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Old Posted May 9, 2018, 11:00 PM
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Leonardos' Coffeehouse (Steubenville):

Steubenville's Nelson Family purchased a large historic building in Downtown Steubenville and has been working to revitalize it. The first floor has three retail spaces - one is the Steubenville Popcorn Company, the second is Drosselmyer's Nutcracker Shop (Due to Steubenville being known for their annual Nutcracker Village), and the third that just opened is Leonardo Coffeehouse and Renaissance Roasters. The upstairs floors will be developed into apartments as far as I know, but sadly there's not too much info on this project online.

This is one of the only photos of the building I can find.... The coffee shop is to the right of the Popcorn Shop, so it is blocked by a building in this photo:


This is the second coffee shop to open recently in Steubenville - before this year, Tim Hortons was the only coffee shop in town. Needless to say, this is a great addition to Downtown and will hopefully lead to some type of comeback. Fourth Street definitely has a lot of potential and historic buildings that could be utilized.

The inside of Leonardo's Coffeehouse:


Downtown Weirton Gateway Proposal:

I know Weirton isn't in Ohio, but it is a part of the Ohio Valley and is very connected to Steubenville, so I will include its development news in this thread from now on. The Brooke-Hancock Jefferson Planning Commission asked WVU architecture students to present ideas for Downtown Weirton improvements. One plan was a pedestrian plaza and food truck space at the "gateway" of Downtown Weirton.

Before and After:



New Lifestyle Center Coming to Wheeling:

More big news is coming out of Weirton! The city is starting to enter an upswing, most likely due to its proximity to Pittsburgh. The city received a $2.5 million grant to develop the 73 acre Three Springs Business Park. The first phase will be a lifestyle center style development. It will be centered around a roundabout and anchored by a convention center. The development will have 20 storefronts available and will hopefully bring 600 jobs. The developers hope to bring a modern shopping center to the Ohio Valley for people that do not want to go to Pittsburgh - this is likely a reaction to the near death of the Fort Steuben Mall across the river in Steubenville.

A basic plan for the new lifestyle center:


The development obviously isn't anything too special design-wise, but for the Ohio Valley, it is a pretty big deal. I'm not sure if Weirton has the retail demand to fill up this whole development though.
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Old Posted May 10, 2018, 12:37 PM
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Is there an article on the Weirton development?
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Old Posted May 10, 2018, 8:01 PM
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Is there an article on the Weirton development?
It's not super informative, but I found this WTOV9 article.
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Old Posted Jun 4, 2018, 6:10 PM
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Historic Home Renovation in Center Wheeling:
Source: Realtor.com

I came across this really great home renovation at 2308 Eoff Street in Center Wheeling, a couple blocks from the Center Market District. (I would put a Street View link here, but Wheeling has almost no coverage somehow....) The house is a historic 1890s rowhouse that was completely renovated to allow for a modern yet historic feel. It is listed at $190,000

The exterior:


The interior:




It's awesome to see projects like this in Wheeling, especially around Center Market. This area really has amazing potential, and already has a ton of restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and more within walking distance.

Flatiron Building Renovations Complete:

The Flatiron Building in Downtown has completed its renovations! The Flatiron Deli on the first floor is in its soft-opening phase. It currently just has a limited coffee menu but will soon be a full cafe, wine bar, and bakery with deli items and a small grocery item shop. They have also received a go-ahead for their outdoor seating along Nailers Way and are even setting up a small bike-share style rental kiosk due to the building's proximity to the riverfront bike trail.

The Flatiron Building:


The apartments are all ready to be rented, but are going quick. They are running between $1,100 - $1,400 a month. I think the apartments turned out to be absolutely beautiful.

The apartments in the Flatiron Building:





It's super exciting to see yet another successful renovation project in Downtown! Wheeling is really starting to move in the right direction!
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Former Keg & Kraut Redevelopment Stalled:
Last year, the city sold the former Keg & Kraut Building in East Wheeling to a developer for $1 under the assumption that it would become a wood-fire pizza restaurant within 18 months. Now, the owner is asking for an indefinite extension to this, blaming East Wheeling's rough perception for the lack of progress. Mayor Elliott shot back at this by blaming them for getting involved if they weren't willing to take a risk to help improve the neighborhood. The developer has put in $80,000 of work so far, and if they show their plans for the property within two weeks, the city will consider an extension. This building is one of the last remaining historic buildings in this block - the block across the street was completely demolished to build a large soccer facility where dozens of Victorian-era buildings once stood. I really hope this project works - it's time for East Wheeling to live up to its potentials and not continue to be torn down. Currently, plans for the pizza restaurant have been replaced with a hip coffeshop called "Mugshots" that would sell lunch items and coffee - personally I think this would be best for the neighborhood.

Rendering of the Keg & Kraut Redevelopment:


Tiny House Neighborhood on Wheeling Island:
Wheeling Island has some heavily blighted areas that have been targeted by tiny house enthusiasts. This group led my Martin Wach hopes to set aside land for over one hundred 8.5 feet by 24 feet houses. The city is still undecided on the plan. Some NIMBY's say it will lower property values, but most studies show the opposite. The mayor is in full support of this as a way to bring development back to the island. There is also a new park coming to the island on the other side of the 10th Street bridge into Downtown.

One of the several tiny homes popping up on Wheeling Island:


New Brewery Coming to Center Market District:
Brew Keepers, a locally owned brewery in Center Market is ready to open up a sit down brewery/restaurant. They have decided to stay in the neighborhood and will be moving into the vacant 2247 Market Street. This will be the district's second brewery and will hopefully be a good addition to the city's most vibrant neighborhood and entertainment district.

The white and blue building is where the brewery will occupy:


A view of Center Market District:


That about concludes the news coming out of Wheeling. Meanwhile though, NIMBY's are still working hard to block the two way traffic conversion for Downtown roads. The mayor on the other hand is still fighting the good fight and trying to prove how it works in every other city and will help slow down traffic and make the pedestrian experience safer. Again, I love Mayor Elliott - he never seems to back down from his ideas and has been promoting smart urban planning principles even when no one else is.
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JSW Steel Investing $500 Million in Mingo Junction:

JSW Steel announced yesterday that they are going to be investing $500 million into the former Acero Junction Plant in Mingo Junction, OH, a small town north of Wheeling. This will hopefully breathe some life back into Mingo, which has economically suffered for decades. The project will be divided into two phases, each of which will cost around $250 million. Phase one will modernize the hot strip mill by modernizing the arc furnace and slab caster. Phase two would add a second arc furnace. The company says they were attracted to the Ohio Valley due to the abundance of scrap metal and natural gas in the region. Mingo Junction officials hope this will bring their town's steel industry back for good.

The former Acero Junction Plant:


Mingo Junction is a pretty depressing town to drive through, but it is very interesting for sure. Most of the business district is completely abandoned and falling apart with crumbling steel mills dominating the skyline. The hilltop neighborhoods are where the better neighborhoods are these days. I will admit, I'm a bit skeptical to see Mingo become dependent on steel once again. Also, fun fact about Mingo Junction: It is the home town of Wild Cherry who released the 1976 hit "Play That Funky Music White Boy."

Some photos around town in Mingo Junction:


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Mingo Junction is a place that I heard of while in Pittsburgh, but never visited. The photos you posted made me want to look around on street view - the main drag is definitely very drab, but some great old building stock. Hopefully it does get some new life.

Peak population was about 5,300 in 1970. Apparently George Washington spent a night camping in Mingo Town in 1770 - pretty neat (source: Wikipedia).
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