500 Hyde Park homes at center of mapping debate

By Rontina McCann – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX 19) - Five hundred homes and the Hyde Park Country Club are at the center of a mapping debate.

An area called Hyde Park East, off of Erie on Hampton Lane, Forest Hills, Broadview Drive and Country Club Drive, is all in the Oakley community, according to one map.

The Cincinnati Community Council map is what the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) uses to classify where homes are listed for sale on its web site. On that map the area in question is in Oakley, not Hyde Park.

Even though the homeowners there say historically this area is considered Hyde Park and they pay taxes on property values in the Hyde Park area. That is because homeowners we spoke with tell us on the Hamilton County Auditor's map, their homes are in Hyde Park.

There are several real estate issues homeowners have with being mapped into Oakley. First, if a home is for sale and a home buyer wants to live in Hyde Park, when they search the MLS these homes aren't listed.

Homeowners are also worried the classification will eventually lower their property value.

The city of Cincinnati says the communities boundaries map was not created for the purpose of placing value on property. It is for community notifications and meetings. However, it is what MLS designated to use on their database for realtors.

City officials say the way to fix the issue is the Hyde Park and Oakley community councils have to amend their community boundaries map and get the city's approval.

A grassroots effort is going on in the community, the group has a web site Hyde Park East.

Oakley has a community meeting Aug. 3. Hyde Park's meeting is Aug. 10.

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