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Old 06-11-2013, 07:03 PM
 
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The primary stumbling block isn't investors, it's the guy who owns the best location wanting about 5x more for his property than it is worth.
He could make money if he decided to invest in the property as well.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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At 77 years of age and $20 billion in net worth, unfortunately, I think that would be too small of a project for him. He could probably get a pretty good tax break donating the land but he doesn't seem to be much interested in that either.

Carl Icahn - Forbes
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:17 PM
 
Location: WV/Va/Ky/Tn
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Charleston and Huntington are separate markets that do pull from an overlap in Teays Valley but there are enough people on the outer edges that each could fulfill a separate niche for minor league baseball. Each did for years with little difficulty.

With regards to state championships and conferences, that is a competitive process that whichever city puts the best package together when the contract is up, wins. Nothing is ever a given with any such event. Wheeling often bids on all of the state tournaments as each one is a nice little boost to the local economy. I think if Huntington becomes more attractive in this regard, it only helps us.

Even outside of state championships, the Huntington Hounds could have a nice tournament at the field each year as could the local American Legion team (both summer baseball) or even the high school teams. The civic arena here could even work with the Huntington Prep Express to bring a nice prep tournament here and to even play some of their games there if they would focus more on using the basketball court they purchased from the old field house which used to be Marshall's. In fact, St. Joes just moved their tournament to the civic arena this past year. If they would be creative like this, it would only be good for the city.
I think the bidding practice for the Super 6 State Football Championships needs changed. I'm not knocking Wheeling as a city, but Southern high school teams and even Eastern Panhandle high school teams are put at a disadvantage travel wise. For example Perennial contender Bluefield has a 4 hour, 48 minute travel time to Wheeling. I think to be fair to the whole state, the Championship should be rotated every year to Martinsburg, Huntington, Charleston, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Bluefield, Beckley, Clarksburg, and Wheeling. Every other high school championship is contended in Charleston, either put the football championship back in Charleston or rotate the other sports as well.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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Also the team in Washington PA is not part of the affiliated minor league baseball system. They are part of the independent Frontier League and the independent leagues have no ties to the MLB teams. If a team is an affiliate of a MLB team, the MLB team pays the players salaries, pays the coaches, training materials/equipment etc. If a team is independent, they are responsible for all of those costs on their own.

There is no territory policies between the independent leagues and the affiliated leagues. So it doesn't matter how close an independent team and an affiliated team are located geographically.

It would be nice to see Icahn donate the land to the university and/or the city but as it was mentioned, he doesn't seem to have an interest in that. To be honest, given Icahn's business interests, I'm surprise he even knows that he still owns that property.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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The primary stumbling block isn't investors, it's the guy who owns the best location wanting about 5x more for his property than it is worth.
You're going to have that anywhere. Face it, if you owned the property and you knew there was public interest in acquiring it, wouldn't that alter what you thought it was worth? If this is to work for Huntington (as anywhere else) it will take a team effort likely between private investors, the city, the county, and Marshall. One of those entities will have to pony up the funds to buy the property. That same entity will likely hold title to the stadium. That does not mean several couldn't share in its use.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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Here is some recent info on the mayor's business plans for the city. The baseball stadium is briefly mentioned again.
Mayor connects sports to business | The Herald-Dispatch
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Very encouraging to hear some points from the Plan 2025.

Mayor sees city plan as dynamic blueprint | The Herald-Dispatch

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HUNTINGTON -- Annexing undeveloped land for new housing construction, targeting decaying areas that are ripe for economic development and relying on the strengths of existing neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown could fuel population growth in Huntington for the next several decades, Mayor Steve Williams said Monday.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:34 AM
 
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Very encouraging to hear some points from the Plan 2025.

Mayor sees city plan as dynamic blueprint | The Herald-Dispatch
Also, this information will be available on the city website within the next couple weeks for anyone who is interested.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:37 PM
 
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The plan is actually available now:

ISSUU - DRAFT Plan2025: The Future of Huntington by City of Huntington
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:03 PM
 
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