Clarksburg beautification projects working to improve the city

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Beautification projects around Clarksburg have been popping up frequently over the last year to help improve the town image and overall way of life.

The most popular project so far has been the renovation of the Robinson Grand Theater.

"The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center had its grand opening, and that was a significant investment from the city to help spur other development," said Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe.

Other projects throughout the city include adding new statues to promote diversity, as well as landscaping and renovations for new businesses coming to the area. One project in the works is finalizing a demolition loan to remove condemned homes.

"Late winter or early spring we anticipate 40-60 structures to be demolished," said Howe. "We're really trying to focus within these neighborhoods and high traffic areas to really show we're re-investing in the community."

The demolition project is good news for community members who want the see the cities drug problem become a thing of the past.

"The more modern stuff they bring in and houses they fix up and tear down will kind of get rid of that drug problem," said resident Paul Phillips. "It might send it somewhere else but at least it will take care of it right there."

The goal of all this beautification is to make Clarksburg an inviting place for art and culture to grow, as well as promote pride among its residents.

"When your house is clean and your community is clean, then you feel more pride," said Howe. "That's what we need to instill back into the community, is pride."