CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by six Harpers Ferry residents against the state secretary of Economic Development to stop the reconstruction of the Hill Top House.

The residents have challenged the constitutionality of the Tourism Development District Act, which was passed in 2020 to encourage large tourism development projects in the state’s smallest towns.

“We are pleased that the court found the Act to be constitutional and backed a January decision from the Jefferson County Circuit Court,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This project has been delayed long enough by forces who are opposed to the state’s economic progress. With this ruling, the Mountain State can finally move forward with a vital commercial development that will increase tourism and create needed jobs and tax revenue in the Eastern Panhandle. Let’s help West Virginia reach her full potential.”

The Act allows the West Virginia Department of Economic Development to take over responsibility of managing and regulating at least five tourism development projects in the state. The developers are relying on this statute to invest $150 million in the reconstruction of Hill Top.

The Attorney General argued the Act is a reasonable—and constitutional—way of creating new and greater sources of revenue and relieving unemployment in small communities