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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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Hefner

Mar-12-13 8:02 AM

With the City Council making the final decision, and with Bourdas involved, it is a safe bet that the zoning change will be approved. No one loves a secret more than the Mayor.

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DisplacedWVian

Mar-12-13 8:28 AM

If, as stated, "that the "project as defined" would greatly benefit the city", why all of the secrecy???

Much more to this story.

Any zoning request for this property should be denied until these owners divulge what they are really up to!!!

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Melvin

Mar-12-13 8:32 AM

If the City Council approves this then the citizens of Wheeling need to vote - with their pocketbooks. They can look at the employer of every Council member and publish their employer names and don't buy anything from them. Sounds like a fair response.

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mikeyd

Mar-12-13 8:35 AM

we have all kinds of commercially zoned property around here sitting empty.they bought the wrong place.

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Simon196

Mar-12-13 8:40 AM

"In divulging too much in a public forum, that puts the project at risk," -Bordas. Really? What a con... When I came to this area ten years ago, I bought a home in Woodsdale because I thought it seemed like a nice residential area to raise a family. If the city council approves this...I'm leaving!

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WVmountains

Mar-12-13 9:23 AM

Just ask the people of southern WV about "mountain top removal." Do some research and see what has happened to those that have been affected.

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acousticportal

Mar-12-13 9:24 AM

The beautiful natural ambiance of Wheeling should be preserved as much as possible, when considering business prospects.

My bet is a mega gambling and tobacco outlet.

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SpankysLastDance

Mar-12-13 9:27 AM

There are tons of places in and around Wheeling that are eyesores and should be torn down and redeveloped. Tear down those nasty old factory buildings in North Wheeling, Centre Wheeling, South Wheeling. Unless of course the plan is to remove a 95 acre mountain top and bury Wheeling with the dirt and rocks, then I would be 100% in favor!

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tom492

Mar-12-13 10:32 AM

There is something "fishy" here ???

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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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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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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 11:37 AM

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

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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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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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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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acousticportal

Mar-12-13 1:10 PM

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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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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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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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UNCOMMONSENSE

Mar-12-13 6:00 PM

I smell a back door deal in the future

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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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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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