Old Nemo’s Gas Station To Be Razed

Once downtown Wheeling’s lone place to fill up a fuel tank, Nemo’s gas station now is set to be torn down this month.

During a recent Ohio County Development Authority meeting, Ohio County Administrator Greg Stewart, who serves as OCDA treasurer, said demolition of the old Nemo’s gas station on 16th Street is expected to occur Aug. 16-17 to make way for more county parking.

”The plan is for demolition to take place over that weekend so parking is not disrupted,” Stewart said.

Edge Co. Inc. of Lansing’s $7,992 bid to raze the gas station already was approved by the authority. Paving will occur at a later date.

The authority acquired the gas station, along with the former Robinson car dealership building next to it, in a land swap of sorts. Robinson moved to land at the authority’s Highlands retail development.

The OCDA will lease the lot to the county. Stewart did not mention a lease amount.

The former downtown Robinson property is being used by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, which moved from its former North Wheeling office. Mike Ferns of Wheeling purchased the former Robinson property for $650,000 from the Ohio County Development Authority in 2011. After renovating the building he rented it to the DHHR.

OCDA members include Orphy Klempa, Tim McCormick, Randy Wharton, Terry Sterling, Andy McKenzie, John Lucas, Paul Walters, Randy Russell, Ray Hebling, Nancy Weeks, Tom Cerra and Greg Stewart.