Wheeling City Council holds first meeting of 2018

WHEELING, W.Va. - Wheeling City Council is looking forward to a new year after the first meeting of 2018. 

The Food for Fines program has wrapped up, and about 35 parking citations were paid off with canned food donations. 

In total, more than 450 food items were donated. 

Council has also seen some interest in the city-owned buildings at 1107 and 1109 Main Street.

Mayor Glenn Elliott says they have received several proposals that will be reviewed by the development committee meeting soon.

They are looking at other possibilities for downtown buildings as well. 

"We want to see more housing downtown. We're trying to save some of our historic buildings. It's been identified that if we want to see more housing development downtown, we're going to need places for people to park, so that is something we're looking at as well to kind of incentivize those projects. Nothing is in ink right now. We're still working on it, but it's a very high priority for us to save some of our old buildings, get some more housing in downtown Wheeling, and make some parking available," said Mayor Elliott. 

The Historic Landmarks Commission will be holding a workshop on Thursday, January 4 for anyone interested in purchasing and refurbishing a historic building in Wheeling. 

You will learn more about new tax credits and how to take advantage of them. 

It begins at 5:30 p.m. in Council chambers and is free. 

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