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W.Va. Attorney General says Harpers Ferry has authority to pursue hotel project – Herald-Mail Media

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — West Virginia’s attorney general has intervened in a court case in an attempt to pave the way for a $138 million hotel project in Harpers Ferry.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Tuesday he filed a brief in support of the Hill Top House and Hotel project and the legal authority of the town to pursue it.
Morrisey said the issue revolves around whether the town has the authority under the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Program to sell undeveloped streets to the developer.
Passed by the state in 2007, the home rule program clearly gives the town and others like it across the state flexibility to expand development within its borders, Morrisey said in a news release.
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Morrisey said the state has an interest in the case because the development would be good for state residents.
He filed his brief in a Jefferson County Circuit Court lawsuit over the development. In that case, Public Asset Protection Inc. challenges the constitutionality of the home rule program and seeks to block the hotel development project.
But Morrisey said the plaintiff misunderstands Harpers Ferry’s authority under home rule. Morrisey seeks dismissal of the lawsuit in his brief. 
The town of Harpers Ferry and the hotel developers, SWaN Hill Top Operating Partners LLC are defendants in the suit.
“For West Virginia to reach her full potential, cities and towns such as Harpers Ferry must have the flexibility to pass ordinances that enable economic development within their borders,” Morrisey said in his release.
“This project has been significantly delayed by forces who are opposed to the state’s economic progress. We cannot afford to stall this vital project any longer,” Morrisey said.
The hotel project, which has been in the works for about a dozen years, would be built at the site of the former Hill Top House Hotel on Ridge Street. The former hotel closed in 2008.

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