Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is proposing to invest $550 million in the Avondale neighborhood. But not everyone in the community agrees with what’s being proposed.
Patricia Milton is Avondale Community Council’s president. She said many of her neighbors say no to a garage expansion of 1,100 parking spaces and the construction of a 600,000-square-foot critical care building. The facility will include new intensive care and emergency units.
Milton said, “They brought it to a meeting and said here it is, and that’s not the way we work in Avondale. We work hard to be a part of what’s going on in the neighborhood.”
Dr. Steve Davis is the hospital’s chief operating officer. He said the first priority was building a facility that will allow for the best patient care.
Thursday night, a public hearing in the neighborhood brought out hundreds of people who were passionate on both sides of the issue.
Davis said, “This really is an amazing place, but when you live in the community you want to know how it actually impacts you. So I could understand their passion about it.”
Residents say it’s a continuation of dismantling the neighborhood and displacing residents.
Milton said, “We’ve lost over 300 homes in the last few years. Some of it we have agreed to for development projects, but we are not agreeing to this.”
The project will take out 25 homes. City leaders could vote on a zoning change as early as next week.