Thursday, May 29, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

Teen dies in Goshen; Cleves woman injured

A 17-year-old Goshen Township boy was killed Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Ohio 48 in Clermont County, while a Cleves woman was critically injured in an earlier accident in Whitewater Township.

The teen's vehicle left Ohio 48 near Lois Lane and struck a tree about 4:30 p.m., the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. His name was being withheld late Wednesday pending notification of relatives.

Kimberly Engle, 32, was in critical condition Wednesday night at University Hospital after a 7:25 a.m. accident in which her car collided with a concrete mixing truck in the 5700 block of Ohio 128.

She tried to turn her 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier onto Ohio 128 from Westbrook Village Mobile Home Park, but collided with the truck, which was traveling south, police said.

The truck driver, Gary Allen, 35, of Middletown was not injured.

Both drivers were alone in their vehicles and were wearing seat belts.

Zone variance granted for Audi dealership

MONTGOMERY - The Joseph family is one step closer to opening an Audi dealership where a historic restaurant once stood.

The board of zoning appeals unanimously OK'd two variance requests Tuesday pertaining to lot size and lighting at 9678 Montgomery Road.

The 2-acre site was once home to Chester's Road House. The Joseph family has already razed the building.

At a 6 p.m. June 4 hearing, council will receive comment on a conditional-use permit that the Joseph family needs. Final approval could be given in July.

Liquor license for Bengals to be renewed

The liquor license for Paul Brown Stadium will be renewed by the Sunday deadline, the Ohio Division of Liquor Control said Wednesday after being notified that the license-holder's tax problems have been at least partly resolved.

The Department of Taxation had held up the renewal, saying Tuesday that Ogden Corp. was delinquent in paying state sales and/or withholding taxes.

Ogden was originally hired by the Bengals to provide food and beverage concessions, but its business has since been bought by Aramark.

The Division of Liquor Control received a letter from the Department of Taxation on Wednesday allowing a license renewal, but only on the condition that the company comply "with any payment plan established by the Attorney General's Office" and continues to pay taxes as they come due.

Bronner House to be sold to local builder

LOVELAND - City Council has given City Manager Fred Enderle the green light to negotiate the sale of Bronner House with DeVol Construction Services.

The Loveland-based company was one of two that offered to purchase the late 19th century structure sitting on the south end of Nisbet Park, near the city's bicycle trails.

DeVol's offer was $32,500. As the purchaser, the company also will receive a $30,000 community development block grant to renovate the structure.

Representatives of Little Miami Inc., a nonprofit conservation group, have said they're interested in opening a trail center and lab in the house. DeVol has agreed to do so, saying it would allow the group to use rent-free space for 10 years.

The rest of Bronner House will be used for offices and retail space.

Norwood approves Cornerstone deals

NORWOOD - Council approved new service, redevelopment and tax-increment financing agreements Tuesday for Cornerstone of Norwood, a $44 million mixed-use project that could break ground in July.

The original agreements had to be amended after Al Neyer Inc. and Ackermann Group amended their plans in December.

Because the developers couldn't land a blue-chip retailer, they announced that they would build two office towers, encompassing 250,000 square feet of space, instead of one office building and retail store.

A restaurant and parking garage are included in their plans for a 4-acre triangular piece of property bounded by Interstate 71 and Smith and Williams roads.

County considers task force on doctors

In reaction to recent reports about the doctor supply in Greater Cincinnati lagging behind other Midwest cities, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune said Wednesday that the county should form a task force to discuss ways to address the issue.

"We have a significant investment in health care in Hamilton County,'' Portune said. "I think Hamilton County can provide the leverage and leadership to make (a task force) happen.''

County commissioners are expected to discuss the task force idea in more detail next week.




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