Wheeling City Council Set To Unveil Legislation Supporting Apartment Complex

WHEELING — Following the recent announcement of a planned apartment complex in the downtown Wheeling-Pitt building, Wheeling City Council is set to start on its role in moving the project forward.

The council will hold its second regular meeting of the new year tonight beginning at 5:30 p.m. Among the new business on the agenda is a resolution authorizing City Manager Robert Herron to negotiate and enter into a memorandum of understanding with Historic Wheeling-Pitt Lofts LLC.

Developer Steve Coon and building owner Dr. John Johnson plan to convert the former 12-story office headquarters of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. — the city’s tallest building — into a downtown loft apartment complex, complete with retail units on the street level at the Market Street location.

The venture is estimated to be a $30 million investment into the city’s reemerging downtown.

In order to accommodate the long-awaited development, city officials are moving forward with plans to construct the parking needed for tenants of the 128-unit apartment complex.

Another piece of legislation expected to be introduced is an ordinance authorizing an agreement with Mills Group to provide architectural and engineering services for a proposed parking structure at 11th and Market streets, a corner property just a couple of doors to the north of the apartment complex’s site.

That ordinance will authorize Herron to spend $194,800 with the Mills Group for these services. Funding from the city’s sales tax RCIP (Restricted Capital Improvement Program) is expected to be used with the intention of being reimbursed through future bond proceeds, according to the ordinance.

Also on the agenda for tonight, an ordinance will be introduced authorizing Herron to enter into an agreement with Cast & Baker Corporation of Canonsburg, Pa., for $519,965 for storm sewer work on 37th Street. Cast & Baker was the lowest bidder for the project, the bulk of which is being funded through Community Development Block Grant funds.

Another new ordinance will authorize the city manager to spend $28,234 with Omni Strategic Technologies of Wheeling for hardware upgrades, support and enhanced security for the city’s water department.

Prior to the regular city council meeting, the Finance Committee of Council will meet at 5 p.m. to discuss the December 2020 financial statement and other matters, along with a proposed revision to the city’s 2020-21 budget. A resolution related to the revision is also scheduled to be introduced during the regular city council meeting.

Members of the Development Committee of Council will meet in executive session beginning at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed sale of property.

All open session meetings will take place virtually online and will be live streamed on the city’s official Facebook page. Anyone wishing to speak during tonight’s regular council meeting under the agenda item “those wishing to be heard” may call the city clerk’s office up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting at 304-551-2151 to sign up.


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