Every leader has to answer tough questions. Every good office holder needs to answer tough questions asked by the voters and city officials. As a candidate to represent Ward 2 on the Blue Ash City Council, I’ve gotten a chance to answer some tough questions.
Recently the League of Women Voters and the Cincinnati Enquirer sent all the candidates for local offices a series of questions. Some were easy (what’s your name). Some were very hard (in 250 characters or less, what qualifies you for the office you seek). I encourage you to read the answers of both candidates before you make your choice. Of course, on each of the sites, you will find answers about all the offices you will find on your ballot November 2. Read More
Blue Ash City Council met in August for a work session to hear more information about Circle Development’s proposal for the property on the northeast corner of Kenwood and Cooper Roads. TLDR: After a market analysis, the developer took out plans for a hotel and replaced it with additional space for entertainment, retail, and small offices. The City’s planning consultant testified that the proposal was obviously designed to meet the City’s Downtown Strategy Plan that Council approved last year.
The City did a great job getting the word out about this meeting including it in their News and Information email the next week. You can read their coverage and watch a video of the work session with all of the details. Don’t get the News and Information email from Blue Ash? Sign up here.
In the May 13 meeting of the Blue Ash City Council, members moved to direct city staff to draft legislation that, if passed, would allow “low-speed” and “under-speed” vehicles on city roads with speed limits of 35 MPH or lower. Additionally, they set a hearing on a request to allow a mixed use development on the site of the former P&G east campus, moved forward the HAM Plainfield Roundabout, and other routine business. Read on for details. Read More
The proposed agenda for the 7:00 PM, May 13 City Council meeting includes action advancing the HAM Plainfield Road Roundabout construction and design work for the Town Square Renovation. The memo to City Council from the City Manager is here. It appears this meeting will be in-person only. I’ll comment below with what I hear.
The City of Blue Ash has published the photos and a video of the development concept presented to City Council by Circle Development. They also published an article confirming my reports from the mid-April council meeting. Be sure to check it out – it includes a timeline for Town Square park updates.
Representatives of Raymond Schneider’s Circle Development made a presentation to Blue Ash City Council on April 8 about proposed project at the corner of Kenwood and Cooper Roads (Hosbrook Property and Ringo Lanes). The clearest news came with so many qualifiers and maybes that the final outcome is little more than a guess. However, the information presented did reveal the developer’s wishes and is a starting point for the discussion. Read on to learn what is known now and where the process goes from here. Read More