Aug. 18, 2014
Wheeling Planning Commission Approves Welty Village Senior Townhomes
The Wheeling Planning Commission recently approved construction of Welty Village, 12 new senior living townhomes. Donald R. Kirsch, manager of the Welty Corporation, and Jeff Foreman, senior project manager of the Astorino, a Pittsburgh architectural firm, met with officials to discuss the plans for the single-story townhomes.
The design of the Village will be reminiscent of Tudor cottages, with steeply pitched slate-style roofs, brick walls, half-timber accents, period garage doors and mullioned windows. The design takes its cue from some of the prominent architectural features of the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, another property of the Welty Corporation.
Construction is expected to begin this fall on 11 two-bedroom townhomes and one three-bedroom townhome at 1287 National Road in Wheeling. The community will be in the same block as the nonprofit’s Bertha Welty Apartments, just across the street from Clara Welty Apartments and the Welty Home, and about ½ mile from Good Shepherd Nursing Home.
All the townhomes are single-story, with no steps required when entering the home or the two-car, attached garages. The square footage of the town homes ranges from 1,607 to 2335 feet, excluding the garages. Each driveway includes an electric snow-melt system.
Each living room features French doors leading to a covered patio and a second, open patio. Beyond the patios is a community green space. Welty Village is responsible for all interior, exterior and grounds maintenance.
The townhomes will be equipped with all major appliances, which will also be maintained by Welty Village. The entire complex is equipped with an emergency electric generator that will supply power in case of an outage.
Welty Village was designed by Astorino, Pittsburgh’s largest architectural, engineering and construction services firm, which is consistently ranked among the leading design firms in the U.S. Astorino previously assisted with renovations to the Good Shepherd Nursing Home chapel that made it easier for residents to participate in Mass and other religious services; the renovations also enhanced the chapel’s beauty and warmth.
Welty Village is the latest in a series of senior living options funded by a generous donation from Clara Welty, the last surviving member of a Wheeling merchant’s family. Ms. Welty left her family home and fortune to a charitable trust to provide care for deserving elderly people. Today more than 350 people take advantage of a range of senior living options from independent apartments to assisted, skilled and long-term nursing care in Welty Home for the Aged properties.
The Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, is Chairman of the Welty Trust and The Welty Home for the Aged, Inc.