Preservation Alliance of West Virginia Honors Developer and Architect for “Best Use of Tax Credits” for “Riverview at Clendenin School”

September 23, 2011

On Friday, September 23rd, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) held its annual Historic Preservation Awards Banquet and honored developers AU Associates with an award for “Best Use of Tax Credits” for “Riverview at Clendenin School”.

Omni Associates – Architects was chosen by Kentucky-based developers AU Associates to design the historic preservation, renovation, and conversion of the old Clendenin school building to include 18 one- and two-bedroom apartments for seniors and a one-stop health service for Cabin Creek Health Systems. The health clinic will employ about 20 staff members and include an onsite dentist, fully stocked pharmacy, radiology department and physical therapy center. Design plans also call for a day-care center and a community recreation facility in the former gymnasium.

Funding for the renovation came from a combination of local, state and federal funding, with large portions coming through federal economic stimulus money, including a $2.7 million grant from the West Virginia Neighborhood Stabilization Program and $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Both grants were part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing a $1.2 million loan for 40 years at no more than 4.5 percent interest. About $1 million in state and federal historic tax credits also helped fund the project.

Completed in 1912, Clendenin Middle School was originally known as the Big Sandy District High School. In 1996, the school was listed on the National Register as part of the Clendenin Historic District. In 2002, the school closed its doors and remained vacant and for sale until August 2004, when the school board donated it to a local economic development group, “25045—A New Clendenin,” formed in 2003 to revitalize the historic town.* Many people in the area wanted to see the building torn down, saying it would never again serve the community, but commitment by the community to utilize the historic structure drove the project., *(source: