It is fitting that the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) is celebrating moving its offices into the historic Attar Center at 200 Main Street, Beckley, a structure dedicated to economic development of southern West Virginia. After purchasing the building in 2000, Marz Attar, a businessman and philanthropist donated the Attar Center to Forward Southern West Virginia to serve as a center for economic development.
NRGRDA executive director Jina Belcher invites the media to a ribbon cutting at the new NRGRDA offices at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 21. Representatives of West Virginia’s congressional delegation; Beckley Mayor and NRGRDA board chair Rob Rappold; Forward Southern West Virginia President William H. “Bill” Baker; Belcher and her staff and board members; and other guests will be in attendance.
The two-story Attar Center is white glazed terra cotta featuring a stained glass dome rising 75 feet above the interior floor. The lobby floor and wainscot are of imported marble. Restoration completed in January 2003 added an elevator and balcony. Over the years, the lot at 200 Main Street was a minister’s home, theatre, bank building and now houses NRGRDA and Forward Southern West Virginia.