Some in the Forest Hills School District were hoping to see a new Anderson High School on desirable land overlooking Beechmont Avenue, where Anderson Township meets the city of Cincinnati.
Others in the township have placed their hopes in an expanded Beech Acres park.
Looks like the sought after real estate owned by the Beech Acres Parenting Center along Beechmont Avenue won’t be the residence either.
The odds now appear favorable for a senior citizen’s residence located on at least part of the parental center property.
NP Development has a contractual agreement to purchase approximately 12 acres on the west side of the Beech Acres Parenting Center property, according to Anderson Township administrator Vicky Earhart. Half of the area is in Anderson Township, the other half in the city of Cincinnati.
A zone change hearing is scheduled for the Hamilton County Regional Zoning Commission at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 5 at the Hamilton County Administrative Building, 138 E. Court St., Eighth Floor. The regional zoning will send its recommendation to the Anderson Township Zoning Commission, which may hold a hearing at its October 23 meeting. The final approval or rejection of the change of zone is the responsibility of the district trustees.
Favorable zoning would allow the developer to build an assisted living facility, Stonecrest Senior Living, at 6881 Beechmont Ave.
As proposed, the development would be a two-story building on the township’s six acres and provide assisted living and memory care space for clients.
For much of 2015 and into early 2016, the Beech Acres Parenting Center property on Beechmont Avenue was the center of attention. In early 2015, the Anderson Park District announced plans to purchase land in Beech Acres, including the RecPlex, which is leased by the Parent Center. Shortly after this announcement, a proposal called the Anderson 2020 plan surfaced. The plan proposed to build a new Anderson High School on the land and a mixed-use development for the existing AHS campus.
The Forest Hills Education Council, the Anderson Park District Commissioners Council and the Anderson Township Board of Trustees all met to discuss the proposal. The discussions ultimately led the park district to remove an operating tax from the ballot to allow for the full review of the new school / multi-use development concept.
Ultimately, the board of education found the Anderson 2020 plan to be unrealistic. Negotiations for the purchase of the land on behalf of the park district between the township and the parent center ended in February 2016.