Sunnyside Up Seeks Investors
Morgantown Dominion Post
14 January 2016
By Katelyn Lester
Sunnyside Up is seeking investors to develop and purchase roughly
two acres of Morgantown riverfront property, along Beechurst
Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets.
Formed in 2002, as the Campus Neighborhoods Revitalization Corp.
(CNRC), Sunnyside Up is a nonprofit organization designed to
assist in developing, designing and implementing plans to improve
neighborhoods surrounding the WVU campus.
Sunnyside, along University Avenue, was the organization’s first
neighborhood under CNRC’s development.
“We were designated by the city in 2008 as the developer of the
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) project for Sunnyside, so we are
involved in infrastructure improvements and providing money
through the TIF funds,” Frank Scafella, executive director of
Sunnyside Up has taken on the project of improving the
neighborhood between Fourth and Sixth streets. The properties will
be torn down in preparation of building “four-season” housing — in
which residents remain for all four seasons of the year.
Alissa Miranda, a WVU senior from New Jersey who is majoring in
history, was unaware of the new project that will take place on
“I think it would be nicer,” she said, “But just knowing that some
people will get kicked out … it’s kind of the downfall to it,”
When students move into the buildings that currently sit along
Beechurst, they are primarily present during the school year,
Scafella explained. Creating new housing will attract the
demographics of young and urban professionals, families and
retirees in order to balance four-season housing and student
“We’re trying to enable that kind of revitalization to occur
because if you can build a new four- or five-story residential
complex there, then you add a whole new demographic of residents
to the community and you’ve put new resources into the city,”
The project is a product Sunnyside has not had yet, Scafella said.
“What we are doing is helping to move the comprehensive plans
forward by emphasizing the need for four-season residents in
Sunnyside,” Scafella said. “We’re facilitating development, we’re
not going to do the development ourselves.”
Sunnyside Up released request for development proposals Wednesday.
The proposals should include: An offered price for the 1.99-acre
site, a conceptual plan, an architectural concept, details about
the proposed development and a proposed financing strategy.
Note: The property appears to be "river view" rather than
"riverfront" since illustrations appear to show a strip of land
between the development site and the riverbank.