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WVU-Parkersburg to Sell Downtown Center

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg is putting its Downtown Center up for sale.

WVU-Parkersburg president Fletcher Lamkin tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that the property hasn’t generated enough student interest and program content to sustain it.

The school’s Board of Governors suspended a culinary program offered at the facility earlier this year due to low enrollment and costs.

Lamkin says facility’s annual operating cost is around $100,000. He says the school is working to reduce expenses and no longer can afford the facility.

The university planned to issue a public notice on Tuesday announcing it is looking for offers on the property. A price hasn’t been set.

The Erickson Foundation donated the property to the school in 2008.