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West Side Main Street Planning Large-Scale Renovation Project
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 21, 2012 5:33 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 21, 2012 5:39 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Side Main Street, a nonprofit organization focused on the revitalization of Charleston’s West Side, is acquiring the former Staats Hospital building on West Washington Street for a large-scale renovation project.
The building, recently added to the Preservation Alliance West Virginia’s endangered properties list, is the proposed site of future small business development, according to a news release from West Side Main Street.
Suggestions have included a bakery/coffee shop and retail space in the existing facility, and a new addition that would house an office complex.
The organization’s West Side Development Corp. has teamed with Brooks McCabe, a local developer with a history of revitalizing blighted areas, to restore the building.
West Side Main Street sought Charleston City Council’s assistance in early June on the project and is now working to finalize a sales contract within 60-90 days, with hopes of closing in December. The organization is actively pursuing funding from multiple organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Brownfields Assistance Center and West Virginia’s State Historic Preservation Office.
The Staats Hospital building was designed in 1922 by John Norman, the first registered African-American architect in West Virginia. With a beautiful, centrally located window and Tuscan columns, the 47,000-square-foot building was designed as a signature landmark for the West Side. Once a safe haven for the sick, the hospital has fallen into disrepair in recent years.
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