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Monongalia official hints at up to 1,500 new jobs

WESTOVER, W.Va. — While work on the new Interstate 79 interchange continues, much of the land between the Morgantown Mall and Gateway development remains hilly woodlands. However, that could change.

During the Wednesday, April 8 meeting of the Monongalia County Community Leadership Forum, Commissioner Tom Bloom unveiled plans for the new Western Development.

“This is the reason we’re getting the interchange; the baseball stadium is just the icing on the cake,” he said. “That’s why there’s so much earth being moved and developed out there.”

The new development entails the construction of new roads that would connect the I-79 interchange with the Gateway, Morgantown Mall and Chaplin Road, near Mylan Park. Water, gas, sewage and power lines will also have to be routed into the area.

Bloom said a company is considering setting up its headquarters at the Western Development, which could bring in 1,000-1,500 white collar jobs…

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