Thursday, August 31, 2000

Council to hear proposals for developing corner

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        AMBERLEY VILLAGE — Plans to develop 27 acres at the northwest corner of Ridge Road and the Ronald Reagan Highway will be presented to council members today.

        Vice Mayor Robert Stew art, chairman of a committee planning development of the property, said several plans designed by KZF Inc., a consulting firm in Walnut Hills, are being considered.

        “We have about five plans that are being looked at and the direction it will go will depend on what kind of feedback we get from the resi dents,” Mr. Stewart said.

        He said once council members have looked at the plans, they will send a survey to residents to get ideas on the best use of the property.

        The strip of land runs along the northwest corner of the intersection.

        Mr. Stewart said several options include making the land available for developing small businesses.

        “This option has received favorable consideration from the committee because it could mean bringing in more tax money for the city,” Mr. Stewart said.

        He said some preliminary plans emphasize expanding the recreation facilities in the area, which could include developing bike and hike trails.

        “Part of the area is already used for a tennis club and swimming pool,” Mr. Stewart said.

        Some development has taken place on the land in the last five years. The village has built a maintenance building and a storage facility in the area along with a telecommunications tower.

        Ron Edgerton, project manager and chief planner for KZF, said some usages discussed included an elementary school and a seniors building. “Our job was to do a review of the property and develop usages in case the village decides to make use of the land,” Mr. Edgerton said. “Part of the land borders Reading and Amberley Village may be able to develop use of the land along with the city of Reading.”

        Plans for developing the land come after a major reconfiguration of the Ridge Road and Ronald Reagan Highway intersection to make it easier to get on and off the highway.


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