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Ft. Mitchell Says No to Proposed Apartment Development

Ft. Mitchell city council on Monday evening unanimously rejected a proposed apartment project on Grandview Drive.

Two weeks ago, council had indicated that this was the direction in which the development was headed when all members voiced opposition during a first reading to deny a request to create a map amendment to the city's zoning code, changing an 11.7-acre site from single-family and professional office to multi-family residential.

The plan from developers Paul Darpel and David Noll was to create three newly constructed apartment buildings with a total of 53 one-bedroom units and 53 two-bedroom units.

Some families whose children attend Beechwood Independent Schools had voiced opposition to the project, arguing that the school district was nearing capacity and that a residential development project, particularly one with rental units, would offer other families an easier path to move into the city and enroll kids into the coveted top-performing schools. 

The developers countered that a professional analysis of the potential impact of the development on the schools would be minimal.

The project received a favorable recommendation from the Kenton County Planning Commission, of which Darpel is chairman, though he recused himself from the proceedings. A staff report from Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS) recommended that the commission disapprove the application.

Monday night's meeting in Ft. Mitchell lasted about five minutes, with the apartment project the only business item on the council's agenda.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher