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Uptowner Inn set to reopen

Renovations to create place for extended stays

March 30, 2013

PARKERSBURG — The Uptowner Inn, which has stood vacant for nearly 25 years, soon will be redeveloped and reopened....

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MtnMojo

Mar-30-13 12:18 AM

Good!

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hometowner12

Mar-30-13 12:53 AM

I was thinking it closed in the early to mid '70s, not 1987.

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KOMBATBOOTS

Mar-30-13 2:15 AM

I remember staying there in the late 70's.

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spidercats

Mar-30-13 7:21 AM

This is very exciting and an OBVIOUS boost to the revitalized downtown business district.Mayor Newell has done a tremendousjob in creating interest in the downtown district and bringing new business to downtown.This is just the start of things to come as the new WVU Campus is about to become operational,which will draw even more people and businesses to the downtown area.I want to be one of the first of many people in the area to say THANK YOU Mayor Newell for your endless dedication to the city of Parkersburg.

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gingr55

Mar-30-13 8:08 AM

Well, well, well! Progress at last! Rejoice, fellow citizens, and be ye glad!

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Suncity

Mar-30-13 8:17 AM

What an eyesore...glad it is being fixed up again. I remember going to the "Hawaiian Luau" on Friday nights at the restaurant back in the 60's.

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MisterT

Mar-30-13 8:57 AM

Excellent news! Looks like a good place for some of the Dupont executives from out of town to stay.

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jbennett

Mar-30-13 9:00 AM

But what will we do with all of the homeless rodents and*****roaches that will need to be relocated after all of these years? The last time I ate lunch there, a roach ran up the wall next to my table, and I put my fork down, paid my bill, and never went back.

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vortex

Mar-30-13 9:26 AM

70 rooms in the hotel are good for this area. That means Pothole Bob can claim 70 new businesses for the City.

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DudeSmith

Mar-30-13 9:41 AM

So, is this gonna become a place for low-life's to stay? Most "extended stay" facilities=a place for a low-life to live, manufacture meth, engage in prostitution, etc. Or will it be filled with "frackers" who get drunk and act like a bunch of yahoo's? To avoid this, they will have to make it super nice and expensive so that only the elite can afford it.

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Frank99

Mar-30-13 9:49 AM

This would have happened many years back, if only the city would have then transferred ownership of the same said nearby city parcel of land to Larry Morehead for the Uptowner to use for additional parking.

It ended up being that it WAS worth the price of the additional useless piece of city gravel lot after all... right boys?

It took a long to bury the hatchet but after 25 years; this has city finally realized that no one else will ever have any interest in the property.

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denver

Mar-30-13 10:20 AM

Well said "Frank99"

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denver

Mar-30-13 10:20 AM

Is that the best you can do "Diablo"? Mayor Newell "HAS" done a good job of "Revitalizing Parkersburg" and the truth really hurts, now doesn't it?

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denver

Mar-30-13 10:35 AM

That really proved your point, now didn't??

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DudeSmith

Mar-30-13 10:46 AM

If you have a reason to "dislike" my previous comment, how about explaining yourself. You obviously can't tell me I am wrong about this.

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boston2988

Mar-30-13 11:20 AM

I guess we need to add "spidercats" to the 2013 list of bogus ID's.

wildanimal26101, monstermash628, marvinlewis26101, hindsight101, theshield101, fortheprogressofparkersburg, wildcitykitty628, MayorNewel26101, Gatorhunter, Theexterminator, FOPmember,

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DudeSmith

Mar-30-13 11:50 AM

So, apparently the coward or cowards pushing the dislike button have nothing constructive to do.....other than precariously worry about other posters and what user id's they may be using....sorry, but I have much more important things to do. I must go rearrange my sock drawer then count the dust particles on my glass table.

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spidercats

Mar-30-13 12:42 PM

As long as we keep the drug dealers from Columbus out of the hotel it should do just fine

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spidercats

Mar-30-13 12:49 PM

I cant believe it,DIABLO finally is getting the picture......its amazing

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Toehead

Mar-30-13 1:16 PM

Diablo in Spanish means devil. It is very appropriate for this poster because, Haters Gonna Hate

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RANDOM21

Mar-30-13 1:20 PM

Good to see rooms coming available for the influx of out of town workers headed this way for the drilling companies, pipeline layers, and construction travelers when the fracking and cracking boom hits. That is, of course, if the greenies don't get in the way of success and we just build another park. With all the drilling expansion to the east headed this way I bet that the "rails to trails' was once again tracks and trains.

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pburghike

Mar-30-13 1:25 PM

The rich get richer and write the rules to take care of one another. While the small and truly community invested businesses carry the B&O tax load for the big guys. Plus their employees will help foot the "User Fee" tab as well. Another desperate move in a failing city with little or no creativity. Oh yeah here's the slap in the face ... "The agreement would offer $200,000 in development money for the project, grant a B&O Tax exemption on construction and for five years after the new business opened. It also would transfer ownership of a nearby city parcel of land to the Uptowner for $1 to be used for development of additional parking."

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pburghike

Mar-30-13 1:30 PM

Yes it's always great to welcome out of town workers who send their money back home, who don't pay real estate and personal property taxes but use our schools, who don't volunteer at charitable organizations, who don't support local car dealers, who don't spend time coaching youth teams, who don't help with Boy Scout troops ... Yes we should all just love out-of-state workers who come to the area to take the money and run. And all this oil & gas will be out of city limits so they won't have to pay a user fee, which means the folks of Parkersburg can pay it for them, provide their police and fire service, make sure the roads are safe and passable. Welcome to the great demise!!!

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spidercats

Mar-30-13 1:46 PM

@TOEHEAD....DIABLO in PN&S language means....Joe Backus,and if my screenname dissappears it is because I have exposed him ONCE AGAIN!!!!

@PBURGHIKE......Yes we do like these out of town workers that do spend in our economy while located here.Dont hate the out of town workers,the hate needs to be directed at the lazy welfare bumms that wont get off their ARSE and get training for jobs in the real world.These out of town contractors are also providing good paying opportunities for local people,but I had one contractor tell me that most of them are there for a couple of checks and then they dont show back up.So hate on these companies they are just doing what they are being paid to do,they cant force the locals to come to work.

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IFHPED

Mar-30-13 2:34 PM

@Hometowner12: It closed in the mid-late 80's. I went to a Christmas party there in 1983 or so.

Tax exempt for 5 years, etc., and council won't give the Humane Society a break for $2200 ??

"...We give up a little now to gain a lot down the road." Really? If we give the HS a little now, we will also gain a lot down the road in terms of fewer strays and better animal health.

Also, does this mean we will still get the big fancy hotel and re-routed traffic cluster **** on 24th St.??

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the Uptowner will be used for something besides the eyesore it has been for years. It will probably be a flop, but who knows? I mean, look around -there isn't much downtown anymore.

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