American Legion Inks Deal for New Post 86 Home
American Legion Post 86 in Paden City is about to start a new chapter.
Paden City Development Authority recently decided to lease property for a $1 a year to the American Legion if the group would make needed repairs to the structure on the dead end side of South First Avenue, the old Corning Glass office building, which adjoins the industrial park.
“That building has been empty since the early 90s, so now it may get life when the American Legion comes through to repair and use it again,” said Cork Bowen, President of the Paden City Development Authority.
Bowen said when the property is repaired and renovated, it will be a great gathering place for veterans.
“This will help our veterans because they don’t have a place to congregate,” he said. “When this place is finished, it will be a great place for veterans in the area. That and American Legion Post 86 hasn’t had a place for a couple years where they could meet. This is a good opportunity to honor our veterans by providing them with a meeting place.”
Josh Billiter, commander of the American Legion Post 86, is filled with optimism about the future.
“We don’t really have a home right now,” he said. “We’re hoping to do this on a trial basis. We’d like to see if we can make a go of it. We’re optimistic this is going to work out.”
Billiter said with any luck, the American Legion hopes to open its doors in January. The Legion plans to renovate the space with a cantina, meeting room and office space. The Legion boasts more than 100 members strong.
“I think we can get this done,” Billiter said. “We’ve got different guys who are skilled in different areas, so I think we can put this place together.”
Billiter asks that anyone who wants to donate their time toward this project to call him at 304-771-6968.