The Exponent Telegram
Sunday, June 10, 2012
By: Sarah Moore
BRIDGEPORT - Only
10 percent of Charles Pointe’s 2,281 residential units have been utilized, and
officials hope development will help ease the housing shortage in Harrison
Worthington Estates, Worthington Village and Hunter’s Chase
are currently under construction, and lots are available.
Worthington Estates and Worthington Village are located on
the Charles Pointe side of Worthington Drive, which is now connected to W.Va.
131 by Stonebridge Drive that just opened within the last two weeks.
The stone bridge was completed about two years ago, but the
road was not finished, Bridgeport Mayor Jim Christie said.
“While building that road, the contractor hit rock he wasn’t
expecting, and then winter hit, putting that project about a year behind,”
Completion of Stonebridge Drive will make access easier for
residents, make it more attractive for potential buyers and more convenient for
residents on the other end of Worthington Drive.
“That street is pretty narrow and as more houses have been
built, the traffic has increased, and that will continue to grow as more houses
are complete,” Christie said.
Worthington Village is a single-home housing development
with a total of 72 lots. Thirty-four of
those lots already have houses, and about half a dozen are currently under
“There are still lots for sale,” said Mark Dellana,
executive director of development for Genesis Partners.
Those lots are under contract with S&A Homes. Purchasers of those lots work with that
company to select the home of their choice – from style down to the fixtures,
Worthington Estates is a larger lot development, but no
houses have been built or started yet, Dellana said.
The estates are one-half to one acre lots. Purchasers of those lots can choose a
contractor of their choice, he explained.
Hunter’s Chase, another S&A Homes-contracted parcel for
single-family homes, is a smaller 11-lot development along W.Va. 131. There are three houses already built, and one
is currently under construction, Dellana said.
Officials are hoping these developments can help fill the
growing need for homes in the Bridgeport and Harrison County area.
“We are at a record low for the number of houses available
on the market in Bridgeport,” Christie said.
Mike Romano, president of the Harrison County Economic
Development Authority, believes the shortage of both single-family homes and housing
units, such as apartments and townhouses, is due to the “population explosion”
in North Central West Virginia.
The FBI center, the natural resources industry, the growing
medical field and business growth in general have all, but not exclusively, contributed.
A recent study proved that in order to keep up with the
growing population in Bridgeport, 100 new homes would have to be built each
year for the next five years, said Dellana.
Another study showed that in Clarksburg alone there is a
need for 1,000 high-end apartments within city limits, said Romano.
“You extrapolate that to the entire county, and it’s obvious
the need is definitely there,” he said.
“It’s going to require a tremendous amount of housing to
fill the demand base. All corners of Harrison
County should be looking to take advantage of that opportunity,” Romano added.
There are plans to build additional apartments and townhomes
on some of the remaining land in Charles Pointe’s 1,700 acres.
“That’s an area where we will be pushing. We have a need in excess of 200-500 apartment
units. We have people filling up hotel
rooms when they could be living somewhere if space was available”, Dellana
Increasing the amount of residential space in Bridgeport
will create additional revenue for the city by increasing the tax base,