CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- An estimated 1,700-acre residential and commercial development that would be "bigger than Huntfield" and use alternative energy forms like solar power and wind power is being proposed in the City of Ranson, officials said Thursday.
The first mention of the so-called Ranson Green development came during a Jefferson County Commission meeting when Commissioner Greg Corliss said people involved in the project briefed officials on it during a Region 9 planning and development council meeting Wednesday at Ranson City Hall.
No one else in the commission meeting said they were aware of the project.
In a telephone interview later, Ranson Mayor David Hamill confirmed the project and its planned uses of alternative energy.
"Incredible concept," Hamill said of the plan.
Hamill referred specific questions about the project to one of the developers, Fred Spain of Fort Washington, Md.
Spain said in a telephone interview he has wanted to push alternative energy forms since seeing Al Gore's global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," and he teamed with Douglas Carter of Davis Carter Scott Architecture on the idea for Ranson Green.