Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The final chapter of Cincinnati's Kelo fight draws near

Those who teach or care about the case of Norwood v. Horney, a 2006 Supreme Court of Ohio post-Kelo case that restricted the state's use of economic development takings, will be interested to know that there appears to be an end to the story that provides an interesting book-end to Kelo.  While the city won in Kelo at the U.S. Supreme Court, it lost the Pfizer plant it hoped to build in the poverty-stricken city.  In Horney, the city lost in court but, in the end, it got to build a complex called Rookwood Exchange.

To build, the developers paid the remaining holdout--er, property rights advocate self-styled as a Mrs. Kelo on the banks of the Ohio--$1.25 million for the boarded-up property below [updated:  previous image link stopped working]. 

Only three homes remain in a fenced-off area marked for construction in Norwood that was the planned site for the Rookwood Exchange development.

The project broke ground in 2011 and comes to full fruition this year.  Click here to see more of the Rookwood Exchange as built out

H/t to my sister, who stayed at the Marriott on the site and tells me it's quite nice. 

Stephen R. Miller

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