame, who came to Weston to work with PAWV and the Weston HLC on the masonry restoration of a small two room brick office building in the historic downtown.
Preserving West Virginia’s historic resources is a passion of mine and I am forever grateful to be given the opportunity to work the Preservation Alliance - a nonprofit that specializes in just that.
PAWV is proud to announce that our Executive Director, Danielle Parker, has received a 2022 WVU Eberly College Rising Star Alumni Award! This recognition program honors Eberly College alumni who graduated within the last 10 years and who show great promise in their careers. An awardee’s professional contributions mirror the values of WVU and the Eberly College, including leadership, innovation and dedication.
Shortly after graduating from the Eberly College in 2011, Danielle began serving as director of the Preservation Alliance and has accomplished some important milestones in the years since. Under her leadership, the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program was started in 2013 and has deployed over 193 AmeriCorps service members across 176 sites in West Virginia to support sites that attract heritage tourism to the state.
Over the years, Danielle has prioritized advocacy efforts to increase the State Historic Tax Credit. These efforts paid off in 2017 when the HTC was increased to 25%, and again in 2021 when this increase was made permanent, making preservation a more attractive option for West Virginia homeowners and investors.
One of Danielle’s biggest accomplishments in the past year was securing a $550,000 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant administered by the National Park Service. This grant will allow PAWV to expand its Saving Historic Places Grant program, which works to save historical buildings by funding stabilization work and jump-starting preservation projects by providing pre-development funds.
Danielle has worked tirelessly both behind the scenes and in the spotlight during webinars, workshops, and site visits, and we, PAWV staff, Members of the Board of Directors, and Preserve WV AmeriCorps members are proud of and grateful for her dedication to preservation in the Mountain State. Congratulations on your award!
Last week, the West Virginia Legislature passed legislation that improves the 25% State Historic Tax Credit (HTC) in West Virginia, and it is now on its way to the Governor's desk.
House Bill 4568 (known as Phased Rehabilitations of Certified Historic Structures) achieves multiple goals such as:
If signed into law by Governor Justice, this legislation will become effective on July 1, 2022. What this means for West Virginia is that completing HTC projects just got a little simpler. The three-part application for the state and federal HTCs (which when combined total 45%) will be a more fluid process when working with the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service because the agencies will now follow the same procedural rules, thus minimizing paperwork requirements. Equally as important, removing the limitations on allocations and guarantees of historic tax credits will make it more secure and improve investor confidence when undertaking both larger and smaller projects.
This is a major win for West Virginia! These provisions increase the Mountain State’s attractiveness from industry-based development firms that specialize in HTC-backed projects, in addition to making the program more user-friendly for individuals wanting to undertake smaller projects. Neighboring states have more restrictive programs, making West Virginia a very investor-friendly state for HTC projects in the mid-Atlantic region. For instance, Maryland has a 20% state HTC that is capped at $3 million per project with a $9 million annual cumulative cap per fiscal year. Pennsylvania and Ohio both have a 25% state HTC, but they have $5 million annual cumulative cap per fiscal year.
HB 4568 was sponsored by Delegates Jason Barrett (R-61), Eric Householder (R-64), Erikka Storch (R-03), Vernon Criss (R-10), Paul Espinosa (R-66), Daniel Linville (R-16), Joe Ellington (R-27), Ruth Rowan (R-57), Clay Riley (R-48), Dianna Graves (R-38), and John Hardy (R-63). The Alliance appreciates their support and would also like to thank the leadership and policy expertise provided by the Abandoned Properties Coalition and their long-term dedication to seeing West Virginia’s state historic tax credit improved.
The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is the statewide, grassroots nonprofit dedicated to historic preservation. The Alliance has been working as a member of the Abandoned Properties Coalition since 2016 to improve the state HTC to include the provisions outlined in HB 4568.
For inquiries regarding usage of the West Virginia commercial HTC, contact the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office’s Tax Credit Coordinator, Meredith Dreistadt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia's 2021 Annual Report. Check out the .pdf or scroll down to see the report in images.
West Virginians are invited to celebrate their historic preservation success stories through the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s new West Virginia Preservation Spotlight series.
Submitting a Preservation Spotlight story helps shine a light on the small preservation successes that can add up to significant positive change in a community. Whether it’s a homeowner restoring a historic feature of their house or a business moving into a building on historic Main Street, PAWV wants to hear about preservation “wins” both big and small.
Spotlight stories should involve a West Virginia property listed on the National Register of Historic Places or as a contributing structure to a National Historic District. If you believe your story is relevant despite not meeting this specification (perhaps an event or advocacy success), please email to check with a member of our staff at email@example.com.
Submitted Preservation Spotlight stories may be featured on PAWV’s website and social media channels to celebrate the positive steps everyday West Virginians are making towards historic preservation in their communities. PAWV is accepting submissions through a Google form here.
A Word document submission form is available for download below.
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