For Jeff Woda, giving back to the community that he grew up in was a no-brainer.
The WODA group started in Bridgeport, and is now located in Westerville, Oh., with 350 employees.
When Jeff returned to Wheeling to look at properties, he was automatically drawn to the Stone Center.
“Personally, I grew up on the other side of the river here in the Ohio Valley, and I actually shopped in this building as a young child coming with my mother on Saturdays. So there’s a lot of memories in the building for me,” Jeff told WTRF of the Stone Center.
The WODA group has properties stretching from Florida to Wisconsin.
Last year, WODA was ranked as the fourth largest housing developer in the country.
The Ohio Valley will always have a special place in Jeff’s heart.
“It’s great to come home and do what you do everywhere else, but do it here where I’m from.”
Next month, the WODA group will begin the LaBelle Greene project at the site of the former LaBelle plant in South Wheeling.
WODA will be constructing about 130 townhouse units. The units will be designed for working families, with two-bedroom units and garages.
“It’s a pretty unique design. It’s a much more urban design than I think you’ve seen at other locations in Wheeling, but again we think it makes a lot of sense for that area,” Jeff said.
WODA will also be changing a nearby abandoned railroad into a bike trail.