Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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Dorm-style housing planned near UC

By Ken Alltucker, kalltucker@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Towne Properties and Miller Valentine Group have been hired to develop a 600-bed dormitory-style complex in University Heights.

        The Stratford Heights project of 16 buildings along Clifton Avenue between DeVotie Avenue and Straight Street will include a 572-space parking garage.

        Construction is expected to start in early 2003, said Barry Strum, executive director of the University Heights Community Urban Redevelopment Corp.

        The complex will be home primarily to fraternities and sororities, but other student organizations are being courted.

        The University Heights group has acquired most of the 8 1/2-acre site with the help of $5.5 million in loans from the University of Cincinnati. The parking garage will be used by university staff, students and the community.

        Neighborhood leaders opposed previous plans to build a large parking garage on the site.

        The University Heights group, which includes UC, the Greek Affairs Council and neighborhood leaders, proposed the housing development and parking garage as an alternative.

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