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Metropolis purchases property in Richwood redevelopment space

MORGANTOWN — Lengthy earlier than particulars of a 10-acre land deal and visions of redevelopment got here to Richwood Avenue and the doorstep of downtown Morgantown, there was a obvious downside.

Wanting down, as if a hen, on the scattershot tangle of streets and intersections alongside decrease Richwood, you possibly can’t assist however surprise why, and the way, this configuration got here to be. 

Why does East Prospect Road abruptly finish and Richwood Avenue loop round an empty parking zone, creating a wierd confluence of intersections with Weaver and Snider streets earlier than terminating at a harmful, angled intersection with Willey Road?   

Earlier than you get to any of that, Richwood passes by Locust Avenue. The confluence of these two streets often is the most geometrically challenged of the lot.

And it’s going to be addressed. 

Throughout its most up-to-date common assembly, Morgantown Metropolis Council accredited, on first studying, the acquisition of two parcels on the intersection of Locust and Richwood avenues. 

The 2 properties, a complete of .06 acres at 549 and 553 Locust Avenue, will probably be bought from the Monongalia County Growth Authority for $216,600, which is the full appraised worth of the properties.

Morgantown Space Partnership CEO Russ Rogerson beforehand mentioned town is trying to make use of some $700,000 accessible via the Willey, Spruce, Brockway TIF district to start razing the 55 or so buildings unfold throughout the roughly 10-acre space deliberate for redevelopment. 

That is the primary of these actions. 

“The plan is to facilitate street enhancements,” Metropolis Legal professional Ryan Simonton defined. “The nook the place Richwood Avenue approaches Locust Avenue is a really tough angle. These properties are close to that intersection. So, town plans to make use of this for roadway widening or realignment with the redevelopment plans within the space.”  

That is additionally possible the primary of the transportation infrastructure initiatives coming to the decrease Richwood space. 

In 2018, town of Morgantown, working with guide Aecom and along with the Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Group, recognized the necessity for important adjustments, together with the elimination of the Richwood Avenue loop and the extension of East Prospect to kind a extra purposeful, signaled intersection with Willey Road.