The Campus Neighborhoods Revitalization Corporation (CNRC), a 501 (c) (3) non profit, was created in October 2002 to assist or engage in developing, designing, financing and implementing urban land use plans designed to eliminate blight, improve conditions, and prevent future deterioration in the neighborhoods surrounding the West Virginia University campus. In 2008 the City of Morgantown designated CNRC as "developer" of the Tax Increment Financing project for the Sunnyside TIF District. Hence the moniker "Sunnyside Up".
The 130 acre section of North Morgantown called Sunnyside was the first neighborhood to come under CNRC's "development" purview. In time it is expected that other campus neighborhoods will follow, like lower Greenmont, for example.
In its developer role in Sunnyside, CNRC's principal aim has been to develop plans that will upgrade, replace, and build new infrastructure--water, sewer, sidewalks, streets-- to meet the demands of burgeoning growth and development in this neighborhood. Phase II of the infrastructure plan we've recently completed will seek, beginning in May 2015, to create a fit (which is now a misfit) between high density mixed-use development (University Place, Beechview Place, Jones Place) and the sidewalks, streets and other infrastructure which serve these residential entities. In the months and years ahead, CNRC will likely turn its focus to "assisting" or "engaging in developing" Sunnyside in ways other than infrastructure in the conventional sense.
This whence and wherefore of CNRC could be continued as a description in words. But for a "picture" that will spare you a thousand words by taking you visually to the development that continues in Sunnyside, we hope you will go on to browse the various pages of this website and come back often to witness the progress we are making in the revitalization of Sunnyside. Thank you for visiting.
The photo above represents a celebration following completion of Phase I of the TIF Project for Sunnyside in 2011. Over the past three years, between 2011 and 2014, the Campus Neighborhoods Revitalization Corproation Board of Directors has worked hard to identify the components for Phase II of the TIF Project slated to begin in May, 2015. How the Sunnyside Up Board made its way from Phase I to Phase II of the TIF Project will be detailed as photographs, documents, minutes of meetings, and ongoing initiatives find their way into the pages of this website.