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Old 02-16-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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According to the Dominion Post http://ee.dominionpost.com/Repositor...DP20120216.pdf

Among other developments, FEOH Realty would like to put in a baseball park and a new access road to the University Town Center with a new exit on I-79. The park would be for a semi-pro baseball team (presumably) like the Washington (Pa) Wild Things. WVU Baseball would also be a primary tenant.

Oh and don't worry, due to the topography of the parcel, you wouldn't actually be able to see Walmart from the stands.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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New exit? Wow who is paying for this???
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:16 PM
 
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It appears as though the development needs State approval as they will probably establish a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District to pay for most of the infrastructure work. It will be a mix of TIF and private development by FEOH Realty. It seems as if Morgantown might get help from Charleston if the new exit (Exit 154 presumably) comes to fruition!

And I know Chris isn't starting it, but please don't let this thread get hijacked with cries of neglect of NCWV. Let's just keep this one positive, please, as this is a wonderful development and one sorely needed (especially the access road).
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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It appears as though the development needs State approval as they will probably establish a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District to pay for most of the infrastructure work. It will be a mix of TIF and private development by FEOH Realty. It seems as if Morgantown might get help from Charleston if the new exit (Exit 154 presumably) comes to fruition!

And I know Chris isn't starting it, but please don't let this thread get hijacked with cries of neglect of NCWV. Let's just keep this one positive, please, as this is a wonderful development and one sorely needed (especially the access road).
Agree 100% This is a positive addition for Morgantown and an additional exit should happen with some kind of connection to Westover.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:35 PM
 
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It appears as though the development needs State approval as they will probably establish a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District to pay for most of the infrastructure work. It will be a mix of TIF and private development by FEOH Realty. It seems as if Morgantown might get help from Charleston if the new exit (Exit 154 presumably) comes to fruition!

And I know Chris isn't starting it, but please don't let this thread get hijacked with cries of neglect of NCWV. Let's just keep this one positive, please, as this is a wonderful development and one sorely needed (especially the access road).
I think it's about time they built some much needed infrastructure here. Look at the hugely expensive new bridge they recently built in Charleston. We have outstanding growth going on in our area. It is the state's responsibility to support that. They are getting mega tax dollars from here. I'm not saying that to complain about Charleston, but the need here is obvious. Besides, it isn't like Charleston would be spending any of their own money.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:39 PM
 
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Agree 100% This is a positive addition for Morgantown and an additional exit should happen with some kind of connection to Westover.
I think the exit should tie into the potential to extend I68 through western Monongalia to Moundsville. That tie in along with completing the upgrade of WV2 from Weirton to Huntington would open up valuable Ohio Vallen industrial capacity to new markets in an efficient manner, and the I68 part would be accomplished with 90% Federal funding.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:42 PM
 
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It appears as though the development needs State approval as they will probably establish a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District to pay for most of the infrastructure work. It will be a mix of TIF and private development by FEOH Realty. It seems as if Morgantown might get help from Charleston if the new exit (Exit 154 presumably) comes to fruition!

And I know Chris isn't starting it, but please don't let this thread get hijacked with cries of neglect of NCWV. Let's just keep this one positive, please, as this is a wonderful development and one sorely needed (especially the access road).
Yep, that pretty well sums it up. Besides, if I'm not mistaken, the TIF program isn't really financed by the state. It simply allows for improvements on a tax exempt basis. I'm not certain about that though. What makes this an especially good idea is WVU is going to have to build new baseball facilities in any case, so if this is handled properly that would eliminate the need for that. NCWV would easily support a good minor league team just as Washington PA does. That facility in Washington is beautiful. It could also be used for other events besides baseball here and draw good crowds.

I wonder who would be sponsoring the minor league team?
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:35 PM
 
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I think it's about time they built some much needed infrastructure here. Look at the hugely expensive new bridge they recently built in Charleston. We have outstanding growth going on in our area. It is the state's responsibility to support that. They are getting mega tax dollars from here. I'm not saying that to complain about Charleston, but the need here is obvious. Besides, it isn't like Charleston would be spending any of their own money.
That hugely expensive bridge was built to solve a traffic problem,one that still plagues the area even after its construction. It's not like they built it with a field of dreams philosophy. The capacity was already being exceeded by a lot and commuters needed the extra bridge. Despite many North Central resident's belief that Charleston is a dying town, they couldn't be more wrong. The rather stagnant population of Charleston over the last 30 years doesn't take into consideration the population boom in the Valley, where many of the Charleston Metro area workers choose to reside. Once you get west of Nitro, it's basically one giant suburb until you reach Barboursville, with constant development and improvement.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:58 PM
 
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That hugely expensive bridge was built to solve a traffic problem,one that still plagues the area even after its construction. It's not like they built it with a field of dreams philosophy. The capacity was already being exceeded by a lot and commuters needed the extra bridge. Despite many North Central resident's belief that Charleston is a dying town, they couldn't be more wrong. The rather stagnant population of Charleston over the last 30 years doesn't take into consideration the population boom in the Valley, where many of the Charleston Metro area workers choose to reside. Once you get west of Nitro, it's basically one giant suburb until you reach Barboursville, with constant development and improvement.
You are right the bridge didnt solve the traffic problems because it was needed 20 years ago. Morgantown needs much more than is being given.

Charleston is stagnant, and so is Kanawa county, take a look: http://2010.census.gov/news/img/cb11cn114_wv_perchange_2010map.jpg (broken link)

We still dont want to see you Charleston being denied infrastructure. We support the whole state.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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And I know Chris isn't starting it, but please don't let this thread get hijacked with cries of neglect of NCWV. Let's just keep this one positive, please, as this is a wonderful development and one sorely needed (especially the access road).
This is still my favorite quote from this thread!
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