WVU-P cleared to purchase gas station lot

PARKERSBURG – Seeking to better control and enhance the entrance to the college, West Virginia University-Parkersburg has been granted approval to purchase a former convenience store and gasoline station.

The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education approved the purchase of the Go-Mart property along West Virginia 47 and College Drive during its meeting Thursday in Montgomery.

Katie Wootton, spokesperson for WVU-Parkersburg, said the sale has been approved but not finalized.

“This is something we have been talking about with them for a few months now,” she said. “There is still some stuff to go through before it is final.”

The former gas station and convenience store has been closed for some time. Go-Mart has a store less than 200 yards from the site. The company is selling the site to the college for $28,000. It appraises for $480,000. The sale includes a half-acre of property, a 1,600-square-foot convenience store and a two-story 4,800-square-foot commercial building.

“Go-Mart has been really supportive,” Wootton said. “That’s why they are more or less giving us the property.”

Wootton said college officials have not finalized any plans for use of the site. There has been talk of a book store, foundation or alumni relations facility.

“We don’t know yet,” she said. “We could make it a nicer entrance; a gateway to the college. We are not real sure.

“We wanted it because it is right at the entrance to the college and we wanted a chance to better define the entrance and control what goes there.”

Wootton was unsure when the deal would be finalized.