Residents and businesses from all over Hancock County and West Virginia came together Wednesday to celebrate the demolition of the old Taylor Smith and Taylor Factory.
"No one thought that this would be possible nor did they think that this would occur. This community has been living with this eye sore for over three decades now so what better opportunity to bring everyone together than the completion of this project," says BDC Executive Director Patrick Ford.
The celebration gave residents a chance to inspect old artifacts salvaged from the site during the demolition project. Residents were encouraged to bring their favorite photos of the factory.
Members of BDC presented gifts to individuals and companies who had a hand in this process. They were also able to unveil the master plan that they have for the site for the first time.
"We thought the pottery would be there forever but as soon as the people who owned the property sold it to the corporation, it was 10 years and gone and it sat there terrible for 30 years and I never thought I'd see this day come but now it's empty and it's a new start for the town," says Jerry Chaney of Chester.
The factory sat idle for decades until BDC acquired it for $125,000 in July. BDC took on the project to clean it up, remediate all contaminates and prepare a site for future economic development opportunities.
So far the BDC has received a few inquiries, one even being from Europe who was shown the property Tuesday.