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Split Council OKs Apartment Zoning

Major hurdle cleared for Washington Avenue project

October 2, 2013

WHEELING — A bare majority of City Council voted Tuesday to rezone a large stretch of Washington Avenue for high-density residential use despite the strident objections of many residents who fear a......

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Jan-12-14 12:20 PM

Atkinson had to be bought....It smells of crooked politics. Vote him out

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Oct-03-13 1:57 AM

Who all on City Council has associations with WJU and had the nerve to vote on this? Maybe this is the Catholic WJU way. They have had reputation issues lately.

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Oct-02-13 10:33 PM

Atkinson was bought. McKenzie has been bought. The question is, are you going to vote?

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Oct-02-13 9:23 PM

I am very disappointed with this vote and this council, once again money talks and the horrible vile bishop gets his way. Classic how Mr A says he will not vote yes then turns around and votes yes, i really hope none of these members expects to be re-elected

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Oct-02-13 7:06 PM

Bishop Zubick, who has been bishop of Pittsburgh since 2006, lives at St. Paul's Seminary. The Pittsburgh diocese previously used a 39-room mansion in Shadyside (a very nice neighborhood) as the Bishop's residence. Bishop Zubick, however, felt that he had to set an example. Since churches had to be closed or consolidated and since the Diocese was hurting financially, the Bishop moved into the seminary and the Diocese sold the mansion for $2 million.

When will Wheeling's arrogant bishop follow this example?

I realize that most parish priests do not take a vow of poverty but c'mon, man! Even politicians occasionally feel the need to LOOK modest!

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Oct-02-13 7:03 PM

WJU is full of ****e.

Their endowment is about $20 million. By comparison, some guy gave Carnegie-Mellon $50 million a few years ago. And that was just one person, in one year.

To send your son or daughter for an education that will run them roughly $140,000 is laughable. Go to community college for 2 years, transfer to West Liberty, graduate with very low debt.

It is true that the jury is still out on WJU/McAteer's skimming of federal grant money. The U may be facing massive repayments/legal fees. They will also lose future grants.

They can't manage their business properly and so they have branched out into the HUD arena.

Of course WJU supports illegal immigration, massive welfare programs and ObamaCare. This means more money in their pockets!

The Bishop sure lives a nice life. Big house, $1 million wine cellar, personal chef, young men hanging out in his garden, etc.

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Oct-02-13 6:41 PM

shows what Jesuit thinks about the residence.....after the Mount........, very sad....But the bishop does have a private talks in whg

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Oct-02-13 3:36 PM

Why not a provisional zone variance, like the City have given small businesses in residential areas in the past.

If the Apartment Housing would be converted from campus dormitory-style housing in the future, or the College would stop operating it, the new owner/tenant would need to obtain a new variance from the zoning board to operate a different business?

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Oct-02-13 1:06 PM

While they are at it, why not build a Bar or two; Then they won't have to go far for for a drink.Some call it progress, but others just call it "Land Grabbing" Now the bishop can feel more important.

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Oct-02-13 12:50 PM

The last WJU President, who was from private industry and has excellent credentials, apparently saw the situation was a hopeless financial/legal mess and departed.

WJU may be turning to operating section 8 housing as a way to make money and save the school. This probably will not work.

Byrd and Mollohan are not around to protect them for the Feds.

WJU has only a very small endowment. They were using Fed grants illegally for operations; out of desperation.

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Oct-02-13 12:49 PM

PEOPLE JESUIT IS NOT GROWING. THEY LIED. Look at the statistics at IPED that they report themselves. THERE IS NO GROWTH....NONE.....

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Oct-02-13 12:48 PM

Atkinson is a coward. WJU should have built it themselves. A 3rd party only allows Bedway to be a slum lord. Henry only voted for it because his daughter works for admissions at WJU. He shouldn't even have been allowed to vote because he had personal stake in the vote. PEOPLE OF WHEELING, You laughed at Berisford, Bell, Coogan, and Bishop when they said, who are these guys? You know who these guys are? They are guys that even in losing are still out there helping their neighborhoods, which is more than the Faheys and the McKenzies....YOU KNOW, THOSE PEOPLE "you" VOTE in by their last name do. QUIT VOTING in uneducated tow truck drivers and maybe you can get an educated vote that isn't biased by big business. #PAYMENTSUNDERTHETABLE

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Oct-02-13 11:34 AM

Remember your vote only counts if you use it but with computers, they know where special groups can get their way with no real threat of repercussion from the people. Get the vote out next time and vote them all out.

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Oct-02-13 10:34 AM

Did you really think that council would listen to the people it "represents" hah wake up. I see that its ok to have mixed use (hud) except in my back yard no one complained much when they waisted all that money on 33rd street, 3.2 million I think it was. You say remember at voting time really? Have you seen who votes mostly no one hardly ever goes to 50% or more and you have to get rid of like 4 of them because Imer and couple others dont make majority

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Oct-02-13 10:11 AM

Pray to god something burns down wow what a hateful sad person u must be I feel sorry for u

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Oct-02-13 9:54 AM

WJU has tons of empty dorm rooms. Cant they be redone into a apts. for the grad students. WJU doesn't take care of the property they own on Washington ave now. Sad day for our neighborhood!!

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Oct-02-13 9:19 AM

Wow it's a good thing none of you people with your fear mongering have any say in this town. I would be willing to bet that most on here do not even live in this city. God bless the city for making the smart choices and keep the hate that u people spew away from the good sensible people on the ave .

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Oct-02-13 9:09 AM

Just wait until the apartments get built. Then watch them not get filled with WJU students. Then they will be rented to anyone. The scam the rezoning teaming with WJU but real goal was just to get rezoning so he could build more apartments. Wow.

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Oct-02-13 8:18 AM

Well there is Wheeling in a nutshell. There is no wondering why the town cannot emerge from darkness, it is just a series of special interest groups feeding on the people. That they will run out of people seems to not be a worry. The out the pike people always thought they were above it all but in the last two years special interest groups have targeted their homes and families, it is not meant for anyone to survive city government. Surprise is on you.

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Oct-02-13 6:50 AM

As the saying, "follow the money" it will show up next election cycle. West Virginia is on a slow track of getting rid of corruption in the politics of the state but it still takes your vote at the ballot box. The old boys club is made up of egos, money and greed and not for the benefit of the citizens.

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Oct-02-13 6:41 AM

Government is no longer for the people but for special interest and the money to support their growth. Too many elected officals are a front for special interest groups and not for the people. Next election take back your city.

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Oct-02-13 6:29 AM

The Bishop is all about $$$$. Just the beginning for more "Bedway" development....the door is now open!

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Oct-02-13 5:59 AM

Wheeling Jesuit is a sideshow at a three ring circus and has been since Father Acker left. The direction of the university is constantly many presidents have they had in how many years???? Total ridiculousness! Investing in ANYTHING related to Wheeling Jesuit is a HUGE MISTAKE! Hopefully their direction won't change again or the people on Washington Avenue will have a whole apartment complex full of HUD. And make no mistake, President Fleming won't be concerned with being a good neighbor unless there's something in it for him. I believe he's already made the statement that he didn't know why he needed to justify this project or something of that nature. And shame on the council members who didn't listen to the people whom they were elected to serve. Residents, remember that on Election Day.

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Oct-02-13 12:39 AM

WJU is in deep financial and( criminal) legal trouble. What will happen when they fold which is probable. Their Fed grants are being pulled now. There was all sorts of fraud at WJU with Fed money. Student accommodations are not usually section 8.

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Oct-02-13 12:27 AM

Another example of coal barons steamrollering over the wishes of the majority, a far too common situation in this Godforsaken state. I would have thought WJU would have had better sense than to enter into this kind of lopsided agreement. Guess not.

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