Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties that have not been redeveloped due to real or perceived environmental barriers. Examples of brownfields include former gas stations, glass factories, machine shops, manufacturing and processing facilities, dry cleaners, and mine scarred lands.
FOC has interest in several brownfield properties in Preston County and has executed projects to advance the redevelopment of these key areas.
Former Patriot Coal Prep Plant—The “Preston” Site
FOC has also had the generous support of the Preston County Development Authority which funded the environmental assessments of the future Cheat River rail-trail and “shops” property as part of their ARRA Brownfields EPA-funded project.
Information about the brownfields in West Virginia and the FOCUS WV Brownfields Program can be found at www.wvbrownfields.org. The Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center is located at the West Virginia Water Research Institute, at WVU’s National Research Center for Coal & Energy; the WV Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University is located in the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences.