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Development panel changes meeting site

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Northland Community Council development committee will be leaving the only home it has likely ever known.

Effective Wednesday, Sept. 26, the advisory panel's sessions will shift from the Minerva Park Community Center to the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd.

The committee's meetings start at 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month.

The Aug. 29 meeting was supposed to include discussion of, but no formal action on, a proposed apartment complex along Ulry Road. So many nearby residents opposed to the project turned out that the meeting room of the community center was filled to overflowing and dozens of people camped out on lawn chairs in front of the building.

That wasn't the direct reason for the move, which had been under consideration for around a year, but it did help serve to "seal the deal," committee chairman Dave Paul said last week.

"We were kind of pushing the limits as far as that room," he said.

While some development panel meetings have more members on hand than spectators or applicants, several developments on the eastern edges of the Northland Community Council's service area have resulted in packed gatherings in what normally serves as Minerva Park Village Council chambers.

"There is so much going on and to their credit, folks are trying to keep an eye on what's going on in that area," Paul said.

"It's perfectly understandable," Minerva Park Mayor Lynn Eisentrout said of the move.

Paul said he tracked former longtime Minerva Park Village council member Don Champney to an assisted living facility near Cincinnati to get some idea of how long the NCC committee has been meeting at the community center. Champney told Paul he was chairman of the panel in the late 1970s, so it's been at least that long.

"As far as I know, they've never met anywhere other than Minerva Park," Eisentrout said.

"While we have enjoyed meeting at the Minerva Park Community Center for many years and appreciated our hosts, including Mayor Lynn Eisentrout, this new location offers more meeting space, virtually unlimited parking, a number of audiovisual aids and additional flexibility and comfort for both our presenters and community members," Paul wrote in an email announcing the new location.

In addition to all those benefits, he said he thinks holding the sessions at the Northland Performing Arts Center, home of Vaud-Villities Productions Inc., will serve to call more attention to "what we feel strongly is a good community asset."

"We kind of see that as a win-win," Paul said.

For Eisentrout, it means much more of a commute on the final Thursday of the month.

"I'm happy to move with the group," she said.

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