Fairmont, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Public Works moved last week to purchase 13 parcels of land in downtown Fairmont and build a new four-story structure to house state offices.
The parcels of land are along Adams Street between Madison Street and Quincy Street.
The parcels of land were purchased for a total of $10 from the Marion Regional Development Corporation, Marion County Development Authority, and the Marion County Commission.
The vote in support of the purchase was unanimous.
The Board of Public Works includes the Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and State School Board Superintendent. Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, Treasurer John Perdue, Auditor Glen Gainer, and Attorney General Darrell McGraw voted for the measure; proxies for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Commissioner of Agriculture Gus Douglass also voted in favor. State School Superintendent Dr. Jorea Marple’s proxy did not vote.
“I was happy to vote in favor of this project,” said Secretary Tennant, a native of Fairview in Marion County. “Bringing this project to downtown Fairmont will help to revitalize that part of town. With the recent completion of the Gateway Connector and continued growth at Fairmont State University, these are exciting times for the Friendly City and my home county.”
The new state office building will be 85,000 square feet and house only state offices. So far, five state agencies have leased space. The project is scheduled to get underway in July 2012 and be completed in the spring of 2014.
Approved minutes of the Board of Public Works meetings can be found on the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com under the heading “Secretary’s Desk.”