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Waterfront hotel planned for Wheeling

WHEELING, W.Va. — The rebirth of downtown Wheeling will take another step forward with a project unveiled Tuesday morning.

Wheeling developer Barry Allen announced plans for an upscale, multi-use hotel to be located on a full city block in downtown Wheeling.

“We’re going to build a multi-use hotel on the waterfront between 14th, Main Street, and Water Street,” said Allen.

The bottom floor will feature retail space with a coffee shop, restaurant, and wine bar. The facility will include 122 guest rooms, eight condos on the top floor with one of them over 3,000 square feet overlooking the water. The plans also call for a roof top bar and event space.

Allen, who is retired from running Ziegenfelder in Wheeling, said he had put together a team which included those well versed in hotel development to pursue the project. A feasibility study was conducted and experts agreed this was a facility which was very much needed in downtown Wheeling.

“We are primed for this type of multi-use facility. It will absolutely work,” he said.

The hotel will integrate with a number of other ongoing streetscape and construction projects happening in Wheeling’s downtown.

“This place is going to drive experience and enthusiasm. It’s going to be the place to be,” said Allen.

Allen said the plan will be to break ground at the very latest by this coming winter and have the hotel fully operational by 2026.

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