Army report foresees 'no significant ...

Army report foresees 'no significant impact' from proposed Fort Lee hotel

There are 19 comments on the Progress-Index story from Feb 26, 2010, titled Army report foresees 'no significant impact' from proposed Fort Lee hotel. In it, Progress-Index reports that:

The Army has released its proposed report on the potential environmental impact of a proposed 1,000-room military hotel at Fort Lee, finding that the facility will have "no significant impact" on the area's environment, including the economy.

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john

Wilsonville, OR

#1 Feb 27, 2010
this is just another way of takeing the resourses
from hopewell, petersburg,prince george,an colonial hights and not putting money back in the comunities. they tell us to get ready we spend our money in hope for a return and a profit. now afees and mwr are the only ones who will make a profit from our investments they lied in the begening and too the bitter end. they build on post stores, food wholesellers, restraunts, hotels, laundry and
give free transportation so no money has too leave post . but take our resourses from schools, hospitals,roads, traffic ,and pay taxes to their home state not ours they make their own rules with an unlimited amount of our tax dollars and we have no say and this is fair HOW !!!!!!!!!!
Uptight

United States

#2 Feb 27, 2010
Well, well. John thinks that the vast (sarcasm) resources of the tri-cities and area Counties are all going to be sucked into a giant black hole called Ft. Lee. Sorry to disappoint you, John, but even with a 1000 room hotel facility on post, there will be a large, positive economic impact from the increased population (and personal finances) of those soldiers, sailors, marines, and air force personnel, and civilians stationed and working at Ft. Lee. I can see that some of the area's resources involved in your English education also 'fell through the cracks', as demonstrated by your very poetic post. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised in the next couple of years with the amount of economic improvements sustained by the area localities because of the expansion of Ft. Lee. Apparently, you have never been in the military. Soldiers, especially trainees, can't wait to get 'off post' for a weekend as it gets them away from their day to day work, and they will spend their monies outside of the post. Big things are coming to the area, and everyone will benefit from them.
Billy Bob

Danville, VA

#3 Mar 2, 2010
So why is it that everyone complains about Fort Lee? Sounds as if you are just worried that the civilian market will lose some $$$$. No one told these business people to build too many hotels--they did that purely on speculation. In this case it didn't go too well. No one around here especially seems to be welcoming to the military but threaten to take the money away and the locals are all up in arms. By the way, I have been military part of my life and civilian part of my life so I see this objectively.
Star Gate

Powhatan, VA

#4 Mar 10, 2010
It will be more people the police can ticket for more forced taxes.
They can lie in wait at the bars to arrest them and ruin their careers!
More people the cities can be mean to.
Goochland pays how much in taxes? Pringe George, Hopewell, Petersburg pays how much?
Really rediculous if you think about it!
Three sheriff cars att at one time writing tickets and your Hopewell coincil is encouraging it?
We drive away business and you are worried about Fort Lee?
Uptight

United States

#5 Mar 12, 2010
Hey, there Star Gate. I'm wondering just how educated you are in Law, since you seem to think that the Police are only the strong arm of the government. Do you really think that they lay in wait to entrap people as they leave bars and restaurants after they have been drinking? If someone is DUI, they will demonstrate that all the way to their next destination, assuming they make it there. Officers do not have to "lay in wait" to catch a DUI. It is not legal to do so. Granted, there will be more people living in the area, but not more people to be ticketed by the Police, unless they are in violation of a traffic ordinance. If more people paid attention to what they were doing while driving, there would be less traffic summons' and less traffic crashes as well. Localities collect taxes based on their Board of Supervisors or City Councils. If you don't like the excessive taxes, there are several options; move away from the area; or vote for change in your Council makeup, and other options. Citizens pay for the services provided by the localities. That is a reality wherever you may live. Good luck, Star Gate..........
Star Gate

Powhatan, VA

#6 Mar 13, 2010
If you believe this you are simple. I feel sorry for you.
Uptight

United States

#7 Mar 13, 2010
You are incredibly naive. I would feel sorry for you except, I don't want you to feel sorry for me.....so sorry, no sorry for you, either!
You seem to be quite shallow as well, based on what I've read of your comments on other topics, bloggers would be better served if you didn't make any comments. On the other hand, you do provide some good comical relief. Please......write back. I want to see how witty you can be....
Star Gate

Powhatan, VA

#8 Mar 13, 2010
Obviously you are right and I am wrong! I did not mean to upset you so much! Please forgive me! Your mental health means more to me than this arguement!
Builder

Powhatan, VA

#9 Mar 18, 2010
People will go to businesses that provide comfort, ease, and value. As a business owner in Colonial Heights I feel that I can provide better service than a government run business. Competition is healthy. If you own a business and can't take competition, you probably won't be in business long. As for the police, I think they should crack down more on the crime and DUI arrests. If you want people to spend money in your community, providing tax revenue and money for businesses, they need to feel safe while they're spending.
Uptight

United States

#10 Mar 18, 2010
Well said, Builder. At least someone is not afraid of growth, be it on Ft. Lee or the surrounding communities. The military, through BRAC, could have chosen to move the in-coming units elsewhere, and even closed Ft. Lee. This would have devastated the area economy. The fact that they are growing so much is an economic boon for the area. Not only will the communities survive, but they will thrive in this environment. Keep building, Builder, and all of us will benefit. Thank you!
Star Gate

Powhatan, VA

#11 Mar 18, 2010
How can you say that Col Hts should write more DUI's? They wrote more of them last year than all of Richmond, Pete, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield combined!

While you claim safety, they (the CHPD)are breaking the law by entrapment. The military is being targeted at BWW. I do not blame the military for keeping the men out of Col Hts.

So the very people who are supposed to be enforcing the law are above the law and they are law breakers.
Builder

Powhatan, VA

#12 Mar 19, 2010
I don't believe anybody who doesn't deserve a DUI should get one. I definitely don't believe police should be above the law. But if Colonial Heights wasn't as conservative as they are, they could end up with the same economic and criminal problems as Petersburg. Writing traffic tickets and policing other minor violations can decrease violent crimes. You might not believe this. It was proven in New York City by Giuliani. I think Colonial Heights has done a good job of controlling the crime rate after the bad decision of allowing the mall to be built. They would have done much better to have put in an industrial park instead of a retail park. Then they would have still had tax revenue but wouldn't have had to enlarge the police force and look like tyrants.
Star Gate

Powhatan, VA

#13 Mar 20, 2010
The mall is dying. Within a few more years it will be a sore eye and another community will have a shot at being gracious during their time of prosperity. It is obvious that the mean spirited nature of Colonial Heights has caused them to fail the test of prosperity.
Instead of agressive enforcement coupled with great public relations, they have become racial tyrants who have made it clear that they do not want the beautiful campus of VSU to expand into their lilly white town.
Two times they have shut out VSU (Col Hts Baptist Building) and instead they swoop down on Blacks coming from VSU games so the VSU students will not stop in their lilly white town.
The sad thing is that VSU knows it's place so they do not dare lift up their heads against their oppressors.
White is might, long live the oppressors.
The people of Colonial Heights are proud of their town where 75% of the tickets are written against blacks.
Billy Bob

Danville, VA

#14 Mar 20, 2010
Where did the racial stuff enter into this debate? We were discussing Fort Lee's expansion. Why does everything always need to be for one race and against another? Depends upon which side you are on as to who is the "superior" race. Personally, I think we are ALL equal and I do not see race as being an issue in this.
Builder

Powhatan, VA

#15 Mar 20, 2010
Thank You Billy Bob. I don't see where this conversation ever took any turn towards race. I realize it has its issues in the area, but that is not the topic here.
Star Gate

Powhatan, VA

#16 Mar 20, 2010
Builder, you turned it to race when you touted that the CHPD should do more DUI's. CHPD target their visitors from the south and the military.
500 DUI's in one year is not what any area should be proud of! Stop 1000 but why make the public angry and why show your racism.
Builder, tell me why you are so proud of a police force that has only 1 or 2 black officers and writes 50 trumped up tickets every night VSU has a ball game? They actually pull up behind cars stopped at WAWA and go into the store and pull people out and write their racist tickets!
Builder, you started it and then you do not want to address whether it is true or not, you just want to change the subject.
Show me your misplaced pride. Col Hts will pay ultimately for their speed traps.
Fort Lee is about to make it off limits for the military. That is what makes this arguement valid for this blog!
Wait and see!
Uptight

United States

#17 Mar 22, 2010
Star Gate has a racial chip on his/her shoulder! You have no proof, other than your opinion, that the Col. Hgts. PD is racist. I guess that in your narrow, tiny mind that the police should allow a drunk driver to go based on their race? Then the drunk driver crashes and kills innocent, unsuspecting people who may have had the opportunity to live had the drunk driver been arrested and removed from the future crash that killed that or those innocent people. I am wondering.....what police academy have you attended Star Gate? You seem, like so many others in our Society, to know the law better then those who are educated and trained to enforce the law.
Getting back to the real reason for this blog, Ft. Lee's expansion will improve the entire area, economically. I can tell you from past military experience, that if Ft. Lee decides to "off limits" Col. Hgts., the soldiers will still go there anyway. Many soldiers today do not respect authority, including that of their command, and therefore, will not be deterred from visiting Col. Hgts., or any other locality that the military doesn't want them to visit. Money is money, and they will spend it where they want........Good luck Star Gate. Your tiny mind is very entertaining!!
Billy Bob

Danville, VA

#18 Mar 22, 2010
Thank you, Uptight. It seems as if in our area's greed to cash in on Fort Lee's expansion many have lost sight of the most important ingredient in this mix: the soldiers. We must do what is best for them.
get real

Petersburg, VA

#19 Apr 10, 2010
The hotel on post does not allow animals, what are people supposed to do when they come with pets. The hotels off post should simply allow pets. We had one helluva time finding a hotel that accepted pets. It is not like Hopewell or Petersburg is a grandprize. And if the military up and moved the whole area would just sink. As far as Colonial Heights having racist cops IDK but I do know that Fort Lee has certain sections that are racist. When you walk into a building and all you see is a certain race and you have applied and have the credentials to hold a position, you know that race card has been played against you. I am on neither side, I really don't care...Fort Lee is the worse duty station we have ever been too.....EVER in 12 years of service....the cities outside the post are disgusting and pretty much dangerous. Then on top of it they don't even support the military. I cannot wait til our time is up here! I can't not believe they are putting so much money into this place!

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