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WJU Will Stretch Into Downtown

Physical therapy doctoral program to locate in Stone Center

April 4, 2013

WHEELING — In the location where patrons once enjoyed lunch at the Stone & Thomas Tea Room, Wheeling Jesuit University will now provide a free physical therapy clinic as part of the college’s move t......

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Apr-05-13 11:20 AM

Melvin:If Stones will also be housing,they will have food service as well.All of this will be job creating where there was nothing.

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Apr-04-13 7:58 PM

What did the students say when they were asked their opinions on this move?

Were they told how it would impact them financially, since they could no longer use a meal plan - and are being driven to spend more?

I guess the benefit the city is espousing costs someone else.

We don't know what the students said since no one asked them. A shame.

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Apr-04-13 7:02 PM

Non-profit entities do not pay taxes. Pittsburgh should be a booming city but it is only doing okay due to Democratic corruption and 40% of the taxable property belonging to non-taxable non-profits.

Why isn't Wheeling offering tax incentives, free rent, etc. for a business incubator, small-fry business creators and venture capitalists to have a jumping off point?

Plant the seeds now and they will grow. Seattle (I know, a poor comparison) does not have great weather or universities yet, today, it is home to Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Costco, Paccar and huge manufacturing operations of Boeing, among other things. Why? Because Seattle encouraged business creation, which equals job creation, which equals homebuyers which equals tax revenues which equals better government services.

Do you need me to draw you a map?

WJU is on the brink of collapse. Why do you think Beyer is running away? The private sector will pay him better if he leaves before WJU closes.

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Apr-04-13 4:27 PM

Now that WJU is "stretching," what with a football team and downtown annex, maybe it will reach far enough to join the new Catholic 8 basketball conference. Bring on Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova et al. Once the crowds get too big for the downtown arena the city can bulldoze the soon-to-be-vacant casino and build a new arena there.

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Apr-04-13 4:09 PM

Why is everyone opposed to this?Otherwise the building will sit empty for years and has.The now- demolished Downtown structures may have had new uses also.Any sort of traffic Downtown is an improvement over nothing.Stones- as the WJU "Downtown Campus"- should be a welcome development.

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Apr-04-13 12:04 PM

How did sexual orientation get into my post?

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Apr-04-13 12:02 PM

@idliketoknow: I can understand your enthusiasm about something filling empty buildings but don't be blinded to the long term consequences. Forward planning would project the former downtown as an industrial zone because of the river, and residential and retail growth would be projected from Fulton to the Highlands. Wheeling cannot cling to the past and expect to move forward. This is not Fairness West Virginia urging the state Legislature to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of reasons for discrimination explicitly prohibited by law cynicism this is reality.

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Apr-04-13 11:51 AM

@idkiketoknow: As mentioned tax free entities are not contributors. Wheeling has to take a long term planning approach to growth. Knowledgable planning groups are limiting the acquisition of prime income producing real estate from tax exempt entities, and this makes good business sense. At last check, there were 750 tax exempt organizations registered in Wheeling, which I think includes Ohio County. Couple that with TIF areas which now includes all of the former downtown and you place a tremendous infrastructure liability on those who do pay taxes.

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Apr-04-13 11:31 AM

Hef, from reading these posts, it is apparent that there are few people who are nearly as cynical as you are. Please explain how moving any buisiness/organization/school into an ampty builing in downtown wheeling could be a bad thing? I will gladly pay a little extra in taxes to bring ANYTHING worth while back into the downtown area. I don't know maybe you like all the empty store fronts. Right now, downtown Wheeling is flat out depressing.

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Apr-04-13 11:23 AM

"free Physical Therapy Clinic?" Last time I checked nothing is free. Someone has to pay or perhaps the people in charge are expecting "manna from heaven" colored green will pay the freight.

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Apr-04-13 10:50 AM

From reading these post it is apparent that the blight of the city has overwhelmed the citizenry, and all common sense and futuristic thinking has disintegrated in step with the city.

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Apr-04-13 10:30 AM

This is an excellent idea. That building was in dire need of repurposing. Hopefully they can bring other university programs into the downtown area. All those students could help fuel a little business back into that plaza.

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Apr-04-13 10:19 AM

Keep filling the downtown area with tax exempt entities and then guess who pays for the infrastructure maintenance. I wonder what the rent really is? This newspaper should look to see who really owns this building. They might be surprised.

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Apr-04-13 9:19 AM

WJU should look into acquiring the old RG Steel Office Building. They should be able to pick it up pretty reasonably being that it's a bankruptcy sale. It's a great building in a good downtown location, and is reasonably close to CCHS, which could give some of the high school students the possibility of taking some college courses while still in HS. Just a thought.

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Apr-04-13 8:10 AM

A positive step for the city. However, how can WJU afford this? Rumors continue to swirl that WJU has severe financial issues. Also the investigation is hanging over it and could literally put WJU out of business. And now they also plan to field a football team? One guesses that they will just keep spending until they lock the doors.

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Apr-04-13 7:53 AM

A positive addition to a downtown needing tennants. Expanding more space to make ready for additional students and faculty in the future should be encouraged.

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Apr-04-13 7:22 AM

will the school be using the "grant" money that is being investigated?

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Apr-04-13 12:36 AM

A wonderful "adaptive reuse " concept for the building.The City should consider giving the buiding to WJU - or selling for @ very low- in exchange for locating and using it fully.A consolidated OV Catholic HS Downtown(Central) would be another plus. It should be noted faculty may find living and working Downtown attractive going forward.

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