June 26, 2017

Wheeling town center in development, promises theater, shops

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Teens of WHS will have a new hangout zone in 2014, as a new development rises to Wheeling. The proposed town center will include retail buildings, an apartment complex and a movie theater.

The shovels have yet to hit the dirt though, as the Village of Wheeling and developers Urban R2, struggle with an agreed term sheet. Urban R2 was given a deadline of March 15. Results were not know by press time. If they agree, construction will begin this summer.

The proposed theater company is based in Texas and the Wheeling theater would be their first in Illinois. Brad Friedman, Executive Vice President from Urban R2, compared the theater to Rosement’s Muvico theater.

“While the theater com- pany will show new movies, they differ from traditional theaters by premiering in- dependent films and hosting community events,” Friedman said.

Trustees asked the developers if the theater com- pany could add a stage into the theater where plays and musicalperformancescould be hosted.

The town center will be built to the west of village hall and the Wheeling Park District, which was previously home to a Wickes fur- niture store that was torn down two years ago, leaving the land vacant for redevelopment.

Community events and festivals could also take place outside the theater with a greenway located between retail buildings.

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