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Wheeling Jesuit housing development moves forward

Updated: Wednesday, December 11 2013, 12:05 PM EST


The Wheeling Planning Commission has approved a site plan for a new 36-unit apartment building for Wheeling Jesuit University graduate students,

City Council voted in October to rezone about 20 properties on the west side of Washington Avenue. From there, the developers' next task was to propose a site plan which would satisfy members of the planning commission.

On Monday, the planning commission voted 5-1 to approve the site plan.

"In working with the architect and engineer they tried to put together a site plan to address concerns of things like making sure building fit harmoniously ... residential neighborhood," said Tom Connelly, director of economic and community development.

In a news release from Wheeling Jesuit, officials said the project developer – Double J Realty Inc. – will start demolishing three university-owned structures in early January.

"We have run out of rooms, and this addition to our campus on Washington Avenue and the beautiful neighborhood that surrounds us will be great for our graduate students," said Rev. James Fleming, S.J., WJU president.

The three-story apartment building will have both single- and double-bedroom units. Fleming said in the news release that the complex will be furnished and ready for current graduate students, faculty, staff and incoming graduate students by August 2014.

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Wheeling Jesuit housing development moves forward

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