Ohio high court upholds vote that blocked affordable housing

May 07, 1998
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on May 6 yesterday to uphold a November 1996 referendum in which Cuyahoga Falls voters blocked the construction of 72 apartments for low-income residents. The lawsuit was filed against the city by the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, which wants to build the complex on Pleasant Meadows Boulevard, west of Wyoga Lake Road and north of East Bath Road. After the project was approved by the city's Planning Commission and the City Council, local residents circulated petitions to place the issue on the ballot. Buckeye said Cuyahoga Falls residents were opposed to the complex, which would be partially funded by $1.2 million in federal tax credits, because of their discriminatory fears about minorities and lower-income residents.