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The Rookwood Exchange eminent domain trial...from today's Enquirer:

 

Protesters, including homeowner Carl Gamble of Norwood, rally against eminent domain abuse early Monday morning outside the Hamilton County Courthouse. (Gary Landers photo)

 

Trial pits Norwood against its residents

Opponents rally at courthouse as eminent domain trial begins

 

By Sharon Coolidge

The Cincinnati Enquirer

 

If Rookwood Exchange is built in Norwood, it could bring more than 3,000 jobs to the city, a developer testified Monday.

 

That could mean up to $2.72 million a year in tax money for the city and up to $300,000 per year for the school district, according to Brian Copfer, a developer for the Miller-Valentine Group, which is working with Anderson Real Estate to bring the project to Norwood.

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I think it's important for Hamilton Co. to keep this development. It would be nice to see this go in at the old mill site near the new Meijer and Target in Oakley.

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kendall, are you familiar with Millworks? It's a plan for the site you're talking about in Oakley. I have no idea how it could sustain itself if the Rookwood Exchange project happens. That's just too much of the same type of retail for one area. Also, I have no faith in either developer. These will be garbage developments, full of parking with a building or 2 haphazardly placed.

 

http://www.cincinnatimillworks.com

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The more I think of Millworks the more I don't see it working. There is no visual presence off the interstate and shopping seems to depend on interstate access and frontage.

 

Millworks would be hidden. Don't get me wrong, I love the design but I am just not sold on the location. In theory it is great as they are replacing old factories with new and vibrant retail but with no interstate advertisement I don't know how well it would succeed.

 

As for Norwood, I hope the city is victorious so they can move on with development. The homeowners are getting over 2 times their value for their home - "cha ching"

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I agree that millworks is not easy to see from the highway, but most major retail and entertainment centers rely on word of mouth and general knowledge of their location and existence more than drive-by traffic.

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tear the whole city of Norwood down and everyones problems are solved. ......dont we all wish it was only that easy.

 

 

I went to Norwood Middle school back in the day, it WAS a pretty good school.

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Norwood Middle School...that was between October 8-24' date=' 1995, right? ;)[/quote']

 

 

 

lol

 

 

 

you may not believe me, but I actually made it through the entire year there!!!! I also attended Norwood schools in the 2nd and some of my 3rd grade year. All together, we lived in 4 different places in Norwood.

 

 

I should break out the 8th grade ID and scan it. That would be one embarrasing post!

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This was in today's Enquirer:

 

 

Developer cites blight study errors

Norwood miscounted 'negative factors'

By Steve Kemme

The Cincinnati Enquirer

 

Norwood declared a neighborhood blighted on the basis of a study rife with errors, a developer testified Wednesday.

 

The urban renewal study is a key document in a trial pitting five property owners against Norwood, which wants to use the blight designation to seize the property by eminent domain and transfer it to developers who would tear down the buildings and construct the Rookwood Exchange.

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If anyone can get a photo of the model mentioned in the article, please post it.

 

 

Crate & Barrel, others near deal at Rookwood

Retail project awaits ruling on right to eminent domain

Lisa Biank Fasig

Courier Staff Reporter

Crate & Barrel, Arhaus Furniture and several other retailers are in final negotiations with the proposed Rookwood Exchange, its developer said, and are ready to sign leases as soon as the project gets clearance.

 

 

"It wouldn't be right to lease-out with them (yet), but everything has been approved," said Mark Fallon, director of leasing at Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, which is behind the mixed-use project.

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"the discount shoe retailer DSW plans to expand its Rookwood Commons store into the Zany Brainy site."

 

yeah, lately i've been thinking that store is a little cramped...

 

 

(don't shop there, been there once, making facetious remark about behemoth shoe store, etc)

 

as far as rookwood exchange goes, it's summing up to be a perfect candidate for my boycott list.

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"the discount shoe retailer DSW plans to expand its Rookwood Commons store into the Zany Brainy site."

Are they going to add a PAYLESS?

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The saga continues...from today's Enquirer:

 

 

Rookwood backers, opponents file briefs

Argument is about 'eminent domain'

By Steve Kemme

The Cincinnati Enquirer

 

Does Norwood have the right to take private property needed for a developer's planned outdoor mall? Proponents and opponents presented arguments in written statements submitted Friday to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

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If Norwood can't use eminent domain to take property, "Norwood will suffer as a community, and those many residents of the area who want to move on will be left struggling in a neighborhood that time has passed by."

 

So true! Some people don't get it. Norwood is creating a enviroment that is attractive for new development and while many people bitch that the West Chesters and Deerfield are getting everything new and cool, here is an old town (inner burb - practically city) that is luring the development that outer burbs usually get.

 

I hope and pray this goes in favor of Norwood else the inner burbs are doomed. Of course I am generalizing because many will do just fine but while all the cool new trendy retail opens north, (in the soccer mom's point of view) the people will follow to only leave the loser population to rot away until they die.

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I guess you all are talking about a parcel adjacent or near to that shopping center where Joseph-Beth is at? If so thats interesting as I think the market there would be the affluent Hyde Park area. Norwood proper is further to the west, isn't it, along Montogomery Road.

 

Seems like Norwood is pretty agressive at redevelopement. It looks like they rebuilt their downtown (the intersection of Montgomery Road & the Norwood Lateral), or maybe that was an abandoned industrial site as I read there used to be a GM plant in Norwood.

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So true! Some people don't get it. Norwood is creating a enviroment that is attractive for new development and while many people bitch that the West Chesters and Deerfield are getting everything new and cool' date=' here is an old town (inner burb - practically city) that is luring the development that outer burbs usually get.

 

I hope and pray this goes in favor of Norwood else the inner burbs are doomed. Of course I am generalizing because many will do just fine but while all the cool new trendy retail opens north, (in the soccer mom's point of view) the people will follow to only leave the loser population to rot away until they die.[/quote']

 

I see your points, and I have mixed feelings on the subject. There are pros and cons to the deal for both sides.

 

Just a random thought (and I'm not saying this is right or wrong)...as for the "loser population" left behind, despite the increased (for a short time, at least) taxes that the city of Norwood will take in, it's doubtful that a sizable number of the residents of Norwood actually can use these developments. Norwood then prostitutes itself as a playground for the more monied.

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I guess you all are talking about a parcel adjacent or near to that shopping center where Joseph-Beth is at? If so thats interesting as I think the market there would be the affluent Hyde Park area. Norwood proper is further to the west' date=' isn't it, along Montogomery Road.[/quote']

 

Yeah, but it's still the city of Norwood. I believe the people within the questioned parcel live in Norwood proper, too.

 

Seems like Norwood is pretty agressive at redevelopement. It looks like they rebuilt their downtown (the intersection of Montgomery Road & the Norwood Lateral)' date=' or maybe that was an abandoned industrial site as I read there used to be a GM plant in Norwood.[/quote']

 

Yes, it was. It was pretty much a blank slate after the plant closed down.

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This parcel is technically in the Norwood city limits and I might add - barely. There is a little triangle on the east side of I-71 that is still Norwood and yes they are capitalized off the affluent Hyde Park area.

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but while all the cool new trendy retail opens north, (in the soccer mom's point of view) the people will follow to only leave the loser population to rot away until they die.

 

I respectfully submit that it is the loser population who follows the retail around to the fad township of the year.

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Here is an aerial of Norwood, Rookwood is in the middle and the homes effected are to the right or north of the plaza between I-71, Edwards and Rookwood.

 

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For what it is worth, I happened to see a small demostration in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse today. The signs said they were protesting misuse of the eminent domain laws.

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I'm glad the planned apartment buildings will be built out to the street instead of having parking between the buildings and the street. Hopefully the retail is reasonably accessible on foot, unlike Rookwood Commons and Pavilion.

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Rookwood is shaping up nicely to be on my shopping list. Bring the homes down and let's get this thing rolling. That area is becoming the new destination for shopping.

 

I would rather have these options in Rookwood than West Chester. Bring the homes down! I hope they rule in favor of Norwood!

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Judge rules in favor of Norwood in eminent domain case

Lisa Biank Fasig

Courier Staff Reporter

 

A Hamilton County Court judge today said that the city of Norwood can buy five properties through eminent domain, clearing way for development of the proposed Rookwood Exchange project. But attorneys for the holdout properties pledge to appeal.

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...after looking at that aerial I didn't know there was another shopping center behind Rookwood Commons.

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oh my, was there any option for a parking garage or underground parking instead? that complex looks like "the blob" taking over the city

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...after looking at that aerial I didn't know there was another shopping center behind Rookwood Commons.

 

Yes, that was actually Rookwood Phase I which consists of a Stein Mart, BW3's, Sofa Express, etc.. Typical "Strip Mall"

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At least the upcoming phase is mixed use in the sense that there will also be office and condos on the site. Not real mixed use, but better than all retail I suppose.

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A more recent article from the 9/25/04 Enquirer:

 

 

Jury judges price of Norwood home

First of five in eminent-domain battle

By Sharon Coolidge

Enquirer staff writer

 

A Hamilton County jury Friday put a price tag on the first of five properties at the heart of a two-year eminent domain battle in Norwood being watched nationally.

 

Jurors said Joe Horney's rental home on Atlantic Avenue is worth $233,000, which is $125,000 less than the $358,000 he argued that his property is worth. But the jury's value is $43,000 more than the $190,000 the city offered to pay for it so it could be torn down to make way for a high-end development.

 

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/09/25/loc_valuation25.html

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The whole thing is ridonculous. Those homes aren't blighted at all. Make the developer pay market rate if he must have this location. Norwood is certainly guilty of pandering to the developer. Rookwood Commons could have been soooo much better. It is the biggest waste of space anywhere. Have they ever heard of parking garages? They could have fit Rookwood Exchange on the property of Rookwood Commons if it were designed properly. In fact, people could be buying silverware at Crate & Barrel as we speak if he would have done it right - instead nothing but bitter people made so by a huge eminent domain fight. Man o man!

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Just an update...from the 10/21/04 Cincinnati Business Courier:

 

 

Nonprofit firm appeals Norwood eminent domain decision

 

A nonprofit law firm today appealed a county court decision that allowed the City of Norwood to forcibly acquire a rental property to make way for a mixed-use development.

 

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/dailyedition.html#6

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From the 11/8/04 Cincinnati Business Courier:

 

 

Crate & Barrel eyes Rookwood

Home furnishings chain negotiating to open first local store at Exchange

Lisa Biank Fasig

Courier Staff Reporter

 

Crate & Barrel, the popular home furnishings chain known for contemporary styles at moderate prices, has put Cincinnati back on its list of expansion sites, this time slating 2006 for a tentative store in Rookwood Exchange.

 

"We are in negotiations with them," said Bette Kahn, spokeswoman for the Chicago-based chain. "I think that Rookwood is the place."

 

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2004/11/08/story4.html

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ya crate & barrel is opening their Columbus eason location. Im not too big on the idea thou because it is taking theplace of VIrgin Record Store which I would much rather have

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So sad to hear Virgin is gone :(

 

It was the only one in Ohio.

 

Rumors have been going on that Ikea is eyeing Mason's new Lifestyle Center near King's Island. There is a plan for a 250,000 sq ft big box across Kings Mills from the Lifestyle Center. I will try and dig up the article.

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Here is a few things said about a store in Ohio.

 

Behind the Blue Wall

 

Oh, IKEA is Jen Funk Segrest, a web designer, part time medievalist and IKEA fanatic who lives near Cincinnati, Ohio. No room in her house is free of Ikea. Her living room and kitchen are swimming in it, and she drinks the ligonberry Koolaid proudly.

 

Oh, IKEA is her little venture to get Ohio on the Ikea radar and to report any Ikea sightings and rumors for ohio. Hopefully once we GET an Ikea it will become a fan and news site as well with sales announcements and such.

 

Press or anyone else, can contact the OHIKEA HQ at:

 

Jen Funk Segrest

3217 Keays Ave

Middletown, Ohio 45044

513-424-9202

jen@verybigdesign.com

 

Posted by jen at June 1, 2004 11:48 PM | TrackBack

 

Cømmënts Thåt Håve Bëën Mådë

 

I live in Shaker Hts Ohio {a suburb of Cleveland} and this mornings 7/24/04 Saturday Cleveland Plain Dealer included a copy of the 2005 IKEA catalog with a white sticker on the front cover: "Cleveland Home Delivery starting at only $79.00". The catalog was inside a plastic green,brown and white IKEApromotional plastic bag. On the front of the bag "Read our new Catalog inside, then visit the IKEA store to see more!". On the back of the bag in black magic marker was written the word "sample". I have no idea what this may mean. The IKEA website shows nothing for a location in Ohio.

 

Years ago I visited an IKEA store in Woodbridge Virginia and got hooked. Could this mailing be in

anticipation of a store opening?

 

Our Shaker Square area would be a perfect site for a new IKEA store.

Posted by: Pat at July 24, 2004 04:03 PM

 

The closest store to Cleveland is IKEA Pittsburgh, and I know a lot of other fans who make the drive a couple times a year.

Posted by: IKEA Fan at August 3, 2004 09:54 PM

 

I live in Northern Kentucky, actually in the greater Cincinnati loop. I have lived almost everywhere in the US and have found the Cincinnati area one of the WORST places to shop for house and home items. There are no options when it comes to shopping for variety, personality or character. Why the greater Cincinnati area is so bland is beyond me. We need IKEA for a creative perspective for shoppers as well as real competition for stores who continue to sell bland, unoriginal items.

IKEA, where are you????

Posted by: want IKEA here YeSTERDAY! at August 8, 2004 02:31 AM

 

Jen, I love your Oh,IKEA website. I'm crazy about IKEA as well, unfortunately I live in Columbus ohio, the nearest store is 3 hrs away.

I wrote a whole bench letters to the IKEA, and told them how much WE, OHIO "LOVE" to have a IKEA store.

I hope the IKEA will coming here SOON in the future!!

you know what? I think maybe we can get up a petition or something, let the IKEA real hear ohio's voice.

sue

Posted by: su at August 9, 2004 03:27 PM

 

I just complained to my wife that Chicago is getting a second IKEA, just 20 minutes south of Schaumburg (check the press releases on their web site) and that we here in Ohio seem to get nothing. I typed "ikea in ohio?" into Google and up came your web site. I am happy that there are like minded and dedicated Ikea fans ou there in this state. To put it in perspective, I am from Germany, IKEA shopper since, heck, the early 80s with now 3 IKEAs within 30 minutes driving distance from my German hometown. It is pretty tough to find decent modern furniture in this country and IKEA fills the void. I hope IKEA puts Ohio on its expansion list, rather than doubling up in areas already served by them.

Posted by: Björn Kemper at August 12, 2004 09:23 PM

 

I am so glad there's a group of people out there trying to lure Ikea ot Ohio! I make the drive to Pittsburgh several times a year. I can't believe they don't want to put one in Columbus. Imagine all the OSU students stocking up every fall! It's a central location that anyone in Ohio would drive to for Ikea.

 

Although having one in Dayton/Cincy is clsoer to me.. :-)

Posted by: Amy Maggart at August 17, 2004 04:20 PM

 

I e-mailed IKEA few weeks ago, about opening a store in Columbus Ohio, here was the e-mail the IKEA reply me:

 

Hello Su,

 

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Although we do our best

to respond to all e-mails as quickly as possible, responses have been

delayed due to technical difficulties. We do apologize for any

inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience.

 

We do recognize the potential customer base that exists for us in the

sate of Ohio; however, with only 18 stores currently in the U.S., we

have not committed to a timeframe for entering that market yet.

Currently, our focus is on building new stores in markets where we

already have a presence (Our economies of scale are what keep our

prices so low).

 

Your interest in IKEA coming to Columbus will be noted and forwarded

to the appropriate department. Please feel free to check back with

us at a later date, as we are still developing our plans for 2005,

2006, and 2007. You can also visit our website, to view a list of

stores that are currently on our timeline:

 

-New Haven, CT: Summer 2004

-Bloomington, MN: Summer 2004

-Philadelphia, PA: Summer 2004

-Tempe, AZ: Fall 2004

-Atlanta, GA: Summer 2005

 

We do hope that this information has been helpful, and we thank you

for your inquiry.

 

Best Regards,

Ricqui

IKEA Customer Care Center

Posted by: su at August 18, 2004 04:28 PM

 

In response to their reply, I wonder if they think listing Georgia or Connecticut will make us feel better?! I'm trying to keep the drive a little *under* 10-15 hours.

 

COMING SOON...another for the greater Dortmund, Germany area...making it their 16th! Everyone, grab your driving gear! Let's go!

Posted by: Kristina at August 26, 2004 01:55 PM

 

My sister works at IKEA in San Diego and she said there is definately a LOT of talk about a new IKEA store in Ohio. I think the best place for it would be somewhere between Dayton and Cincinnati or Dayton and Columbus. Cleveland doesn't need it because Pittsburgh isn't all that far away, but those of us in SW Ohio are screwed being about 5 hours away from Chicago and Pittsburgh. (I've been to both and Chicago is so much bigger and better, but Pitt isn't so busy) I'll let you know if I get anymore inside scoop from the sis.

Posted by: Heather at September 7, 2004 09:06 PM

 

Glad to see I'm not the only one wishing for IKEA in Ohio, though I must disagree that Cleveland doesn't need one. Cleveland is the major east-west corridor midpoint between Chicago and New York.

 

I think one of the big reasons that IKEA is focusing on existing markets is due to advertising. I work for a national retailer that likes to move into markets into pairs or threes. This way, we can put TV advertising on in the area, and it covers more than one store. Its like getting two for the price of one, and is a HUGE cost savings. This might be IKEA's strategy too.

 

Even though I'm a little biased toward Cleveland being the first Ohio location, I can see the logic behind Columbus. The city already has a wonderful retail base, and IKEA would certainly add to the shopping attraction. I also can see how it would be great with OSU just down the street.

 

Maybe if we all keep e-mailing IKEA they will get tired of hearing from us and start building here! (HA, well its worth a try anyway).

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Holy IKEA fanaticism! IKEA is throw-away crap. Go to a real furniture store, like Abode in Covington. But I admit, it is cheap and allows you to stay abreast of trends without breaking the bank.

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I'm a big crate and barrel fan. best of all the yuppie furnishings stores. much better than pottery barn. I'd like to see one here.

 

I just moved here from PHL, where we have 2 Ikeas within 15 miles of each other, and as cool and easy as it is to go there and spend $300 on knicknacks, Ikeas furniture is crapola. Now that college is becoming a distant memory, Ikea has less appeal to me, but I do think the area would be served well by one.

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unusualfire- thanks for the info

 

Ikea is of course kind of cheap and crappy. But it is a great option for those of us on budgets to get stuff that's passably decent looking- a $10 table there looks a whole lot better than one from Wally World or Big Lots. Then again, my girlfriend and I bought our couch and loveseat and Snooty Fox in Mariemont- so we got Indian Hills castoffs for cheap, which are undoubtedly better in quality.

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