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Cassidy: Buy Time for Gene Long Center

August 3, 2013

Historic Landmarks Commission member Patrick Cassidy said Wheeling officials should move the Gene Long Community Center to the bottom of their demolition priority list to buy additional time for the......

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ISLANDPERSON

Aug-03-13 4:01 PM

First of all where were all of these people 15 to 20 years ago when this bldg. was repairable? I'm a life long resident of the Island and now live across the street from this eyesore. Every time we go two steps forward of getting this bldg. down someone comes along wanting to wait. I'll bet no one would have lived this long with an eyesore across from their home. It was never a restaurant, a bar on 2nd floor and McCallister's Drug Store and Bill's IGA on 1st floor. You could get a soda at the fountain in the drug store. We've lived here 37 years and watched this bldg. deteriorate for years. It needs down before someone is hurt or damage to other properties.

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sounder

Aug-03-13 11:34 AM

Wheeling Island, long gone from the days when my aunt lived on the island, my great uncle who lived in a well cared for home, not far from the bridge that took you over the back channel of the Ohio and into Bridgeport. I remember going to restaurants on the island as a little boy; this building might have been one of them. But as my aunt is in the ground, ditto for that great uncle, one of Mifflin Marsh's grandsons, the residents who stuck it out on the island through all those floods over the years--their gone and the reason for keeping some of those buildings around, sadly also gone. Who would bring the money to the table to repair this building and for what purpose?

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HercX007

Aug-03-13 9:36 AM

If the place is falling apart, why are they fighting to keep it from being demolished right away? Oh, wait! If it falls apart and disintegrates on it's own the city won't have to pay for demolition. Good plan!

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Bossman011

Aug-03-13 6:34 AM

"Long's family gifted the building to the city a few years ago, but it has remained empty and its deterioration has accelerated of late" Make note people. Don't give anything to the city. They won't do anything to it. Oh wait. If they do want it, they'll take it anyway.

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