By Jeff Toquinto on April 03, 2023
After much anticipation, the City of Bridgeport, the region, and the Charles Pointe development got great news this afternoon.
The much anticipated building permit setting the state for Menards to begin construction has been filed and paid for. The building permit, which cost $105,000, is actually building permits.
According to Bridgeport Community Development Director Andrea Kerr, three building permits were fileed. The biggest is for the main building, which is for $13.5 million, while an accessory building will be for $1.1 million. A security building has a $79,000 price tag.
“There has been nothing, in my 11 years with the City of Bridgeport, that has cause more of a stir or excitement that the status of this building,” said Kerr. “To finally come out and say they are ready to start construction is absolutely huge.”
Menards will be located at the new Charles Pointe Crossing. The retail giant will have a facility covering 203,000 square feet. They will also have company with a $22.5 million “state-of-the-art” community hospital to be built by Mon Health that received approval from the state in September of last year.
All of this has those at Genesis Partners, the group responsible for the development of Charles Pointe, excited.
“Menard’s building permit represents the start to more than $91 million in new construction announcements in 2023 here at Charles Pointe, said Jamie Corton of Genesis Partners. “Charles Pointe will continue our mission to make Bridgeport the most desirable location in North Central West Virginia to live, work, raise a family, and have fun.”
Although no other businesses have been announced as coming, that will almost certainly be the case. There are 67 acres of land throughout the development.
“I definitely think that Menards coming to our area will give us a substantial economic boost,” said Kerr. “While we have not entertained new businesses, we have had entities call and reach out to use and we point them to the developer. This is good news today and for the future.”
The contractor for the project is IC Construction Company. Kerr said they are out of Iowa.