West Virginia Governor Justice awarded the City of Wheeling a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant of $240,000 to advance Wheeling’s efforts to reinvent a former rail yard property back to life as an important multi-modal transportation and riverfront recreational amenity. Once a booming commercial and industrial heart of West Virginia, the historic charm of Wheeling remains but requires substantial efforts to undergo revitalization. Situated at the confluence of the Ohio River, National Road, and the early B&O Railroad, Wheeling has a tremendous opportunity to optimize use of this brownfield site as a new riverfront park. SGA’s plan places public open space at the forefront of its community revitalization approaches. The Wheeling Heritage Trail will situate the new park as a primary downtown trailhead for the community and the trail. Accessibility is also at the forefront of this strategic plan and will include parking and an ADA accessible kayak/canoe launch. Other amenities in the plan include an immersive nature-based experience, and the integration of former railroad artifacts that are significant to the cultural legacy of the city. SGA is thrilled to have played a role in supporting the City in obtaining this grant funding as a way to make instrumental progress on the City riverfront improvement initiative. SGA is pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Environmental Standards on this exciting project.
Governor Justice awarding the TAP Grant to Wheeling for the Robrecht Site Reuse Plan.