By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An addition to the U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center will be nearly twice as large as the existing building, according to a preliminary plan submitted to the Berkeley County Planning Commission.
The three-story, 73,957-square-foot addition would be on approximately 10 acres at the Liberty Business Park off W.Va. 9 East, according to the sketch plat reviewed by the commission Monday night.
The existing Coast Guard building, dedicated in November 1991, is approximately 40,000 square feet and cost about $5 million to build, said Ken Lowe, the managing partner for Panhandle Venture II, which owns the business park. He referred any questions about the project to Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va.,who has been instrumental in bringing federal agencies to the state.