This past Wednesday, Cork Bowen, President of the Paden City Development Authority (PCDA), hosted a luncheon and presentation to highlight the progress on the 8.6-acre Industrial Park. Featured guest speakers were Janet McCabe, EPA Deputy Administrator, and Adam Ortiz, EPA Regional Administrator. In attendance were Rosanne Ferro, Regional Coordinator for Senator Manchin’s office, and Bill Bissett, State Director for Senator Capito’s office. Also in attendance was a broad cross-section of area leaders and stakeholders.
The plan for repurposing the Industrial Park began in 2019 when the PCDA reached out to the Brownfields office in Morgantown. That really got the ball rolling!
Phase I was an Environmental Assessment with the final report published in August 2019 and the Phase II final report published in February 2020.
So much planning and partnership have gone into this project, it’s a real testament to what a rural community can do when we all work as a team and support one another!
What is most exciting to me is the vision that PCDA has for the former Corning Foundry:
1. Expand existing warehouse & office space.
2. Attract Retail Uses, think about outdoor rental river outfitters, building materials, or supplies stores.
3. Create Marker Space Market, utilizing local glass manufacturers and encouraging artists to manufacture ornamental pieces, metal work, pottery, farmer’s market, music venue, and possibly a brewery to anchor the retail market.
4. Workforce Training, encourage commercial driver’s license training or welding and machinist training.
5. Attract Light Manufacturing/Industrial Uses, electronic or battery recycling, solar component manufacturing, and energy storage components manufacturing. (Source: Cork Bowen)
Stay tuned. This is just the beginning. The possibilities are endless!