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In all of my time on this earth and listening to city politics and drama this ranks near the top of my list of petty fights that didn't have to happen. I bet this whole saga is what lead to the resignation of our promising new park board head Wade Walcutt. W&S could have just trimmed or thinned the existing trees a bit to get a better view or whatever their reasoning to cut them down was, but NOooooooo they had to go all scorched earth and prove their dominance over that little spot of earth. Im surprised they aren't salting the soil as we speak.

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16 hours ago, taestell said:

 

Cincinnati Park Board has now paused the renovation of Lytle Park "indefinitely" because Western & Southern has decided to sue to park board and withhold the funding that they previous promised.

 

Again...W&S thinks Lytle Park is their own private lawn for their corporate campus and they do not care about nearby residents or anyone else that wants to use this public park. They are not a good neighbor.

you should probably update this. since it is not true.

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^ My post was based on this tweet from a WCPO reporter which claimed that there was pending litigation between W&S and the Park Board:

 

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INBOX: Lytle Park renovation project paused "indefinitely," due to "pending litigation" with Western-Southern.

 

The Park Board’s letter also says there are "multiple lawsuits" so I don’t think that the residents suing the Park Board is the only lawsuit. It also does explicitly say that W&S is withholding the funding that they previously promised for the construction and ongoing maintenance of the park. So I'm not sure what about my post is "not true."

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I bet this whole saga is what lead to the resignation of our promising new park board head Wade Walcutt.

I’ve heard the issue there (and it was an issue from the start) was personality more than anything. 

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This project is very expensive, but what is clear is that expensive isn't always better, and in my opinion often just looks tacky. It has a certain Vegas/gilded vibe that don't like, and it just does a really bad job of accentuating the historic structure. The old brick was covered over with drywall, you can all it "Venetian plaster" all you want, but instead of repairing the brick around where the old front porch was removed they just furred the whole thing. A glass atrium between two hundred year old brick buildings could have been a pretty incredible space, instead we got an upscale hotel lobby.

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Just now, taestell said:

This whole project just feels... off.

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You mean the fact that the structural columns are covered in garish ornament while the main entrance to all the guest rooms is a plain drywall hole? In the middle of your picture there was a Rookwood tile water fountain that was removed, I hope they put it back...

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1 hour ago, taestell said:

This whole project just feels... off.

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It feels like the Holiday Inn, Airport location, just add a couple fountains in the middle and bam! 

 

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It looks like an old 1980's Holiday Inn off the Ohio Turnpike in Perrysburg.


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Wow the Perrysburg Holidome was way more intense than the Zanesville one or the Montpelier OH one that has been home to the R/C Monster Truck and Pulling World Championships for 30 years:

 

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1 hour ago, westerninterloper said:

The Perrysburg Holidome "French Quarter" closed in 2019. 

 

Terrible news!  I met the legendary C-Dawg there!

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11 hours ago, taestell said:

This whole project just feels... off.

 

 

To be fair it is still in progress, once they bring in the "Cars of Elvis" and collection of Liberace pianos it will all tie together.

 

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On 1/8/2020 at 1:04 PM, taestell said:

This whole project just feels... off.

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I will say that this space feels a ton better now that it's full of stuff even it's still not my style. They also replaced the Rookwood tile water fountain and the rooftop bar and event space is really really nice. The only problem with the roof is that it overlooks a now desolate Lytle Park. 

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“To an Ohio resident - wherever he lives - some other part of his state seems unreal.”

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It’s pretty terrible timing that’s for sure, if they weren’t months behind schedule this wouldn’t have been an issue but this is a pretty sh*tty time to try and open a hotel, bar and restaurant.

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