Monday, May 17, 1999

Hyde Park street won't be access road to shopping center

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Frank Fede admits that you can get fussy about a street where you have lived for 40 years — especially when it is proposed as an access road to a shopping center.

        His neighbors on Burch Avenue in Hyde Park and streets nearby share his disdain for a proposal that would have their street used to get to Rookwood Commons, a $60 million shopping center, scheduled to open about September 2000.

        Now their fears are over.

        Developer Jeffrey Anderson who is building the expansion to Rookwood Pavilion on 30 acres in Norwood close to Burch Avenue, said last week he has backed away from a proposal to use the street as a secondary access.

        Burch Avenue narrows to one-lane traffic as it crosses Madison Road and runs about a block north to the area where the expanded center will be located.

        “It really wasn't a very good access. I had considered it as a secondary route,” said Mr. Anderson, who owns Rookwood Pavilion.

        Mr. Fede and the other residents didn't think their street was a good access road, either. They said so at a recent meeting in Hyde Park.

        “We didn't need any more traffic on this street,” said Mr. Fede, a retired auto mechanic.

        “We raised our four children here. We have fixed up our house and plan to stay here.”

        He said he likes Rookwood Pavilion and plans to shop at Rookwood Commons.

        The main entrance to Rookwood Commons will be off Edmondson Road in Norwood, near Interstate 71. Shoppers will also be able to enter Rookwood Commons through the entrances to Rookwood Pavilion off Ed wards and Madison roads.

        Rookwood Commons will be built on 30 acres — extending west of Rookwood Pavilion, which sits on 20 acres.

        Mr. Anderson said he will seal off Burch Avenue. He said once the grading is completed for the shopping center, there will be a 12-foot drop from Burch Avenue to the center area.

        “I plan to put a fence around that area,” he said.

        Cincinnati officials are also pleased with Mr. Anderson's decision.

        “I think this is a win for the city,” said Leon Meyer, director of Cincinnati's Planning Department. He also ttended the meeting.

        “We have it in writing from Mr. Anderson that he will not use the street.”

        Reporter Lisa Biank Fasig contributed to this story.


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