Saturday, April 17, 2004

College Hill intersection protection extended

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COLLEGE HILL - The Cincinnati Planning Commission voted Friday to extend a development district surrounding the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road for another nine months.

The extension will allow city officials and residents to complete zoning and marketing feasibility studies of the area.

The Interim Development Control District was established to temporarily control land use changes and protect the intersection from prospective developments that could diminish the area. The controls were set to expire May 11.

"This is a great day for College Hill," said Karen Dudley, president of the College Hill Forum, the neighborhood council.

"We won't stop until we get that particular intersection developed in a way that is pleasing to our community," she said.

Three of the four corners of the intersection are now vacant.

Don Shuller, owner of the closed Shuller's Wigwam Restaurant - one of the vacant sites at the intersection - was opposed to the extension, saying it would negatively impact his ability to sell the property.

Dudley said neighborhood leaders would like to enter into discussions with Shuller to acquire the property.

The Neighborhood and Public Services Committee will hold a public hearing at 11 a.m. May 4 at City Hall to discuss the extension.



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