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Old 05-07-2014, 08:10 PM
 
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Maybe Biafore should partner with Sheetz!! I mean..Sheetz aren't eyesores at all....
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:16 PM
 
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His developments are not all eyesores. Suncrest is outstanding in many respects. Pierpont is nice too.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:13 PM
 
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CT - was talking more about the Sheetz moreso than big Dave. Nothing can be more of an eyesore than the monstrosity. Of town homes Dan Ryan is going to drop across from the STC. More transient housing on a formally beautiful hillside... on the busiest stretch of road in the area? Approved!
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:31 AM
 
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We have to face the facts. We literally can't have everything. This area is primed for continued growth... conservatively projected to be 20% over the next 10 years. Unlike other, less fortunate areas in the state, the ingredients are here that make that growth inevitable. Also unlike those areas, we do not have limitless space for expansion because unlike them we have not lost masses of population and our geographic confines are much more restricted in the first place. That growth has to go someplace, and it is going to go where there is available space in town, or it will happen outside of city limits.

If the growth happens outside of city limits, it will have minimal effect on the city's tax base. The way I see it, we have a lot of underutilized space here (the VFW is an example there... the area on University Ave. where the Sheetz is going in and near there is another). Not everything that goes in will be done with an eye to beautification. In my opinion, rather than getting up in arms about an inevitable Sheetz, we should be getting on City Council to get rid of the hideous sewage pumping station down by Deckers Creek, pushing them to take a tougher stance on dilapidated properties (the new developments will make more efficient use of space and replace the lost beds there) and pushing for infrastructure and park system improvements.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:54 AM
 
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According to the paper this morning, it sounds like the new 11-story building is not going to happen. Only one person spoke in favor of it. I'm sure someone else will propose something different for the site.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:47 AM
 
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According to the paper this morning, it sounds like the new 11-story building is not going to happen. Only one person spoke in favor of it. I'm sure someone else will propose something different for the site.
The out of state developer is at a decided disadvantage, and he is facing orchestrated opposition while not having the local resources to match it. His idea is a great one, but it is being derailed, in part because our council is dominated by those influenced by local real estate interests. The real benefit to the community and The University is not the determining factor here. The effects on local competition predominate.

Biafora has a lot of influence due to his money. Of course, he doesn't like competition when he isn't the one providing it. At the same time, he has shown a readiness to take his development outside of the city limits when it suits his purpose. He has less control over the actions of others there, but he can orchestrate things much better within the confines of a council room. Note that a lot of the opposition came from his church partners in the neighboring housing development.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:00 AM
 
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Rot in hell David Biafora.

Just frustrating.

I mean sure the vote can still be put up in June but I can't see it happening now. What purpose does downtown Morgantown serve with an old VFW building compared to an 11 story building practically next door to the university?
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:42 AM
 
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I mean, if anyone is in favor of the development, go down to the Planning Department and give a positive comment. Heck, even an email is fine. Just because Biafora rounded up 10-15 people in opposition, it doesn't mean the project is dead.
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:03 AM
 
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I mean, if anyone is in favor of the development, go down to the Planning Department and give a positive comment. Heck, even an email is fine. Just because Biafora rounded up 10-15 people in opposition, it doesn't mean the project is dead.
Although I understand Biafora's opposition, and don't think he is a bad guy per se, I do not support his stand on this matter.

Actually, I am in favor of this project and certainly would comment. Do you happen to have a link for the Planning Commission?
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:13 AM
 
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How many beds at his church project? and how many parking spaces? It is certainly not a 1:1 ratio, nor would I appreciate a 1:1 ratio in a town that is choked with traffic at times. Such limited parking projects are the only way to reduce the vehicle-load on our roads... and this limited parking should not be frowned upon. I'm writing a letter to the DP, I hope those of you who would like to see this project get a fair shake do the same.
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