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Planning Commission Supports New Projects

WHEELING – Members of the Wheeling Planning Commission held their first meeting of the new year on Monday night, approving recommendations for a handful of proposed development projects in the city.

The Planning Commission met virtually and welcomed Jessica Barclay and Vanessa Craig, owners of Play N Stay LLC, to the meeting. The businesswomen operate two Play N Stay Pet Camp locations — one in St. Clairsville and one in Elm Grove — and they hope to open a new location in South Wheeling at 41-40th St. on the site formerly occupied by Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal. That site has been vacant for several years.

Play N Stay Pet Camps provide fun, playgroup-style overnight dog boarding, daycare, grooming, training, pet owner consulting and more, including a kitty camp. Dogs and cats receive care in a safe and interactive environment at the camps, according to the owners, who also opened an alternative wellness spa — ThrIVe Wheeling — in May 2019 on Main Street in Wheeling.

“You guys are doing a great job out there,” Planning Commission member Russell Jebbia, Wheeling Public Works Director, told Barclay and Craig, noting that a family pet — Tito — spends time at the Elm Grove camp. “I’m pretty familiar with your operation out there, and it works very well.”

Officials discussed some questions about traffic flow in the area of the proposed new site in South Wheeling as well as concerns about any potential noise from the animals being boarded there, but all agreed to support a special use permit for the property, which is zoned I-2 General Industry.

City officials familiar with the business said those in proximity of the Elm Grove Play N Stay location attest to the business being a “good neighbor.”

“Having a proven business plan helps some of those concerns,” Tom Connelly, the city’s director of building and planning. “It’s not a start-up that hasn’t addressed some of these types of issues in other places.”

Barclay said they were waiting on the approval by the Planning Commission before proceeding with the purchase of the property. Barclay said the site is looking at a possible fall opening.

Also on Monday night, the Planning Commission approved a site plan review for 1114 Chapline St., where Ohio Valley Community Federal Credit Union plans to build a new retail financial location with lending and administrative offices.

James Caliendo of the design firm PWCampbell was on hand at the meeting to describe the proposed project on behalf of the credit union. Plans for the new two-story structure are designed to be a 3,700-foot building with three drive-up lanes with 46 parking spots, plus landscaping.

City leaders said people in the community that had heard about the proposed banking location expressed their support and excitement about the project.

Another site plan was approved Monday night by the Planning Commission for The Woda Group’s proposed development of a four-story senior housing facility at 15-39th St., which is near another similar Woda development that was previously approved and is being constructed along 37th Street.

Tom Simons of The Woda Group noted that the proposed 20,000-square-foot senior housing project will be slightly different from the previous model because of required elevations in light of its position nearer the floodplain.

In order to move forward with the project as presented in the current site plan, four pending requests for variances need to be approved for various issues such as requests for setback reduction, building height increase and reduction of required number of parking spaces. The commission approved the site plan for the project contingent upon the approval of those four variances.

The next meeting of the Wheeling Planning Commission is scheduled to take place Feb. 8.

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