Anna Louise Inn supporters planning Wednesday protest

CINCINNATI - The battle over the zoning of a downtown women's shelter continues Wednesday afternoon.

Supporters of the Anna Louise Inn are planning a protest at the Hamilton County Courthouse Wednesday at noon.

Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition Executive Director Josh Spring says people will be protesting the ruling of Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadal, and what he calls the "bullying attack" on the women of the Anna Louise Inn.

Spring says the protest will also include "provocative street theater" which will portray a discussion between Western and Southern CEO John Barrett and the people.

Last week, Nadal ordered the city of Cincinnati to reconsider the zoning of the century-old building, putting a stop to the $12 million renovation shelter owners have been planning.

Protesters say Nadal's ruling was in favor of Western and Southern Financial Group. Western and Southern wants to buy the building and turn it into luxury condominiums.

Western and Southern has offered to relocate the program for women, but supporters and residents of the Anna Louise Inn say they're being bullied.

Spring says protesters will also be asking for a meeting with Barrett.

According to the Anna Louise Inn website, the group has been providing safe and affordable housing for single women since 1909. The Inn is the only single room occupancy residence for women in Cincinnati.

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