County to Bid Out Power Center Project

A project to expand waterlines south of the Power Center area at The Highlands will soon go out to bid.

The Ohio County Development Authority has plans to extend water infrastructure there as they prepare for more development in the area, and Ohio County Administrator Greg Stewart said the project will go out for bid in the coming weeks. The authority late last year discussed construction of proposed building south of the Old Navy and Rue 21 stores, though no tenants have yet to be announced.

The infrastructure expansion project is expected to cost about $484,000, according to Stewart, but would largely be paid for through funds left over from a past infrastructure expansion project. This included construction of the Cherry Hill water tower on the Straub Honda property, and the installation of 5 miles of waterline connecting the area with infrastructure near Wheeling Hospital.

The Cherry Hill water tower project was funded by a $6.4 million federal Economic Development Administration grant, and the 20 percent needed for matching funds was provided through a loan from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council for $1.6 million, according to Stewart.

The project was expected to be completed for about $8 million, but in the end actually cost $6.4 million.

The EDA took back the $1 million balance left of their grant money. But since Ohio County still had money remaining from the funds it received from the infrastructure council loan, county officials decided to use it for another infrastructure project at The Highlands.

The county has about $320,000 in loan money left over from the Cherry Hill project, according to Stewart.