Divided Huntington WV Council Caves to Audience Preference

Members of Huntington City Council apparently fell to the will of the standing room only crowd and therein abandoned an opportunity for the always gasping general fund to gain a breather.


One the table: Rezoning a piece of industrial property barren for 20 plus years. The option: A gated apartment complex of up to 130. The worry: Will the upper middle to upper class amenities sink into strips of low income project styled housing? Neighborhood complaints summed to size, turnover, density, and traffic.

Ray Browning, a frequent council commentator, told the body, “they had a tiger by the tail,” then, asked that they imagine their own dwelling “across the street from this complex.”

While one woman said her family would “move” if council approved the project, Pat Simmons expressed a widely mentioned suggestion “that I’m not asking it be shut down,” just “downsize to something more suitable.”

Read more at Huntington News


About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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