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Washington Avenue Zoning Controversy Moves to Council

September 2, 2013

WHEELING — A neighborhood zoning controversy prompted by Wheeling Jesuit University’s plan to build a three-story, 36-unit graduate student housing complex on Washington Avenue now moves to City......

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Sep-03-13 5:39 PM

Oh fogot..all the Catholic Schools are under Bishop Bransfield including Central Catholic here in Wheeling...the ONLY school that can boast a License to drink alcohol in the cafeteria?????

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Sep-03-13 5:34 PM

The question was asked "Why can't WJU build on the Mt de Chantal School property?..the answer That property is owned by Wheeling Hospital. Now get this right...Wheeling Hospital is owned by the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston which is headed and run by Bishop Michael Bransfield..Other enities headed by Bishop Bransfield: Welty Home..Welty Apts times three..Home of the Good Shepherd...Mt. Calvery Cemetery...and numerous state organizations and properties. Bishop Bransfield is the one who has final say on all the boards so PLEASE quit trying to act as if these are separate entities...The Bishop is head of it all.

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Sep-03-13 12:09 PM

Government is to listen to the people and there is suppose to be a separation between government and church. But, in Wheeling there seem to be a lack of understand and a conflict with the US Constitution. A tax base is decreased by these decisions. I wonder under HOME RULE if you could tax profit making property of a Church or is it the citizen taxed for the church.

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Sep-02-13 7:15 PM

WJU could just buy some existing homes and rent them to these grad students. I bet there are plenty that would be willing to sell at fair market value. Then if attendance declines, they can sell them as homes, rather than building and it turning into low income housing in a few years. Oh, I bet the block grant would not cover costs, WJU is broke, and banks wont lend this kind of fund to them.

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Sep-02-13 4:49 PM

Pleasanton/Steenrod/Edgewood are already going to the dogs.

The ex-Detroit residents hiding out in Wheeling have seen to that.

The area needs more good paying jobs and a crackdown on crime.

Until and unless that happens, Wheeling will continue to stagger along, on life support, before its' final collapse.

Get rid of Herron and the Boy Mayor, along with council, while you're at it.

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Sep-02-13 4:44 PM

Why aren't they working to repurpose or replace buildings downtown to provide this housing. Think about it...Putting some student housing downtown, with adequate transportation to/from campus, would help provide a need for more restaurants, nightlife and activities downtown. That in turn might cause more people to head downtown as well if there's actually something to see and do there.

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Sep-02-13 11:08 AM

Triton....It's WJU with a "J." W "L" U is in no way involved.

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Sep-02-13 10:10 AM

Trying to make it sound like good neighbor stuff and sending a priest door to door to try to fool the residents does not obscure the fact that churning up a family oriented neighborhood for student high rise housing does not fly. The campus has more than enough room to build without an incursion into a great neighborhood. Acquiring properties for long term expansion to Washington Ave started years ago. The idea that WLU or the Diocese, or the RC in general cares is simply insulting. This is the first shot, the next will follow and soon another great Wheeling community of kids and families is gone. Stop trying to fly the friendly and neigbhor flag, that ship sailed long ago. City council needs to undersand that WLU is hoping to change another neighborhood so that out of state students can attend. Council represents Wheeling not the corporate goals of the Jesuit college system. Build it over where the Mount was trashed. WLU students go home why can't we have our homes too?

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Sep-02-13 9:58 AM

This area should not be rezoned to accommodate WJU but it will be because the Wheeling City Council is owned by influential Catholic lawyers and donors to the Mayor's idiotic childish schemes. The residents at the old monkey house at Wheeling Park were just moved to the city council when the building was torn down.

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Sep-02-13 9:52 AM

Does anyone really believe that the Catholic church won't get what they want in the town?

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