We are a special-purpose public nonprofit that promotes sustainable economic development by facilitating reuse of commercial, industrial, and mining sites and providing long-term management of key risks from legacy environmental concerns.
WHAT WE DO
We collaborate with public, private, and non-profit entities to operate three main programs:
Voluntary Land Stewardship Program
Through its Voluntary Land Stewardship Program, WVLSC can take on both short- and long-term monitoring and maintenance of sites that have been remediated pursuant to a state or federal environmental program, including brownfields, underground storage tanks, closed landfills, open dumps, hazardous waste sites, and former mining sites with ongoing water treatment. This oversight helps ensure that the legal and/or physical measures (formally known as institutional controls and engineering controls) taken to minimize human exposure to contamination remain in place and effectively protect West Virginia’s people and its environment. Engaging WVLSC as a long-term steward allows property owners to satisfy their perpetual obligations without shifting focus away from their primary business.
WVLSC is also qualified under IRS rules to hold certain real property interests, such as conservation easements, exclusively for conservation purposes. It can serve as the holder of the easement itself and/or the long-term steward that monitors and maintains the easement into perpetuity.
The WVLSC Land Bank can take legal title to commercial real estate with known environmental issues and facilitate clean-up through environmental assessment, remediation, building demolition, or other efforts. After addressing all environmental issues, WVLSC works with state and local government, local development authorities, and/or private entities to sell remediated properties so they can again be put to use in a way that stimulates the economy and fits with local development goals. If you have a property that may be a good fit for our Land Bank program, please contact us for a pre-application conference.
Site Certification Program
The WVLSC is tasked with creating an inventory of commercial sites throughout West Virginia that are ready for redevelopment or construction within 12 months or less and certifying them as “project-ready” for particular business and development uses. This effort will help mitigate potential concerns about environmental conditions and facilitate the reuse of existing properties.
West Virginia’s hilly terrain limits the availability of usable land. The State's rich industrial legacy of coal mining and chemical, steel, and glass manufacturing has left its mark on many prime pieces of real estate, creating additional barriers to development. In order to address these industrial legacies and promote investment and productive economic development, the West Virginia Legislature created the West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation in 2013 to help facilitate the remediation of properties with real or perceived environmental issues that might otherwise be overlooked by private developers and local economic development authorities. (Read the full enabling legislation here.)