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Investment firm sheds light on plans for old Sugar Grove Navy base

The former Navy Information Operations Command base at Sugar Grove in Pendleton County has officially been sold.

After posting a winning bid of $4.01 million for the Sugar Grove base during a sealed bid auction on Dec. 1, Alabama-based Mellivora Capital Partners (MCP) has successfully completed the purchase of the 122-acre installation within a 60-day period, as mandated by the General Services Administration, the partnership announced on Tuesday.

While MCP continues to develop a business model for the base, which closed on Oct. 1, 2015, it “envisions a health care campus for active-duty military, veterans and their families that will provide our nation’s heroes with more advanced options for their health and wellness needs,” according to a news release issued by the partnership.

“MCP’s goal is to improve medical care through an integrated model that treats both the physical and psychological issues facing active-duty military and veterans, while simultaneously addressing their long-term needs such as a stable home life, job training and other educational opportunities,” the release states.

“By taking a holistic, top-down approach to helping our nation’s veterans we can improve both clinical efficacy and how outcomes are measured,” said Thomas Dreschler, Mellivora’s managing partner. “Service members are trained for the challenges of war, but not always properly prepared for returning to home life and the rigors that go with it.”

Pendleton County Commissioner Gene McConnell said MCP’s plans for the base show that “Sugar Grove now has the opportunity to once again bring success to West Virginia through job creation while providing a service owed to those who willingly served America.”

Junior Smith, a long-time Sugar Grove employee who has been named MCP’s general manager of the site, said he looked forward to the former military base’s new role and “once again being an active contributor to the community.”

The former Navy base was once Pendleton County’s second largest employer, topped only by the county’s school system, and resembles a small, self-contained town more than a military installation. It includes more than 100 buildings, including single-family homes on tree-lined streets, a large dormitory-style barracks, administrative buildings, machine shops, a fire department, swimming pool, bowling alley, restaurant and cabins.

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