Three buildings on Market Street in Wheeling are getting a new lease on life. The City of Wheeling recently closed on the deal.
They own the buildings in the 1400 block, and they are hoping to attract investors from the private sector to buy and rehab them.
They formerly housed the Sportsman’s Club, The G and G Bar, and another bar that closed long ago.
Now they could become offices, restaurants, retail stores, apartments, or more.
“The facades of those buildings are very historic and at a point where they can be saved, the facades can be saved. And we’ve had architects and engineers look at the buildings and even though they need a lot of work, they can be rehabilitated and hopefully that’ll be the case,” City Manager Bob Herron said. “And obviously if it’s not, then demolition is the last resort.”
Herron said the city did not go into the project with demolition in mind.
The city hopes that someone can see the possibilities, restore the buildings and create flourishing businesses, offices or housing there.
Herron said he wouldn’t be opposed to any idea, as long as it’s in the best interests of the city.
The building next door to the three, an adult bookstore, is not included because its owners were reportedly not willing to sell.