The City of Wheeling is another step closer to breathing new life into the downtown area. A ribbon cutting of Market Plaza was held Wednesday at noon.
City officials and leaders gathered to dedicate the $1-million dollar project they’ve been planning for quite some time, and working on since Summer 2014. The idea behind Market Plaza is to attract people to work, live and do business in the downtown area.
The Stone Center will house new loft apartments, as-well-as the work space for 500 employees at Williams Lea and Wheeling Jesuit University‘s Care Center.
“It needed updated, it was very dated and very old. And now that we have all the tenants in the Stone Center and some new businesses in town, it’s going to be a great addition, with the tables and the benches and the parking, it’s going to make a big improvement, and it really looks modern,” said Don Atkinson.
“It’s just great for the people around downtown, they have a great place to sit, socialize, have lunch. You know, this has been a pedestrian plaza for nearly 50 years, so to see it go through this kind of renovation is really exciting,” said Wheeling Vice Mayor, Gene Fahey.
The Vagabond Kitchen is also re-locating to across the street from Market Plaza, and the Stone Center lofts will be ready to live in next month.
City officials say they’re very excited about the possibilities the space brings and they’re looking forward to more exciting announcements in the future.