Chairman Of Aliquippa Zoning Board Resigns – Expresses Concerns For City

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The Chairman of the Aliquippa Zoning Hearing Board has resigned and issued a dire warning to the citizens of the city on his way out, “Dwan is up to all kinds of shit.”

Lou Bolli was appointed Chairman of the Aliquippa Zoning Board by Mayor Dwan Walker when he first took office back in 2012. Bolli announced his resignation earlier this month and plans to move out of the area.

The Aliquippa Zoning Board had been spending time over the past year focusing on a new nursing home complex that VieCare Beaver LLC, a collaboration between LIFE Beaver County senior services and Heritage Valley Health System, is proposing to build on the location of the former Aliquippa Hospital.

Local real estate tycoon CJ Betters had bought the hospital complex back in July 2009 and demolished the facility in 2011. Perhaps not realized by Betters at the time, the demolition of the building reverted the land it sat on back to a zoning designation that restricted development to single family dwellings. Betters donated the parcel to Lutheran SeniorLife and the Heritage Valley Health System in late 2012.

“That’s the nicest property in Aliquippa, I really think it is, that piece of land is surrounded by beautiful homes and it overlooks the golf course,” Lou Bolli told the Beaver Countian. “It’s a total of approximately 26 acres and about 18 of those are what we call buildable acres, land that is actually suitable for construction.”

“When this whole ‘green house’ nursing home project first came about it was brought before my board,” said Bolli. “They showed us this plan for their project, these four group homes that would have about 10 people in them each [...] The plan only showed development of 5.8 acres but they wanted us to rezone the whole 26 acres. I kept asking them but they never would tell us what was going to happen on the rest of that property [...] They have plans for the rest of that property no one wants to talk about.”

Bolli said his board consulted with Harlan Stone, their solicitor who was appointed from a law firm in Pittsburgh. “Once that land gets rezoned from R-1 (low density residential) to R-3 (high density), that’s it, game over. The city would have no say at that point on what would happen, and what I think is going to happen, is that they’re going to build up, up as in high-rise [...] R-3 allows for that and once it’s rezoned you can’t stop them.”

The zoning board told representatives of LIFE Beaver County that they wouldn’t move forward on rezoning until they were given more answers. “I flat out told them it wouldn’t even come up for a vote until they provided us with a detailed lot plan for the total acreage they wanted rezoned, instead of just giving us a plan for a little piece of it.”

According to Bolli, that’s when the city yanked the entire matter away from his board. “I’m sitting there as the Chair of the Zoning Board and I said to them, you’re telling me I’m not even going to be hearing this now? They said not anymore, it’s going to the Planning Commission.”

Mayor Walker signed a memorandum of understanding between the City of Aliquippa and VieCare Beaver LLC in March of this year, promising the city’s cooperation in moving forward with the project. But at a meeting held in April, Aliquippa’s Planning Commission refused to back the rezoning effort. “I think Dwan was shocked when that group voted it down for some of the same reasons that we had,” said Bolli.

In December of 2010, the Pittsburgh Business Journal reported that the nursing home project in Aliquippa was going to be a joint venture between Cranberry-based Lutheran SeniorLife, Heritage Valley Health System and property owner C.J. Betters Enterprises. Betters’ name has been notably absent from all corporate filings and project proposals provided to the City of Aliquippa since he donated the land towards the endeavor. Lou Bolli said he repeatedly asked the group what role CJ Betters still had in the project but got no solid answers.

Aliquippa resident Joseph C. West, who works as Department Manager of Planning for the Beaver County Planning Commission, had previously told the Beaver Countian he was volunteering his own free time to help find developers who might be interested in building single family houses on the property. West said the city originally wanted to see a housing plan on the location that would bring a large influx of much needed tax revenues into the community.

“I found several builders, large building companies, who were willing to start constructing model homes on the property [...] I was working on getting ready to look into grant money that could have helped to bring in the utilities,” West told the Beaver Countian several months ago. “They could have probably brought in half a million dollars a year in taxes.”

Joe West worked to help Dwan Walker win election back in 2012, and had been a close adviser to him when he first took office. West told the Beaver Countian that Mayor Walker has since isolated himself and now only confers with a small handful of people, including City Solicitor Myron Sainovich.

“I told them you can’t just give away all of that land and approve development to some group that’s not going to pay any taxes on it,” said Bolli. “Dwan is acting like it was all his idea, but it was the Zoning Board, it was our attorney, who said even if this does eventually go through Aliquippa needs to make them agree to a PILOT (payments in lieu of taxes) [...] The city just can’t afford to give this all away the way Dwan wanted us to.”

While the nursing home development complex would still be a tax-exempt entity, it has since agreed to make a PILOT if their project is approved. The tentatively agreed to PILOT would generate approximately $300,000 in revenues that would be split between the City of Aliquippa, the Aliquippa School District, and Beaver County (approximately $78,200, $146,300, and $80,600 respectively).

Despite being rebuffed by both the Zoning Hearing Board and the Planning Commission, Solicitor Myron Sainovich now says Aliquippa City Council will be the ones to make the ultimate decision as to whether rezoning will be granted for the location. Lutheran SeniorLife has said they have not yet finalized plans for all of the acreage.

Lou Bolli said he decided to talk to the Beaver Countian after he turned in his resignation letter to Mayor Walker. “The first thing that Dwan asked me when I handed him my resignation was if I read the Beaver Countian, he wanted to know if was going to talk to John Paul,” he said. “The Times publishes whatever he tells them to and what Myron [Sainovich] tells them to [...] Dwan is worried about the Beaver Countian, it has him scared, that’s why I’m talking to you and not them.”

“They’re not coming out with the truth about what’s going to happen on that property and other properties,” concluded Bolli. “There are plans for Aliquippa no one wants to talk about. There’s shit going on that the people of this city are not going to like, I can guarantee you that.”

 

33 comments

  1. No one mentioned it, but High Rise was mentioned at one point at one of the original meetings.  Very good article JP.  Keep on digging.

  2. Great reporting, John Paul…and all I can say is WOW!! :/

  3. Prison doors will slam for His Majesty DeeWan very soon. He is a phony, thieving, home-wrecking sleaze ball of the first order. Wake up Aliquippa!

  4. I don’t have a problem with the small group homes but I don’t want to see a high rise there . The problem with single family homes on the site is who in the world would buy them with the Aliquippa school district?. That’s right !!! No one!!!!!! If they bring in residential homes it’s going to be low income and everything that goes with it .

  5. If they wait until the forced merger between Aliquippa and Hopewell schools residential housing might work but that is a ways off yet. Better chance if Central Valley is forced to take some Aliquippa kids also that way one district is not saddled with as large of a negative.

  6. Oh wait a minute here…We don’t want a HIGH RISE or modular homes!!!! Tell Chuckie to build some homes like he built in Center for 350-400 grand we’ll take them and there tax money. DON’T THINK FOR ONE MOMENT DWAN that you will get away with this…..THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS AND PEOPLE WILL COME OUT IN HUNDREDS TO STOP THIS. Tell Myron to go conspire some where else in is back yard…CREEPS..The PICKETS WILL BE READY AND IT’S NO JOKE. 

    • Think about this as well.  The golf course is reportedly leased for it’s mineral rights.  You have 900 miles of pipeline proposed to go into Beaver County.  If they find wet gas here in the Quip, you can bet there will be a compressor station up there on that property.  A compressor station has to be at intervals of every five miles of pipeline.  The proposed maps I have seen of the pipelines do not look like a joke.  The regulation of those pipelines, is a joke.  Five inspectors for the entire state.  Expect to see more eminent domain cases thrown around on property owners.

  7. do not let the county have a penny of any monies they are controlled by the small business men in the lower valley ,just look at the mess in Hopewell 

  8. The Aliquippanator

    FINALLY!  thank you JP!  I love how the Beaver County Times did a bunch of big reports pimping this project and just barely mentioned the planning commission shot this project down but didn’t write a SINGLE WORD about why!  Never MENTIONED the zoning board!  The paper should just cut out the middleman and fire all its reporters and let these shadow businessmen write all the stories!  Thank GOD for this website and THANK YOU Lou and THANK YOU Joe West!

  9. healthcare providers

    could some one send a home health aide to norm mitry’s place please i hear he shit himself after reading this and needs a changing

  10. Beaver County writes what myron tells them

    Yeah our he will pull advertisements of sheriff sales, and tell communities he represents not to advertised, been there heard that, publisher hook line and bought
    No story about attorney General investigating him? Or recent update on thievery of county money? Dwann grand jury lol, they are lost, following leads of these thieves

  11. Monday is Memorial Day..Has anybody rode by the Veterans Memorial in Plan 12? It is a DISGRACE…DIRTY,FILTHY,LITTERED with trash, while the ball field across the street is all cut and clean ready for there big money making holiday celebrations…..Did you forget about the VETERANS? It has never looked that bad ever. Have some RESPECT and CLEAN IT UP, You should be ASHAMED maybe the TIMES should come up and take a picture of how well it’s taken care of. It’s SHAMEFUL……and sad for our VETS.

    • I was at the memorial for the ceremony on Memorial day.  Were you?? It was not anything like you describe.  Thank you, quit lying, and have a nice day.

  12. Dewon forgot about the War Memorial but got his beautiful and classy red suit cleaned so he could go Monday and make a fool out of himself, oh yea don’t forget the matching red pimp hat, How about a Red nose too, you clown.

    • you only care about the war memorial because its memorial day.  When else do you pay attention?  Maybe you should volunteer some time to help keep it clean.  Just a thought.  Also, it looked good on memorial day, at the actual memorial day ceremony.  Were you there? Probably not.  Care so much but show the vets no support.  Makes a lot of sense. 

  13. Put down your Bible, Dwan, and read Shakespeare’s “Othello.” All the players are assembled in Aliquippa right now, and the county is waiting eagerly to see the play. 

  14. SpeakTheTruthToo

    It must be pretty bad if this guy not only quit his job but is looking to move out of the area. That speaks volumes.

  15. @snap. I got what your attempting to say,though it was hard( spell check).

    The Times has done puff pieces on the mayor of aliquippa, with no real research, why???? Myron Sainovich plays an angle of unfairness and why would he legally advise what represents to do advertising if they are not getting fair reporting , they being his clients , RECENTLY THAT WORKED in the county where he had Sheriff David and three others pull legal notices ect. It cost the Times few hundred thousand over the year, and The Times only wrote the bare minimum on sheriff stories, really just the arrest, and hearings? Meanwhile they claim quest for transparency and good government Lol lol. The ultimate sin of newspaper they where detoured for money and manipulated, when lost repoerters scramble to find contacts in municipality and a new editor that truly seems to be a hunter of bad government, but getting distracted from the obvious and manipulated by certain players that have long history DECADES of misrepresentation of clients, official oppression and theft of services. It’s sad to think only two years ago mayor of aliquippa was trying to get officers to arrest jd Prose and threatening him at a crime scene because he didn’t cover him at a baseball game and few other events….

    It’s beyond frustrating to see it take place, the same filth that played major roles in ruining the city 20 years ago and other places through out the county are back at the table and running rough shot again.

    Dewann is just self-serving ego maniac PUPPET, when he realizes it, sadly it will be too late, actually it’s beyond that now.

    I commend Lou Bolli and Joe West two men that wanted to be involved at the ground floor where the rubber meets the pavement. And do what’s right, but in time they seen the obvious, dirty mayor, solicitor, developers and a city that will have to pay for the sins once again of thieves.

    Luckily a few step up to say it’s not right and a online reporter is documenting it also some others.

    Happy memorial day weekend god bless my brothers and sisters

    • Well put, 76wita95. And the one constant, from story to story is Myron Sainovich — the Iago for the “times”. Wake up, Dwan.

  16. They’re not disclosing what the additional acreage is being used for???? What do they have to hide?   Perhaps a giant compression station Maybe an actual RIG?  Forced Pooling on it’s way.  Horizontal fracking creeping sneakily under your home whether you signed for it or not. People don’t want to believe that our own government WILL do this to their residents but they will.  nor will they hesitate to do so.  Those that raise questions and try to stand for the people get hushed and booted out. 

    • the land is way too valuable to be sticking a compressor station on whatever its going to be used for will involve long term nursing care i am betting

  17. Is anyone REALLY surprised by this or anything else that happens in Aliquippa? Not I, just surprised that it took so long to make the news. And don’t worry folks, if Mayor Mutt doesn’t end up in jail the resident mutts will give him a free pass because, you know, it’s someones else fault or he was misquoted or he was misinformed or the sun got in his eyes or…………………..

  18. Hey might as well ruin the only nice part of quip thats left ..

    • in regard to some of the above comments about the bct ,can someone tell me why there is barely a mention about who what where and why on the shooting at the Serbian club ?Both Quip and Hopewell police were there so why no details???

  19. This looks like Mussolini style fascism.

  20. Hud housing is what Dwan wants. To help the poor? C’mon Dwan do you need to make my town more ghetto so we could have another area where we could have more shootings and drugs. God only knows you are doing nothing for plan 12 where your own children are growing up. You can’t even drive up by the high school because the people are out there on every corner, I am not talking about 3 or 4 but 15 to 20. They will not move off of the street when you are trying to drive by either. Why don’t you do something about these little thug gun carrying punks that all live in Hud housing in our area. You are ruining Aliquippa. Don’t waste what little money you may have on election because you are never going to win. I don’t know if you realize what the people are saying but I am here to tell you step down gracefully before you make a fool out of yourself. Keep reading the Bible, you did not get to the part where God hates lying, cheating phony people.

  21. Joe West should be Mayor of Aliquippa instead of the clown in there now!  He’s a good man!

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