UPDATE: Nov. 16, 2022

Wheeling City Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum released the following statement Wednesday on council’s consideration of the Market Street block ordinance for building renovation.

“The 1400 block project represents an important convening of public and private partners dedicated to preserving and improving these critical buildings in our downtown. Unfortunately, in years past, buildings of this nature would have been considered unsalvageable. Today, we believe in the importance of protecting historic buildings because they not just allow for new and unique developments to take shape but they help tell the story our city. “

Wheeling City Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – One of the most complicated and unique preservation developments in Wheeling has been picked up by Desmone Architects to reimagine this unused space. 

This preservation project has been discussed by Wheeling Heritage for four years, and within the last year the proposal for redevelopment was selected. 

Mayor Glenn Elliott also serves as the chairman of the Development Committee and says that the Desmone proposal calls for a lower-level retail space, combining three of the buildings into one large restaurant with outdoor seating, and additional parking. 

”These four buildings are really within the same block that Independence Hall sits – the most important building in all of West Virginia, historically speaking. It’s just a half-block away from these four buildings, and for years they’ve been sitting there just kind of looking like they’re not cared for. Bringing them back to life, you know, getting those facades lit up, getting the first-floor retail space activated is going to be a great addition to that block and really going to show the value of historic preservation.”

Mayor Glenn Elliott – Wheeling

Wheeling City Council worked with Wheeling Heritage to put together a package of historic tax credits, new market tax credits, and different city incentives to make this estimated $8 million project happen.