Long-planned Williamstown development finally taking shape
WILLIAMSTOWN — The Harbor Point Development held a ceremony Friday to mark the construction of the first commercial building and the three businesses that will be setting up shop at 201 Harbor Drive along the Ohio River in Williamstown.
The businesses are WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, Mountain River Physical Therapy and Rejuvenation Laser and Skin Care.
Originally developing plans for the project 10 years ago and breaking ground in November of 2019, Mark Mondo, the owner of Mondo Building and the visionary of Harbor Point, said it’s a huge relief that business is already coming to Harbor Point.
“It’s been a long time since we started here, the city (Williamstown) has been a great help. Because when you build something, you know that old saying ‘build it and they will come.’ We haven’t seen that work all the time. So you do worry when you’re the one putting up the money and all that,” Mondo said. “So to get quality businesses to come in and support the development is just so big for us and what it does it gets the ball rolling.”
Harbor Point comprises of three facets, the Marina, the Riverfront Residential Area, and the commercial piece called Commercial Village. There are currently several condominiums units in the Riverfront that will be open soon for those looking for residences, according to Mona Mondo of Mondo Construction.
The condos will include multi-floor living townhouses and inspired single-floor living flat buildings, floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary open floor spaces, decks and expansive terraces, fireplaces, natural stone countertops, premium exterior, and interior finishes, optional elevators, controlled private parking and will be a gated community as well.
All of the units will also have beautiful views due to the combination of river and harbor views, she said.
Mark Mondo also gave a progress report for those in attendance. The curbs around the building will be poured out by Carl Kelly Paving of Williamstown and work will start soon for parking lots and the building itself.
Mondo also said future buildings will begin once the first one is completed and even more are on the drawing board.
Steve Altmiller, President & CEO of WVU Medicine Camden Clark, sees Harbor Point as the perfect location to offer healthcare closer not only to Williamstown but also to the Mid-Ohio Valley as well.
“It is a privilege and honor to be part of the Harper Point Development. This concept idea was years in the making and Mark had great persistence, resilience to get this to this point. A great partnership with the city, county, state folks and it’s just amazing.”
Unable to attend the ceremony in person, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III, D.W.Va., sent his regional coordinator Brian Aluise to fill in, describing the project as a “wonderful addition” to the Williamstown community.
Also speaking was Williamstown Mayor Paul Jordan, W.Va. Secretary of Commerce Ed Gaunch, Dr. C. Edward Rogers, CEO of Mountain River Physical Therapy, and Melanie Preston, owner of Rejuvenation Laser and Skin Care.
Mona Mondo mentioned thanks to former Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford, Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp, Mayor Josh Schlicher of Marietta, Marty Seufer from the Wood County Commissioner’s Office, Bob Tebay, Wood County Commissioner, Paul Hoblitzell of the Oil and Gas Museum, and Kate Marlo from Wood County Economic Development.
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