Harrison County's packet included details regarding what is going to be on the site, the acreage, estimates for road costs, how much money is involved, the miles of water and sewer lines needed, estimated office space, the number of hotel rooms and conference center details.
The Development Office had already reviewed the information and determined the Harrison County project was viable. The office then submitted a letter to lawmakers signing off on that plan.
All of that was absent from the University Town Center proposal.
"Harrison County had their approvals from the Development Office and it was ready to pass, but Monongalia County was not ready," Snyder said.
Once that information is submitted and reviewed, Snyder said the Development Office would likely approve the Monongalia County project. But he said lawmakers won't do anything until that process is completed.
"It's premature to pass the statute without that preliminary paperwork being done," Snyder said. "It was a good idea, and there will be a lot of support for it when they get that paperwork done.
"It was just premature," he said.
When asked if that meant the bill was dead, Snyder said, "For right now it is."
The Legislature has a joint rule dictating that all bills must be passed out of the house they were introduced in by the 50th day of the legislative session. That's next Wednesday, Feb. 28.
While the district could be amended into another related bill later this session - such as the Harrison County TIF district bill - he said that option is unlikely due to the time Development Office officials need to properly evaluate a project.
Snyder said if the project is deemed critical enough, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin could always choose to add it to a special session agenda later this year.
When reached late Thursday evening, WVU spokesman John Bolt said university officials were unaware of the decision to put the bill on hold.
He emphasized that the University Town Center project is "totally a private project."
While the university would use the baseball stadium once it's built, Bolt said it is ultimately the private developer's responsibility to work out plans for the development with the state and local government.
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