Land Leases

To initiate the process of obtaining a land lease, the applicant must complete an application form provided in the link below and submit it to the Real Estate Department including a cover letter describing the proposed use and a detailed map showing the dimensions of the proposed lease area. The applicant is strongly encouraged to include any legal descriptions, site photos, and plat maps to ensure timely processing of the application. If the application is incomplete the application will be immediately rejected.

The application requires payment of a non-refundable $200 application fee and a non-refundable $300 document preparation fee, which can be paid via check or money order made payable to Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company.

Application for a Land Lease does not guarantee approval.

Upon approval, a Land Lease Agreement will be forwarded to the applicant for signature. The Land Lease will outline the terms and conditions of the occupancy as well as any insurance requirements. In the event there will be construction activity related to the occupancy, Railroad Protective Insurance may also be required.

The Land Lease Agreement executed on behalf of the Applicant should be returned to the Real Estate offices including the first year rental payment and relevant proof of insurance. Once in receipt of these materials, execution of the Land Lease on behalf of the railroad will be arranged.

For “standard processing”, the entire process takes between 4-8 weeks.  “Expedited processing” will reduce the processing time to between 1-2 weeks and costs an additional $875.

WLE – Land Lease Application



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