UPDATE: Wood County Holding Center Demolished

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UPDATE 10/21/2013 4:50 PM

Our skycam captured the complete demolition process of the Wood County Holding Center.

Watch the complete time lapsed video above!

UPDATE 10/18/2013 4:15 PM

Demolition officially begins on the Wood County Holding Center.

Watch the time lapsed video above, taken by our skycam!

UPDATE 10/3/2013 4:50 PM

A new proposal for the site of the soon-to-be-demolished Wood County Holding Center.

The City of Parkersburg suggests using the lot for public metered parking and possibly additional parking space for jury members during trials.

Mayor Bob Newell says he's also heard requests for it to be used by city dwellers to exercise their dogs.

The Wood County Commission, while enthusiastic about the city's proposal, has held off acting on it until the old jail building is demolished, probably some time this month.

The mayor says more than five dozen parking spaces could be created.
Updated: 9/22/2013 1:00 P.M.

Going once...going twice...no sale.

And the wrecking ball is likely the next thing to happen to the old Wood County Jail.

For one week, the Wood County Commission asked for suggestions of new uses for the old county jail.

A resident hopes the building could be saved, and suggested it to Wood County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pat Law.

"And he thought the children might be traumatized, and the parents wouldn't like to have tours of it," said Harold Iglesias. "I still think it's a viable building to use instead of a parking lot."

The commission Monday awarded a contract for the building's demolition to Empire Builders of Parkersburg, the low bidder for the project.

In recent years, the building housed the Wood County Holding Center, before that moved to the new justice center at the beginning of 2012.



Anyone want an old jail?

That's what the Wood County Commission plans to find out.

The commission is prepared to accept the low bidder for removal of the Wood County Holding Center.

But it wants to know if anyone is interested in the 40-year old structure.

It has reached out to West Virginia Corrections officials and the City of Parkersburg, but has been told it would cost too much to maintain it.

The commission plans a public meeting next week to hear from people interested in the building.

The holding center was moved to the new justice center when it opened last year.

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