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Biscuit Run bonanza: How Hunter Craig turned a donation into a windfall
Published on May 2nd, 2013
14 comments Hunter Craig has a way of snatching victory from defeat. Craig's masterstrokes in the field and in the courtroom follow a tumultuous year for the now 52-year-old media-shy banker, developer, and UVA...
Big chill: Biscuit Run presaged Wintergreen money mess
Published on Feb 6th, 2012
31 comments A pile of debt, another warm winter, and the state's unwillingness to accept a dead appraiser's valuation for millions in already-spent conservation tax credits have pushed the company running...
Biscuit Run reform: Deeds would loosen secrecy... some
Published on Jan 23rd, 2012
8 comments In Virginia, tax returns are so sacred that a section of code forbids state officials from revealing individual info– even if those individuals have reaped millions of dollars for their land...
Thanks for disinfecting the Biscuit
Published on Dec 22nd, 2011
0 comments Thanks for the reporting on Biscuit Run shenanigans. [November 10 cover story: "The flip that flopped: Biscuit Run men want $20 million more from taxpayers"]. I sincerely appreciate your efforts to...
Biscuit and gravy: Lawmakers dodge calls to unshroud millions
Published on Nov 29th, 2011
21 comments The loudest voices on both the political left and right have voiced outrage, but future Hunter Craigs can continue to secretly extract millions from taxpayers. That's because the Charlottesville-area...
Biscuit burden: Cuccinelli demands cash from Craig
Published on Nov 22nd, 2011
26 comments In his response to a speculator's controversial lawsuit seeking nearly $20 million from taxpayers in the form of conservation tax credits, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has fired back by accusing...
Biscuit backstory: Flips would have rewarded Craig's fees
Published on Nov 18th, 2011
14 comments In its first two years in the hands of speculators, doomed housing development Biscuit Run rang up over $7 million in expenses, including nearly a quarter million dollars paid to lead investor Hunter...
The flip that flopped: Biscuit Run men want $20 million more from taxpayers
Published on Nov 9th, 2011
56 comments Biscuit Run is the gift that keeps on… taking. Initially sold to the public as a $10 million state park, the nearly 1,200-acre tract has actually extracted more than $21 million from state taxpayers...
Biscuit Run deal stinks
Published on Jul 7th, 2011
0 comments [Re: "'Insufficient evidence': State mum as Biscuit Run appraisers go unpunished"]: Thank you for staying on the Biscuit Run story. As a former resident of Albemarle County, I was appalled by what...
For $7.5 million: Defaulting Bundoran claimed on courthouse steps
Published on Jun 29th, 2011
4 comments Bundoran, a defaulted open-space-oriented development in southern Albemarle, was taken away from its developer June 29 on the courthouse steps when the lender, Wells Fargo, valued it at $7.5 million...
Since 2010: Kaine makes first Biscuit Run comment
Published on Jun 7th, 2011
10 comments Since the revelation that a potentially hyperinflated appraisal could have defrauded Virginia taxpayers out of millions of dollars, former governor Tim Kaine has now made his first public statements...
Extreme makeover: rich edition-- State program benefits those who need it least
Published on May 31st, 2011
53 comments Ask most preservationists what they think of Virginia's Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, and you'll hear them proudly say it's one of the most generous, if not the most generous, programs in the...
'Insufficient evidence': State mum as Biscuit Run appraisers go unpunished
Published on May 30th, 2011
66 comments Four months after leaked documents showed that a Charlottesville-based group of investors convinced top-level Virginia officials to bail out their flopped housing development with millions in state...
Taxpayers deserve better Biscuit
Published on Mar 31st, 2011
0 comments Thank you for the excellent article [January 6 cover story: "Bad men? New numbers show spiraling cost of Biscuit Run"] This quality of investigative journalism greatly improves our community and...
Biscuit Run good for the locals
Published on Mar 24th, 2011
1 comments For the sake of argument (and I am not agreeing with your argument), let's say that you are right, that the taxpayers are getting hosed. [January 6 cover story: "Bad men? New numbers show spiraling...
Scenic treasure: How conservation lines the pockets of the rich
Published on Mar 3rd, 2011
127 comments Albemarle County Preserved83,600 acres17.5 percent of the landWho holds the easements? Virginia Outdoors Foundation328 easements62,702 acresNature Conservancy22 easements6,047 acresPiedmont...
Heat is on: AG says Biscuit Run deal under scrutiny
Published on Jan 11th, 2011
71 comments Recently disclosed details of the Biscuit Run state park deal have prompted more than public outrage–- they may have prompted an investigation into the transaction that some allege was a...
Bad men? New numbers show spiraling cost of Biscuit Run
Published on Jan 6th, 2011
36 comments A year ago, an outgoing governor hailed the purchase of a flailing subdivision called Biscuit Run as a "bargain" for Virginia taxpayers. Now, however, newly leaked documents show that taxpayers may...
Deeds steamed: The appraisal that may have burned taxpayers
Published on Dec 22nd, 2010
31 comments The controversial deal has drawn the ire of State Senator Creigh Deeds. FILE IMAGES Any homeowner seeking a loan or a refinancing might be wise to hire Patricia Filer. If her appraisal of Biscuit Run...
Top secret: Did taxpayers get burned by Biscuit Run?
Published on Oct 27th, 2010
23 comments It seems like a simple question: How much will taxpayers pay to make Biscuit Run a Virginia park? Nearly a year after the October 28 Hook cover image. It seems like a simple question: How much...
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