Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Building would alter Hyde Park Square

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HYDE PARK - A proposal for a six-story retail, office and condominium development on Hyde Park Square will be the topic of a special meeting of the neighborhood council on Monday night.

The plan would put a 75-foot-tall, 55,000-square-foot building at the site of the abandoned Shell gas station at Erie and Michigan avenues. It would feature shops on the first floor, offices and condos on the top floors.

Al Neyer Inc. and Lantrust Real Estate, developers and owners of the property, have applied to the city for a zoning variance and building permit. The developers will be at the public hearing.

"This is probably the most significant construction project that Hyde Park has seen in the past half-century," said Gary Wollenweber, zoning chairman of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council. "Significant meaning that it will alter the appearance of the square dramatically."

Wollenweber said the six-story building would be the tallest structure on Hyde Park Square. Two five-story buildings are at the intersection of Erie and Edwards avenues, and a four-story building is across from the site of the proposed development.

The public hearing is 7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue.


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