Wheeling Zoning Board Approves New Construction

Wheeling Board of Zoning Appeals members on Thursday unanimously approved the expansion of one business along National Road, while agreeing to the construction of a new warehouse in South Wheeling.

Mail America operates at 604 National Road in the Fulton area of the city.

Local architect Constantine Kayafas spoke on behalf of the owners regarding plans to build an addition to the structure.

To accomplish this, he requested a variance allowing the business to build to the front of the property line, and eliminate required parking spaces.

He said the project would likely increase the value of the surrounding properties.

“We would comply with whatever fire code and building code issues there are,” Kayafas told board members Ron Sinclair, Steve Johnston, Martin Maness and Jason Smith.

Nearby business owner Mary Beth Hughes then voiced some concern about how the project would affect the area.

However, she did not object to the overall concept, adding she believed it would enhance the property’s appearance.

After members approved the required variances for this project, they heard a request from Walters Construction President Glenn Walters regarding plans for a new warehouse on 31st Street in South Wheeling.

Walters said the new structure would be related to the existing American Tire business at the intersection of 29th and Chapline streets, but would not be an expansion of the service area.

The variance request was to cut the required front yard setback from the street from 30 feet to 20 feet, in addition to reducing the rear setback from 15 feet to 3 feet.

It also eliminated the required parking spaces.

After some discussion, members unanimously approved the request.

“That 18 months will be adequate for our construction,” Walters said of the timeline for the new warehouse.

Members also approved a request by Steven Williams to build a new garage at 8 Edgwood St.

The Wheeling Board of Zoning Appeals’ next meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19 on the first floor of the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St.