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Wheeling city officials hope Health Plan will lead to cure for vacant buildings


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks Thursday about the opening of The Health Plan headquarters.
(Intelligencer photo by Scott McCloskey)

WHEELING, W.Va. — From the windows of their four-story headquarters in the 1100 block, nearly 400 employees of The Health Plan cannot help but see multiple vacant buildings, such as the former Chase Bank on Market Street and the city-owned structures on Main Street.

However, those on hand for the official opening of the $16 million headquarters Thursday do not believe these buildings will be vacant for long, while company CEO Jim Pennington said the project will lead a downtown Wheeling renaissance.

“Our purpose is to hopefully be the spark that continues to grow downtown Wheeling,”Pennington said Thursday.

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