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On May 19 a yellow house on Grace Avenue in Mt. Lookout met the wrecking ball. The home stood for more than one hundred years. Some neighbors called it historic. But the new owner said that historic character had long since been stripped away. Now the site of this demolition, and others in Mt. Lookout and Hyde Park, have ignited a debate over the lot-splitting and sub-dividing of homes in these increasingly desirable neighborhoods.

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Update 9/4/15 @ 12:25pm:  The Cincinnati Planning Commission has rejected a proposal that could have slowed development activities in Hyde Park for several months.  

The commission voted unanimously Friday morning against a zoning study of the entire neighborhood, and implementing an interim development control overlay district, or IDC, during such a review.  That would have meant any project proposed after the overlay was established would have to go through extra scrutiny before moving forward. 

At least three Cincinnati Council Members are expressing concern after the city manager removed an item from the city planning commission's November 21st meeting regarding Wasson Way.  

Harry Black said he asked the item be removed because he did not believe it had been thoroughly vetted.  Black is also a member of the planning commission.  

Council Member Yvette Simpson said that action could mean there is an extra level of review for some items.