Anna Louise Inn

The Anna Louise Inn opened its doors in 1909 with the goal of providing safe and affordable housing for single women. Last month it moved from the Lytle Park building that had been its home for more than a century to a new site in Mount Auburn, the result of a protracted legal battle with Western & Southern Financial Group. In its 106 years, the Inn has served thousands of women from a wide range of circumstances.

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Cincinnati Union Bethel is on the verge of opening a new Anna Louise Inn in Mt. Auburn.

The opening comes two years after agreeing  to sell its downtown location housing low-income women to Western & Southern Financial Group for $4 million.

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Subject to certain conditions, Cincinnati Union Bethel has agreed to sell the Anna Louise Inn to Western & Southern Financial Group for $4 million. A news release from W&S and CUB says, as a result, all litigation will be dismissed.

Under the plan, Anna Louise Inn residents will be allowed to stay at the current location for two years while a new space with larger living areas is completed. The Anna Louise Inn will keep the same name.

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Both the Anna Louise Inn and the company suing it are claiming victory in an appeals court ruling Friday.

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With court battles swirling around them, Western and Southern and the Anna Louise Inn have two different visions for the Lytle Park area in Cincinnati.

When Western Southern executives look out the window they see a potential redevelopment that could attract business,entertainment, and residents. Vice President Michael Laatsch says a UC economic study found this plan could generate 400 million over 30 years.

"Cincinnati's version of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia or Gramercy Park in New York City and similar to what's happening to Washington Park here in Cincinnati."

Anna Louise Inn attorney Tim Burke says the Historic Conservation Board voted unanimously this afternoon to approve the Inn as a conditional use. He said the use will not change.

The request is the latest plan to allow renovation for the 103 year old building. Months ago Western and Southern filed suit blocking any fix up. The company offered to buy the Lytle Park building and wants to turn it into luxury condominiums.

The historic downtown building houses low-income women.

Attorneys for the Anna Louise Inn will go before the Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board this afternoon for a second time. The board issued a favorable report last week. The 103 year old building housing low-income women is in need of renovation and attorney Tim Burke is trying a new tactic.

"Now we're asking the city to approve the entire Anna Louise Inn as a conditional use or a special assistance shelter but the uses won't change."