The City of Wheeling isn’t wasting any time getting work done on some major projects.
The focus is on completing and improving downtown projects for the new year.
The $19 million streetscaping project, which has been in the works for four years, and the restoration of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel building are some of the top priorities.
Officials say it’s been about 40 years since the sidewalks have been redone.
“There’s some engineering complexities related to the slopes of the sidewalks,” said Mayor Glenn Elliott of Wheeling. “A lot of underground vaults. A decision was made by the state to include a new signalization in the process so we’ll get new traffic signals as well.”
Discussions are happening now with a developer about the restoration of the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel building and that could mean future economic development.
“So the city’s in discussion with local property owners to construct a parking garage. Which would support not only that building but future business expansion of downtown. Where we are seeing a lot of need of parking from some of our existing businesses,” said Mayor Elliott.
Mayor Elliott said he hopes to have plans for that project finalized with the next month or two.
He also said council hasn’t given up on the possibility of adding a public safety building.
“The needs for the new police and fire headquarters have not changed, in fact they have gotten worse. We need to move forward with something….I think 2019 is going to be a very exciting year,” said Mayor Elliott. “It’s our 250th birthday as a city. We’re looking forward to celebrating that with a lot of new announcements, and new project investments, and just stay tuned.”
Mayor Elliott is hoping the streetscaping project will break ground in the summer of 2019.