To passers-by, it might appear that demolition is about finished on the 1100 block of East Wheeling.
The buildings came down fast, and now the rubble sits in piles on the lot where a sports complex is slated to be built.
City Manager Robert Herron WTRF.com the demolition contract is actually a little ahead of schedule, but there is a big difference between this project and other demolition projects Wheeling.
"The contractor is hauling all of the material off-site, so what's going to be left is footprints of the 38 buildings that were there," said Herron. "The next phase of that is a general contract to actually build the complex."
Herron isn't sure when they are bidding that out. If it's not by this fall then it will certainly be over the winter months.
They are still looking at their fundraising efforts, but Herron says all the plans and specifications should be done in the next couple of weeks.
"Most people in town are counting on this to happen," he said. "Seeing it really happen, most people are happy about seeing the buildings coming down. Now that they can see the inside and what they look like they're really happy because they're now realizing how bad they were."
Atkinson said the East Wheeling Sports Complex project is also moving quickly.
He expects demolitions for this to be done around the same time as the 1100 block.