As many people know, West Virginia University just seems to be growing and growing with new housing and little history left. As you may have read earlier, Sunnyside has lost some of its touch. Will the Downtown District be next?
In 2010, WVU purchased a well-known business building in the Downtown area where Morgantown People Co-op was originally settled. In March 2015, it was time for them to move to a new location due to the building being unsalvageable.
Ashley Keane, General Manager of Morgantown People Co-op, was already looking for new real estate to expand. Keane did wish to keep that place, but knew with the roof collapsing and parking such an issue it was time to move.
“I was already looking at real estate for a couple years now,” said Keane. “We were originally looking for a larger location and the old location would be a small satellite Downtown, but our plans had to change a little bit.”
The plan for the old building is to be demolished and than repaired, but nothing has been done to the building yet. From what Keane knows or has heard of is that the University has purchased the whole block of Chestnut Street and Reid Street to Fayette Street.
What will go there next?
That has not been made clear but Keane hopes to see more green space for Downtown, but knows that is a slim to none chance of that happening.
Keane was born and raised in Morgantown and though she hardly recognized her home neighborhood, the Downtown district is what she still remembers as a kid. Local businesses thriving and the community coming together she hopes to not see the University take away what is left.
“Suncrest is completely different…I don’t even consider it to be my home neighborhood anymore,” said Keane. “ The one place that still has a lot of what I remember as a kid is the downtown district, and that is comforting.”
Though Sunnyside looks a lot cleaner and safer, downtown is what many people attract to. From bars, restaurants, club, and any more, hopefully a franchise business stays away and lets the locals live in their uniqueness.
Morgantown People Co-op is now on Pleasant Street they have easy accessible parking and the building is beautiful. Many customers were glad to see the move and always envisioned the co-op to look the way it is today.