City of Wheeling to acquire OVMC property for proposed public safety building

Ohio County

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – Wheeling City Council voted unanimously (6-0) in favor of purchasing the shuttered Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) complex at their meeting Tuesday night.

There’s debate for what the OVMC campus could turn into, but city council has some ideas — whether it’s for healthcare, office space, community service, or something else.

The intention is to use that property for Wheeling’s future public safety building, which would house the city’s police and fire departments. The new police department would then take up what-used-to-be the Valley Professional Center building.

The property is assessed at $40 million. However, Mayor Glenn Elliot says they will acquire it for “well under $1 million.”

City Manager Robert Herron has been authorized to close on the transaction by the end of this month.

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