WHEELING — The fun is just starting for a plan to build an indoor/outdoor recreation center at The Highlands.
Ohio County Commissioner Randy Wharton — also president of the Ohio County Development Authority — confirms the county is in preliminary stages of exploring construction of a recreation center somewhere on county-owned property at The Highlands.
The Mills Group architecture and engineering firm of Wheeling has been hired to study how a recreation center building there should be configured, Wharton said. The firm will determine how much of the property should be designated for outdoor recreation, how much for indoor activities, and what the demand might be for such an offering in the Ohio Valley.
The Mills Group will come back to the authority with two proposals — one for a 15-acre facility, and one for 30 acres. At that time, estimated costs will be presented.
“This is all very preliminary,” Wharton said. “We have thought about it some time and we do have locations where we can do it.”
The authority is looking most closely at an area behind Marquee Cinemas. There are other viable spots available for the project, but a final location has yet to be determined, according to Wharton.