Wheeling City Council Vote on Corliss Terrace Issue Is Tuesday

WHEELING – City Council will ring in the new year by voting on a lane abandonment crucial to Hampton Inn’s planned expansion in Woodsdale, but opposed by nearby residents for whom the road provides the only access to their neighborhood.

The meeting is set for noon Tuesday on the first floor of the City-County Building.

Hampton Inn wants the city to abandon Corliss Terrace Road to make way for a proposed $5 million to $6 million expansion project. In return, the hotel has agreed to build a new road – which would have to meet city code, unlike the existing road built in 1915, officials have said – and turn it over to the city.

But several residents of Corliss Avenue, a private drive on the hill overlooking the Hampton Inn consisting of six homes and an apartment building, don’t want to see the road moved. They believe the new road will be more difficult to navigate in bad weather and will hurt their property values by forcing them to drive between two parking areas and past the hotel’s dumpster to reach their road.

Hampton Inn’s proposed expansion has received clearance from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals, which gave the hotel the green light to add two additional floors, and the Planning Commission, which approved its site plan. Owner Robert Hitchman has said he needs to expand to remain competitive with other Hampton Inns in the area.

In other business, City Council will vote on whether to spend $189,195 with Jarvis, Downing & Emch of Wheeling to install a new water line to serve Market Plaza in advance of a planned $500,000 renovation of the downtown plaza.

Four other contractors submitted bids, including Savage Construction at $205,667, James White Construction at $226,598, Cowgirl Up Inc. at $245,890 and Edgco Inc. at $257,280.

The purchase of a used 2009 street sweeper from Lacal Equipment of Jackson Center, Ohio, for $92,000 also is up for a vote, while an ordinance to spend up to $25,000 with Fire Force of Columbiana, Ohio, for two thermal imaging cameras for the fire department is up for first reading, with a vote on Jan. 21.

Council also will vote on resolutions to make $29,780 in payments on the city’s Section 108 loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, obtained in 2005 to bring Lowe’s to Center Wheeling; and pay CT Consultants $51,394 for work on the new water treatment plant under construction in Warwood.