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WEIRTON – Weirton’s council will be hosting a workshop and town hall to provide the community with an update on discussions regarding a proposed public safety facility.

The council will meet in an information workshop at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chamber of the Weirton Municipal Building and will hold a town hall at the same location starting at 7 p.m. Monday.

Both are open to the public.

The city has contracted with Horne and King Architects to study and refine potential locations for the proposed facility. The Council held two previous working sessions on the subject, during which the potential use of several sites was discussed.

Originally proposed as a 37,000 square foot facility, the most recent workshop highlighted the possibility of a 17,660 square foot main building, as well as an adjoining structure to house a training range and a carport.

Sixteen sites were initially targeted for the proposed public safety facility, although representatives for Horne and King said 12 of those sites would be inadequate for the scope of the project, noting the size and shape of these properties.

Special attention is currently being given to the Edwin J. Bowman baseball field, although council members recommended the possibility of using an adjacent parking lot; the former site of the Jimmy Carey football stadium off Virginia Avenue; the Weirton Event Center; and a cluster of properties at the intersection of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue that once served as the site of a post office and Weirton’s municipal headquarters.

The Weirton Parks and Recreation Council, along with several community members, spoke out against the possible selection of the baseball field, noting its use for recreational and community activities.

(Howell can be reached at [email protected], and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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