New Martinsburg regional DMV office to open July 9

June 26, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • The new Martinsburg DMV regional office off W.Va. 9 will open July 9, but the current office will close permanently at the end of week.
Photo by Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Martinsburg regional office for the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles will be closed next week so the agency can move into a new building, DMV spokeswoman Natalie Harvey said Tuesday.

Set to open at noon on July 9, the DMV’s new, 9,000-square-foot facility is west of Interstate 81 off W.Va. 9 at 38 Severna Parkway,  Harvey said.

The regional DMV office in Jefferson County, which is about nine miles east of Martinsburg off W.Va. 9, will be available to area residents who need service next week while the relocation is under way, she said.

Built by Berkeley County developer L. Allen Henry, the new Martinsburg regional DMV office is about three miles west of the current location at 1438 Edwin Miller Blvd.

The DMV contracted with Henry’s company, Rental Properties Inc., to lease the building for 10 years, beginning July 1, according to state Department of Administration Communications Director Diane Holley-Brown.

The state will pay Rental Properties $18.47 per square foot for the first five years of the contract and $18.84 for the second half, Holley-Brown said. The lease rate amounts to $13,852.50 per month or $166,230 per year for the first half of the lease term, she said.

State law does not allow the DMV to own property, agency Commissioner Joe E. Miller said in an interview about the project in December 2011.

Miller said the DMV regional office was moved west toward neighboring Morgan County in response to significant pressure that the agency received from officials there.

While there is not enough population in Morgan County to justify opening a DMV office there, Miller indicated residents in the Berkeley Springs area pleaded for relief from having to travel so far to obtain a driver’s license and other services.

The current Martinsburg DMV office, which Miller said the agency has outgrown, is about 23 miles from the intersection of W.Va. 9 and U.S. 522 in Berkeley Springs. 

The new facility is about 1,000 square feet larger and has a motorcycle-testing area, unlike the current location. Miller also noted that a video-conferencing room was included in the plans to allow individuals to take part in depositions, hearings or other functions without having to travel across the state.

The new Martinsburg regional office is on a 1.6-acre parcel that is part of Stone Crest Subdivision, Phase 1, according to county planning department records.

The 45-acre development, which includes plans for single-family homes and commercial space, is about a half mile west of Welltown School Road, the records said.

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