The old Fort Gay High School will soon see new life!
Home Federal Loan Bank of Pittsburgh will assist redevelopment of the facility with $568,565 in grant monies, Ft. Gay mayor Joetta Hatfield announced this week. “We are hopeful other funding will be coming as well,” Hatfield said. “The total cost is estimated about $2 million.”
Coalfield Development will act as contractor & developer for the project. According to the
mayor there will be 8 apartments upstairs and the first floor will be totally for community use. Town Hall will be relocated there, as well as a Radio Station, College Classrooms, Conference Rooms, Commercial Dining & Kitchen Area as well as other things, Hatfield said.
“As President of New Day in Fort Gay, the group that owns FGHS, I can assure you we are dedicated & committed to this project. This has been a while coming but it’s now happening & will definitely be an asset for our community,” Hatfield said. “I have always been very passionate about this beautiful building and it sure was a great Christmas present to receive this funding.”
A new roof will be the first thing asap. Then in spring, construction will begin, she added.
“I have been on this project since the beginning which was started in 2012,” Hatfield said. “Not only is the building beautiful itself, but so is the school lawn and that’s where most everything takes place that happens within our little town.”
“I am a 1975 graduate of Fort Gay high school and I have always loved the building and the lawn and it holds memories for most everyone connected to Fort Gay in some way or another.”