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Morgantown City Council Continues Plans for Site of Former Woodburn School

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Woodburn Elementary closed its doors to students more than six months ago, but on Tuesday night, Morgantown City Council took a step to make sure the building will be utilized.

The city of Morgantown now owns the building.

Council unanimously voted to continue leasing space at the former elementary school, specifically to the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club. West Virginia University was previously interested in leasing the space for its ceramics department in the College of Creative Arts, School of Art Design, but recently withdrew its lease agreement.

City officials said the project is a work in progress.

"Once we have a Woodburn Elementary Commission on board, we will start looking at the longterm vision of the Woodburn property - that's a five acre property, including the green space," said city manager Jeff Mikorski.

Council also discussed what rate it would charge the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club, in terms of price per square foot. Although council agreed it would offer the organization a discounted rate, some members expressed their concerns over the decision limiting the capabilities.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, council also voted to support the renaming of the South High Street Bridge, upon receiving a request from West Virginia Legislature.  It will be named the John W. Pyles Bridge, after a former Monongalia County commissioner.