They’re calling it a big economic investment in North Wheeling.
The Bethlehem Apostolic Temple announced they have purchased the former Health and Human Resources building that has sat empty for years in the 400 block of Main Street.
It will be called the North Wheeling Youth Center.
Dr. Darrell Cummings is best known for his church’s free distributions of food, gifts and school supplies.
“Christmas time, the kids are out front getting gifts,” noted Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie. “At Thanksgiving, they’re out there getting food. Back to school, they’re out there getting school supplies.”
Their bishop says this pastor is devoted, not just to his church, but far beyond.
“The feeding, the book supplies,” said Bishop James Gaiters of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. “You know all of the items that are given away to the people of this community.”
“We’re very fortunate to have someone like Rev. Cummings in the community,” said Mayor McKenzie. “Everything he does is first class.”
Now he wants to create a day care, a restaurant, a fitness center, a book store, classes for college and community outreach, even several affordable apartments for rent.
But the building’s price wasn’t in the church’s ball park.
“This deal almost didn’t go through,” said Dr. Cummings. “We were $50,000 short.”
Then something highly unusual happened.
“The seller called and said they decided they would take the offer, even though it was less than the building was worth,” said Bob Kennen of Kennen and Kennen Realty.
“I think it was a God thing that was set up for us!” said Dr. Cummings.
They say in the end, it will be a $500,000 investment and it will create 50 to 60 jobs.
Any help would be appreciated.
Donations to the “North Wheeling Youth Center” can be mailed to or dropped off at any Wesbanco in the area.