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Mt. Adams residents raising opposition to taller buildings

Update 09/10/14 at 3:30 PM:  Mount Adams residents are opposing a city proposal to change the zoning code to allow taller buildings in their neighborhood.  Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Wednesday he agrees with them. 

The plan is part of a broader zoning overhaul.  Mayor Cranley said his administration inherited the issue.

"I'm not sure it's worth pursuing in light of the kind of negative reaction we're getting everywhere we go with it," Cranley said.  "I'm not proposing this and I'm not sure candidly that the zoning code needs a lot of fixing."

Cranley is calling for council's Neighborhoods Committee to hold a hearing to discuss the issue.

Original post: Mount Adams residents opposed to a change in the city's zoning code will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to present signed petitions against the proposal. 

Kurt Meier, Chair of the Mt. Adams Planning and Development Committee, said  the city is trying to change the code to allow building heights of 85 feet in the neighborhood.  The current regulation is 35 feet.

"We think that the density of that type of development, if allowed on various streets throughout Mt. Adams, would just wreck the integrity and beauty of the community," he said.

More than 450 Mount Adams residents have signed a petition opposing the change to the zoning code. 

The press conference to present the petitions is at 4 p.m. Wednesday.  Meier said city council and the mayor have been invited to attend.  The residents are hoping to find out what their positions are on the proposal, and ultimately that it be shelved permanently.