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gah

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Feb 27, 2012
They kicked out the slummers to make Shenandoah Park
legal or not

United States

#2 Feb 27, 2012
Eminent domain:

"Pursuant to Virginia statutes, any state institution may acquire by condemnation title to (i) land,(ii) any easement thereover or (iii) any sand, earth, gravel, water or other necessary material for the purpose of opening, constructing, repairing or maintaining a road or for any other authorized public undertaking"

Tourist view does not fit into the autorized category or any other category. this would be only for financial gain of a few. So if this property is seized then heads need to roll.
just kidding

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Feb 27, 2012
Waynesboro and Staunton have been crying the blues forever about tourism and jobs but have done nothing to expedite the cleanup of this scab of capitalism known as Afton. Any other community would have condemned the properties and under law would of forced the owner to clean this mess up. Here we see what one man with a few bucks and friends in low places can get away with.
Carrie Austin Eheart

Waynesboro, VA

#4 Feb 27, 2012
just kidding wrote:
Waynesboro and Staunton have been crying the blues forever about tourism and jobs but have done nothing to expedite the cleanup of this scab of capitalism known as Afton. Any other community would have condemned the properties and under law would of forced the owner to clean this mess up. Here we see what one man with a few bucks and friends in low places can get away with.
You are so right.In Augusta County where I reside,if my yard was full of old vehicles and half torn down buildings I would be forced to clean it up.It should be no different in this case. The vitality of our surrounding communities would be much better however if we revitalized this area.If you have a FB account please go to Afton Mountain Virginia.This is a very big deal to me as I have family members that were born in Afton and Sugar Hollow.
Carrie Austin Eheart

Waynesboro, VA

#5 Feb 27, 2012
You are so right.In Augusta County where I reside,if my yard was full of old vehicles and half torn down buildings I would be forced to clean it up.It should be no different in this case. The vitality of our surrounding communities would be much better however if we revitalized this area.If you have a FB account please go to Afton Mountain Virginia.This is a very big deal to me as I have family members that were born in Afton and Sugar Hollow.
Sue

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Feb 28, 2012
If Mr.Smith is so interested in cleaning up the area why not work at getting Mr.Dulaney low interest loans to be able to demolish or refurbish his buildings rather than take away hia property that has been in his family for so long.If the situations were reversed would Mr.Smith want his property taken by the government ? It seems to me like this is Blue Ridge Parkway all over again.I have read where they took all the farms from the settlers that were living there to make Blue Ridge Parkway,yet now there are people living all along those areas that the original owners were forced away from.
The land values in that area now are way up there so I am beginning to wonder if it isn't a dollar sign more so than a health issue that is causing Mr.Smith to want to have Mr.Dulaneys property taken fomr him.
overlooking

Free Union, VA

#7 Feb 28, 2012
this is so needed we need to get this grtat area cleaned up there is alot of interest to do so for many years now ! let do it now , please mr delaney make a effort to improve your property for the sake of THREE COUNTYS
GIVE BACK TO THE AREA YOU LOVE !
chevy on blocks

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Feb 28, 2012
Carrie Austin Eheart wrote:
You are so right.In Augusta County where I reside,if my yard was full of old vehicles and half torn down buildings I would be forced to clean it up.It should be no different in this case. The vitality of our surrounding communities would be much better however if we revitalized this area.If you have a FB account please go to Afton Mountain Virginia.This is a very big deal to me as I have family members that were born in Afton and Sugar Hollow.
are you sure about this, cause i have driven through augusta and have seen plenty of houses with old vehicles and half torn down houses in the yard.....
cville123

Waynesboro, VA

#9 Feb 28, 2012
It is time for Augusta County to man up. That area at night is nothing more than a crime ridden dump. The amount of drugs and prostitution that goes on at night is disgusting. Talk about a viable tax base with the new buisnesses that would come. Come on Augusta, its time
Edwin

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Feb 28, 2012
I agree that it is definitely an eyesore, it is a property primed for development, and it could be a real jewel. However, it's PRIVATE property, and therefore is up to the owner to decide it's fate.
Annette

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Feb 28, 2012
The owner is taking down the buildings, although slowly. Why don't they use the taxpayer money it would take to carry out eminent domain proceedings and help him finance demolishing the rest of the structures.
Denise Sites

Harrisonburg, VA

#12 Feb 28, 2012
FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! Someone sees that I see when I go thru that area...Mr. Dulaney has been talking about "fixing" up the area for several years...My opinion, as a tax payer for the State of Virginia, he either needs to ACT or he needs to GET OUT!! It's a shame that tourists see the ruin he has let happen. Step up Phil!!! Make us all happy and do something about your mess...Remember you were offered free labor, which you turned down...You refused to let UVA be a part of the clean up...Show us you WILL clean the area up!!
Liberalace

Lynchburg, VA

#13 Feb 28, 2012
Well, Mr. Smith, you know what they say about opinions. If you want to open the door for government to seize private property for "tourism," you should perhaps stick to furniture...something you know.
By your view, we should also seize the old Virginia Metalcrafters eyesore.
R.I.P.: Karl Wallenda
Jennifer

Waynesboro, VA

#14 Feb 28, 2012
I agree with Smith, this property is an embarrassment to the valley! clean it up! do something with it, sell it if you don't want to take care of your land! that property could be used for so many things, most importantly, introducing travelers to the valley, encouraging tourists to spend money in the valley! good job Smith, keep up the good work!
sherryb

Waynesboro, VA

#15 Feb 28, 2012
Mr. Dulaney, we do have inmates sitting in a cell that need to be productive. Yes, I understand that no one wants the goverment to take your property but someone has to take responsiblity for the condition of the property. Mr. Dulany has sat and sat and let it get so bad. Sell it and make a profit to live on for the rest of your life! Chalk it up as a lesson learned.
Sarg

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Feb 28, 2012
This story is a perfect example of why the Virginia Legislature is trying (and will very likely succeed) in restricting eminent domain seizings in Virginia. Is there any plan to locate a park or other public venue there? No. Just somebody who is upset over a bunch of crumbling buildings. If they are really a hazard to life or health (which should probably be looked into), the Health Dept. could initiate condemnation proceedings; but the property would still belong to the present owner. We DO still have property rights in Virginia.
HookUp

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Feb 28, 2012
We need to hook Mr. Delaney up with Donald Trump. I can see it now, Trump Mountain Resort!
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Feb 28, 2012
HookUp wrote:
We need to hook Mr. Delaney up with Donald Trump. I can see it now, Trump Mountain Resort!
Excellent idea! Trump Afton Casino!
Plan B

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Feb 28, 2012
Make it a toll road and use the money to clean up property,Then those that are complaining can say they helped,other than running their mouth about some else's property.
CT in VA

Penn Laird, VA

#20 Feb 28, 2012
Denise Sites wrote:
FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! Someone sees that I see when I go thru that area...Mr. Dulaney has been talking about "fixing" up the area for several years...My opinion, as a tax payer for the State of Virginia, he either needs to ACT or he needs to GET OUT!! It's a shame that tourists see the ruin he has let happen. Step up Phil!!! Make us all happy and do something about your mess...Remember you were offered free labor, which you turned down...You refused to let UVA be a part of the clean up...Show us you WILL clean the area up!!
You are ABSOLUTELY correct- he's been talking about this for years. Look how long it took to get the old burned down motel demolished. I'm sure this costs money, but it is a SHAME to let such a beautiful area be so ugly. I'm glad attention is being brought to this again.

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