Woodsdale residents voice their support, concerns over proposed mixed-use village


WOODSADALE, W.Va. (WTRF) — Woodsdale residents gathered at Oglebay Wilson Lodge Monday night to learn more about potential businesses coming to the area.

There are talks of a GC&P mixed-use Village in Woodsdale along State Route 88, which will feature retail, office space and hotels.

Residents were able to engage in conversation with officials Monday evening during an informational meeting.

Supporters of the proposal pointed to job opportunities but some residents foreseen problems.

Nevertheless, people just wanted to know how this development would transform the neighborhood.

I want to know more about the specifics of the cost of this. What it’s going to mean for us as residents. Who is paying for this? What it’s going to bring in economically. Do we need to worry about everything from the environmental effects, losing the trees, the water that’s going to be draining off the hilltop, what’s going to be happening with that and the establishing housing below that?

Barb Lewine, a Wheeling resident

Residents hope officials will continue to include the public in the conversation of this development.

I’m glad that they’re having this open forum and an opportunity to find out information because I definitely feel like we need more information and explanation about this and about the ramifications about building something like this and what it will mean for Wheeling, Ohio County and the whole area.

Barb Lewine, a Wheeling resident

According to GC&P representatives, it would take five years to prepare the property before construction could officially begin. They say they will use non-blasting means to excavate the site.

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