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Washington Ave. Apartments Face Council Opposition

But will it be enough to halt zone change?

September 4, 2013

WHEELING — Residents who oppose a proposed 36-unit apartment complex on Washington Avenue appeared before City Council on Tuesday to present a petition with more than 120 signatures urging members t......

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iheartwv

Sep-05-13 9:22 PM

i like bloomin's ideas too !

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SURELY

Sep-05-13 6:16 PM

Yea. Great idea. Lets destroy another decent neighborhood. Ya don hast a clue hearty.

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iheartwv

Sep-05-13 5:00 PM

Good idea OhValleyGuy !

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whgfeeling

Sep-05-13 2:02 PM

give the kids a nice place off campus to party.

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SURELY

Sep-05-13 9:18 AM

Actually WJU has homes for students on Washington Avenue now. They choose to put 1 student in a 4 bedroom home, leave the others empty& literally falling apart. Then they tear it down (sometimes.) Continued bad business decisions. Then WJU says, they have no money. Tenant or Owner occupied, the home still fits in to the area. Unlike a nonresident Bedway complex. Bedway says he will give his complex to the WJU down the road. Yes, WJU that will not maintain property now and tells us they have no money. Maybe they need to get a grip on their financial responsibilities to generate an income. And even better yet: if there are not enough students to occupy the Complex, here comes ANYBODY, frackers& pretty trucks, HUD. Another WJU blunder.

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bloomin

Sep-05-13 1:31 AM

I think Double J would be responsible for maintainance. Let the community know that they need rentals and Im sure some folks would be happy to rent to some students and get out of town and retire to Florida or some place warm. If it turns out that the housing is not needed, no excessive cost or scheme completed.

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tbpromo

Sep-04-13 11:03 PM

WJU bought homes and let them deteriorate and then tore them down...they do not maintain their properties....therwise, they would have nice places for their people to live. They are "Slumlords" and claim they have no $$$ for maintenance, yet they claim they will be responsible for maintenance, upkeep and security for hte Apt. Complex that Jonathan Bedway, aka Double J Realty wants to build on their behalf.

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Captregis

Sep-04-13 10:59 PM

As was pointed out in another post most of the houses around WJU are rentals rented by students and staff and most of the rentals are owned by private residents in the same vicinity of their rentals. I know as I had friends who were renters that walked their rent checks to the landlords a block or two away. So explain the difference between now and the future development.

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tbpromo

Sep-04-13 10:59 PM

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SURELY

Sep-04-13 10:05 PM

REALLY! Elected City Council& Mayor are meeting with WJU AGAIN? Not a smart move for elected officials. The hearing was over yesterday. WJU met with elected officials once. Twice is over the limit. They better cancel that meeting.

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SURELY

Sep-04-13 8:40 PM

Oh now I get it...They want to mess up the neighborhood. And then tear every place down, like the homes WJU already tore down, as well as having vacant land and maybe it will become another downtown Wheeling. Or I mean Ghost town. Boo

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SURELY

Sep-04-13 8:34 PM

Really?: There are other options to build in an APPROPRIATE place. Tenants or home owners. Doesnt matter. Why mess up a OK neighborhood? There are not many decent places left in Whg to live. Why would you want to mess up a decent neighborhood? WJU is responsible for their own finances- not the Community. This is NOT vital for WJU survival. WJU has already started the move to the right place: Downtown! You see this area is designated for business. Obviously a thriving school there has figured this out years ago.

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mkhunt

Sep-04-13 12:06 PM

Oh the hypocrisy! WJU sold the right to drill on land donated with no consideration to the population living with flaring, water contamination, stream degradation, and VIOLENT criminal workers.Is bigger better? Residents of Harrisonburg, Va are now trying to live with BIG Housing for students...the lack of real jobs continues to be a problems. working as a fracker is a dead-end job with health impacts and fellow workers who are often ex-cons. man on man rapes are reported from sites and camps but then that is nothing new either in WV.We do not need more of WJU or the false thought and belief deviations from real Catholic theological doctrine. St Thomas Aquinas said evil can never be justified so the dirty gas money is the 30 pieces of silver of WJU.

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bloomin

Sep-04-13 11:06 AM

Triton is absolutely right. Would not be owned by WJU and could end up being section 8 housing. Look at what has happened to other areas, such as north park.

I see it as the owners wanting to protect the value of their property, and they have every right to, whether they live their, a relative lives there, or it is rented out. Notice that every house that goes on market in that neigborhood (if priced right) is pending within days. Clearly there are many other options.

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Hefner

Sep-04-13 9:30 AM

Miller said,"many business owners in the area look forward to increased foot traffic." I can only think of three businesses in the area and if the coffee shop is still down the street, the owner said he got no business from WJU. Triton's point is important.

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Hefner

Sep-04-13 9:19 AM

Is there any truth to the rumor that Wheeling's city streets are to be renamed after deceased Popes and the ceiling of the council chambers is to have a likeness of the Sistine Chapel?

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Triton

Sep-04-13 8:28 AM

Well thats interesting, it actually will not belong to WJU, it will belong to a private developer who will lease it to the university, and operate it. So if WJU tanks or shrinks the developer can do what they all do, section 8 it out as low income property. There are no guarantees that it will not happen. If the developer and the college have a falling out, the developer has an high rise apartment building to rent out to anyone. Sweet. This is such hogwash its an insult. Big whoop the Mount property belongs to Wheeling Hospital, so WJU should be dealing with them and not trying to crush a neighborhood of families. What, Wheeling Hospital doesn't want a high rise on their campus? Well neither does WJU. This is turning into a struggle for the survival of neighborhoods in Wheeling. If we can't live here why stay here? If there is no room for families in Wheeling why bother? Maybe we can get the Diocese to put up some company housing ala the coal industry.

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VincentVega

Sep-04-13 7:49 AM

A True Politician! Councilman Miller is sticking with his constituents; some are opposed to the zone change and some support the zone change.

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GETACLUE

Sep-04-13 7:23 AM

First off WJU does not own the old Mount property Wheeling Hospital does. Second they are looking to build ON CAMPUS OR JUST ADJACENT TO CAMPUS. While downtown might seem like a good idea it is not close to campus. Most of the homes on Washington ave are rental houses seems like the owners don't want any competition.

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OhValleyGuy

Sep-04-13 3:06 AM

I'm still curious as to why no one has thought to put student housing for post-grads downtown? Rejuvenate or replace several of the older buildings with housing. Either provide regular public transportation to the college from downtown, or provide them with parking at the school, as it should only take them 5 - 10 minutes max to drive between the two. This would put some life into the downtown area, support restaurants, stores and nightlife there, and maybe cause people to come back to downtown again if there's actually activity and life there! Why rezone an area and anger residents if you don't need to...The old Mount property or downtown are both smarter, better and more viable options.

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bloomin

Sep-04-13 12:57 AM

It seems like it would effect all the property owners, especially if WJU does not fill and it turns to low income housing. What are they doing with the Mt de Chantel property-isn't it now owned by the hospital? Whatever the solution, it should be made clear that it cannot ever become low income housing to protect the residents interest. They could also buy area homes for grad students to share.

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