Suzanne Higgins Published

Reconnecting McDowell helps bring new housing to Welch


New housing is in the works for McDowell County, thanks to Reconnecting McDowell, a group working on improving schools, growing the economy and addressing the needs of local families.

The 2-year old public-private partnership has just hired an architecture firm to design housing in Welch.

The lack of housing has for years been cited as a major reason why recruiting teachers is an ongoing problem for the McDowell school system.

Community Housing Partners Design Studio of Christiansburg, VA will propose what’s being called a Teachers Village, which could provide 30 housing units, community amenities such as a coffee shop, and areas for teachers to collaborate and relax.

The design firm will present options at Reconnecting McDowell’s Dec. 17 board meeting in Charleston.

The board plans to vote on one of the options after the presentation. The groundbreaking is expected in the Spring.