Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 5, 2013

Bluefield intermodal project still underway despite lack of federal funds

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A project designed to boost downtown Bluefield has not sputtered and died; instead, engineering and architectural work has been moving ahead while the city of Bluefield seeks funding, local Rotarians were told today.

David W. Hafley, vice president and planning manager with Parsons Brinckerhoff from Lexington, Ky. spoke to the Bluefield Rotary Club about the status of the Colonial Intermodal Center for downtown Bluefield.

“The project formerly called the Colonial Intermodal Center is intended to bring economic activity and life to downtown Bluefield,” City Manager Jim Ferguson told the audience at the Fincastle Country Club. “The engineering of the first phase of the development is underway. Bluefield selected and teamed up with Parsons Brinckerhoff to help with the design and the planning of the project.”

The plan calls for situating the intermodal center on two and a half acres of land the city owns along Princeton Avenue, Hafley said. The former Matz Hotel and Colonial Theater once shared the site with the now-demolished Princeton Avenue Parking Garage.

For more about the project’s status and how it could impact Bluefield’s downtown, read Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit www.bdtonline.com.

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