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Newest Plan for Downtown Unveiled: Wheeling 2020Will music theme be Pied Piper for new businesses?By CASEY JUNKINSWHEELING — “Music Row,” “Lower Main,” “Riverside” and “Creekside” could become familiar areas of Wheeling in the future. “Melody Pipes,” “Blues Corner” and brick street surfaces also are elements of the Wheeling 2020 Plan officials revealed Friday following months of anticipation. “This is a concept plan that shows what downtown Wheeling could look like by the year 2020,” City Manager Robert Herron said. The city, along with the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Regional Economic Development Partnership and the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp., paid $70,000, or $17,500 per agency, for the downtown development plan by Pittsburgh-based EPD. It was known as the Downtown Conceptual Plan prior to its unveiling.
OHGeneral: Has anything replaced the defunct Amish Door Express?
CDBG Projects Up for VoteBy CASEY JUNKINS WHEELING - The city may spend $58,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money to fund Wheeling Island police patrols - if council members adopt the ordinance at their Tuesday meeting. Council will enter an agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to receive $1,460,209 in CDBG money before deciding how the money will be spent.
Council to Finalize Property Purchases and FinancingBy CASEY JUNKINS WHEELING - With its plan to use $647,940 in Tax Increment Financing to buy three 1100 block buildings up for a vote at its Tuesday meeting, City Council is also looking to issue $750,000 in TIF bonds to fund the project. Council will adopt an ordinance to use the TIF money to purchase the former Rite Aid building, the former G.C. Murphy building and the River City Dance Works building in the 1100 block of Main and Market streets.
Former Bill’s Hamburger Building Gets A FaceliftBy SHELLEY HANSON WHEELING - Work to renovate the front and north side facades of the old Bill's Hamburger building in downtown Wheeling is under way. Owned by Wheeling lawyer C.J. Kaiser, the dark green-colored structure is located at 1001 Main St. between the Suspension Bridge and Capitol Music Hall. Kaiser purchased the building because his grandfather, William J. Kaiser, operated a grocery store there from 1910-38.Passersby may have noticed the erection of scaffolding this week around the building. Kaiser contracted Walters Construction of Wheeling to remove the old paint and repair the mortar between the 150-year-old bricks. The work on the front and north sides of the building should reveal a dark red brick.
WNHAC: Capitol Music Hall Not High PriorityBy CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer WHEELING - In May, the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. hired a Washington, D.C. company to study market viability of the Capitol Music Hall that was closed by owner Live Nation in May 2007. But more than four months later, WNHAC Executive Director Hydie Friend has yet to reveal any results of the study performed by Economics Research Associates that she said would take about six weeks to complete."I have not heard anything back from the company ... I have not received any kind of feedback from them about it," she said last week. Friend previously said that a group of "interested parties" including WNHAC, the Regional Economic Development Partnership, the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city of Wheeling have been working to see how they can reopen the 1928 theater that Live Nation closed after city firefighters discovered 23 fire code violations at the facility.
Centre Market Ideas SharedBy Jennifer Compston-Strough, The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register, December 23, 2008