Public hearing to be held Wednesday on the Gamble House

WESTWOOD, Ohio - A public hearing is scheduled Wednesday night on whether or notthe city of Cincinnati should seize the historic Gamble House inWestwood.

The city has the authority under state law to seize the propertythrough eminent domain, if there is a legitimate publicpurpose.

City Council's Livable Communities Committee will hold thehearing, which will include short presentations by the City LawDepartment as well as the Westwood Historical Society.

The historic mansion on Werk Road was home to James Gamble, theson of the founder of Procter & Gamble. James Gamble inventedIvory Soap and also served as Mayor of Westwood.

The mansion is owned by the Greenacres Foundation. The ownerwants to tear down the home in order to build a children'seducational park. Many Westwood residents are opposed to theproposal and are trying to save the historic home.

Cincinnati City Council designated part of the property ahistoric district in May.

The public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at MidwaySchool, located at 3156 Glenmore Avenue in Westwood.  Thepublic will be allowed to speak for no longer than two minutes eachat the hearing.