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Piedmont Park might see expansion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Piedmont Park might soon see an expansion, but it won't come without the blessing of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority.

Habitat for Humanity director Shawn Means told CURA commissioners Wednesday that building a house on the property adjacent to the park on Piedmont Road isn't feasible due to soil conditions.

"It doesn't it mean it can't be built one," Means said. "It's just that the costs are more expensive to build on it."

While Habitat for Humanity owns the property, CURA provided the organization with $10,000 to demolish a house there with the understanding that another would be built. Habitat for Humanity contributed an additional $4,000 for tree removal, testing required for demolition and the demolition itself.

Councilman Cubert Smith recently approached the organization that proposed the property be used to expand the park.

"Our board approved that if CURA was OK with that," Means said.

Commissioners took no action on the matter during the meeting.

In other business, CURA:

* Completed the sale of property to Pison Development for the completion of Shrewsbury Village -- a 32-unit ADA-compliant senior housing project located on Shrewsbury Street near Dickinson and Lewis streets.

* Received an update on the condition of 1601 Washington St. East -- a building purchased by CURA near Elizabeth Street. The structure has no major contamination or damages, Edwards said.

The 7,500-square-foot commercial property was acquired in November after more than two years of condemnation proceedings. It was held up in federal bankruptcy court after its owners -- the Dandy Family Trusts -- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2011.

CURA acquired the property for about $75,000.

No one has expressed interest in purchasing or leasing the property yet.

Reach Rachel Molenda at rachel.molenda@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.


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