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Morgantown Planning Commission Makes Decision on Apartment Complex

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The Morgantown Planning Commission gathered Thursday night to make their decision regarding the proposed apartment complex on the corner of Willey and Spruce street.

This issue was first brought up at the Meeting on May 8th.

Developers James Giulaini of JKL Rentals, LLC and David and Richard Biafora of Metro Properties filed a lawsuit on the city claiming there were violations of the zoning and building requirements.

After many questions and concerns, Campus Acquisition Student Living returned to the meeting Thursday night with a revised plan for the complex.

The complex would hold 92 units and stand at 11 stories tall.

As per request, a traffic impact study was done and revealed it would increase traffic on Spruce Street by 2%.

It also revealed no major changes to the building would be necessary. There were updates made from the previous proposal that would make it easier to enter and exit the parking lot.

It was also found that the building would in fact meet the standards of a mixed use building that is required for that location.

The complex would increase tax revenues by $250,000, as well as provide more job opportunities. Those in favor of the addition say it will help economic growth in the downtown area.

"I like High Street a lot and it has a lot of character but it also could use some more development and it has a lot of potential for that but there simply aren't enough students and enough people living downtown to really sustain that type of growth" said WVU Student Body President, Chris Nyden.

Some issues were still present such as what would be done with parking. There would not be enough spots in the lot to accommodate all residents, so they would have to use the 24 hour parking lots that are downtown.

Those who were not in favor of the apartment complex said it could hurt the historical legacy that currently exists downtown.

"There's two historical homes that are over a hundred and twenty five years old across the street. It really gives an attractive entrance to Morgantown. I think that high density building will change everything there" said Morgantown citizen, Meredith Kiger.

The proposal was denied by a vote of five to three. Members of the Planning Commission stated a building of that magnitude would not be suitable for that area.

The decision will not be eligible for appeal.

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