Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Neighborhood Briefs

Shifted entrance approved for high-rise

HYDE PARK - Cincinnati's zoning hearing examiner Tuesday approved a new parking garage entrance for a high-rise planned in this community's neighborhood business square.

The garage entrance to the six-story Michigan Terrace building at Erie and Michigan avenues now will face Erie, the main thoroughfare along the square, instead of Michigan.

Plans call for the $8 million to $10 million building to hold retail shops and 18 condominiums, including three penthouses on the top two floors.

Developers Al Neyer Inc. and Lantrust Real Estate expect to break ground on the building this summer.

An appeal of the building's zoning approval is pending in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. That appeal was filed by the Hodory family, owners of an adjacent building on the square.

One-stop center coming to Lebanon

LEBANON - A one-stop center for vehicle titles, driving tests and other auto services should open here by Aug. 1.

Warren County commissioners Tuesday approved a lease agreement with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Motor Vehicles/Ohio State Highway Patrol to consolidate the services at one location at 19 Dave Ave.

For more than three years, the county has been talking with the state about centralizing services with the Warren County auto title branch. But those talks stalled last year when the Bureau of Motor Vehicles expressed concerns that the space might be too small. That problem was resolved with the new location.

Mason hires firm for park design

MASON - The city has hired Woolpert LLP to complete a master plan for more than 230 acres of undeveloped park space.

City Council Monday approved a $74,000 contract with the Dayton, Ohio-based engineering and architecture consulting firm. That amount is higher than the firm's $71,000 asking price because the city is adding in another public-input workshop.

The final version of the plan, which will cover six sites and the Muddy Creek corridor, will be presented to the park board and City Council in September.

Mercy Clermont opens wound care center

BATAVIA - Mercy Hospital Clermont has opened a wound care center to provide special services to people with slow-healing or complicated wounds.

The service is intended to help people with chronic wounds related to diabetes, poor circulation and other conditions. In some cases, people suffer open wounds that don't heal for months, even years.

If not treated appropriately - which can involve specialized wraps, skin grafts and vascular surgery - such wounds can lead to infection, gangrene and amputation.

For more information about the wound care center, ask your doctor, call 735-8924, or check

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