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South Parkersburg Public Debt site to be open this year

April 12, 2008
By Jody Murphy, Special to The Times
PARKERSBURG-The Bureau of Public Debt has found a site to construct a long-awaited sorting facility.

Jim Cochran, president of RCDI, said his company found out this week it was awarded the Bureau of Public Debt’s mailroom project.

Cochran said the project covers about 65,000 square feet and will be located adjacent to the south Parkersburg Wal-Mart.

“We hope to get started on it later this spring and have it completed by the end of the year,” Cochran said.

The facility will create no new jobs, but will pull existing positions at the downtown locations into the new site.

In September, it was announced the bureau was seeking a location away from downtown on or near a suitable highway conducive to large trucks. There were several sites in the area pitched for the development, including the City of Parkersburg’s old central garage on Camden Avenue.

The facility will serve as a sorting and mail center. The site would consist of roughly 43,000 square feet of warehouse and 18,000 square feet of office and storage space.

“We think this is another positive announcement as the bureau continues to play a more and more economic role in this valley,” said Keith Burdette, president of Wood County Economic Development Authority. “We look forward to that continued relationship.”

RCDI owns one of Public Debt’s downtown buildings and provides a long-term lease to the bureau through the federal government’s General Services Administration.

Cochran said it’s his intention -once the facility is built -to annex it into the city limits.

“We are in the final design phase and doing our final programming so we can pursue bids and permits and get started as soon as possible,” Cochran said.

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell said the new facility reinforces the idea Public Debt is in the area for the “long haul.”

“As Public Debt grows, that will mean more jobs,” he said. “That is a pretty good size facility. As Public Debt’s business plan grows, the existing facility will grow with it.”


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