Ranson-Charles Town Commerce Corridor Project/APUS/CivicCenter

multiple, Ranson & Charles Town, West Virginia

Please provide a brief overview of the project.

The primary goal of the project was to promote a community-based initiative to address brownfields blight in two small, adjacent rural communities with a combined population of about 10,000, whose adjacent downtown areas were impacted and linked by a 1.5-mile corridor of blighted brownfields dubbed the Commerce Corridor. The concept developed by City leadership was to create positive cultural, economic and environmental benefits in line with the two community’s land use planning and quality of life goals.

The sites are located in adjacent communities – Ranson and Charles Town

The size of the redeveloped sites (two sites) are approximately 10 acres

The building that was repurposed by Ranson to be the Ranson Civic Center was set up originally to be a Maytag spray painting facility. The properties that were redeveloped by the American Public University System (APUS) included a former metal salvage yard, and former industrial buildings that were part of a larger industrial complex which are also adjacent to the Ranson Civic Center.

The former Maytag spray painting building was repurposed to be the Ranson Civic Center. The former industrial complex/metal salvage yard were redeveloped as the APUS Academic Center, Financial Center and Solar Array Parking Lot

Both projects were completed in 2011.

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3159 Coco Road, Elkview, West Virginia

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