Plans being finalized for Park Drive in Weirton


The Park Drive Development is in the final stages of getting everything they need to break ground.

On Monday, the City Council approved the funding for the infrastructure.

This is a $27 million investment into the City of Weirton with a total projection of 250 jobs.

“There will be commercial properties on the ground floor. There will be residential apartments above that,” said Eric Frankovitch, an investor for Park Drive Development. “There will be outparsils that we hope to develop wether that be restaurants or other commercial type properties. Also we have areas for hotels.”

It’s a project that is 10 years in the making and even before it’s built businesses are already showing interest in the area.

The funding has recently been approved and city officials say they are ready to take the next steps.

“The market is telling us we need more retail. We need more restaurants and we need space on the major corridors to accommodates that,” said Pat Ford, the executive director for the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle.

This development is right near US 22 which is the hub of the Weirton area.

Ford said there is already a great energy and dynamic in that area but there is just one thing missing

“Is that town center. That village center where we have that nice mix. That healthy mix of residents, retail, and restaurants right in one location,” said Ford.

City officials say they still need to iron out who will lead this project.

“It’ll be a really nice area. It’ll be something that we will all be proud of. I mean we will be proud of having developed it and we think Weirton will be very pleased to have a really nice development in the area,” said Frankovitch. 

That will be discussed at a city council meeting in the near future.

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