Board delays possible sale of Heartland intermodal facility

The West Virginia Public Port Authority board has decided to consider lease proposals and bids for the Heartland Intermodal Gateway Facility in Prichard. (Source: MGN)
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Public Port Authority board has decided to consider lease proposals and bids for the Heartland Intermodal Gateway Facility in Prichard.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the board made a motion Wednesday in Charleston to delay a possible public sale.

West Virginia Transportation Secretary Byrd White says the board discussed selling it because of a funding shortage.

Wayne County Commissioner Jeff Maddox says the county’s economy isn’t the best, but a sale for “pennies on the dollar” would be “a grave error.”

The board will further discuss options at its September meeting.

The $32 million facility opened in 2015 on 76 acres (30.7 hectares) donated by Norfolk Southern railroad. It’s designed to move containers more efficiently by rail through a double-stack method while offering a cheaper alternative to gas-guzzling trucks.