Downtown Building to House Three Wood County Agencies

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An old vacant building in Downtown Parkersburg will soon be put to use.

The former public debt building at Avery and 2nd Streets will house the county sheriff's office, jail and magistrate court.

According to County Commissioner David Couch, the move makes sense.

"We're in a jail that used to hold a hundred inmates so when we left the jail system and went to a regional jail system it only holds eight to ten," he explained. "We have one cooling system for the whole building, so we heat a building for 100 inmates when we've only got a handful in there. "

Meanwhile the county magistrate and sheriff's offices have the opposite problem: Couch says they've outgrown their buildings and the new thirty-thousand square-foot space will better serve their needs.

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