Centre Market Guidelines Are Up for Council Consideration

City Council will now get the final say on whether those who own buildings in the Centre Market area will need to apply for certificates of appropriateness before altering the exterior of their structures, after a Thursday vote by the Wheeling Historic Landmarks Commission.

Commission Chairman C.J. Kaiser, along with commissioners Victor Greco, Gregory Smith and Councilman David Miller, voted to recommend the plan to a vote of council. Commissioners Rebecca Swords and Jeremy Morris were absent.

If council approves the plan, those owning buildings with a Market Street address between 20th and 24th streets would have to apply for a certificate of appropriateness before making any changes that are visible from the street.

These rules are based on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s guidelines for historic structures, which govern a wide range of features from windows to molding or paint color.

Tom Connelly, assistant director of the city’s Economic and Community Development Department, said the original Centre Market Historic District included both sides of Market Street between 20th and 23rd streets, including the two city-owned Centre Market structures.

It first was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 before being expanded in 1987 to include adjacent lanes and alleys and extend to 24th Street, encompassing about 180 structures.

In another matter Thursday, members voted to table a request to award a recognition plaque to the owner of The Professional Building at 1300 Market St. Connelly said the owner is in the midst of a renovation project.

“To me, this is a very iconic structure,” Smith said.

“This is a significant, contributing building to the downtown district,” Kaiser added.

Members said they would attempt to contact the owner to collect more information about his intentions for The Professional Building prior to the next meeting, which is set for 3:30 p.m. July 3 in City Council Chambers on the first floor of the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St.