High Hopes for Fostoria Site Are Becoming a Reality

When the Fostoria Steering Committee was involved more than a decade ago in efforts to clean up the Fostoria Glass site in Moundsville, the main concern was to have the remaining buildings removed in an effort to attract light industry or commercial businesses.

Another aspect of making the property more attractive was to have a portion of the site brought up to ground level, especially on the First Street and Fostoria Avenue sides.

As it has turned out all the buildings have been removed, and now the finishing touches are being made in bringing a large part of the acreage up to meet ground level.

I know the commission members, of whom I was one, along with the Moundsville Economic Development Committee, and those serving in city government at the time, never envisioned such a drastic change of the site.

Truckload after truckload of contaminant-free soil has been dumped at the site in recent weeks.

While reviewing some of the newspaper articles pertaining to the cleanup, and there have been many since 2000, I came across one story I had written with the headline reading: “New Development To Be Named Fostoria Plaza.” This particular article states that the letters which spelled out the word FOSTORIA on a stack would become a part of the signage of the proposed Fostoria Plaza.

The story quoted then property developer Harold Games as saying that it was only appropriate that the area become known as Fostoria Plaza.

As you might remember, the city of Moundsville was able to acquire the property for a fee of $1 per parcel. Although there were some 28 on site, the parcels were divided into three taxable parcels. As a result the city acquired the property for $3. The main reason the city decided to acquire the property was to have local ownership, and with that ownership the city was able to keep individuals off the site and out of the remaining building.

With figures ranging from $1 million to more than $3 million for cleanup of the site, the city decided to seek out a developer to undertake such a project, and in turn the developer would become the property owner.

Games was chosen to become the developer, on Oct. 6, 2004, and it was on that date he said the site would be known as Fostoria Plaza. Games would latter join forces with two other people, with that firm being named GAB Enterprise.

GAB would continue to work with a number of governmental agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, to obtain a certificate of compliance, and once that document was received work began to pack the “cleaned” dirt into the site.

This date 20 years ago marked the date for the first inmates to be housed at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville.

This transfer included 23 inmates who were transported from the then-West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville to a new $19 million state-of-the-art penal institution.

A newspaper clipping stated plans were to transfer an additional 63 inmates from the state’s maximum security prison to the NRJ, while the following week 47 inmates were to be sent from the Huttonsville Correctional Center, then the state’s minimum security facility.

At least 38 Marshall County residents were in attendance last Sunday at Consol Energy Park in Washington, Pa., where they witnessed a perfect game by Washington Wild Things pitcher Matt Sergey. Overall, there were 1,964 in attendance at the game.

The reason for these Marshall Countians being in attendance was that Earl Shaw and Wesley Howsare selected that date for members of the Moundsville First Christian Church to attend such the game. Of course, also in attendance were former Moundsville residents Phil and Karen Neubauer, who live just a few miles up 1-79 from the ballpark. And yes, Linda and I were also there.

None of us had ever seen a perfect game.

Retiring 27 batters without giving up a hit, issuing a walk, hitting a batter, or having a teammate make an error doesn’t happen at any level very often.

In fact, it was the first time in the 22 years of the Frontier League.

Just a reminder, the Dan Dague Memorial Car and Bike Show For Sight will be held at the Highlands on Monday.

Registration will be from 8 a.m. until noon, while judging will take place from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The award presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m., with District Gov. Eugene Saunders Sr., taking part.

More than 165 trophies will be awarded, along with 600 dash plaques.

Those in attendance will be able to help the Lions’ cause by participating in the 50/50 raffles, a regular auction and a Chinese auction.

The event is being sponsored by the Lions of District 29-L of West Virginia, with proceeds to benefit the West Virginia Lions Sight Foundation.

Anyone with used eye glasses and hearing aids can bring them to the event.

Members of Mound Post No. 437, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Moundsville, will be selling poppies on Friday and Saturday. The project supports Disabled Veterans. In addition, the Auxiliary is collecting Campbell’s Soup Labels to benefit the VFW’s Children’s National Home.

Like many such organizations, the VFW Auxiliary’s Post No. 437 is seeking members, with family members of a veteran who served in a foreign war eligible for membership.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s Marketing Committee will be holding the first in a series of free seminars from noon until 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Sleep Inn and Suites in Moundsville.

The seminars will be to assist local businesses and non-profit organizations better promote and operate their entities.

The initial seminar is titled, “Internet Marketing Tips: How to Increase Business with Google, Facebook & More.” It will be presented by Justin Seibert of Direct Online Marketing.

There will be a free buffet style lunch catered by Alexander’s on 7th at 11:45 a.m.

Reservations are to be made by Sept. 8 by calling the Chamber at 304-845-2773.

Seminar sponsors include the Chamber, WesBanco and Hartley & Straub, CPAs.

It may still be August, but the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee is making plans for the 45th annual event, which will take place on Nov. 22.

This year’s theme will be, “Christmas In Our Town.”

To enter a parade or to become a parade sponsor, call the Chamber office at 304-845-2773.

The Chamber can also make arrangements for those who might want to rent a float for the parade.