CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Water Development Authority's former condominium-style office space will soon house the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, as both agencies have outgrown their space.
EDA purchased the 8,600-square-foot building in the Northgate Business Park, 180 Association Drive, for $1.3 million, officials announced at the EDA's monthly board meeting Thursday.
David Warner, executive director of the EDA, said the state agency should be doing business in its new offices no later than April 1.
The Water Development Authority moved to a new $3.2 million, 14,000-square-foot building on the corner of Bullitt and Spring streets in September.
The WDA shares the space -- a 1.7-acre site that served for many years as a storage yard for Pfaff & Smith -- with its sister agency, the state Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council.
Employees have enjoyed working in the spacious, 17-room office building at 1009 Bullitt St., said B.J. Pauley, executive assistant for the Infrastructure Council.
Warner said one reason for the move is that WDA's old Northgate office has more room than the EDA's current 5,800 square feet of space.
The $1.3 million price tag also includes all the existing furniture and technology within the building, which was appraised at $30,000, Warner said.
"There is a little bit more room for us over there, but the main thing is the board room is larger, nicer and has better technology," Warner said. "We're in a setting right now where, when we bring clients in, we have to take a picture off the wall to use a projector so this will put us in a position to have a much more professional client meeting space."
Warner said the EDA plans to lease or sell the office it currently occupies.
EDA purchased its existing office space in 2002 for $792,000, Warner said.