New businesses are coming soon to Belmont County.
One, in a spot that was once a wooded area with only a few homes.
The other, on a spot best known for a tragic fire that killed three children.
The first is a piece of property along National Road in St. Clairsville, next to Stewart's RV Center and across the road from Whiteside Chevrolet--the former Kettler Family farm.
Three national business chains will open here next year.
"We're looking at an opening of no later than summer of 2014, first phase being a new CVS store, a new Advanced Auto Parts store and a new Sheetz store," said Mark Thomas, attorney for the developer.
Thomas says this is a multi-million dollar project.
He says Jeff Albrecht of Portsmouth, Ohio, also has plans for the other portions of the 14 1/2 acres to be developed.
He says it's likely that a hotel and a restaurant will follow soon afterward.
Another site, on National Road in Bridgeport, is now a large empty lot, after a huge fire killed three children and seriously injured their parents in an upstairs apartment.
In a published report, Attorney Michael Shaheen says he'd like to create a mixed use development there, with shops or a restaurant on the ground floor, and several floors of apartments above.
He gave no time frame for that project.
Back to the St. Clairsville project, Attorney Mark Thomas says Habitat For Humanity is removing parts from the former Kettler home, to be re-used in future Habitat houses.