East Walnut Hills Development Moves Forward

Oct 30, 2017

A proposed redevelopment of the former Anthem site in East Walnut Hills is another step closer to happening.

City Council's neighborhoods committee approved a zone change Monday and the full council votes Wednesday.

The multi-phase plan would eventually have 450 residential units, 35,000 square feet of commercial space and another 100,000 square feet of office space.

It will include senior housing, condos and town homes. The final mix for housing units will be market driven, but the first phase is mostly rental units.

Rae Vuic lives in the neighborhood and is a member of the East Walnut Hills Assembly. She says developers listened to residents' concerns.

"The developers have been willing to come to the table with us, have been willing to make some changes," Vuic says. "We're trying to understand their constraints and they're trying to understand our concerns. So we feel confident, as confident as we can, it's been a good process so far and we think it will continue."

Vuic says she and others hope future phases will include housing units that are not all rentals.

The site is between William Howard Taft Road, Bell Place, East McMillan and Woodburn Avenue.

Construction on the first phase could begin later this year. The final phase is not expected to be complete until 2027.