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.