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Commissioners seek information on development

KINGWOOD — A development in the Rockville area has caught the attention of Preston County commissioners, who want to know more about it.

Whitewater Preserve ( is being developed by The Waterfront Group, whose home base is in Cornelius, North Carolina. A call to the company Thursday requesting information was not returned in time for this report.

According to its web site the firm was founded in 1994 by brothers Mark and Will Adkins of Huntington.

“The Waterfront Group delivers premier properties in well-appointed and stable communities. We are committed to the highest standards of quality in development, as well as preserving the natural beauty of the land. Simply put, it’s our pledge to make improvements that actually do the land justice,” according to the web site.

A two-day property offering was held Aug. 8-9. Preston County Commission President Samantha Stone said 64 sites were offered and 45 are now under contract. She talked about the development at the most recent county commission meeting.

“It would be very comparable if you go to Mon County and see how they build a lot of houses on very steep terrain, going down to the water. It’s pretty steep terrain,” Stone said.

The web site offers “River Estate, 5-plus acres with mountain views and river access from just $29,900,” and “Private water frontage, 5-plus acres with mountain views, 500-plus feet of bold creek frontage and river access, only $69,900.”

Lots of over 20 acres are available, the site says.

According to records at the Preston County Clerk’s office, in March The Waterfront Group WV, LLC, bought 1,806.5 acres in Pleasant and Grant Districts from Allegheny Wood Products for $5,115,126,25.

The land includes that which lies “along the waters of the Big Sandy Creek, Little Sandy Creek, Laurel Run, Joe’s Run, Hazel Run, Parker Run and others, lying south of Interstate 68, on the eastern side of County Route 14/1 and both sides of County Route 14 [Mount Nebo Road].”

Stone said she believes there is electric to the sites and the company is working with the health department on sewage and water.
“It’s a work in progress. I do want to understand a little bit more about what is going out there,” Stone said.

In conjunction with that, the closing of the Rockville Mount Nebo Bridge is an issue for the developers, Stone said.

“They purchased 1,800 acres that takes in both sides of that, and if that bridge does not reopen, they can’t access a good bit of that acreage, and they want it to be open for safety reasons,” Stone said.

Fire and EMS access is a concern if the bridge remains closed, Stone said.

The State Division of Highways told The Dominion Post the bridge could be repaired sometime in the future.

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