After a brief delay, the Marshall County Commission will officially take possession of the current Jozabeth's building and surrounding property in Moundsville on April 16.
The property, which will be the site of a new public safety annex, includes seven parcels and was purchased for $846,000 from the Magnone family. All parcels are connected and situated between Seventh and Eighth streets, and will become the new home of the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Office of Emergency Management and 911 center.
Originally, plans called for the construction of a public safety annex to be attached to the existing Marshall County Courthouse. However, officials said the purchase of the Jozabeth's property will not only be more cost effective, but provide more room for expansion in the future.
The proposed annex building would have been 15,000 square feet, with the Jozabeth's building offering 20,000 square feet of space.
In addition to more space for those offices, the purchase also includes more than 60 parking spots which will alleviate the parking issues the courthouse has experienced over the past several years. Additionally, space will be more readily available in the event further expansion is needed in the future.
At a meeting of the commission this week, County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel said the county was initially expected to take over the property April 1. However, after some discussion, that date has changed to April 16.
Frohnapfel said a timetable, potential project cost and other details are still in the planning phase, as county officials will not be able to get an accurate idea of what upgrades the main building may need until the county officially takes possession.