Cincinnati housing agency drops plan for public housing complex in Green Township

CINCINNATI - Residents of Green Township and nearby neighborhoods have won their fight to block a proposed public housing complex at North Bend Road and Westwood-Northern Boulevard.

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority board voted Tuesday night  to acquire and renovate 32 units throughout the township instead of consolidating them at one site.

The next step is for CMHA to start identifying suitable properties for sale, CMHA spokeswoman Kelly Kramer said. CMHA has no timetable for that process, Kramer said.

Hundreds of people had protested the plan for a public housing complex at CMHA meetings and Green Township trustees meetings over the past four week. Some even picketed at officials' homes. CMHA had approved a plan to purchase four privately-owned parcels of land for the project, but trustees voted Monday night to refuse to sell CMHA the final parcel it needed.

Green Township is required to accept 32 more public housing units under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD had accused CMHA and its former board chairman, Arnie Barnett - a Green Township resident -  of blocking public housing in the township.

Green Township has 27 public housing units and about 100 total units in county or federal housing programs administered by CMHA, Kramer said.

CMHA must submit a progress report to HUD by March 31.


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