In the News: Diverse team set to tackle long-term Woodburn redevelopment project

Diverse team set to tackle long-term Woodburn redevelopment project

From WAJR Local News

by Mike Nolting, November 18, 2020

“Morgantown Mayor Ron Dulaney said the plan involving the Monongalia County Development Authority, WVU, Monongalia County and the city of Morgantown to overhaul at least 9.5 contiguous acres along Richwood Avenue, in Woodburn, is a tremendous opportunity to work collectively and deliver top-tier development.

“I think we need some wins. We need some collaborative wins,” Dulaney said on Wednesday prior to city council unanimously approving a collaboration agreement through which the city will commit $180,000 to be paid in equal installments over the next three years.

Earlier in the day, the Monongalia County Commission approved the same agreement, committing a total of $90,000 over three years.

The property in question was acquired by the Monongalia County Development Authority from the Giuliani family for $11.8 million.

Russ Rogerson is the president and CEO of the Morgantown Area Partnership. The MCDA is a part of that organization.

“Projects of this size and scope don’t come along every day and we’re very pleased to have this chance,” he said, envisioning “Mixed-used development, including housing of all sizes and shapes, but also importantly, activity and walkability both to the downtown, to the campus and to our trails and park systems.”

The project will likely unfold over the next two to three years with input from community as well as private developers, Rogerson said. He noted the next step will likely be working with the city to set up a planned unit development for the area.”

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