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Friday, July 23, 2021

Affordable Housing Project Proposal Withdrawn from Fort Thomas Planning Commission Agenda

A meeting of minds on the plot of land where a 48-unit affordable housing apartment community was to be proposed. The proposal was withdrawn before a public hearing could be set. (June, 2019). FTM file. 

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by Robin Gee

A proposal for a 48-unit affordable housing apartment community on Memorial Parkway has been withdrawn by the developer, even before setting a public hearing date before the Fort Thomas Planning and Zoning Commission. 

The proposed named for the project was to be called Cityscape Apartments. 

The property under consideration was a small portion of land in Fort Thomas that borders Newport across from Stardust Point. This was the first public notice that a developer intended to build on the land, which would trigger a series of public meetings. Because the agenda item was withdrawn, even before a public hearing could be set, it's not yet clear what the Planning Commission - or eventually city council - would need to consider. 

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According to their website, the developer, Wallick-Hendy Development Company, is known for senior living and affordable apartment community projects. Based in New Albany, Ohio, another arm of the firm provides management of senior and apartment communities.


A proposal for an affordable housing project would have been across from Stardust Point along Memorial Parkway bordering Newport. That proposal has been withdrawn by the developer.

The Planning Commission would have set a public hearing date for the project at its July meeting, but with the withdrawal, no action will be taken. The land is currently undeveloped. 

It's somewhat of a rare occurrence for a project to make the agenda, only to be removed before setting a public hearing. Fort Thomas Matters has reached out to the developer to learn why the request was withdrawn or whether they intend to refile, but has not heard back from the developer at the time of publishing. Also unclear, at this point, is whether or not the address of the housing apartment community would have been in Fort Thomas or Newport. 

Fort Thomas Planning Commission agenda for next Wednesday, July 28. Click image to enlarge. 


A public hearing on a new taphouse 

The next Planning Commission meeting, to be held on Wednesday, July 28, will provide an opportunity to discuss a new family friendly taphouse and bottle shop in Fort Thomas. A public hearing for that project is set for 7 p.m. directly before the regular meeting.

The Post taphouse will be located at 1136 S. Fort Thomas Avenue. The stage one plan by owner, Lindsay King Keogh, will be presented for public review.

RELATED: Fort Thomas Planning Commission to Set Public Hearing for New Taphouse

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