Housing agency votes to buy land in Green Township

CMHA would buy about 3 acres near North Bend Road

GREEN TWP., Ohio - The region's public housing agency voted Tuesday evening on a proposal to buy five parcels of land on the southern edge of Green Township for a new project.

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) voted five to two in favor of purchasing land between North Bend Road and Boudinot Avenue.

If approved, CMHA has tentative plans to build a 50-unit, multi-family rental project there.

The proposed project is part of Green Township's settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), reached in January 2012.

Township trustees had sued HUD the previous summer, alleging the township was being unfairly singled out for subsidized housing.

As part of the settlement, township trustees agreed to allow construction of 32 additional units of subsidized housing in Green Township – less than the 68 units, and possibly more, that CMHA had once envisioned for the area.

The township currently has 105 public housing units.

Under the deal before CMHA, the agency would buy five parcels. They are 3320 Dickinson Road, for $14,900; and 4166, 4176, 4186 and 4238 North Bend Road, for $625,000.

The project likely would include a mixture of subsidized and affordable units, said CMHA spokeswoman Kelly Kramer.

Some Westwood and Cheviot residents are upset about the proposal, noting it borders their neighborhoods. Activists there have said their neighborhoods already are oversaturated with subsidized housing.

CMHA's board of commissioners met Tuesday to decide on the purchase. The meeting was held at The Reserve on South Martin, 7363 Martin St., in Mount Healthy.

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