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Old Posted Nov 6, 2017, 3:12 AM
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WHEELING | Development Thread

About Wheeling:
Wheeling is located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia and has a population of 28,486 and 145,2015 in its metro area. The city is known for once being a great center of transportation and industry due to its location along the Ohio River. 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. This thread is meant for discussion related to development projects in and around the city of Wheeling, West Virginia.

Current/Recent Projects:

The Health Plan Headquarters:
The Health Plan is constructing a new headquarters in Downtown Wheeling. They will be bringing in 400 new employees with them to the Downtown area. Unfortunately, a few historic buildings had to be demolished to make room for the new development. The project is on track to be finished by the end of 2017.

STATUS: Under Construction

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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

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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

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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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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: Proposed

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Columbia Gas Building Revitalization:
The Columbia Gas Building is located on 16th Street in Downtown. It was once used as an office building but has been vacant for several years. Recent proposals call for converting the six story building into apartments. It is conveniently located within walking distance to West Virginia Northern Community College and Downtown.

STATUS: Proposed

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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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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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Gertrude Flats:
Gertrude Flats is a historic apartment building located on 14th Street in East Wheeling. The apartments are used for the disabled homeless population in the Wheeling area. The formerly vacant building was revitalized in order to deal with a shortage in housing for the homeless. It has 18 rooms.

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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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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