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Fairmont Community Development Partnership Reflects on 2013

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The Fairmont Community Development Partnership has been on the job for more than 20 years revitalizing neighborhoods and providing affordable housing.

It originally focused its efforts on the Maple/Ogden area. After improvement was seen, it then shifted to the Virginia/Gaston neighborhood.

The FCDP has expanded its vision to the business sector and has created a more visually appealing downtown area known as Traction Square.

Its staff describes 2013 as a roller coaster year. The group had to find a new location after a fire in April destroyed the McCoy building.

It started on the third floor and spread quickly. It caused enough damage for fire departments to deem the McCoy building a total loss.

Despite that, the partnership demolished 9 dilapidated properties in 2013 and several new affordable homes were built in their place.

"You demo but it also then becomes a build site. For us, its another plus and is something good for the community. It's an eye sore that has been removed from the community," said Bob Gribben, Fairmont Community Development Partnership Director.

In 2014, the group wants to focus on affordable homes for "special needs" families.

The West Virginia Housing Development Fund has approved funding to build two additional affordable rental duplexes, three single family homes for home ownership, and one rehabilitation to an existing home in need of repair.

The approval will help allow the FCDP to expand on its current build plans and provide additional quality affordable housing to the Fairmont community.