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PAGE A10 Wednesdas~ April 18, 2018 NEWS SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE ;Hill Top FROM PAGE A1 ing new concept plan along- side a team of architects, de- signers, engineers and con- sultants and before a packed house at the Barn as part of a pitch to rebuild the crum- bling hotel in time for a July 4, 2021 reopening. The project, now rechris- tened the Hill Top, includes a scaled-down version of a plan that Schaufeld first floated to town lead- ers nearly a decade ago -- one that is modeled after Thomas Lovett's 1914-era replacement of an earlier building -- and the rede- Velopment of the hotel into a "big ideas" venue for ac- ademic, cultural and artis- tic programs with easy ac- cess to and from Washing- ton D.C. In his remarks, Schaufeld positioned both the rustic overlook outpost once visit- ed by dignitaries, artists and thinkers as a great American hotel and Harpers Ferry as a town that played an outsized role in American history to sketch up his own vision for the site -- a boutique destination for researchers, scholars and leaders from around the world to engage in pursuits from a wide ar- ray of disciplines. Schaufeld likened his -proposal to Colorado's As- pen Institute and to Bretten Woods in New Hampshire, where in 1944 world lead- ers gathered at the Mount Washington Hotel to craft a new international monetary agreement for the post-war 'era. "As a town Harpers Fer- ry is set apart, not just be- cause of the beauty of the town, but also probably even more importantly be- cause of its incredible ef- fect on history," Schaufeld told those in attendance. "The world moved forward when new ideas and incred- ROBERTSNYDER ABOVE: Harpers Ferry Mayor Wayne Bishop, Town Councilwoman Barbara Humes and Councilman Ed Wheeless view the proposal by SWaN Investors Managing Director Frederick Schaufeld to redevelop the site of the Hilltop House Hotel during a public presentation Thursday in The Barn. LEFT: The revised project plan, as seen in this rendering, marks a significant revision from an earlier proposal first pitched in 2009. Among the most notable difference is a steep drop in the number of guest rooms over what was first offered. BELOW: The Hilltop House has stood empty since 2008, shortly after it was purchased by SWaN Investors. The redevelopment of the site would include the demolition of the current structure. ible courage attacked old paradigms and entrenched interests sometimes in very violent and disturbing ways right here. It all happened right here and that's what sets this apart. We believe that besides every thing else it is, this place has always been a big ideas place and that this hotel can thrive by developing along that theme." The Hill Top would have 108 rooms in the main guest house, a significant decrease from the 179 pro- posed with the original con- cept, and would be set back from Columbia Street by 30 feet with the height of its west side sharply scaled back to be less obtrusive along Ridge Street. At a cost of $70 million to develop, Schaufeld said the changes are evidence of a significant revision in the business op- erating model. The new hotel would also boast a cooking school by world-renowned chef Jose Andres and include a spa and wellness program, an arts studio and gallery, and an institute for scholars, Schaufeld said. Efforts to redevelop the site have been a decade- long point of contention for some of the town's 300+ residents who balked at Schaufeld's initial propos- al as being out of step with the character of the town and one that would invite too much traffic and noise. Over the years, they've pushed back against plans to build a larger hotel as well as what they said was a mistaken impression that they were against the rede- velopment of the site. Schaufeld projected the development of a new hotel would bring 250 jobs and generate $3 million in state and local taxes. Once com- plete, the hotel would em- ploy more than 100 people and generate a $1 million in taxes annually. In an interview on Mon- day, Ziemianski said the company's submission will include a 3-D model of the project as well as the his- toric resource plan, which town officials are helping SWaN to develop. "We're learning this to- gether. We are working with the town on what their thoughts are," she said, adding the company hopes to have a decision from the town by the end of the year with a plan to begin demoli- tion work on the site by the spring of 2019. After the project is re- viewed by the planing com- mission, it will be submitted to the Historic Landmarks Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. Ziemi- anski said she expects the process to take about six or seven months before a final recommendation is made. "We'll know by the end of" the year what their recom- mendation is," she said. While his presentation was warmly received by the nearly 150 people in atten- dance at Thursday's open house, Schaufeld admitted this second effort to get the Hilltop rebuilt will be all he has left to give. "We cannot go forward without significant com- munity support," Schaufeld said. "We're not going to slide in with a little bit of support If we can't ac- complish this this year we will back out of the pro- cess. "This is a project of love, and we're looking to be great neighbors. We hope this leads to a positive reso- lution," he said. Sarika Bagree, MD Internal Medicine WVU Medicine Family Medicine-lnwood 304,229.6343 Kimberly Beatty, CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Berkeley Medical Center 304.264.1000 Timothy George, NP Orthopaedics Jefferson Medical Center 304.725.2663 iii /ii ~ Malik dalloh-damboria, CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Berkeley Medical Center 304.264.1000 Ethics FROM PAGE A3 ditors. The audit includes a memorandum Loughry sent to Court Administrator Gary Johnson last week, raising objections to a draft of the audit report he had reviewed. "The draft report refers to me in at least two of the four designated issues," Loughry stated. "I disagree with the factual and legal assumptions made, the standards and defi- nitions applied, and the con- clusions ultimately reached in the draft audit report." Meanwhile, the audit found that Ketchum had used a court vehicle to commute to and from Huntington from January 2012 to June 2016. That in- cluded 78243 miles of travel, while charging gas purchases totaling $12,250 to a state pur- chasing card. While the court, "not un- like many other state agen- cies," permits use of state vehicles for commuting for certain employees, the audit found that Ketchum also had used the vehicle to travel to rive golf outings in Virgin- ia. Following inquiries from the Legislative Auditor's Of- rice, Ketchum reimbursed the state a total of $1,079 for those trips. The audit also finds that the Supreme Court did not report the value of the personal use of state vehicles to the Inter- nal Revenue Service. Jordan Kerr, PA-C Emergency Medicine Berkeley Medical Center 304.264,1000 Tammy Martin, NP Urgent Care WVU Medicine Urgent Care 304.229.2273 Sanaz Soltani, MD Hematology/Oncology WVU Cancer Institute University Healthcare Regional Cancer Center 304.267.1944 BERKELEY MEDICAL CENTER JEFFERSON MEDICAL CENTER r' State Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum has reimbursed the state $1,079 for using state vehicles to take five golfing jaunts to Virginia following inquiries from the Legislative Auditor's Office. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said recent audit findings show the need to pass a constitutional amendment giving the Legislature control of the judicial system's budget. Free & Confidential Physician and Services Referral Line I t k J