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Council Members on Fence Over Proposed Apartments

September 18, 2013

WHEELING — After hearing pleas from both sides once again Tuesday, a majority of Wheeling City Council members have yet to take a stance in the ongoing Washington Avenue zoning controversy....

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Sep-18-13 1:29 AM

how about the Mount property for apartments

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Sep-18-13 6:13 AM

The Catholic Church under the auspice of Wheeling City Council could take over more East Wheeling property and build the apartments next to the Catholic ball fields. This Council and mayor do not represent the people of Wheeling and need to be voted out of office. Their performance has been a disgrace.

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Sep-18-13 6:30 AM

Fleming does not like having to defend WJU! How DARE you pesky residents question him!!

The residents should be concerned. The proposed structure will not be owned by WJU and graduate students will not be obligated to live there.

There are few family supporting jobs in the area.

So who can afford to live in those apartments? Why, the same HUD/Section 8/lowlife crowd that has taken over, and destroyed, almost every other neighborhood in Wheeling!

Will WJU even be in business in 5 years?

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Sep-18-13 8:23 AM

Notice that no one guaranteed that the apartments that can't be rented will not be filled by Section 8 welfare subsidized clients. Who would then drive away the grad students and there you are, a nice been public housing apartment in the middle of your neighborhood. The Church pretends to be pious and swell but will crush anyone without batting an eye. Bedway is not going to have vacate apts, he will fill them with locals. This is what granddad used to call a pig in a poke. WJU and the Diocese found room for a football field on campus, but not housing. And notice how the Diocese says it is not part of WJU and yet the Bishop kicked in the money and we had a swell ceremony of the Diocese and WJ breaking ground for the football field. WJU has the same business ethics as Enron. I cannot imagine what they point to as being good neighbors.

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Sep-18-13 10:20 AM

Smells like a ploy by the developer. Using WJU...Gets it rezoned, builds and then rents to anyone he wants. Something really smells here. And yes, WJU might not exist another 5 yrs. if one believes the constant hmmm.

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Sep-18-13 1:25 PM

First off, I do not support this zoning change. However, I must note, the City Council does not support this because of community opposition, demonstrated by a petition that has 120 signatures? Wheeling Water Warriors presented a petition against GreenHunter with over 300 signatures, and yet that plan seems just fine with City Council. We're worried about a few apartments, and NOT a toxic, radioactive plant? Where are the priorities here? SHAME ON THEM!

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Sep-18-13 4:31 PM

The Rev states they do not have any other options? Mt de Chantal is owned by Wheeling Hospital which is owned by the good ole Diocese of Wheeling Charleston. Ask Bishop Bransfield for his help. He just gave money for the ballfield at the way, that is the peoples money he gave. The Bishop has so much property, he doesn't know what to do with it. How about the Kepner property on National there is a perfect piece of property for a college living facility. The big problem with this situation is why does WJU need Bedway to build the condos? What is WJU and the diocese hiding behind now?

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Sep-18-13 6:05 PM

They are all in cahoots.

Remember that Mount and Wheeling Hospital's involvement? Wheeling Hospital, under a holding company name, paid $4.7 million for the Mount. By law, hospitals are required to file for a Certificate of Need Approval before purchasing anything beyond a specified amount (maybe $2 + million?)

Wheeling Hospital took over the Mount, lied about the condition, demolished the building and then filed their Certificate 11 months later. They were subject to a $5,000 fine.

There was a reason for this secrecy. They didn't want it to get out that the Mount was in play because a developer might have showed up and offered more money.

Those of you who think that the Church does not control Wheeling and have massive influence at WJU are mistaken. Father Julio was forced out for a few reasons (none fair) not the least of which was his desire to create a partnership between WJU and the Mount and use the Mount property for WJU classes/functions.

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Sep-18-13 6:08 PM

These apartments will most likely wind up being inhabited by a combination of HUD dwellers, grad students, international students and "diverse" individuals.

Washington Avenue is already very busy, especially when the 14 people who have jobs in Wheeling get off work at 5pm.

They will most likely need ANOTHER traffic light there and this will cause an even greater backup.

"Affordable" housing and "diversified" neighborhoods improve nothing. They DESTROY neighborhoods. The only diversity that should be considered is the diversity of working people and the only affordable housing should be what the market is willing to bear.

Wheeling needs MORE good paying jobs and LESS Detroit escapees.

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Sep-18-13 11:26 PM

All they need to do is say they will destroy a few blocks to add yet another playground and parking lot, and the entire City Council will jump on board.

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Sep-19-13 12:16 AM

How do you build a university without taking where you are going to house the students, then blame the community for your lack of vision and then look to impose yourself on their way of life-thereby making your way of life, easier?

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Sep-19-13 12:17 AM

sorry-"without taking into account"

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Sep-19-13 12:42 AM

All landlords have to do is be HUD approved to rent to persons on public assistance. I'm quite sure a lot already live there in some of the other properties. Another person suggested the mount property. that would be nice but I don't think it's for sale. Maybe WJU could buy property themselves instead of bringing in an out side company then they could call it a dorm. Oh..wait..that would make to much sense

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