More than 100 people came to tour the new Logan County Commission building at the Open House held yesterday.
The building, bought by the commission for $325,000, is a 9,000-square foot building that came almost fully furnished and will house the commission, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, the Hatfield-McCoy Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Logan County Charitable and Educational Foundation and the Logan County floodplain coordinator’s office.
Logan County Commission President Danny Godby said the building was needed since space at the Logan County Courthouse is so limited.
“This is something that has really been needed,” Godby said. “People have said we need to have vision for the future and the way things are growing, the offices in the courthouse are getting tightly-packed. We had to make some space and there’s no better place than right here, where it’s right next to the courthouse.
“We got it at a good price and, really, it’s a $1.4-$1.5 million building.”
Godby said bringing in the Chamber and the CVB into the same building as the county commission will be good for the people of Logan County.
“We had experienced some growing pains and this is great for the people of Logan County,” Godby said.
Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti said he’s glad the commission bought the building, which formerly housed a law firm.
“I think the building looks great,” Nolletti said. “They have really done an excellent job renovating it. I was in here several times when it was a law office and it was always a nice building, but it’s even nicer now. It’s in a great location and it was a good value for such a big — and practically new — building.”
Nolletti said the building is the newest in Logan and was built in the 1980s. It formerly housed American Bank and a Matewan National Bank before housing the Esposito Law Office.
U.S. Rep. Nick Joe Rahall was not able to attend, but he sent a congratulatory message via his representative, Robby Queen.
“I am happy to join you in spirit today as you open a new joint command center for our region’s economy,” Rahall said. “If anybody ever asks me about Logan Countians and your abilities to work together, I am going to point them here, directly to your joint venture. Laying a solid foundation of cooperation is the surest way to build a prosperous and growing economy, and that’s just what we celebrate today.
“Our realtor friends are quick to point out that its location, location, location when it comes down to making a long-term real estate investment — and you can’t get much more center stage than this. In fact, these new digs can serve as the front porch, not only for the small towns and small businesses, but for big plans, big ideas and even bigger dreams. The bottom line is that today’s ribbon cutting is more than a symbol of cooperation; it ushers in a concrete example of smart planning, shared space and staff, that make the most of scarce dollars and good, old-fashioned sense. Congratulations on this great success.”
Rahall said he looks forward to taking a tour of the building soon.
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