What could save downtown?

What could save downtown?

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Harold Frankel

Hurricane, WV

#1 May 7, 2014
A Wal*Mart could save downtown. That's what.
With a big parking lot and maybe an adjacent Sams.
OK. Maybe a CostCo not a Sams.
And maybe not a WAL*MART but another equivalent type store.
Once we thought this type of store would ruin Huntington.
It may now fall to sores like this to safe the town.
Millions of dollars spent on Pullman and look at the nighttime crowds.
Virtually nonexistent. A bookstore? How 1950.
How about an IKEA?
At least I am not thinking Dollar General or Magic Mart.
Gosh

Huntington, WV

#2 May 7, 2014
Downtown is slowly coming along. Things are improving, not as quickly as we would all prefer but improving nonetheless.
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Fatty

Stuarts Draft, VA

#4 May 7, 2014
Maybe another place to eat so we can get fatter

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Since: Dec 12

Front Royal, VA

#5 May 7, 2014
Harold Frankel wrote:
A Wal*Mart could save downtown. That's what.
With a big parking lot and maybe an adjacent Sams.
OK. Maybe a CostCo not a Sams.
And maybe not a WAL*MART but another equivalent type store.
Once we thought this type of store would ruin Huntington.
It may now fall to sores like this to safe the town.
Millions of dollars spent on Pullman and look at the nighttime crowds.
Virtually nonexistent. A bookstore? How 1950.
How about an IKEA?
At least I am not thinking Dollar General or Magic Mart.
The right store:
There are already 3 Walmarts within 20 minutes of downtown, so even if they got the nod, they still wouldn't build there, the area could not support a 4th. Income-wise, our area could not afford a Costco, it would be in Teays valley before it would be in Htown. Ikea only works near major cities, there's simply not enough new building going on to support such a mammoth store, and besides, the home-decor style in Htown is 30 years behind what Ikea offers and htown shoppers are very conservative and unwilling to change. IMO, a full service Target would be the best move and maybe a Kohl's. But where would you put them?
Location:
Kinetic park is too close to the interstate, so then you'd be within 12 minutes of the ones already at the mall area. So it would have to be in the downtown grid and I dont see any area that could facilitate such large structures unless you go further east down 5th ave ( past Marshall) or further west on 4th ave (past 6th street)
But even if you were to accommodate them, other things come into play:
Bureaucracy:
1) You'd need to get city-council approval, good luck with that. With all of the old-money in town, those folks who own retail stores and commercial spaces would scream bloody hell and have the influence over the city council to vote against. Remember, it was those snooty bastards who denied a htown mall, giving B'ville all the revenue.
2) Tax incentives would have to be offered to a retailer to consider opening a retail store here. Huntington's not keen on cutting anyone breaks except the handful of people who own most of downtown.
3) Local unions, contractors, sub-contractors, inspectors, surveyors, materials etc. Local people are not often used because most of them are not licensed or bonded or qualified. The folks building for Marshall, St Mary's, Cabell Hospital, US Army Corp of Engineers buildings are primarily from out of state.
Logistics:
1) Parking and traffic. These places would need to offer their own parking lots. The gestapo metermaids have done a good job at scaring would-be shoppers away. The traffic flow-thru in the grid, especially on 3rd and 4th avenue was poorly conceived and the lights are not sequential.
2) Most of the residential area is on the south-side of the RR tracks. The viaducts flood every time we have a hard rain, making access to the downtown grid time consuming. Know what else is on the south-side? 5th street hill which puts you on the interstate in minutes, and back to the mall in 10.

It is true, retail is greatly needed downtown. There are no stores that target the Marshall demographic, and you have to travel to Bville for virtually everything. We need to expand the tax-payer base to repair htown and maintain it.
ProphetOfStupidi ty

New Port Richey, FL

#6 May 10, 2014
Harold Frankel wrote:
A Wal*Mart could save downtown. That's what.
With a big parking lot and maybe an adjacent Sams.
OK. Maybe a CostCo not a Sams.
And maybe not a WAL*MART but another equivalent type store.
Once we thought this type of store would ruin Huntington.
It may now fall to sores like this to safe the town.
Millions of dollars spent on Pullman and look at the nighttime crowds.
Virtually nonexistent. A bookstore? How 1950.
How about an IKEA?
At least I am not thinking Dollar General or Magic Mart.
There's only one thing that could save downtown... That's legalizing casinos
I agree

Huntington, WV

#7 May 10, 2014
Harold Frankel wrote:
A Wal*Mart could save downtown. That's what.
With a big parking lot and maybe an adjacent Sams.
OK. Maybe a CostCo not a Sams.
And maybe not a WAL*MART but another equivalent type store.
Once we thought this type of store would ruin Huntington.
It may now fall to sores like this to safe the town.
Millions of dollars spent on Pullman and look at the nighttime crowds.
Virtually nonexistent. A bookstore? How 1950.
How about an IKEA?
At least I am not thinking Dollar General or Magic Mart.
I would love to see ikea in huntington.
Just saying

Huntington, WV

#8 May 11, 2014
ProphetOfStupidity wrote:
<quoted text>There's only one thing that could save downtown... That's legalizing casinos
They should put the casinos in Lil Detroit when they knock down the projects on HGB. Close to the interstate, hospital, a few eating places.
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Since: Dec 12

Front Royal, VA

#11 May 11, 2014
Fitus T Bluster wrote:
People make cities not buildings, Huntington has a people problem.
how Plato of you. I agree.

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Since: Dec 12

Front Royal, VA

#12 May 11, 2014
I agree wrote:
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I would love to see ikea in huntington.
Simply not enough people, and our region is isolated, not near any major metropolis.
I have been to a couple and yes they are great stores, and a lot of their product line caters well to lower-income people. That being said, their line is still not cheap enough for the average income here, and the styling is WAY outside for the conservative approach to decor that is prevalent here.
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tear it down

United States

#15 May 11, 2014
tear it down and make a park out of it !!!!

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Since: Dec 12

Front Royal, VA

#16 May 11, 2014
tear it down wrote:
tear it down and make a park out of it !!!!
Yeah, and I start with the flea-bag hotel, the Pullman Plaza. Then Crack & Daves.

“Hey yall, watch this...”

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Since: Jun 10

Barboursville

#17 May 11, 2014
Family oriented entertainment...go kart track, murder mystery dinner theater, smaller family oriented retail shops, river boat dinner, lunch cruises on the river, anything to bring people and their children together!
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ProphetOfStupidi ty

New Port Richey, FL

#19 May 11, 2014
Fitus T Bluster wrote:
<quoted text>Would never work in a soon to be ghetto city.
Soon to be ghetto? Most of it already is.

I understand family entertainment. But a lot of cities have some of that and still struggle to attract jobs.

Huntington is a city of +/- 49,000 people in the city limits with +/- 365,000 living in the greater Huntington Tri-state area according to wikipedia.

A new strip mall or dollar tree or amusement park isn't really going to do much unless you built something on the scale of Six Flags or Disney World or something there.

They need to open up gambling in the city. And license it out to any establishment willing to host a slot machine... You never know. It could attract a larger company to open a closer race track or larger scale casino closer to the city.

Being within the city limits, it would only add to the city's tax revenue as any establishment hosting slot machines or what have you would be paying local taxes. Slot machines are big lures for visitors.. convince Barboursville to get on board, and there's room for expansion etc.

From there, you start advertising locally- particularly to areas farther away from other options... You could generate a relatively small,but profitable gambling tourism industry...

On top of that, the city could set aside some property in the city as a time-limited tax haven to add incentive to the pot to attract businesses to the area.

You'd need some action on the part of the governor's office to set it up.

But anyway. As it is, Huntington is full of substandard housing and limited job opportunities and local and federal government unwilling or incapable of doing much.

Hell, West Virginia is one of the least populous states. Open up the whole damn state like this... Turn it into a mini Hillbilly Vegas
An idea

Chesapeake, OH

#20 May 11, 2014
A pharmaceutical company could do great here. We graduate qualified science people out of Marshall and absolutely none of them can find work here and end up leaving. We have well educated science grads with no reason to stay here, form families, invest in our community. I'm a genius. I know.
Question

Huntington, WV

#21 May 25, 2014
Clean up the downtown area - get rid of the vagrants harassing people all over downtown and clean it once in a while, not just on Marshall's Graduation
bout rite

Charleston, WV

#22 May 26, 2014
Umm how bout another drug task force. Either that or open up some gun stores for all the blacks coming here..thats bout it
American-Heretic

Huntington, WV

#23 May 26, 2014
The only thing that could and will bring people and biz's back to Huntington is to GET RID of all the taxes and fees and all of the other crap the city keeps making up at random just to get more money from the people who live here and trust me they don't have any money nor Jobs....
Plus it would be damm nice if they fixed the roads and pot holes instead of just putting a bandaid on it..
Keno

Huntington, WV

#24 May 26, 2014
Free parking, stores downtown are very pricey keep the stores open later. Mayor can take a pay cut!
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Miss Practicality

Huntington, WV

#25 May 26, 2014
Pullman is open until 9. How late do they need to be open?
claberbell

United States

#26 May 26, 2014
A crack house or more crack houses downtownr

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