Grafton has new coal mine, but it's no mining town
Grafton's housing business is booming, but many storefronts remain empty. And some business owners say they're still waiting for the economic impact from a 2-year-old coal mine.
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#1 May 27, 2013
Quotes from Associated Press
" Grafton's housing business is booming, but many storefronts remain empty. And some business owners say they're still waiting for the economic impact from a 2-year-old coal mine.
They're hoping it will grow as Arch Coal's Leer Mining Complex ramps up toward full production."
"But right now, some residents say Grafton is a town with a mine not a mining town."
"The local hotel has been full for two years. City Manager Kevin Stead says one developer is starting construction in June on three new $200,000 homes."
well ,well, we are going to build $ 200,000.00 dollar homes in a town that you cannot sell any houses for $20,000 to $100,000.00 and these $200,000.00 dollar homes are going to be next to Sunset Terrace,,, unfortunately they better build walls or fence the homes in, or before they get them built they will be vandalized at the least if not something more,,,, must be the new company Tygart Valley Rentals that recently acquired the property in three months along with becoming a LLC.
#2 Jun 3, 2013
I need to chime in on this one. First the motels are full due to the illegal mexicans the construction companies bring in to work. Second, Grafton politics will keep any good coal miners out, if they do get a job there, they will live outside of Grafton and commute to work. The coal mine will bring good paying jobs to the area that needs jobs but only if they hire local and legal workers. The mine is still in the phase of driving entries and have not yet set up to actually mine coal. It will take years to get into full swing and hire all of the coal miners they need.
#3 Jun 3, 2013
Yeah.....its a shame the county commission doesn't encourage any growth or development. I understand the county sued the coal company....real job friendly aren't they?
#4 Jun 3, 2013
They never encourage any growth it seems that way.
they tried to fight against Walmart for awhile.
But Walmart won I guess and that was what the area where walmart is was paid for by tax payer money, it was known as an industrial park area, for businesses.
I guess we will have to see what the future holds, and if Grafton or Taylor county benefits from either of these new ventures.
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