Parking garage

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It’s been more than two months since the Center Wheeling parking garage closed due to structural issues that surfaced during work on the adjacent Valley Professional building, which will soon be the new home of the Wheeling Police Department.

The garage, which once served as the main parking spot for workers and visitors to the Ohio Valley Medical Center, needed to undergo much-needed repairs before its closure, estimated to be worth millions of dollars. Plans for the structure are currently unknown, meaning it will likely remain closed for the foreseeable future.

“We don’t have all the numbers yet,” City Manager Robert Herron told our reporter last week when asked for an update.

Leaving the structure closed adds to the concern that many in Wheeling have over a number of issues. It adds to the feeling that when things break in Wheeling — downtown streets and the Market Street Bridge are two examples — they’re never fixed.

Let the public know the status of the garage and what will be done. It’s the least the city should do for a taxpayer-owned structure.

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Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins