Groups join in asking Ohio court to reconsider decision

May 21, 1998
Home builders, real estate agents and the Ohio Municipal League, a coalition of 600 communities, have joined with a nonprofit developer in asking the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn a recent ruling. In its decision, the Supreme Court voted 4-3 in support of a lower court's ruling that Cuyahoga Falls citizens had a right, guaranteed by the city's charter, to vote to prevent the construction of affordable apartments, even though the building plan complied with all zoning laws.
      The developer, Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, had proposed in spring 1996 to build 72 apartments for families living on moderate incomes. At public meetings when the development was discussed, some residents said the apartments would attract "those types of people" who "bring boom boxes, drugs, gangs and too many children."