If you have seen the construction at the corner of Victory Parkway and Asmann Avenue, it is a massive retaining wall that is being installed prior to the beginning of building the 52-unit senior apartment complex. This represents at least a partial victory for the Paddock Hills Assembly and NANA to be heard regarding our concerns about the selection of this site for this project.
Our comments included concerns about design, parking and other variances passed over our objections by the City of Cincinnati zoning examiner. We also voiced strong objections to substantial technical errors of the zoning administrator and examiner in giving the developer a free pass on all hillside development requirements. We understand that the developer withdrew the construction permits and updated the plans to include this retaining wall.
Eric Russo, of the Hillside Trust, says this retaining wall is an excellent design that apparently includes uphill drainage. All of our comments about zoning map inadequacies and inappropriate variances at this appear to have been justified.
The efforts of Paddock Hills Association and the support of North Avondale Neighborhood Association appear to have resulted in a massive improvement in hillside protection and, we hope, more consideration of our voices in future developments in our neighborhoods.