MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three 130-year-old buildings in the B&O railroad yard near Tuscarora Creek could be transformed into one of the most unique civic centers in the United States, an architecture and design firm told the Martinsburg City Council Monday night.
The council isn't sold on the idea yet. Members are considering how to get the money for the proposed $16 million project and whether a civic and convention center can draw enough business to be profitable.
Monday's meeting was little more than a question-and-answer session between council members and George Skarmeas, director of historic preservation for the Hillier Group in Washington, D.C., which completed the $60,000 Martinsburg Civic Center and Tuscarora Creek Park feasibility study.
The group said transforming Tuscarora Creek into a linear park for $8 million to $13 million and using the three historic buildings as a civic center for association meetings, consumer shows and spectator events is achievable.