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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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Oct-01-13 1:43 PM

Time for getting a law suit together and also putting the pressure on WJU and the Diocese...this is where the feet meet the street,be a man don't be a the course of our nation's history we have been called to stand up to defend our homes and this is definitely the time use economic and other pressure to stop the take over.Remember the Mount!

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Oct-01-13 2:12 PM

Good decision that most of the neighborhood endorses it's a shame a few nags and jealous people try to ruin progress. We see now that council wants to move city forward and the old nags just want it to stay same old same old. This will be a nice addition to the ave ! I know businesses and the young progressive people love it thank you council !

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Oct-01-13 3:38 PM

I hope David Miller considers running for Mayor at some point.

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Oct-01-13 3:53 PM

Who got to Atkinson? This will stand among the many stupid decisions of this Mayor and council.

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Oct-01-13 4:00 PM

And what would that lawsuit purport? Colleges in neighborhoods naturally grow if a need is there. Neighborhoods nearby will change with that growth. And the majority of colleges I assume are good neighbors. Change is difficult but not the end of the world...

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Oct-01-13 5:10 PM

I'm proud of the council persons that voted no on this issue. You had to know the Mayor would go against the people because the Catholics own him. You see what happens when you compromise yourself like the mayor has done; he no longer has his own voice. The other council persons that voted for the issue are just weak lilly liveried ignoramouses.

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Oct-01-13 6:07 PM

WJU might make good neighbors, unless you live in their path to the alpha. And the neighbors would not be upset if WJU owned the buildings, but they did not wish to expand or take on the project. So the neighborhood is left with the possibility of HUD or gas workers, neither of which is an appetizing choice.

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Oct-01-13 6:21 PM

The people of Wheeling should publicly shun the Mayor and the group of cronies that voted with him on this debt vote. Washington Avenue will soon be the image of East Wheeling.

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Oct-01-13 7:28 PM

Why are WJU and the developer not willing to provide data on housing demand for graduate students?

Why are they not willing to sign a guarantee-no mixed income, HUD, Section 8 or other welfare program?

I tell you why-the developer gets paid either way and WJU pockets some money and drives down property rates for the remainder of that section of Washington Avenue.

Take a look around Wheeling. Go to Kroger on Mt. De Chantal Road today or tomorrow. New faces that you KNOW are not working (they are no jobs). Where did they come from? Why are they here?

To take advantage of free stuff, which the Catholic Church just loves!

Funny but I don't see WJU moving the homeless into their dorms.

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Oct-01-13 9:59 PM

So you see someone at the grocery you have never seen? What are you afraid of? The Church has a mission to help the poor, and they do it well. The nation is in an economic mess with no jobs. WJU housing the homeless==that's not what the college is for and they help in other ways through their student volunteers. Stop with the negativity. This should be a good change.

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Oct-01-13 10:31 PM


I see people who are obviously not here to work. Having new residents who do not work is a negative for a community. See: Cleveland, Detroit, Steubenville.

No town wants Section 8 residents. These people bring no tax revenue but they DO bring crime, disease and a drop in property values.

It is not new faces that trouble me. A Kroger full of Asian doctors would make me very happy indeed.

But Wheeling seems to be focused on subtraction by subtraction.

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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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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 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 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 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 6:50 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 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 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 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 9:54 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 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 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 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 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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