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Mount Washington homeowners save green space from developers
CINCINNATI (Josh Knight) -- Late in 2012 a developer was working to buy a plot of land at the end of Salem Hills Lane in Mount Washington.
The proposal meant big changes to the landscape and 15 new houses on 4 acres. Jody Pol and her neighbors were at that meeting.
She said, "There were a bunch of people extremely fired up because we didn't want to lose this. We didn't want to lose the green space. We didn't want to lose literally just the way the neighborhood was."
That plot of land backs up to the Magrish preserve along the Little Miami river. The land owner was willing to sell the land to the Hillside Trust if it could raise the money.
The group printed out a bunch of flyers, went from house to house and put them on the outside of mailboxes. The grass roots fundraising brought together nearly 40 donors and almost 30,000 dollars in two months. Then one very large donation came in to the group.
The man who made the donation walks Magrish Park and didn't want to lose it. She he did what he could to help.
It's kind of hard to picture how you might even fit 15 houses on the land. But you can imagine why the neighbors would be upset. A lot of the trees would have to come down and an entire hillside would be pushed back. We're talking about 25 feet and it would really take away from the view.
And after all the hard work, Pol says its time to celebrate, "That's in the works right now, we are going to have a nice, big party!"
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