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Wise drops off Roundhouse check

February 15, 2002

Wise drops off Roundhouse check



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Bob Wise traveled to Martinsburg Thursday to issue a $200,000 check for the continued renovation of the old B&O Roundhouse on East Martin Street.

The $200,000, which was secured from last year's state budget, will be used for continued brick work on the roundhouse and window repairs, said Clarence E. "CEM" Martin, chairman of the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority.

Wise made the announcement while standing in the center of the cavernous structure, which was used to repair locomotives.

"Projects like the Roundhouse are very important to the economic development of West Virginia," Wise said. "This grant is critical to continuing that development in Berkeley County."

At least $1.8 million has been raised for the renovation of the roundhouse.

The first roundhouse was built at the site, but the complex was burned by Confederate troops in the Civil War in 1861. The roundhouse that stands today was built in 1866.

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The Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority is considering converting the historic structure into a performing arts center.

Renovation of the roundhouse is a massive project that some have estimated will cost up to $16 million.

Martin said Thursday a completion date has not been established, but authority members have been told they are about five to eight years ahead of other such renovation projects that have been attempted in other parts of the country.

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