While some Sunnyside landlords have fixed up properties, Hunt said there was a "myth" that others weren't doing so on the chance that WVU would step in if things got bad enough.
"I don't have a good argument today that that's not what happened," he said.
He's confident new student housing will help improve the look of the area and cut down on behavior problems, and he credits the developers for getting the right land parcels to make that happen.
"When they start to develop, it will eliminate a lot of the substandard properties that are right around there, and that should eliminate a lot of the destructiveness," Hunt said.
The document submitted to the Legislature in September states the university wants the housing and related projects completed by developers and ready for students by the fall 2014 semester.
The developers will participate in the management of student housing facilities and "various enterprises," the document states. Those could include a Laundromat, coffee shops or grocery store on the property, according to a different part of the document.
The developers listed in the document are Paradigm Development Group LLC and RCL Holdings LLC. Ryan Lynch organized both holding companies in 2012, according to documents filed with the secretary of state. Lynch is also the organizer of RCL Evansdale Holdings - created in March - and WV Campus Housing - created in July.
Messages left for Lynch were not returned.
James E. Brown Sr. and David R. Martinelli are listed as members of several of the holding companies. The Associated Press reported Tuesday Martinelli is a professor who teaches civil and environmental engineering at WVU. Martinelli did not return a message Monday.
Brown is the owner of G.A. Brown & Son, Inc., a Fairmont-based construction company. Since 1990, the company has received more than $62 million to work on at least seven different projects at WVU, according to the company's website. Those include the construction of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in 1990 and 2006 renovations of the Coliseum.
Attorney Brian Helmick called the Daily Mail Monday after a message was left for Brown. Helmick said he could not comment on the project. Brown did not return a message left Tuesday.
The agreement submitted by WVU says the developers have entered agreements to buy the properties from current owners. As of late Tuesday, the developers did not officially own any of the property, according to tax records.
Several different entities own the properties.
The developer with the most properties is James Dow Jones, listed in secretary of state documents as the organizer of six different holding companies. Those include Sunnyside: Taxation Without Representation LLC, Sunnyside Billionaire Club LLC and Building Permits Suck LLC.
The document submitted by WVU states the sale could officially close Thursday, as long as all necessary approval for the purchase is received.
Staff writer Ry Rivard contributed to this report.