In a meeting of the Ohio County Redevelopment Committee Tuesday, a motion was passed that would propose the change of the city's zoning code and allow residential use on the first floor of downtown buildings.
Downtown Wheeling is broken up into three different zones, and only one of those zones currently allows for residential use of the first floor. Right now, the ground floor of these buildings must be used for commercial space.
A St. Clairsville couple in the business of rehabilitating buildings for residential use just bought their third property in Wheeling. The Slack's expressed interest in buying more properties downtown, but were hitting a snag with the zoning code.
"We were at a disadvantage putting commercial space on the first floor," Heather Slack told 7 News. "If we were able to put residence on the first floor, it then made these buildings profitable and we were able to rehab them."