By Ken Alltucker
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Developer Rob Smyjunas wants to bring movies to Oakley, but he's ready to junk a deal with a national theater chain unless he gets money from City Hall.
If Cincinnati helped the developer pay for a parking garage and other site improvements, "we'd do the deal in a second," said Smyjunas, president of Vandercar Holdings Inc.
The theater would add to the retail-heavy Center of Cincinnati development built over parts of the old Cincinnati Milacron and Unova factories.
Smyjunas' lawyer says the city so far has refused to repay $5.5 million Vandercar has spent to pave new roads and other improvements. In a confidential memo to City Council, City Manager Valerie Lemmie pointed out the city doesn't have a formal development agreement with Vandercar. She also warned the project may not generate enough extra property tax dollars to pay for Vandercar's claim.
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