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Secret Project Meets Resistance

Owners did not want to divulge specifics of their plan

March 12, 2013

WHEELING — Citing possible risks of what he termed the city’s “first mountaintop removal project,” Patrick Cassidy asked the Wheeling Planning Commission Monday to deny a zone change request for 95......

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InvisibleCut

Mar-13-13 8:05 PM

I am a resident of Woodsdale-was unable to attend the meeting on Monday. Glad to see that my neighbors and most of Wheeling is on the same page. Why all the secrets? Why destroy a nice, quiet, safe neighborhood ..to bring in ...what? There is plenty of land in this town that could and should be considered.

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InvisibleCut

Mar-13-13 7:59 PM

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debgreene

Mar-12-13 9:28 PM

do your homework and put your houses up for sale now while you can still recoup some of your investment. As far as the connection with PREIT and a potential motel development…Really?! That’s the view which will have potential homebuyers rushing to purchase existing homes in this neighborhood. And, oh, yes! Let’s not forget those rockin’ minimum wage service jobs produced by this rumored endeavor to get Wheeling back on its economic feet. As far as a potential real estate development…essentially more mansions on top of huge hills with a lovely view of all the rooftops of the hundreds of Woodsdale homes. This comment is not about aversion to change or lack of a vision; it’s the mystery motivation, which will positively serve a few versus the potential, costly negative affects it will have on the many of one of Wheeling’s last great neighborhoods. Again, take a drive around Wheeling, while there is much blight, there is also potential in other areas for positive development – I agree wit

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debgreene

Mar-12-13 9:26 PM

I am not a negative person by nature; however, at times, I am a realist of sorts. Take a drive throughout the city of Wheeling and what you will find is a decaying town trying to salvage its days-gone-by-past, and not very successfully at that. Sadly, many of the middle-class neighborhoods once filled with middle-class families are now showing signs of blight and poverty. Woodsdale, while showing some issues with same, is still an affordable and safe community, and one of the last of the middle-class, family-based neighborhoods. Now we are faced with a zoning change, which could bring a “anyone’s guess” and/or “secret” project held by a motel developer and petroleum business owner, and I’m having a hard time envisioning the overall good that could come of developing the particular piece of property at issue. My first guess might be the connection between Tri-State Petroleum, the oil and gas industry, and mountaintop removal, and if that’s the case folks, do your homework and put your

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debgreene

Mar-12-13 9:26 PM

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debgreene

Mar-12-13 9:25 PM

I am not a negative person by nature; however, at times, I am a realist of sorts. Take a drive throughout the city of Wheeling and what you will find is a decaying town trying to salvage its days-gone-by-past, and not very successfully at that. Sadly, many of the middle-class neighborhoods once filled with middle-class families are now showing signs of blight and poverty. Woodsdale, while showing some issues with same, is still an affordable and safe community, and one of the last of the middle-class, family-based neighborhoods. Now we are faced with a zoning change, which could bring a “anyone’s guess” and/or “secret” project held by a motel developer and petroleum business owner, and I’m having a hard time envisioning the overall good that could come of developing the particular piece of property at issue. My first guess might be the connection between Tri-State Petroleum, the oil and gas industry, and mountaintop removal, and if that’s the case folks, do your homework and put your

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wvhoopie2

Mar-12-13 7:58 PM

People of Wheeling are waking up and are starting to see all the secret deals. Just like the secret field of dreams and then all the campaigning for HOME RULE by the mayor maybe they can make a rule to just bypass the public and a few can make the decision behind closed doors.

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wvhoopie2

Mar-12-13 7:53 PM

Secrets are the thing of the past as was the Russian government. Too many lawyers telling saying they known what is best for the city. Too many politicians going along with these crazy ideas. Now you know why we should have term limits and vote all the old officials out. Flood the area with sunshine.

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BurlEFolger

Mar-12-13 7:17 PM

Bordas is a lawyer, he's into it because there is MONEY in it, plain and simple. If you want to kick city council to the curb for a zoning change, you're 25 years too late.

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TheRealityPolice

Mar-12-13 7:14 PM

I cannot think of ANYTHING it could be other than a gas station to compete with Sheetz. And Bordas selling out? He votes Democrat/Obama so I would expect nothing less.

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goodwine

Mar-12-13 6:03 PM

It's sad to see a Bordas sell out, if council approves this they need to be kicked to the curb. The secret seems VERY suspicious . We the people of wheeling should stop buying gas at any Coyne owned station. Remember how they cried when when they demanded that Sheetz should not be allowed to be built because it would hurt them? They were turned down then also. Nothing should be allowed until they tell what is planned. As for the hill top removal, I own all the way to the top of the hill on Edgwood, is he going to go on my property and take it? Arrogant a-holes are running amuck in this town. where is mr "i'm for the rights if my town" Daddy Bordas? I know with several hundred Woodsdale residents up in arms including many with money and means if this goes through the Coynes might as well move out of town, they already have a bad name in this town and this will be the final nail.

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UNCOMMONSENSE

Mar-12-13 6:00 PM

I smell a back door deal in the future

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Triton

Mar-12-13 3:27 PM

When government is on the slide, it slides quietly until one day there is a hearing asking for approval of zoning change for a project that they are not going to say what it is. The concept of having a board or having to apply for a change seems to mean that you would have to know what it is you are supposed to be approving. But if you are aren't going to say, than what is that?? Looks like someone thought that if you rent connected lawyers you can have a board approve something that they don't even know what it is. Maybe we have hit bottom in corrupton and the only way is up, money did not get its way. Amazing stuff.

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sounder

Mar-12-13 2:01 PM

If a developer shows up at a meeting to discuss a major zonning change shouldn't any proposed project which needs a change be far enough along to hold up for public comments and criticism? All those crumbling buildings, empty lots which make up so much of North Wheeling--shouldn't they be the focus for redevelopment? West Virginia does not need another hill top removal project.

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VincentVega

Mar-12-13 1:53 PM

DAYLIGHT IS THE BEST DISENFECTANT!

Did Atkinson go in the tank for one of his major contributors? And it is difficult to see the pillars of our COMMUNITY CONSCIENCE, BORDAS & BORDAS on the opposite side of public interest.

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acousticportal

Mar-12-13 1:10 PM

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acousticportal

Mar-12-13 1:01 PM

When will we, the people, once again garner control of the administration of justice in our own community? For far too long we have granted control and power to attorneys and the legal system...we have given up our rights and allow people, who really only care about their own welfare, to safeguard our own. I don't trust a single one of them.

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RichFraudriguez

Mar-12-13 12:23 PM

Wonder if this is the guy -

Doug Grayson joined PREIT in 1990, as a Development Director and Asset Manager. In 1995, he was promoted to Vice President and in 1998 became an Executive Vice President with the responsibility of running the Development Division of the Company. His primary responsibility is to manage all of the Company's development activities which includes the supervision of the professional staff engaged in the responsibilities of site acquisition, assessing feasibility, planning and implementing prospective development projects.

Before coming to PREIT, he worked in a development capacity for The CoreGroup, a Philadelphia based real estate company with projects in the Delaware Valley and Puerto Rico. Prior to the CoreGroup, Mr. Grayson co-founded a micro-computing consulting firm in Austin, TX. He also worked as a manager for Westin Hotels.

Mr. Grayson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Pennsylvania. Raised in Texas...

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Donaldo

Mar-12-13 12:12 PM

We are facing a somewhat similar situation in Richmond, Virginia, where I live in an historic district. The city's Commission on Architectural Review rejected installation of uannproved replacement windows on a house in the district but the homeowner hired a former member of the City Council to appeal the ruling to his buds on the City Counci. A final decision is pending, but the lesson is, when politics trumps policy, bad things happen.

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HercX007

Mar-12-13 11:37 AM

WOW! Sorry folks for all of the repeat postings. I don't know how that happened.

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HercX007

Mar-12-13 11:30 AM

How arrogant can a person be? The public is not the place to discuss this? Then why are you bringing it up? I think it was very wise to make this a public forum and the residents have stopped it for now. I would love to see Grayson run out of town on a rail. I can't believe Bordas, who is a resident of Wheeling, would represent this guy in this "secret" endeavor. What a traitor to his fellow citizens and this town!

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HercX007

Mar-12-13 11:30 AM

How arrogant can a person be? The public is not the place to discuss this? Then why are you bringing it up? I think it was very wise to make this a public forum and the residents have stopped it for now. I would love to see Grayson run out of town on a rail. I can't believe Bordas, who is a resident of Wheeling, would represent this guy in this "secret" endeavor. What a traitor to his fellow citizens and this town!

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HercX007

Mar-12-13 11:30 AM

How arrogant can a person be? The public is not the place to discuss this? Then why are you bringing it up? I think it was very wise to make this a public forum and the residents have stopped it for now. I would love to see Grayson run out of town on a rail. I can't believe Bordas, who is a resident of Wheeling, would represent this guy in this "secret" endeavor. What a traitor to his fellow citizens and this town!

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HercX007

Mar-12-13 11:29 AM

How arrogant can a person be? The public is not the place to discuss this? Then why are you bringing it up? I think it was very wise to make this a public forum and the residents have stopped it for now. I would love to see Grayson run out of town on a rail. I can't believe Bordas, who is a resident of Wheeling, would represent this guy in this "secret" endeavor. What a traitor to his fellow citizens and this town!

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impact

Mar-12-13 10:50 AM

Simon is right on. If making the purpose public puts the project at risk, it must be because the public woulod oppose it. Kudos to the Planning Commission. Secret Project? Bordas must think people are stupid.

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