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Former stadium site to keep industrial zoning

New owner offers property for proposed police annex

WEIRTON — Weirton Council has opted not to take action to change the zoning designation of a piece of property in the city’s downtown, following a recommendation from members of the city’s Planning Commission.

Meanwhile, officials received an offer for a portion of the land to potentially become the future home of the city’s police department.

During its meeting Monday, council chose not to take any action on an ordinance regarding the current land use of the former Jimmy Carey Stadium property. The site currently is zoned M-2, which includes uses in heavy industrial, light industrial and commercial.

Mayor Harold Miller asked for a motion on the ordinance three times, but received no response from any members of council.

“It dies for lack of a motion,” Miller said.

City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo explained, as a result, the M-2 zoning of the property will remain.

Earlier in the meeting, during a citizens’ comments period, Matt Provenzano, a member of the city’s Planning Commission, explained the issue had come to the commission in March, with a request to study whether the land should be rezoned for residential development.

“Our recommendation was to leave it as it was,” Provenzano said, noting the commission had received information from the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle concerning potential movement on the site.

Also during the citizens’ comments portion of the meeting, local resident and developer Mike Chek, co-owner of Altair Development, explained the business recently had purchased the property in question, and was willing to discuss the possibility of making 2.2 acres available for a proposed police department annex project.

“There’s plenty of room there,” Chek said.

Council has dedicated $50,000 for an engineering study on the proposed annex, with DiBartolomeo saying he had met with two possible firms to perform the study and was continuing to gather information from the police department on its needs.

“We’re looking at all the opportunities,” he said. “A lot of it is going to depend on what the needs are; what we can afford.”

Members of council acknowledged other potential sites have been proposed for the annex, with Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel saying one suggestion was to use the Edwin J. Bowman Field. Chek’s daughter Eron, during council’s March meeting, offered land she owns on Freedom Way as another possibility.

Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh; however, said he doesn’t want to entertain any site proposals until council receives the results of the study.

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