Bates Clarifies Circumstances of HMDA Projects; Wolfe Reports Start of Two Construction Projects

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – Rumors --- or nonbinding statements --- filled Huntington last week concerning a possible Amazon.Com expansion to Kinetic Park.

Various media has connected the dots through indirect responses, but neither the Huntington Municipal Development Corp. or the Mayor’s Office has confirmed anything but the possibility of significant jobs from an upper level Kinetic Park development.

Huntington City Council Chairman, Mark Bates, clarified the landscape Monday night. He explained that, by contract, announcements must come from the prospective developer and employer which is building at Kinetic Park. Thus, speculation remains exactly what, how many and who will be coming to the site.

In addition, Bates, a member of H.M.D.A., also said that the option on the so-called City Hall annex property had been extended. However, the law firm looking to purchase the property likely needs a partner due to the extensive restoration required.

Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Kim Wolfe announced two construction projects that are underway. First, work has started on Ninth Street between Fifth Avenue and five-and-a-half alley on adding security enhancements to surround the former U.S. Postal Service structure that now houses such offices as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of WV at Huntington. Electrical work will also be done in the alley.

The construction on federal structures expands in the fall to renovation of the Corps. of Engineers building at Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street.

Finally, Wolfe told the community that contractors have arrived for the traffic signal synchronization work which will allow drivers to pass through without having so many stop, go and slow downs from red, yellow , and green signals on city throughways.

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