Story by Andrea Salina Fleming | Fairmont Community Development Partnership
Published by The Fairmont News
With regards to community development, it’s no secret that Fairmont is in a transition phase, at least from a leadership standpoint.
Over the past year, several pivotal community agencies have seen a change in management. The timing couldn’t be more perfect with all the exciting incentives that Fairmont has on the horizon such as Home Rule, the creation of a TIF (Tax Increment Finance) district and a new road bridging the gap between the Gateway Connector and Locust Avenue. Through progressive and creative thinking and an aggressive strategy to rehab or remove blight and improve the housing stock, businesses and families can be easily recruited to live, work and play here in the Friendly City!
The Fairmont Community Development Partnership has traditionally been a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization and community improvement in Fairmont. Upholding tradition is a warm and fuzzy thought, but striving for a better community and a thriving economy requires thinking outside the box. The FCDP plans to continue revitalizing targeted areas of Fairmont. The strategy will shift slightly throughout the process. In order to be successful, The Partnership must be more strategic and intentional with community and economic development planning and implementation. Instead of putting plans on shelves we aspire to put ideas into action.
Story by Hannah Rosche | Times West Virginian
Over a month after an explosive Fairmont Planning Commission meeting (April 5), the Fairmont Community Development Partnership (FCDP) is reaching out to the community.
The planning commission special session was called for the rezoning of property adjacent to Windmill Park on Garrett Avenue in Jackson Addition. The request was to change the area from general residential to neighborhood mixed use in order to construct a 32-unit affordable housing complex.
The request was met with a group of concerned Jackson Addition community members, vehemently opposed to the construction of the affordable housing complex, citing increased crime and building conditions as reasons not to build the complex.
The FCDP currently owns the property adjacent to Windmill Park and was planning on selling it to The Chaplin Group, a private developer from Wheeling, according to Andrea Salina, FCDP executive director.