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« Reply #105 on: January 09, 2009, 07:25:59 PM »
What about the Chic-Fil-A?
Doesn't Chic-Fil-A have a requirement that an area must be able to sustain a drive through line that makes a full rotation around the building and onto the street? Perhaps the Chic-Fil-A warrants weren't met. :laugh:
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« Reply #106 on: January 10, 2009, 06:42:12 AM »
What about the Chic-Fil-A?
Doesn't Chic-Fil-A have a requirement that an area must be able to sustain a drive through line that makes a full rotation around the building and onto the street? Perhaps the Chic-Fil-A warrants weren't met. :laugh:

How would that work in their mall stores?  ;)  I don't think Chic-Fil-A has anything so written in stone that a store couldn't be modified to fit a new profitable area.

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« Reply #107 on: January 10, 2009, 11:38:24 AM »
I think there is a different warrant for the malls, where the queues for Chick-Fil-A must be at a minimum three times as long as the lines for other places. That must be why the one in Northgate closed. ;)
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« Reply #108 on: January 21, 2009, 01:28:27 AM »
Randy, I'm curious - do you know how they managed to get the easements for the Catwalks? Seems like a lot of residents wouldn't want to give it up. Is it a property tax incentive?

It's interesting how suburbs are evolving to tackle the challenges they face.
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« Reply #109 on: January 21, 2009, 06:09:31 AM »
The catwalks were built along with the subdivisions.
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« Reply #110 on: January 21, 2009, 06:43:04 AM »
^Bingo!       It probably would be a pain to get the easements after the fact!
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« Reply #111 on: January 21, 2009, 02:12:42 PM »
What about the Chic-Fil-A?

I guess I’m not 100% sure that they are building a Chic-Fil-A, but it sure looks that way.  In the link I provided on 12/31/08, there is mention of a Chic-Fil-A.   Under Resolution #08-1013-L:  “…  4. That the Chic-Fil-A building be constructed in conformance with the building elevation plans previously submitted and approved…”
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« Reply #112 on: January 21, 2009, 02:16:45 PM »
Randy, I'm curious - do you know how they managed to get the easements for the Catwalks? Seems like a lot of residents wouldn't want to give it up. Is it a property tax incentive?

It's interesting how suburbs are evolving to tackle the challenges they face.

Also in that link from the Township meeting:  “The Board discussed the following issues related to the project: Elimination of the sidewalk connecting the dead-end of North Glen with Glenway Avenue….”   Anyone know why they would want to eliminate that catwalk?

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« Reply #113 on: January 21, 2009, 03:18:47 PM »
It's a quick way for criminals to get to the residential area and then make a fast escape!
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« Reply #114 on: January 21, 2009, 03:22:40 PM »
^ You know that is probably not far from the truth. 

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« Reply #115 on: January 21, 2009, 04:25:16 PM »
It's a quick way for criminals to get to the residential area and then make a fast escape!

I wouldn't put that philosophy past some of the folk over there!   They are still pretty heavily used though!
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« Reply #116 on: January 21, 2009, 06:46:07 PM »
I guess I’m not 100% sure that they are building a Chic-Fil-A, but it sure looks that way.  In the link I provided on 12/31/08, there is mention of a Chic-Fil-A.   Under Resolution #08-1013-L:  “…  4. That the Chic-Fil-A building be constructed in conformance with the building elevation plans previously submitted and approved…”

Certainly seems to be that way.  Maybe the Chic-fil-A was mentioned in conversation and the Trustees just went with it.

Also in that link from the Township meeting:  “The Board discussed the following issues related to the project: Elimination of the sidewalk connecting the dead-end of North Glen with Glenway Avenue….”   Anyone know why they would want to eliminate that catwalk?

Many conservative politicians look at public right-of-way as a source of crime.  In reality sidewalks and catwalks seem to generate more whiny elderly people than anything.  They seem to view the presence of people near their property, or god forbid, on their property as crime.  Old people vote, therefore these politicians take care of whatever "problems" they're complaining about.  In this case catwalks.

Unfortunately these catwalks serve as an effective transportation route for pedestrians.  Most specifically children walking to school.  In a day and age where many communities are vying for 'Safe Routes to School' money to be used for sidewalk/path construction that there are still places trying to get rid of their existing stock.

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« Reply #117 on: January 21, 2009, 11:50:02 PM »
It's a quick way for criminals to get to the residential area and then make a fast escape!

Yeah, we all know how those subdivisions are just infested with criminals.

I can't believe they're pushing to get rid of the poor layout's one redeeming quality.
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« Reply #118 on: January 22, 2009, 06:32:29 AM »

Yeah, we all know how those subdivisions are just infested with criminals.

I can't believe they're pushing to get rid of the poor layout's one redeeming quality.

David, David, David, you are so confused!  Good thing I'm here to help you out!   :wink2: What I meant was that the criminal element hanging around the Glenway area could park their cars in the retail establishments, walk up the catwalk to get easy access to the subdivision, do their damage, and quickly get out!!
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« Reply #119 on: January 23, 2009, 01:26:44 AM »
Glenway isn't that bad. My old elementary school was off of Glenway - father south east but I'm familiar with that area. I don't think it's even close to being bad enough to warrant getting rid of the catwalks.

You suburbanites are a bunch of paranoid schizoids  :angel:
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« Reply #120 on: January 23, 2009, 11:47:40 AM »
Help me out here... where about on Glenway are these catwalks...? I probably drive by them daily, but I cannot picture where they are.
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« Reply #121 on: January 23, 2009, 11:53:32 AM »
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The end of Northglen!  Probably the catwalk in question due to it running right through a construction site currently.  If they do away with this, it COULD be the decision of the developers of the Glenway Dodge site and not the residents.
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« Reply #122 on: January 23, 2009, 11:57:58 AM »
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« Reply #123 on: January 24, 2009, 10:13:56 AM »

Yeah, we all know how those subdivisions are just infested with criminals.

I can't believe they're pushing to get rid of the poor layout's one redeeming quality.

David, David, David, you are so confused!  Good thing I'm here to help you out!   :wink2: What I meant was that the criminal element hanging around the Glenway area could park their cars in the retail establishments, walk up the catwalk to get easy access to the subdivision, do their damage, and quickly get out!!

Does this happen frequently?  Are there hundreds of police reports with this happening? 

I did not grow up in this particular subdivision, but I did grow up in one not too far away (Muddy Creek and Westbourne area).  There were a few catwalks from my subdivision to Werk Road.  I remember walking on this quite a bit to go to shops on Werk or even Glenway.  It was especially great before having my driver's license, and a group of kids could go without having to get parents to take us out there.  It would be sad to see them go. 

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« Reply #124 on: January 24, 2009, 10:55:22 AM »
I was just explaining a possible reason why someone would want them gone, and how criminals could get in and out quickly.  I have no idea if it happens.

Melanie, not sure when you were up on Glenway last, but in today's climate I would doubt your parents would let you walk up to the plaza on a regular basis.  Its not very nice today, especially at night.  Maybe it will change once Target is open.
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« Reply #125 on: January 24, 2009, 11:14:18 AM »
Melanie, not sure when you were up on Glenway last, but in today's climate I would doubt your parents would let you walk up to the plaza on a regular basis.  Its not very nice today, especially at night.  Maybe it will change once Target is open.

Do you have any evidence to support this claim?

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« Reply #126 on: January 24, 2009, 11:32:19 AM »
Yeah,  my daughters worked up there, and both were harrassed.  There were muggings, and I think an occasional shooting.
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« Reply #127 on: January 24, 2009, 11:41:49 AM »
So do my experiences then counter yours and make it a moot point?  My girlfriend's sister works in that area, rides the bus to her job and never has (present tense) problems.

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« Reply #128 on: January 24, 2009, 11:50:26 AM »
I was just explaining a possible reason why someone would want them gone, and how criminals could get in and out quickly.  I have no idea if it happens.

I was curious.  People constantly ask me if I am safe downtown because they "hear" about things that they usually can not back up. 

Melanie, not sure when you were up on Glenway last, but in today's climate I would doubt your parents would let you walk up to the plaza on a regular basis.  Its not very nice today, especially at night.  Maybe it will change once Target is open.

Last time I was on Glenway Ave. last was yesterday.   With many family members living on the west side (and my allergist has an office on Glenway itself), I'm in that area several times a month.  I have shopped at the stores at Glenway Crossing, Western Hills Plaza, and other nearby stores several times during the past month, and I thought it was fine.   I'm not discounting that there could be some crime, but are things as bad as people say?  Or maybe I just am not in the area enough to see?  I just do not feel unsafe when stop at Home Depot near Dillards or pick up a few things at Bigg's on Crookshank.

I probably should have clarified that I was rarely by myself as a kid walking to stores.  I was usually with neighborhood kids or family members.  When I was in high school (early 90s), I do remember trouble at Western Hills Plaza.  We didn't go there without an adult.

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« Reply #129 on: January 24, 2009, 11:51:31 AM »
Yeah,  my daughters worked up there, and both were harrassed.  There were muggings, and I think an occasional shooting.

I am sorry to hear that.  That is terrible they had to go through that.

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« Reply #130 on: January 24, 2009, 05:00:35 PM »

I am sorry to hear that.  That is terrible they had to go through that.

Last time I was on Glenway Ave. last was yesterday.   With many family members living on the west side (and my allergist has an office on Glenway itself), I'm in that area several times a month.  I have shopped at the stores at Glenway Crossing, Western Hills Plaza, and other nearby stores several times during the past month, and I thought it was fine.   I'm not discounting that there could be some crime, but are things as bad as people say?  Or maybe I just am not in the area enough to see?  I just do not feel unsafe when stop at Home Depot near Dillards or pick up a few things at Bigg's on Crookshank.


Thanks.  Don't get me wrong, we shop there, and don't think twice about it.  I think it can get a little dicey at night.  It's just not as it was 20 or more years ago.  We did limit the kids going there at night to Media Play etc.  My daughter worked at Dillards last year, and they made them park way in the back and it was really questionable at night. 
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« Reply #131 on: January 24, 2009, 05:16:57 PM »
So do my experiences then counter yours and make it a moot point?  My girlfriend's sister works in that area, rides the bus to her job and never has (present tense) problems.

You mean besides the overwhelming depression one gets at having to look at Glenway Ave? Or is that just me? In general the comments about Western Hills and Glenway being "dangerous" are just west siders being west siders.

That said, that whole area w/ Western Hills Plaza and Glen Crossing has been in the dumps for the last 6-7 years at least. I remember it being just OK when I was in high school and positively shocked that an Outback opened up in the old Chi Chi's. No amount of "new" retail (a Target? really? like a new location will miraculously make the whole area better.....) will reverse the decline of that area. It's a poorly designed (I use that word loosely) strip that has an abundance of outdated and vacant strip malls.
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« Reply #132 on: January 25, 2009, 04:09:03 PM »
I was just explaining a possible reason why someone would want them gone, and how criminals could get in and out quickly.  I have no idea if it happens.

Melanie, not sure when you were up on Glenway last, but in today's climate I would doubt your parents would let you walk up to the plaza on a regular basis.  Its not very nice today, especially at night.  Maybe it will change once Target is open.


I used to work in this plaza for ten years until 04 and have walked to it for many years of my life.   Not once have I ever been harassed walking.  Now I saw shoplifting occasionally.   When I used to work in the retail world, it was really amusing to me to watch certain groups of people physically seem uncomfortable and intimidated just by being around other different groups of people.   

No DanB, it is not all white and will never be all white again.  It is very diverse with all walks of life and resembles many other parts of the region in that sense of racial dynamics.   Some west siders and people who just work over here are still in denial about that fact and still seem shocked when a mugging occurs. 200,000 people live west of the Mill Creek.  Of course theirs crime over here, but where isn't it anymore?

You can get mugged in Colerain, WestChester, Kenwood, or Mason just as easy these days.  If you don't believe that, you need to check yourself! 

The area around the plaza has more businesses, is better lit at night, and will have even that much more foot traffic by the time Target opens.   Not that I am saying this is a model for sprawl, but this is the best this particular plaza has ever looked in my lifetime or the better part of 30 years.
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« Reply #133 on: January 30, 2009, 03:06:31 PM »
Oakie, while we are back in this thread....

I used to work in this plaza for ten years until 04 and have walked to it for many years of my life.   Not once have I ever been harassed walking.  Now I saw shoplifting occasionally.   When I used to work in the retail world, it was really amusing to me to watch certain groups of people physically seem uncomfortable and intimidated just by being around other different groups of people.   

No DanB, it is not all white and will never be all white again.  It is very diverse with all walks of life and resembles many other parts of the region in that sense of racial dynamics. 


I never said I wanted the area to be all white.  Please don't make me out to be a racist.  I hope that if you are lucky enough to have a daughter one day, and at 17 years old she walks out of the Hallmark store and is harrassed (both verbally and physically) by a gang of teens hanging around, you will be able to casually dismis her by telling her to "celebrate" the diversity of the area.
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« Reply #134 on: January 31, 2009, 02:11:47 PM »
That sucks!  It really does, but your speaking about a Hallmark store that has been closed for what?  9-10 years now?   

Meanwhile, back here in 09 we have new plaza owners, new stores (90% occupancy), new upgrades of facades and appearances, and yes even new clientele.   I'll even admit that ten years ago may have been the low point of this strip malls history!    I am by no means saying this will ever be THE shopping destination for Cincy, but your typical Target shopper is not going to be your typical Deveros, Footaction shopper, which so happened to be next to your old Hallmark.    Call it Retail Evolution! :wink: 

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« Reply #136 on: February 05, 2009, 02:44:41 PM »
Good Call msj61!!!!

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BRIDGETOWN – Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based restaurant chain known for its chicken sandwiches, will join Chipotle Mexican Grill at a new retail development along Glenway Avenue at the site of the former Cronin Dodge auto dealership.

The Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission has approved zoning plans for Chick-fil-A and Chipotle Mexican Grill to build stores on Glenway Avenue between Karen Avenue and Childs Avenue, said Bryan Snyder, a senior planner with the commission.

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« Reply #137 on: February 08, 2009, 09:00:18 PM »
God Bless!!!!   They are using Brink!!!!   No entry or exit off of Glenway either.  I like that move if the rendering is accurate!

New restaurants coming to Glenway
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West-siders will have two more options when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat in Green Twp.

Two new restaurants are planned to open sometime this summer on the former Glenway Dodge property.

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« Reply #138 on: March 16, 2009, 06:16:40 AM »
Green Township, Rack settle litigation
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Green Township officials and Vincent Rack have agreed to settle two decades worth of legal battles.

The township board of trustees approved a resolution Monday, March 9, ratifying an agreement with Rack's business, Monfort Supply Co., to settle the legal issues between the two parties.

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« Reply #139 on: April 01, 2009, 12:19:21 PM »
With Legacy Place dead in the water and the success of the newly remodeled Plaza just up the road, hopefully some "concrete" plans surface this year about a new and better way to utilize the 26 acre Glenway Crossing area.   It isn't completely dead, but has lost 4 major tenents in the past 6 months. 

Pleeeeeaaaase reconfigure the land occupied by the former Target and Circuit City!!!   Make Pep Boys either relocate somewhere else within the center or whatever, just tear all three buildings down and start over!!!!!!!   This has looked horrendous since day 1!!!!!



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Darkening storefronts in Western Hills' once bustling Glenway Crossing retail corridor have forced Westwood community leaders and real estate brokers to consider a new path for the area's future.

Its anchor, a busy but small Target store, moved up Glenway Avenue earlier this month for bigger and better digs in Western Hills Plaza. Turmoil at national retail chains like Circuit City, Steve & Barry's and Cost Plus World Market have left large spaces in several buildings in the retail-heavy section of Glenway Avenue. And the half-vacant 235,000-square-foot Glenway Crossing center has seen a revolving door of tenants in recent years.

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