A majority of Cincinnati City Council voted today to give a development company over $1.356 million dollars in federal housing dollars for an affordable housing project in Pendleton.
But that is less than the $1.9 million the city administration had proposed for the plan to rehab 40 units in the neighborhood.
Some council members wanted to hold back $543,000 for a permanent supportive housing project in Avondale that would not have been available if the Pendleton developer, Wallick-Hendy Development had gotten the entire $1.9 million.
Cincinnati Council could vote later this month on an amendment for how it spends federal housing dollars. The proposal would shift $1.8 million dollars to an affordable housing project in Pendleton. That plan would rehab 40 units in the neighborhood.
But at least two council members want to know why this proposal could be funded, while a plan for permanent supportive housing in Avondale still has not received city dollars. That more than $500,000 request has been pending city review for nearly a year.
The Horseshoe Casino is a big, shiny new attraction near some old Cincinnati neighborhoods. It is right across the street from Pendleton and within walking distance of Over-the-Rhine. So what do those communities think of the casino now that it has been open for a year?
“On a scale of one to ten, I would give them a ten,” said Tabatha Anderson, the current president of the Pendleton Neighborhood Council. “If I could give them higher I would.”