CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For years it was empty and abandoned, but Wednesday afternoon marked a rebirth for a former Clendenin school.
Riverview at Clendenin School was officially opened, signifying the ceremonial completion of a $5 million project to renovate the old school.
The building, located on Koontz Avenue, is now home to 18 units of senior housing and an expansion of Cabin Creek Health Care's Clendenin clinic.
The building was donated by the Kanawha County Board of Education.
Several agencies were involved in the renovation including AU Associates, a Lexington, Ky. development firm; Terrell Ellis and Associates, and nonprofit group 25045-A New Clendenin Inc.
Project consultant Ellis told those gathered at the ribbon-cutting that many said they could not revitalize the building.
But they did, with the help of a slew of state and federal funds and historic tax credits.
Funding sources included $1.2 million from USDA Rural Development, $2.7 million in state funding from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and $1 million in state and federal historic tax credits. Poca Valley Bank provided financing for construction.
"This is a great day for Clendenin," said Jack Suttle, president of 25045-A New Clendenin. "We've accomplished a lot."