Tuesday, March 28, 2006

CityLink Still Trying To Force The Issue

CityLink supporters considering their options
By Jay Hanselman 3/27/2006 5:30:46 PM



Supporters who want to build a one-stop social services facility in the West End are still considering their options. Last month, the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals withdrew a certificate that would have allowed the CityLink center to be built on Bank Street. They have until April 13th to decide whether to appeal to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. Representative Elizabeth Moore says right now they’re presenting their plans to various stakeholders in the community. She says after that they'll decide the next step. Moore says another site is possible if it meets the nine criteria needed for the project. Some of those include size, safety and easy access. The Zoning Board ruled the facility was not appropriate for Bank Street because a social service facility cannot be located there. Project opponents have complained about the size of the proposed CityLink center and its proximity to three schools in the West End.

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Before the zoning board rejected the zoning for the CityLink Center, CityLink officials refused to meet with stakeholders. Jay Hanselman himself covered a meeting at City Hall between the City administration, stakeholders and CityLink. The only catch being that CityLink blew it off.

Remember that when the West End Community Council voted unanimously to oppose the project, CityLink officials were unfazed:

"We are going ahead with our plans," said Rodger Howell, executive director of CityCure, one of the five social service agencies planning the center. "The city zoning allows us to build the center. It doesn't matter what the council says."

Now that they got their ass handed to them at the zoning appeal, they suddenly care what other people have to say. It is a little late in the game for the "honest" approach. They shouldn't have been ducking meetings at the outset. They shouldn't have bought off our community council President. They shouldn't have tried to ram this down our throats against the wishes of our community in the first place.

So now they want dialogue. And the only reason that they are talking now is because they bought a 1.4 million dollar property that they can't use.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Nate Livingston said...

I hate White people.

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CityCLINK must have bought off the Enquirer's Bronson with a case of cool-aid. Did anyone see the story of the mental health hospital sending their overflow by cab 40 miles to dump their problems off to the ghetto.
All cabs will be headed to CityCLINK. Bronson must not have attended the zoning hearing. The CityCLINK people's testimony under oath proved all their public statements were lies.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Deep Throat said...

Citylink is making a concerted media campaign behind the scenes. They have been doing so for weeks. Expect things to pick up as we approach the appeal.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Male Dallory said...

Peter Bronson is a big fan of CityLink. I have no idea why.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete likes cool-aid....that's why

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dale,
Did you like your April 1st letter?
your pal,
Male Dallory

6:18 PM  
Blogger Male Dallory said...

I thought I was Male Dallory. And what in the hell is the April 1st letter?

Anyone can feel free to send me interesting tidbits at:

Impeachmallory@yahoo.com

I deal in facts, innuendo, baseless allegations, conspiracy theories, whatever as long as you keep it interesting.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent Dale a list questions for April 1st.
I think you may have them.
your pal,
The real Male Dallory.

Do you deal in Civil Conspiricies?

8:08 PM  
Blogger WestEndCincy said...

Why does Peter Bronson think it is a good idea to move the homeless from Over the Rhine to the West End? Why would it work well anywhere?

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Portabello said...

OTR has a rich history. Do we want our downtown to mirror the franchises of other cities? Do you want to capitalize on our uniqueness or do you want a Planet Hollywood.

Now I appreciate these West End pioneers but if forced to choose I say we save the OTR. Nobody forced these people to move down there. They should have a least taken a course in real estate before doing so.

1:00 PM  

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