Eagles re-open on Garfield

PARKERSBURG – The Fraternal Order of Eagles opened its new Aerie on Monday, leasing a building on Garfield Avenue.

Fraternal Order of Eagles Trustee Jack Parr said the group got its license late last week and opened its doors to members Monday afternoon.

“Now we are back,” he said.

“The Eagles is a good organization,” Parr added. “We have probably done more for Parkersburg than any organization in the city.”

Parr said the group has provided for the schools, police and fire departments and children, as well as causes in Belpre and Williamstown.

Eagles Aerie 2307 had previously been operating on Avery Street after selling its Lubeck Avenue property to the state where a West Virginia Department of Highways regional office was established.

Members have continued to meet at Avery Street, but Parr said the building has been closed for almost a year. Eagles officials have been working to secure a lease to operate at 1415 Garfield Ave., which has been empty for about a year. The property was last used as Mushrush’s Restaurant and Pub.

Parr said the new location isn’t much smaller, but it’s all on one floor, which makes it easier for older members to get around.

“It’s one reason we wanted to get out of there,” Parr said of the Avery building and its three floors.

In early 2011, Eagles members voted to sell their 28-acre parcel on Lubeck Avenue that included a baseball field, concession stand, a pond and picnic shelters. The 25,900-square-foot building, built in 1998, included ball and banquet rooms, office space, a massive bar area and a fully equipped kitchen.

The property was listed for $2.7 million. It was purchased by the state for $2.48 million.

After the sale the Eagles returned to their old headquarters on Avery Street, but the building went on the market about six months later.

Nationally, the Fraternal Order of Eagles have been around since 1898. Aerie 2307 has been here since 1949.

Parr has been a member since 1976. He said the Parkersburg Aerie has about 600 members. The Aerie can be contacted by phone at 304-422-3191.

The Eagles had planned a Sept. 1 opening, but it was delayed. The Aerie will hold a grand opening at a later date.

The group is seeking a variance to relocate their video lottery machines from Avery Street to the new locale.

“There is still work to be done,” Parr said.