SGA as a part of the brownfields redevelopment team funded by the U.S. EPA’s Brownfields Program, developed a comprehensive site reuse plan which address historic brownfield conditions as a result of the Robrecht’s site history as a former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad railyard. The site is strategically located adjacent to the Wheeling Heritage Rail Trail along the Ohio River. The plan extends public access along Wheeling Creek with a “deck park” on several abandoned railroad plate-girder bridge decks. The plan includes creating a critically needed ADA accessible kayak launch as a part of the City’s water trail system. The site has sat mostly vacant for years. A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment had findings that identified concentrations of PAHs above WVDEP recreational soil risk concentrations so a combination of engineering controls were integrated into the park’s design and to allow for on-site stormwater management. SGA’s work supported a WV Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant that resulted in an October 2020 award of $240,000 by Governor Justice. The funding will be used to the advance the engineering design and permitting for the project to move it towards construction.
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