first adjoining developer represented McDonald's and Pizza Hut
In the 1970's, landowners / developers contacted our family. They needed to use part of the Lacaria property that was
along US 50. If they were not allowed the use the Lacaria land, they
would have to cancel their plans. As the developer would have to build
back from the property line five feet; then build a two to one slope
from the valley floor up. This would only have left room for one business. An
easement was granted to use part of the Lacaria Land. They built their
lateral support slope. My parents were left an access road to their
pictured below is currently owned by McDonald's Corporation and Pizza
1980's - Early 1990's
Frank Lacaria, was asked to join a rezoning meeting. It concerned a
parcel of land owned by a local developer. This parcel is above the
McDonalds / Pizza Hut Restaurants located in Bridgeport West Virginia.
(Picture, above right)
A zoning change was gone over. They were going to
maintain a 50 foot greenway from our property line to their proposed
Greenway is a buffer zone consisting of
esthetically pleasing grass and other vegetation.
This Greenway would have existed from the our property line to the
developers first adjoining building, or parking lot area.
The proposed building was to be a single
multiple-story structure. They told my father that it would not be
detrimental to his property. My father agreed to the rezoning, which
would allow them to proceed with their plans.
Keep in mind; the current longtime property
owner took great care in whatever earthen work he performed in the
area over many years. As such, we were lulled to sleep, not realizing
that he had sold the property, until we encountered the situation
covered in this story.
picture below on the left, is the general area that was discussed at
The picture on the right is the top of the area before
the new developer took over, (discussed next).
The scene is facing
north and is located above McDonald's in Bridgeport and adjacent to
the Lacaria property.
The 50' greenway, mentioned earlier, would have
existed from the (blue line), towards the left, (red line).
The Lacaria property, pictured on the right of the
blue line with the trees, was higher than the plateau shown in the
pictured. (That would change when the new developer took over).