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WHEELING / UPPER OHIO VALLEY | Development Thread

About The Upper Ohio Valley Region:
The Upper Ohio Valley region refers to the eastern part of Ohio along the Ohio River and the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. It includes several cities such as Wheeling, Steubenville, Moundsville, and East Liverpool. The region is known for its industrial past, specifically in Pottery, Steel, and much more. It was also known as a major transportation hub for many decades. This thread is meant for discussing development projects in and around the city of Wheeling, West Virginia as well as the whole Upper Ohio Valley Region.

Wheeling: Current/Recent Projects:
Wheeling, is located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia and has a population of 28,486 and 145,2015 in its metro area. Wheeling is home to many historic buildings which provide great redevelopment opportunities. Today, Wheeling is struggling in many ways, but is beginning to see reinvestment.

The Health Plan Headquarters:
The Health Plan recently finished construction of their new headquarters in the 1100 block of Downtown Wheeling. It brought over 400 new employees to Downtown, causing a trolley line to run between it and parking garages. The land between the building and Market Street is currently undeveloped and is being used as green space. Unfortunately, several historic structures were demolished in order to build the new headquarters.

STATUS: Completed

Image Source: 7News

Riley Flats:
Located in East Wheeling, Riley Flats is a 10 unit historic apartment building. The renovations, which brought the building back to life, cost developer, Heather Slack, around $600,000.

STATUS: Under Construction

Image Source: Friends of Wheeling

Highland Park Apartments:
This new luxury apartment development is located in Triadelphia near the Highlands shopping center. The development includes one, two, and three bedroom apartments. The complex will feature many amenities such as basketball courts, a fitness center, and a dog park. It is set to be completed in late 2017.

STATUS: Under Construction

Image Source: Highland Park

Downtown Public Market:
A new health foods market is being built in Downtown Wheeling in the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Center. The project should be completed by Summer of 2018. This market will be the first grocer in Downtown, an area that is currently considered to be a food desert. It will be a year-round health market that will also have fresh local produce.

STATUS: Under Construction

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Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care Center:
Expected to open in early 2018, this new continuous care center located on the hill above Wheeling Hospital will have 144 beds for patients. There will be a fine dining restaurant, a spa, and a beauty shop in the facility. There will also be a large chapel and a healing garden.

STATUS: Under Constructions


Former Bill's Hamburgers Building Redevelopment:
This pre-Civil War building, built in 1855, is being redeveloped into a mixed use building by CJ Kaiser. Kaiser purchased the severely neglected building in 2005, saving it from being demolished. He will be converting the first floor into retail for J. Jones Evening Wear and the upper two floors will be made into luxury apartment units. The first floor will be completed in early 2018, and work on the upper floors will begin shortly after.

STATUS: Under Construction

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1069 Main Street Renovations:
This historic three story building was once home to Tom's Pizza, which closed in the 1990s. It was sold by the city to a developer who intends to fully renovate the building. The first floor will be retail space and the upper two floors will be used as his private residence.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location:
1069 Main Street

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Flatiron Building Renovations:
The historic Flatiron Building is located in Downtown on the corner of Main Street and Nailers Way. The now vacant 5 story building will be home to luxury apartments and the Flatiron Deli on the first floor. The cafe will serve as a deli, bakery, and coffee shop. There will be outdoor seating along Nailers Way.

STATUS: Under Construction

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Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Building Revitalization:
The Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Building, located on Main Street in Downtown, is a thirteen story skyscraper. After years of neglect, developers have been showing recent interest in converting the historic building into 100 luxury apartments. The project is estimated to cost around $18 million. Its location across the street from the new Health Plan Headquarters makes this a very desirable building for redevelopment.

STATUS: Proposed

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167 16th St. Renovations:
This building, located in East Wheeling, was the former site of Keg & Kraut restaurant. It sits across the street from the new 16th Street Sports Complex, which was built after the whole block was demolished. Developers have decided to demolish the adjacent two buildings to make room for outdoor seating at a potential restaurant.

STATUS: Proposed
Location:
167 16th Street

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Fort Henry Building Revitalization:
The Fort Henry Building, built in 1850 was home to the former Fort Henry Club. It is located in Downtown on the corner of Chapline Street and 14th Street. After years of neglect, developer McKinley & Associates has purchased the property. Though exact plans are not currently know, the developers plan to convert it into either apartment or office space. They intend to preserve the building's historic character.

STATUS: Proposed


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WesBanco Arena Renovations:
Home to the Wheeling Nailers hockey team, WesBanco Arena has been in Downtown for over 40 years. Recent renovations by MSA Architects modernized the outdaded exterior as well as added new seating, a new scoreboards, a new main entrance at street level, and a Wheeling Nailers team store.

STATUS: Completed

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Boury Lofts:
Located in Downtown on 16th Street, this historic warehouse has been converted into luxury apartments by the Woda Group. Boury Lofts was Downtown's first large scare luxury apartment development. It features one and two bedroom apartments located within walking distance to both Downtown and Center Market. Resident are able to enjoy great views of Downtown, Wheeling Creek, and the Ohio River. The apartments maintain the building's original industrial character.

STATUS: Completed

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LaBelle Greene Apartments:
LaBelle Greene is located in South Wheeling on 32nd Street. This development offers 40 two bedroom luxury apartments. It was developed by the Woda Group.

STATUS: Completed

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Stone Center Lofts:
The Stone Center Lofts are located on Market Street in Downtown. This five story building consists of 22 luxury one and two bedroom apartments. This historic building was redeveloped by the Woda Group.

STATUS: Completed

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McClain Apartments:
McClain Apartments is located in Downtown on the corner of 12th Street and Eoff Street. The building has six luxury apartments, each priced at around $100,000. The building was formerly used as an attorney's office but remained vacant for several years before it was redeveloped.

STATUS: Completed

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Cornelia Building and Klieves Building Renovations:
The Cornelia Building and Klieves Building, located in the Center Market District, were recently redeveloped by developer Heather Slack. The two historic buildings are now home to 14 apartment units each. The buildings are within walking distance to the historic Center Market District.

STATUS: Completed

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Plaza at the Highlands:
This shopping plaza is located in the Highlands shopping center in Triadelphia. The Highlands is home to major retailers such as Cabela's, Target, Best Buy, and many more.

STATUS: Completed

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at the Highlands:
The Fairfield Inn & Suites is located in the Highlands shopping center in Triadelphia. It was completed in 2016.

STATUS: Completed

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16th Street Sports Complex:
Located in East Wheeling, this new recreation area includes a playground, basketball courts, and a soccer/football field. The project was extremely controversial because it resulted in the demolition of 32 structures, many of which were historical, effectively wiping out a whole block of East Wheeling. The high crime rate and blighted structures helped to justify the area's demolition.

STATUS: Completed

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Greater Ohio Valley Region: Current/Recent Projects:

Franciscan Square:
Franciscan Square is a large retail development located on University Boulevard in Steubenville. It is the newest addition to the growing Franciscan University of Steubenville Campus. The anchor tenant is Best Western Plus: The Inn at Franciscan Square. There are two buildings in front of the hotel - one will be home to a Bennigans, and the other to Brooklyn Bagel Co. and Rubi's Pizza. There is also an open green space in front of the hotel. Future phases call for more retail and office buildings along University Boulevard.

STATUS: Completed

Image Source: Franciscan Square

Bennigans at Franciscan Square:
One of the anchor tenants at Franciscan Square in Steubenville will be national Irish Pub themed restaurant chain, Bennigans. They will be occupying the building on the east side of the development.

STATUS: Under Construction

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Three Springs Crossing:
Three Springs Crossing, located on Three Springs Drive in Weirton, is a new retail plaza building built on the former Walmart parking lot. The main plaza section was built in phase one, and a new phase that will redevelop the former Walmart Building is underway.

STATUS: Completed

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Market Street Lofts:
Located in Downtown East Liverpool, Market Street Lofts will be the newest apartment building in the city. Most of the units will be affordable and aimed towards families, but some units will be market-rate. Amenities will include a fitness center, media room, business center, and community room. The development was very controversial though as it caused the demolition of several historic buildings.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location: 419 Market Street, East Liverpool

Image Source: ApartmentFinder

New Castle School of Trades (East Liverpool):
New Castle School of Trades recently opened a campus in Downtown East Liverpool. The school restored the historic Ogilvie and Woolworth Department Store Buildings on Fifth Street, which are now home to its campus.

STATUS: Completed
Location: 129 East Fifth Street, East Liverpool

Image Source: New Castle School of Trades

Toronto Community Garden:
Downtown Toronto, Ohio has been neglected for many years, but recent efforts have brought in new businesses, murals, streetscape projects, and a community garden. The garden is located in a vacant lot where a building was recently torn down, on the corner of Clark and N. Fourth Streets. The garden includes several types of plants, a picnic area, and several murals and art installations designed by locals artists and students. It was completed in 2016 by the Toronto Coalition For Revitalization.

STATUS: Completed
Location: 224 North Fourth Street, Toronto

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Grand Theater Renovations:
Grand Theater, in Downtown Steubenville, is a historic landmark that is being restored by the Steubenville Historic Landmarks Foundation. So far only small improvements have been made, most notably to the exterior facade. Much of the interior, including the large theater room, remain in a state of disrepair. Some of the interior is already being used as event space, but the end goal is to fully restore the theater and bring performing arts and movies back to Downtown.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location: 121 South Fourth Street, Steubenville

Image Source: Historic Steubenville

Wellsburg Bridge:
Wellsburg Bridge will be a $131 million bridge over the Ohio River thank links the towns of Wellsburg, WV and Brilliant, OH. The project began construction in Spring 2018 and will be completed in 2021. In addition to three car travel lanes, there will be a bike-walk lane that will connect to the Brooke Pioneer Trail. The project will be managed by Flatiron Construction.

STATUS: Under Contruction
Location:
Brilliant, OH

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Wheeling is massively losing population still, the city needs something, there is just way too much history and beautiful architecture in that city to let it rot and get torn down.
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Wheeling is massively losing population still, the city needs something, there is just way too much history and beautiful architecture in that city to let it rot and get torn down.
I 100% agree. Every time I visit Wheeling, the historic potential it has always amazes me - the sad part is that there is little money around the area to preserve these structures. Way too many end up in bad shape or get demolished. Unfortunately, I can't see much money being pumped into the Ohio Valley any time soon.
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Housing potential is building in Downtown Wheeling:

Source: The Intelligencer

After seeing the success of luxury apartment projects such as the Boury Lofts, developers are looking elsewhere in Downtown to build apartments. One proposal is to build apartments in the six story former Columbia Gas Co. Building. The building has been vacant for a few years. The cost for this project is estimated at $1 million.

Meanwhile, plans are being made for 100 apartments in the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Building. The estimated cost of this project is around $18 million.

A view of the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Building. (The largest structure on the left):

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Trolley coming to Downtown Wheeling in 2018:
Source: The Intelligencer

A 24 passenger trolley is coming to Downtown Wheeling. It will run on Main and Market Streets between 10th and 22nd streets. It is meant to transport workers from garages to their workplace as well as make transportation for residents easier. Service will begin in January. Times of operation will likely be 7:30-9:30am and 4-6pm. This project is likely a result of the new Health Plan headquarters which will bring 450 new workers to Downtown each day. The trolley will also link Downtown to the historic Center Market shopping district.

Here is a map of the proposed route:

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I 100% agree. Every time I visit Wheeling, the historic potential it has always amazes me - the sad part is that there is little money around the area to preserve these structures. Way too many end up in bad shape or get demolished. Unfortunately, I can't see much money being pumped into the Ohio Valley any time soon.
Perhaps if oil prices go back up and then stabilize, Wheeling may benefit from the Utica/Marcellus shale in that region. OH and PA are/ were...
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West Virginia Gets China Energy Deal That Dwarfs State's GDP

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I 100% agree. Every time I visit Wheeling, the historic potential it has always amazes me - the sad part is that there is little money around the area to preserve these structures. Way too many end up in bad shape or get demolished. Unfortunately, I can't see much money being pumped into the Ohio Valley any time soon.
This should certainly help:

"China Energy Investment Corp. plans to invest $83.7 billion in shale gas development and chemical manufacturing projects in the state over two decades, according to a statement from the state’s Department of Commerce.

The memorandum of understanding marks the first step in a series of commitments the company expects to make in West Virginia. These include power generation, chemical manufacturing and underground storage of natural gas liquids derivatives. The size of the proposed investment is larger than the state’s gross domestic product last year of $73.4 billion."


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...fs-state-s-gdp
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Sports Complex Addition announced for the Highlands:
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After being talked about for over a decade, a new sports complex will be built at the Highlands. The Highlands is a large shopping center in the suburbs of Wheeling. Final design plans are expected to be released by the end of the year. The first phase, which will open in late 2018 or early 2019, will include a large indoor facility. The building is supposed to have a unique design so it will "not appear as just a gymnasium." The building will cost around $30 million and will not include the planned hockey and pool facilities. Phase 2 will have many outdoor sports fields. The development will be located behind Marquee Cinemas.


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Wheeling Preservation Groups Join Forces to Save Pre-Civil War Structures:
Source: The Exponent Telegram

Two antebellum era houses in North Wheeling, dating back to the 1850s, will be the target of recent preservation efforts. Though the structures are in a state of disrepair, the city decided it would be best to spend money to fix the houses. The city used the $25,000 planned for demolition costs and redirected it to the restoration efforts. Wheeling Heritage matched them with another $25,000 and Friends of Wheeling raised $10,000. This money will mainly be used on exterior renovations, and a private developer will likely renovate the interior. This project will ensure that there will be no hole in the streetscape along Main Street in the Victorian North Wheeling District. This is a rare victory for historic preservation in a city that usually favors demolition.


The City of Wheeling also used grant money given by the state's Historic Preservation Office to identify other antebellum era structures in the city. So far, 75-100 have been identified in North Wheeling alone, with many more expected to be identified in Center Wheeling.

This two houses on the right are the ones being renovated. The address is 722-724 Main Street:

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Thanks so much for news from Wheeling! I only wish Wheeling the best!
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NIMBY opposition grows against 2-way traffic plan in Downtown:
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For many years, there have been rough plans to convert Main and Market Streets in Downtown from one way roads into two lane roads. Recently, Mayor Glen Elliott suggested that the city should begin this project, and city council voted for a $45,000 study on the issue. Mayor Elliott hopes the project will slow down traffic and make Downtown more walkable, but many residents disagree.

To be honest, the arguments against this make absolutely no sense. "I may understand where he will be coming from. It may work in Pittsburgh or D.C. where he was, but not in Wheeling, W.Va. Our population alone is at least 18-19 percent senior citizens," one petitioner said. I am not sure how one way, pedestrian unfriendly streets do anything to help senior citizens - if anything it hurts them. I suppose he's just against anything that promotes walkability, because he is perfectly content with Wheeling's younger generation continuing to leave town. Another petitioner cites the "dangers" of having to be on guard against cars coming from the other direction - apparently he hasn't used 90% of roads before. This project will greatly help the already improving Downtown become more walkable/liveable, but because Wheeling is so backwards, I doubt it will actually happen. Nonetheless, I applaud the mayor for constantly trying to make Wheeling's urban areas more liveable.

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Boury Lofts: Downtown's Latest Luxury Apartment Development:
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Due to the lack of news on developments in Wheeling, I thought I'd share some information on Downtown's latest apartment development. The Boury Lofts were completed in 2016 by the Woda Group. The project converted a historic warehouse into 73 1-2 bedroom luxury apartments.



Boury Lofts is located on the corner of 16th Street and Main Street in Downtown. It is located on the Wheeling Creek and is within walking distance to Center Market Historic District, Downtown attractions, and West Virginia Northern Community College. Most units have views of Downtown and the Ohio River.

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Trolley coming to Downtown Wheeling in 2018:
Source: The Intelligencer

A 24 passenger trolley is coming to Downtown Wheeling. It will run on Main and Market Streets between 10th and 22nd streets. It is meant to transport workers from garages to their workplace as well as make transportation for residents easier. Service will begin in January. Times of operation will likely be 7:30-9:30am and 4-6pm. This project is likely a result of the new Health Plan headquarters which will bring 450 new workers to Downtown each day. The trolley will also link Downtown to the historic Center Market shopping district.
Interesting, especially concerning the fact that actual ridership demand is unknown. Hope it succeeds! Kalamazoo rolls out a trolley each year, but only for the holiday shopping season.
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New Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care Center:

Expected to open in early 2018, this new continuous care center located on the hill above Wheeling Hospital will have 144 beds for patients. There will be a fine dining restaurant, a spa, and a beauty shop in the facility. There will also be a large chapel and a healing garden. The project will cost $34 million.

A rendering of the continuous care center:

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New Downtown Historic Mixed-Use Redevelopment:
Source: The Intelligencer

CJ Kaiser, owner of the former Bill's Hamburgers Building in Downtown Wheeling is redeveloping the building into apartments and retail. The building, which dates back to before the Civil War (1855), is located on Main Street in between the Capitol Theater and 10th Street Bridge. The first floor will be home to J. Jones Evening Wear, a formal attire shop. The upper two floors will house several luxury apartment units. The building has been abandoned since Bill's Hamburgers shut down in 1995 - Kaiser purchased it in 2005 for $18,000. The building had been condemned, but he was luckily able to save it. He hopes it will fit in with the many other apartment projects Downtown, most notably the Stone Center Lofts, which are across the street.

The building from the outside (Taken with Google Street View):


Also, I am considering making this thread for development in Wheeling and the whole Upper Ohio Valley Region (Steubenville, Weirton, East Liverpool, ect.) I feel like they are too small to make seperate threads for, but there are some pretty neat projects happening in other Valley towns. Thoughts?
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Yeah, do that, each of these towns doesn't have enough going on to keep the threads alive, make it an Ohio Valley Thread. I work in Brooke County, WV and occasionally Ohio County, where Wheeling is and drive through Stuebenville and Weirton almost every day. Nothing really going on in Weirton, other than they are idiotically tearing down the incredible Weirton Steel instead of making it into a world class historic park.
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Yeah, do that, each of these towns doesn't have enough going on to keep the threads alive, make it an Ohio Valley Thread. I work in Brooke County, WV and occasionally Ohio County, where Wheeling is and drive through Stuebenville and Weirton almost every day. Nothing really going on in Weirton, other than they are idiotically tearing down the incredible Weirton Steel instead of making it into a world class historic park.
Done! Check the first post for an updated list - I'm sure I missed a few Ohio Valley developments though. I actually grew up in the valley, so I have the motivation to keep this thread going I guess Also, if anyone knows how I can change the actual thread title to "WHEELING / UPPER OHIO VALLEY | Development Thread" that would be great!
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Nobody is going to turn it into a park. It would be very expensive and what would the return be?

I think that most of it should be level, especially closer to the river and the state should help in that- make it prime land for development. Some aspect should stay for repurposing and even historical purposes, if it makes sense.
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Nobody is going to turn it into a park. It would be very expensive and what would the return be?

I think that most of it should be level, especially closer to the river and the state should help in that- make it prime land for development. Some aspect should stay for repurposing and even historical purposes, if it makes sense.
That area will sit empty forever. And I tend to agree that the park idea wouldn't work in Weirton. Maybe if it was done REALLY well as a museum for the whole country's steel production, but even then I doubt it. As for redevelopment, that land will forever sit empty. People in Steubenville and Weirton already have a phobia of going to or living in "downtown" (basically the poorer non-suburban areas along the river) so I doubt they'll wanna move into a redeveloped steel yard.
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That area will sit empty forever. And I tend to agree that the park idea wouldn't work in Weirton. Maybe if it was done REALLY well as a museum for the whole country's steel production, but even then I doubt it. As for redevelopment, that land will forever sit empty. People in Steubenville and Weirton already have a phobia of going to or living in "downtown" (basically the poorer non-suburban areas along the river) so I doubt they'll wanna move into a redeveloped steel yard.
It would never be housing. It should (but won't) be redeveloped for commercial.
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