CINCINNATI -- There's new information about the fate of the Metropole Apartments downtown.
On Monday afternoon several Cincinnati city council members approved the use of city funds to help turn the building into a “boutique” hotel.
Before members voted, the council heard testimony from tenants who want to keep the building as is.
The Walnut Street property contains 230 affordable housing units.
3CDC, the establishment's new owner, says plans to move the tenants are underway.
"We've have opted out of our obligation to continue to provide this building as an affordable housing facility ," said Steve Leeper, president of 3CDC.
“We have submitted a relocation plan, they have reviewed that relocation plan, they've approved that relocation plan,” Leeper added.
The Homeless Coalition and the Legal Aid Society have filed a fair housing complaint about the decision.
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