Green Township blocks plan for public housing complex

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GREEN TWP., Ohio - A vote by Green Township trustees Monday night apparently has blocked a plan to build a complex of 32 to 50 public housing units at North Bend Road and Westwood-Northern Boulevard.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority had approved a plan to purchase four privately-owned parcels of land for the project, but trustees voted to refuse to sell CMHA the final parcel it needed.

CMHA is meeting Tuesday night to consider its next step.

Trustees asked CMHA to cap the number of new public housing units at 32 and scatter them throughout the township instead of consolidating them in one place. Trustees also want CMHA to select the locations for those units incrementally over the next 2-3 years.

The vote was a victory for people living near the proposed site who protested the plan at public meetings over the past four weeks. Hundreds attended meetings of the trustees and CMHA and some even picketed at officials' homes. Opponents didn't want a public housing complex in the area and advanced the idea of spreading units throughout the township.

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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