Now that the Depot Bikery waterfront eatery is again open for business at Wheeling's Heritage Port, the city's Traffic Commission will consider providing additional parking for those who may want to dine there.
Wheeling-Ohio County Rails to Trails Manager R. "Scat" Scatterday is asking for parking on both sides of Water Street between Windsor Manor and 11th Street. Commission members will consider that and other requests at their 2 p.m. Thursday meeting in council chambers on the first floor of the City-County Building.
There are a number of metered parking spaces along Water Street, but restrictions exist on the stretch nearest the entrance to the newly re-opened Depot Bikery, located near the playground at the north end of Heritage Port.
Photo by Ian Hicks
Signs restrict parking near 11th and Water streets, but officials are being asked to consider relaxing those restrictions with the recent re-opening of a waterfront eatery at nearby Heritage Port.
Parking is forbidden entirely on the west side of the street, except from 5:30-9:30 p.m., and there is a commercial loading zone across the street on the east side.
City Operations Superintendent Tim Birch said he doesn't see any obvious problem with the request, at least on the west side of the street. In previous years parking was restricted to provide a wider berth for large trucks, but with Reichart Furniture long gone, that's no longer an issue, he said.
If commission members vote to forward the request for action by City Council, it would be up to them to recommend whether to install meters. But Birch noted the lack of a sidewalk on the west side of that stretch of Water Street would make it difficult to do so.
In other business, Birch will ask Traffic Commission members to consider removing parking meters in front of 110, 112 and 114 14th St. in East Wheeling - addresses that no longer house businesses and have transitioned to residential use in recent years.
He believes the meters are unnecessary and merely pose a nuisance to those who live there.
Birch is also asking commission members to restrict parking on Summit Street near its intersection with East 10th Street from 5-11 a.m. on Thursdays to allow access for sanitation trucks.
The commission also will hear requests for handicapped parking spaces at 514 Lane B, 2513 Eoff St., 504 Richland Ave., 151 19th St., 64 22nd St. and 7 Diamond Ave., as well as a request for a no-parking zone across from 30 Ridgewood Ave. to allow vehicles to back out of the driveway safely.