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$3-mil Investment in Putnam County

WINFIELD, WV (WOWK) - A $3-million investment in Winfield will replace an old abandoned building and provide housing for young couples and families. The old IGA grocery store was torn down to make way for the new facility.

"It's kind the first step of a whole revitalization project that we're doing in this area of Winfield here, along with the city doing some stuff, and then we have some other business owners doing some things nearby as well," Eric Tarr told 13 News.

Tarr and his business partners are tearing down the old IGA grocery store, which has sat empty for years.

"It's awesome to get this eyesore down. It's been sitting here empty for 3+ years and we've had a lot of people who have been trying, we've been trying to move someone in. But this is the main thing to get it torn down," Winfield Mayor Randy Barrett explained.

Tarr and the other builders say it's part of the overall investment in Winfield, hoping to revitalize the community.

"We really like improving communities, so we've been able to do some of that in Winfield and other communities as well. So we've been looking at this as an opportunity for quite a bit," Tarr said.

The demolition will take about a week, since crews are saving most of the material to be recycled.

"So all the mortar and brick and block and all that stuff is going to be made into gravel, the steel will be recycled, all that stuff is being put to use, and what can't be then goes to refuse," Tarr added.

Then the construction begins on the 28,000 square foot business and apartment building, breathing new life into the heart of Winfield.

"Just keep driving through Winfield and see the progress, a lot has grown in the last 10 years and it just keeps multiplying. And we still have some property for sale, so there's still room for other businesses here too," Mayor Barrett said.

Locals driving by can expect to see demolition continue for the rest of the week. Construction is expected to be done with a year.


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