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RCDA accepts 11th St. property from Elkins

ELKINS — The Randolph County Development Authority accepted the transfer of a property on 11th Street from the City of Elkins during the August RCDA meeting this week.

The 0.71 acre lot is on the corner of Baron Avenue and is located where the old City of Elkins Street Department garage once stood. It is also adjacent to the back entrance to McDonalds and has been sitting empty for years.

Elkins City Council voted in May to hand the property over to the RCDA, which has more resources than the city does when it comes to getting the property sold. In the early 2010s, Elkins received a bid for the property, but the offer was for only about half the appraised value.

“I received a revised deed from the City of Elkins,” said RCDA executive director Robbie Morris.

“The deed conveys that property to Randolph County Development Authority for us to market and sell for the city.”

West Virginia code states that a county or a municipality that owns a property can transfer it to a Development Authority, which is not obligated to sell the property in the same manner the City of Elkins would have to.

Even with everything slowed in the United State right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Morris said the RCDA will work hard to sell the property. Morris said he is remaining optimistic when it comes to bringing new things into the county.

“We try to remain professional and get the job done with whatever cards ever we’re dealt,” said Morris. “We are working on some new recruiting efforts right now.

“Though retail has slowed quite a bit here, there is a lot of activity with people feeling and testing the waters of manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and things of that nature where problems and major gaps were shown in relying on foreign countries for supplying the necessary items to the United States during this pandemic. “There’s a lot of looking at reshoring or just adding to the domestic supply chain in different areas.”

RCDA board member Mark Doak agreed that there are still options out there despite what the country is going through.

“A lot of people are asking about the future, which is good,” he said. “There are a lot of different groups out there and the Development Authority is always looking.”

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