Process Underway to Transfer 19 Acres to HMDA

Updated 4 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Transfer of riverfront property to HMDA by the City of Huntington will be on the Huntington Municipal Development Authority agenda when the group meets at 4 p.m. in Huntington City Council chambers. It's agenda also includes financial updates from Tom Bell, executive director.

At the Thursday Council work session, Bell agreed with Mayor Steve Williams that "This is a routine matter that meets the exact reason (HMDA) was created in the first place."

Located in the West End and zoned industrial, buzz has ran high that eventually a barge facility will be allowed there.

Councilman Pete Gillespie, who represents District 2, expressed objections to the prospective barge facility at an earlier council meeting, stating that West End residents voice similar objections to those in Westmoreland. However, he voted in favor of settling the lawsuit with Huntington Marine. The terms remain confidential.

The HMDA transfer does not authorize a specific development on the 19 acres, only that the Authority will seek a developer.

Council will vote on the matter at the 7:30 p.m. meeting, which will allow public comment from those favoring or opposing the decision.
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