MILTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia city plans to convert a vacant hospital’s property into a hotel and conference center.

Media outlets report the city of Milton has entered into a public-private partnership to transform the former Morris Memorial Hospital and its 189-acre property.

City officials say in a news release that preliminary plans call for a 100-room hotel, pool facilities, a wedding chapel, soccer fields, a medical clinic, horse trails, a nine-hole golf course and townhomes.

The city would enter into a public-private partnership with Jeff and Patricia Hoops. The statement says Jeff Hoops, who is the founder of a Milton-based mining company, would be the property developer.

The hospital has been vacant since 2009 and is listed on the National Park Service’s Register of Historic Places.

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