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.
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