Metropole tenants file lawsuit

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Residents at the Metropole apartments in downtown Cincinnati filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to stop the development of the apartments into an upscale hotel.

The lawsuit is being filed against 3CDC, the city of Cincinnati and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The building is currently being used for low-income apartments, but 3CDC wants to convert it to an luxury hotel, contemporary arts museum and restaurant. The organization says they would help find current residents find a place to live.

The Metropole is located on walnut across from the Aronoff Center. 3CDC sees the space as an arts and entertainment district.

Terrence Brennen, the lawyer for tenants of the Metropole says, "The Metropole, which in itself is a racially integrated affordable housing going to be destroyed in the context of this re-segregation of downtown into this upscale, predominantly white, community of upscale housing."

Cincinnati City Council has approved $2.5 million in funding toward the project.

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