WEIRTON – A workshop set for this Friday to address ideas on dealing with dilapidated buildings in the region has been postponed out of concern for possible winter weather. The Property Rescue Initiative technical assistance workshop had been planned for Friday at Williams Golf and Country Club. It now will be held on March 4. Weather forecasts are calling for a potential winter storm to hit the region Friday afternoon into Saturday, although an exact snowfall has not been determined. “We did not want to try making this decision last minute, and in the interest of a successful event, as well as everyone's safety, we are postponing the Northern Panhandle workshop,” Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, explained. Ford noted officials from throughout West Virginia were expected to come to Weirton for the workshop. The event is to be sponsored by the West Virginia Housing Development Fund, the West Virginia Community Development HUB, the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center and the WVU Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. The PRI was launched in 2015 with the goal of creating a revolving loan fund – of $1 million per year over the next five years – for municipalities and counties to acquire or remove dilapidated properties.
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