It’s been a point of controversy since the day it was built, and now the detox center in Weirton is still sitting unused and empty since it was built in November.
Weirton officials say that the detox center has passed all of the city requirements but say they’re now waiting for issues to be resolved with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
City officials realize how important it is to have this detox center and want to see it move forward but they say a couple requirements by the state are standing in the way. City Attorney Vince Gurrera says the state has not disclosed those issues that need to be resolved and are now seeking the help of Delegate Pat McGeehan.
“We have no clue why it’s taking so long. The city of Weirton approved everything in November. We had anticipated that the detox center would open in December. Then when January went by and February, we inquired about what was the delay and found out there was some discussions between state fire marshal’s office and the owners of the detox center,” says Gurrera.
Lawrence Messina with the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, says that all they need to do is connect the building’s fire alarm to the outside world via a phone line so the local fire department can be alerted and dispatched when needed. Messina adds that this is a reasonable, common-sense step that is routinely satisfied by similar facilities and should be easy to meet given the building’s location in a commercial-residential area.
Gurrera hopes that the detox center will open soon with the help of Delegate McGeehan.