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A Chincoteague company is looking to rehab Parksley’s Matthews Building into veteran housing.
Built in 1919, the building was the site of the tee shirt factory in Parksley for years, but has been vacant since the 1980s.
Daniel Hagan, with Hagan Industries, said he saw a problem and wanted to do something about it.
“Over the years, I saw handshakes, but broken promises,” he said. “Like a politician making promises but you never see any action.”
Hagan has done a walk through with the current owner of the building and gave a presentation to the Parksley Town Council at their November meeting. The Town Council unanimously approved a letter of support for the project.
He has applied for a $20 million grant from the Federal Government and is also looking for state and private funds as well.
He plans to work with Fisher Architecture out of Salisbury, MD., who is currently working on a new building at Captain’s Cove, for the design of the facility.
“If nothing’s ever done with the building, someone is going to demolish it. Please write letters of support for the project to our elected representatives.”