Burnet Ave. Tenants to Call on City Council to Vote Yes on a Council Motion Supporting Their Fight To Not Be Forced Into Homelessness
For Immediate Release: February 25 , 2020
From: Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition on behalf of Stand Strong on Burnet Ave. Contact: Josh Spring LSW, Executive Director; 513-716-7455.
Wednesday, February 26, Tenants from Stand Strong on Burnet Ave., the Tenant Association at 2341 Burnet Ave. will speak to City Council during the public speech portion of the meeting, which begins at 1:30PM. Tenants will call on Council to vote for a motion put forward by Councilperson David Mann. The motion, which is set to be sent to committee on Wednesday, supports the position of Tenants who are fighting to not be forced into homelessness, as the new owner of the property they live in, Kingsley and Co., headed by former Bengal Chinedum Ndukwe, attempts to displace them from their homes. The Tenant Association initially worked to get Kingsley and Co. to renovate the property for people who live there now, instead of forcing everyone out and renovating the property for future people with higher incomes. Chinedum Ndukwe refused. The Tenant Association has since presented Ndukwe and Kingsley with a proposal Tenants believe will prevent themselves from entering homelessness. Ndukwe has refused this agreement and has ceased communicating with Tenants. Some Tenants have had their home at the Burnet address for twenty and thirty years. Other Tenants were able to exit shelters and the experience of homelessness because they found an affordable home at the property Ndukwe now wants to force them out of.
Ndukwe and Kingsley are building a Comfort Suites Hotel directly in front of the Burnet Ave. building. City Council previously granted the company a property tax abatement on the hotel development worth approximately $2.5 million. Ndukwe and one of his business partners have stated their hope to do another development, at 435 Elm Street, a tax-abated property previously owned by the City of Cincinnati.
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