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Roundhouse gets more cash

June 24, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Money continues to stream in for the renovation of the old B&O Roundhouse off East Martin Street.

State lawmakers say another $200,000 for the renovation of the roundhouse has been included in the legislative budget digest.

The digest, part of the recently approved 1999-2000 budget, is a list of special projects across the state that have received funding from the Legislature.

Both Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, and Del. Vicki Douglas, D-Berkeley, requested digest money for the roundhouse, which is being renovated for public use.

The $200,000 is in addition to a $300,000 allocation the county received last week for the purchase of the building. A $300,000 federal grant for renovation of the roundhouse also was awarded with the help of U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.

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The $300,000 received from the state last week will be used, in part, to pay CSX Corp. and local developer Moncure Chatfield-Taylor $190,000 for the property.

The $200,000 from the budget digest will be used for renovation and planning studies for the building, Unger said Thursday.

Ken Green, director of the state's Region 9 Planning and Development Council, said it will take millions of dollars to turn the building into the showplace the community envisions.

Unger said there are still no exact figures on how much the project will cost. There are different proposals for how the building would be used, and those have to be finalized to determine the cost, said Unger.

Among the uses already mentioned for the roundhouse are a train museum, shopping center, recreation complex, convention center, Civil War museum or port commerce center.

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