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Neighborhood Association Meets to Discuss Plans for Sunnyside

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The Wiles Hill-Highland Park Neighborhood Association met with representatives from WVU Wednesday night to discuss the University's purchase of the Sunnyside area.

The university purchased several tracts of land not too long ago, and now they have the plans for what they will turn the area into.

Residents of Wiles Hill met with two WVU representatives to discuss plans and see what exactly would be done to the property that is close to their neighborhood. The reps presented their plans, and then answered questions from residents. Some residents have differing opinions on the plans.

"We have concerns with the parking, what that's going to do to the quality of life in our neighborhood. We have concerns about the traffic, we have concerns about safety... we have concerns about a lot of things that we have not been asked to have input in, we are very concerned about this," said Roger Banks, a resident of Wiles Hill.

On the opposite side, David McKain, also a resident, sees the positives in the plan.

"I think there are some positives to the developments coming in because with the moving students, increasing the density of students in Sunnyside helps to take some pressure off the neighborhoods. Converting single family housing into rentals sort of devalues the property and it makes the quality of life go down in the neighborhood, so it does help to take some of that pressure off," said McKain.

On the bottom floor of the residence hall there will be a restaurant, grocery store, and exercise facility.

WVU plans to have the residence hall open by the fall semester of 2014.

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