The Wheeling Workforce Housing Committee met Monday to discuss housing concerns in the Friendly City.
Mayor Glenn Elliott has given the committee six months to submit ideas to improve and create affordable housing in the city that will encourage people to move here. One issue discussed at the meeting was affordability.
Members said they’ve found that young people are more interested in renting apartments and town-homes than buying houses, “They want to live downtown, but they want the amenities downtown as well. So, just having a house no longer seems to be the thing. Now they want green spaces, and they want nightlife, and they want grocery stores nearby. So, they want everything. So it’s not just about creating housing, its about creating a community,” said Workforce Housing Committee co-chair, Susan Hagan.
Officials also said the city is hoping to raise the historic tax credit to 25 percent, which would encourage developers to build or renovate existing buildings in Wheeling. Right now, the credit is 25 percent in both Ohio and Pennsylvania but only sits at 10 percent in Wheeling.