The Marshall County Well being Division is trying to increase operations into the adjoining constructing, which as soon as held the Moundsville Journal places of work.
Tuesday’s assembly of the Marshall County Fee started the bidding course of to pick an architect to supervise the enlargement into the now-empty constructing, the acquisition of which by the county was finalized in July. The choice to increase the Well being Division into your entire constructing got here after the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted wants that the division had which weren’t being met of their present constructing, in line with Marshall County Commissioner John Gruzinskas.
“We understood, particularly throughout this pandemic, the issues with the prevailing well being division,” Gruzinskas stated Wednesday. “It’s too small, it’s too previous, it’s one thing that we should always have addressed a while in the past.”
The Moundsville Journal was established as a weekly paper in 1910 and moved to Courtroom Avenue circa 1915, the place it might stay. The Information Publishing Firm of Wheeling bought the Journal in 1928, and continued its operation in Moundsville till 1946. The constructing was subsequently used to accommodate bureaus for the Inexperienced Tab, Wheeling Information-Register and The Intelligencer till it lastly closed its doorways for good in April 2020.
The precise destiny of the inside of the constructing, Gruzinskas stated, stays up within the air, and it’s as much as the longer term architects of the undertaking, and the county, to resolve whether or not to make the most of the prevailing area, renovate the inside, or demolish and rebuild your entire construction, or another choice solely.
“All three of these choices are on the desk — we’re going to take a look at this, because it progresses, for what’s going to be the most suitable choice,” Gruzinskas stated. “The prevailing well being division constructing is simply too small, too previous. That half shouldn’t be an choice, however whether or not we’re going to take the entire nook, we don’t know.”
The subsequent county fee assembly shall be held Sept. 7.