The fire department had been pursuing the land for over a decade. Before the most recent effort, negotiations for the parcel had last fallen through in 2000. The parcel was also tied up with the West Virginia Public Service Commission at one point.
"We've been wanting this for quite awhile," said Glasgow Mayor Charles Armstrong.
Armstrong pointed to Blankenship's continued efforts to secure the land as well as the involvement of AEP for the land donation becoming reality.
"They've been a good neighbor," Armstrong said of AEP. "Marty didn't give up on it."
Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy was also present for the land transfer on Monday.
"This is a great morning here for the town of Glasgow," he said.
Hardy thanked AEP representatives at the gathering and noted that it was the second time AEP made a donation to the county since he had been commissioner. In 2008 AEP donated the buildings for what is now the W. Kent Carper Public Safety Complex in downtown Charleston.
AEP currently operates a coal-fired power plant in Glasgow. The plant is scheduled to go offline in 2015.
Contant writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.