Residents of buildings set to be razed for FC Cincinnati walkway demand compensation for losing homes

The controversy over the residents of Cincinnati’s West End who are getting evicted by F.C. Cincinnati because of the team’s new stadium but not technically for the team’s new stadium is heating up, with tenants demanding that the team find them new housing and pay compensation for booting them from their longtime homes:

The letter, from Wade Street & Central Avenue Tenants United, was sent by Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition Executive Director Josh Spring, to the public Monday night.

“We should continue to live in 421 Wade and 1559 Central until this replacement housing is completed and each of us has suitable housing and FCC should pay all moving costs and proper compensation to tenants,” the letter said.

The twelve residents of the two buildings, which are set to be torn down to make way for not the stadium proper but for an entrance to the stadium, have been told they have to vacate the property by May 31, but according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “team lawyers have publicly said nobody will be kicked out on that date, though people need to find new housing,” which hunnnhh? While lobbying for taxpayer funding for the stadium, team president Jeff Berding had promised that no residents would be displaced, but now says he only meant no residents of the City West development nearby, not no residents at all.

While it looks like the conflict will be resolved by settling on a compensation payout, the tenants made clear that the real issue is that they don’t want to move, and are being forced to just so a soccer team can have a walkway:

The letter said Berding and FC Cincinnati officials “must not understand the gravity of this situation.”

“They are threatening our homes, our stability and our physical and mental health,” the letter said. “We live where we live because we like our neighborhood, we like our streets, we have relationships with our neighbors, our kids go to school and play nearby, we have close family and friends nearby, we can financially afford our current homes, our jobs are close by, we have access to transportation and our medical care can easily reach us.”

Which, yeah, sure, people get forced to move from homes they like all the time for lots of reasons, including just the capitalist housing market. But that doesn’t make it any less tragic when it’s happening to you, especially when you have reason to believe there were other options available.


8 comments on “Residents of buildings set to be razed for FC Cincinnati walkway demand compensation for losing homes

  1. If anyone has a gripe about being kicked out of her home, send your complaints to The Honorable John Paul Stevens and the four liberal supreme court justices who ruled that the fifth amendment is nonbinding on government authorities when they want to take your property for public use, because public use means private “economic development”. Use #Susette Kelo.

    • I think that the Justices were right, but those that are displaced should have every right to be compensated generously. I doubt many people are though.

      • Eminent Domain should be an issue where the right and left can agree. Left Wingers like Maxine Waters & Ocasio-Cortez and Conservative Republicans have spoken out against this. Here in Hendersonville, NC people will be losing their homes and businesses because of the “Need” of Government to widen Kanuga Road. I hope Congress can pass a Bill to make stuff like Cincinnati and Kanuga Road harder going forward.

        • The Cincinnati homes in question were bought by the team from their previous landlords, not seized by eminent domain.

          • Also, any project that receives federal funding and where eminent domain is used to take homes is required to find replacement housing for everyone. And pay for moving expenses and the cost of setting up new utilities.

          • If that’s the case, then hopefully Ohio has a strong Tenants Rights law, else yea I don’t see the renters getting a dime out of this.

  2. FCC has handled this situation terribly. The sense of entitlement they have shown is nauseating. Jeff Berding and Carl Lidner 3 have never faced a hardship in their lives. It does seem like the ‘citizen advocates’ are using the tenants as pawns to further their message and keep grabbing headlines in the local papers.

  3. The crux of the situation is that were it not for the Cincinnati government agreeing to pick up the tab for infrastructure and change the zoning at SC Cincinnati’s behest, this stadium wouldn’t be built and those apartment buildings bought up. Sorry, the spirit of Kelo hangs over this displacement.