Vice Mayor David Mann floats resolution supporting Clifton grocery project

Neighborhoods Committee to vote on plan at 2 p.m.

CINCINNATI -- The effort to bring a grocery store to the heart of Clifton could got the support of the Cincinnati City Council on Wednesday.

The building that was formerly Keller’s IGA on Ludlow Avenue has sat empty since 2011. Steve Goessling purchased it in 2012 but plans for him to reopen the store never materialized.

Vice Mayor David Mann floated a resolution to support that effort. 

During a March 10 Clifton town meeting, civic leaders passed a resolution saying that the best use for 319 Ludlow Ave. is a grocery store. The City Council’s Neighborhoods Committee supported on Mann’s resolution, which would make turning that property into anything but a grocery store difficult. 

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Clifton residents are hoping to reopen the store as a community cooperative. Supporters started a website detailing their efforts and are lobbying for more “consumer-owners” at cliftonmarket.com .

The group has 129 people signed up and are hoping to have 200 by April 1.

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