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Wheeling Heritage Survey To Identify Housing Needs

File Photo - The Boury Lofts are seen in downtown Wheeling. A new survey from Wheeling Heritage seeks opinions on what types of housing the city needs downtown.

WHEELING — Wheeling Heritage wants to know what types of housing people would like to see in downtown Wheeling.

The organization has launched a survey to gather those opinions, and those living and working in Wheeling are encouraged to go to wheelingheritage.org to complete the survey. It is anonymous and should take no more than five minutes to complete. The deadline for participating in the survey is Tuesday, Oct. 26.

“The results of this survey will help to identify both the types of housing, and the living environment that consumers would like to see in Wheeling,” said Betsy Sweeny, director of heritage programming at Wheeling Heritage.

Through Main Street West Virginia, Wheeling Heritage has been working with Downtown Professionals Network (DPN), as well as various partners, to design the survey. DPN, a firm specializing in research for downtown economic development, will analyze the results and provide residential developer recruitment strategies.

The results will also be a useful resource for building owners considering developing the upper floors of their buildings to expand into the growing downtown market.

“One of the most common questions I get asked by property owners developing their downtown buildings is, ‘Well, is it worth it to redo the upper floors? Will anyone actually live in the apartments I build?'” Sweeny said. “Anecdotally, I can say yes. We know there’s a huge demand for diverse downtown housing options, but the results of this survey will provide us with the hard data developers need to make that decision.”

The results will be shared with partners including the Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED), the City of Wheeling, and Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, and will also be available to the public on Wheeling Heritage’s website.

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