Fairmont residents are still feeling the loss after the historic McCoy building burned to the ground just five months ago. But with loss comes a chance to rebuild, and that's exactly what the Fairmont community development partnership is now aiming to do.
The McCoy building was the start of the partnerships downtown revitalization efforts after it was acquired back in 2001. After a fire destroyed that building, the partnership began looking for new ways to revamp the cities appearance. For now the location where the McCoy building once stood has become a green space for residents to enjoy. But officials at the FCDP say big things are in the works.
"We finally decided that right for this moment that we would just go ahead and green it, try to give it some park like qualities so it will not look like a gap as it has." said Bob Gribben, Executive Director of the Fairmont Community Development Program.
According to FCDP officials, within the next year Fairmont residents should expect to see being changes coming to the southern end of the city square.