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The Clarksburg Urban Renewal Authority (URA) met Thursday, March 7, 2019 in the City Manager’s Conference Room. In attendance were URA Members Anthony Secret, Chairman, John Madia, Vice Chairman and City Manager Martin Howe. In addition were Assistant City Manager Anthony Bellotte, Council Representative Frank Ferrari and Zoning Director Adam Barberio.
Members discussed awarding the asbestos abatement, asbestos abatement and/or demolition and demolition of various structures throughout the City. (A list of structures on the City’s asbestos abatement and demolition list can be found here) There were five (5) contracts in total for an aggregate bid base of $396,248.00. The demolitions will be funded by a $400,000 financial agreement between the City’s Urban Renewal Authority, the City of Clarksburg and MVB Bank.
The URA’s contracts will address a total of 45 structures. The breakdown is as follows: twenty (20) structures for asbestos abatement, eleven (11) structures for demolition and fourteen (14) structures for abatement and demolition. The City’s Public Works Department will raze the 20 structures in-house that were abated. Contract signings are anticipated to take place near the end of March and the asbestos abatement and demolitions will begin shortly thereafter.
Removal of these structures is a multi-faceted benefit to the city; it eliminates eyesores, reduces safety hazards, and opens up property for potential future development.
Prior to the URA Meeting being called to order, Jeff Kimble, Esquire of Robinson & McElwee, PLLC took his oath as legal counsel.
The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) is a commission of the City that buys and sells property for development purposes. The URA is able to reinvest profits made on development projects into other economic development programs. For more information on the URA, visit http://www.cityofclarksburgwv.com/260/Urban-Renewal-Authority