by Natalia Dutt, AmeriCorps Member
2017 has been a busy and productive year at New Historic Thomas. It is hard to believe we are ringing in the new year already, though we are so looking forward to 2018, we thought we would share some highlights from this fantastic year. Though we could go on for pages about all of the exciting things we will give you just the highlights.
Started this wonderful newsletter. It has been an awesome year highlighting fantastic members of the community, highlighting some of our favorite events around town, and telling the stories that make Thomas so great.
Awarded an U.S. EPA Brownfields Assessment grant of $200,000 that will allow us to continue with our assessments and cleanup of Thomas’ riverfront property. We are excited to help this land become healthy once again for future park redevelopment.
Awarded, commissioned, and implemented two pieces of public art. After a call for artists, we chose to local people to showcase their talent. We truly hope this is the first of many public art opportunities here in Thomas with money from NHT, a $2,000 grant from the Tucker County Cultural District Authority, and funds from NHT’s USDA RCDI subgrant
Started construction work on the beginner bike trail in the Thomas City Park Trails. Zach Adams, along with various volunteers, have been able to make some strides with this trail. This year, we’ve raised $22,500 toward the trail in grants and private donations.
Awarded a $10,000 grant from PeopleForBikes to continue our work on the Thomas City Park Trails!
Completed an illustrated Thomas business map/directory brochure to distribute around the region.
Completed the revision of the Thomas BAD (Brownfields, Abandoned, and Dilapidated) Building Inventory that includes # buildings.
Supporting the Thomas Comprehensive Planning process
Supported Woodlands Development Group and the City of Thomas on the demolition project of the “Eagle’s Nest” building on Spruce Street
Awarded the Local Leadership award at the WV Brownfields Conference and the Excellence in Brownfields Remediation award from the WV Department of Environmental Protection
Emily spoke at the National Brownfields Conference, the WV Brownfields Conference, and the Mountain State Land Use Academy in 2017.
Organized a trash cleanup and trail maintenance day in April for community volunteers
Managing EPA brownfields grants and projects for the city
Thank you to everyone who helped us make 2017 so amazing! Without this amazing community none of this would be possible.