BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) - Downtown Blue Ash has a mixture of professional people, families, empty nesters and retirees. A battle is brewing over building a 218-unit luxury apartment complex right in the middle of the downtown area.
The plan is to demolish the old Thriftway building near Hunt and Kenwood Roads and build two four-story housing units with a four-story parking garage in the middle of it.
Several dozen residents attended the city council meeting Wednesday night to protest the proposal. "I don't want that massive thing in my back yard," said Cecilia Kloecker, a long-time resident who lives in the neighborhood next to the proposed site.
But Michael Copfer with Hill Properties, a division of Blue Ash Properties, which is the developer for the project said, "It's going to be the most luxurious apartment complex within miles. People are going to be proud to say they live there. It will be top notch, complete with everything state of the art including a fitness center and swimming pool." He added that it will have one and two bedroom units which will range in price from $1,500 to $2,000 per month.