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Plans For President's Residence Canceled

Date: March 9, 2001
By: Greg Hand
Phone: (513) 556-1822
Archive: General News

The University of Cincinnati has canceled current plans to build a presidential residence in Clifton. Negotiations regarding land for the project have reached an impasse.

The university has terminated discussions concerning a Clifton land swap with the Cincinnati Preservation Association. The proposed swap would have created a site suitable for construction of a residence for the university president. With the termination of discussions regarding the land, the university has, at present, canceled all plans to build a presidential residence on either the CPA property or the adjoining Rawson property at 3737 Clifton Avenue.

"Despite our best efforts all around, an agreement to proceed is not possible," UC Vice President for Finance Dale L. McGirr wrote to CPA President Paul Muller. "The numbers of conditions that have arisen are problematic."

In a communication to the Clifton Town Meeting, UC President Joseph A. Steger reported that the university had rejected a number of uses specifically permitted in the Rawson bequest. The university, Steger said, had explored the possibility of a presidential residence on the Rawson site because it was a permitted use that was least disruptive to the community. That plan would have been possible only with the agreement of CPA, and without that agreement, the proposal has been canceled.

"I want to emphasize that we have, from the beginning, sought to produce an outcome here that would serve the interests of UC, the Rawson Trust instrument, and the Clifton community," Steger said.

Steger said the university will continue to search for an appropriate disposition of the Rawson house and land, but the university has not set a timetable for this process. The university will also continue to search for a suitable residence for future presidents.

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