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Charles Town downtown work could begin in the spring

July 20, 2000

Charles Town downtown work could begin in the spring



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Work isn't expected to begin on Charles Town's downtown revitalization project until spring, a city official said.

City Council member Matt Ward said Charles Town officials want to see if they can receive another $160,000 grant for project before starting work. They already have $350,000 from the governor's office for the project. The goal is $1.2 million.

Raising $1.2 million will allow the city to install new sidewalks and make other improvements on the entire portion of Washington Street from Samuel Street to West Street, said Mayor Randy Hilton.

Plans include building new sidewalks, burying power lines, planting new trees and installing new tree grates and street lights.

Ward is also interested in building an interpretative aisle beside the Jefferson County Courthouse where tourists can stop to learn about the history of Charles Town and Jefferson County.

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Before proceeding with the project Charles Town will try to win a $160,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to construct the historical markers and special seating around the courthouse, Ward said.

Ward said the city can't use some of the $590,000 accumulated for the project or it will lose out on its chance to obtain the additional $160,000 grant.

The $160,000 grant is being distributed through the Department of Transportation's National Scenic Byway program. Charles Town is eligible for the $160,000 because the George Washington Heritage Trail passes through town, Ward said.

Officials should know by spring if they will receive the Department of Transportation money.

If the $1.2 million cannot be raised, the city will do as much work as it can with the money it raises, Ward said.

"We're going to do the best we can to do as much as we can," Hilton said.

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