BRIDGEPORT — Health care, education and retail stores are among the latest developments being finalized along W.Va. 279, also known as Jerry Dove Drive, in Bridgeport.
Josie’s Hope, a 16-bed residential treatment program for pregnant women with moderate to severe substance disorder, has an anticipated fall opening.
The United Summit Center program will be located on the third floor of a building that is part of the Biafore development located along W.Va. 279 across from the United Hospital Center campus.
“Preference will be given to IV drug users of heroin and meth,” program coordinator Whitney Oliverio said. “We want to get women early in gestation, and they can stay up to six months postpartum. We will be able to accommodate the infants as well.”
Professional and self-referrals will be considered. It will have a staff of approximately 15, including clinical, medical and entry-level employees.
Amanda Berry, program therapist, will be providing treatment to teach coping, living and parenting skills during the medically assisted treatment.
“We will teach relapse prevention techniques with the overall goal of discharging them to thrive in the community,” Berry said. “Beckley is the closest program with similar services.”
Oliverio is working closely with United Hospital Center obstetrician nurse Misty Harlow and pediatrics on education to prepare the staff in safe sleep policies, along with sanitary and security procedures.
Josie’s Hope is named for Josie Faix D’Annunzio, charter member of the Summit Center board of directors, who has contributed much to the community mental health fields, Oliverio said.
In addition, a lease has been signed for the second floor to be utilized for medical use, Dave Biafore said.
“We are talking to a private pharmacy for part of the first floor,” he said.
Dave and Richard Biafore are also owners and developers of Market Place LLC, located just to the east on Jerry Dove Drive across from the Bridgeport Public Safety Complex.
“Don Patron Mexican Grill is near completion. It should be open by Sept. 1 at Market Place,” Dave Biafore said.
Anatomical Design, a prosthetics business, along with Vangura Surfacing Products, a countertop showroom and sales center, are open in the plaza.
“There are a couple of restaurants we are talking to. We’re looking at a nail salon and spa and a couple outpad restaurants,” he said. “We are talking to national restaurants about freestanding space available at the two outpads. We’re looking for a pizza shop, and we’re talking to a seafood sit-down restaurant.”
With nearly 10,000 employees in that area, it’s a fantastic setup, said Biafore, who also is the developer of Charles Pointe Commons with his brother.
“That’s why we decided to develop the 18-19 acres there. We enjoy Harrison County and look to continue to grow in Harrison County,” he said. “We have plans for a duplex and an 18,000-square-foot medical building, and another strip center is scheduled for construction this fall.”
Bridgeport Community Development Director Randy Spellman said there is a plan for more than 10 buildings in the Market Place area, with the majority of them in city limits. However, a few will be located outside the city.
“They have a lot of potential businesses. However, we don’t have any permits at this time,” Spellman said.
White Oaks officials are also preparing to start a second retail village.
“The first one is full with Dr. (Jaclyn) Rominger, a dentist, to occupy the last available spot. Bonnie Belle’s recently moved in there as well,” he said. “They are going to start another building parallel to the current retail village with five suites available to market.”
Starting this fall, Clear Mountain Bank is building a new location at White Oaks, Spellman said.
“At Charles Pointe, the Convention and Visitors Bureau building should be completed by the end of August. Fairmont State has leased the second floor of the building and are in the design phase of buildout,” he said.
CVB board of directors President Drew Pomeroy said FSU signed a lease in early July.
“They should be going out to bid on the contract to finish it out very shortly. They are hoping to be in the building by spring,” Pomeroy said. “The CVB will move in sometime in September. They have a couple suites on the first floor still available.”
Menards home improvement center is planning on coming to Charles Pointe next year.
“You’re probably not going to see much activity on that until spring,” Spellman said. “There’s some site prep work that the developers of Charles Pointe have to do first, and then Menards will come in after that.”