More Tenants Coming To The Highlands in Ohio County

National Restaurant Chain and Retailer Among Tenants, Strip Mall Also In the Works

The Ohio County Development Authority moved Tuesday night to begin the process of bringing at least three additional retail businesses to The Highlands.

County Administrator Greg Stewart asked members for permission to “facilitate the paperwork” with a national retailer to locate within a 55,000-square-foot building to be built between Cabela’s and Best Buy. It is the policy of the authority to not reveal the names of potential tenants at The Highlands, but to allow the companies to make their own announcements.

The construction of a 6,800-square-foot strip mall also is in the works for The Highlands, said Stewart. This would be near the Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant.

Stewart said at least two potential tenants, “and hopefully a third” have committed to the development.

The board also approved a 25-year lease with a “national restaurant chain” that will locate on a space in front of Kohl’s. Stewart did not reveal the names of the potential tenants.

Ohio County Commissioners met immediately following the development authority meeting, and they moved to replace two members who recently retired from the Ohio County Fire Board.

Retired fire inspector Mike Traubert will succeed former Wheeling Fire Chief Cliff Sligar on the board, and West Liberty Mayor Mark Griffith was tapped to take the seat of member John Powell.

Commissioners also approved the allocation of hotel-motel tax funds to local events happening in Ohio County this year:

∫ The Wheeling Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Women’s Expo in June will receive $1,000;

∫ The YMCA Adventure and Learn Camp happening throughout the summer was allocated $2,000;

∫ Youth Services System’s “Celebrate Youth” event in August was granted $2,000;

∫ The Seeing Hand Association will receive $1,000 for its Camp Independence event in July;

∫ The YWCA Over the Edge fundraiser, which is set for August, was allocated $2,500.

Election Day is next Tuesday, and Stewart told the commissioners the canvass for the primary election will take place at 9 a.m. May 14.

The commissioners will meet next at 6 p.m. May 21.

The development authority will convene at 5 p.m. June 12, followed by a commission meeting at 6 p.m.