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Eye on Loveland and The Loveland Tattler were conceived as organizations to watch and report the words and actions of city officials and elected representatives. We are a watchdog group. Our websites and podcasts are where we discuss the issues and decision making process regarding the Loveland community. Our mission is to provide information to you. We will present the facts gathered from the various sources and make that information available to the public. It is our hope that you, the ordinary citizen, will become an effective advocate for your beliefs. Our call to action - Be Informed, Be Involved, Be Influential.

Known as a watchdog to the Loveland city government, people have approached us with information about individuals in and around Loveland Ohio. Many times, these stories are “rumor” backed by very little facts. We will not write or talk about stories fueled by rumor. We will also not write or talk about the personal matters of those in authority if their actions have no relation to the use, or misuse, of public resources provided to them by taxpayers. The many people who live, work, and play in Loveland Ohio all have their own individual lives. They have sadness and joy that is shared with the people closest to them. We respect the privacy that individuals are entitled to and these stories have no appeal to our mission. We believe in the path of positive policy, not in the politics of personal destruction.

That is our purpose. Thanks for being part of the journey.

We would love to hear what you have to say so send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com. Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland. Be sure to sign up to receive regular updates and subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes,apple.com - eyeonloveland.

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Pamela Gross - President - Follow me on Twitter @ lovelandpam

Loveland OH Resident is on Jeopardy

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This is so exciting, our friend and Loveland OH resident, Swapna Sathe ( also known as Ryan Kulik’s wife) is a contestant on jeopardy tonight. Be sure to watch the show at 7:30pm ( or set your DVR) on WXIX, channel 19.

You can also meet this fun and super smart woman in person tonight at Cappy’s in Loveland where family and friends will be cheering her on!

Eye On Loveland is hoping Swapna will tell us all about her experience and give us some behind the scene stories, so tuned.

Check out the article in the Cincinnati Enquirer - Click Here

We would love to hear what you have to say so send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com. Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland. Be sure to sign up to receive regular updates and subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes,apple.com - eyeonloveland.

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Pamela Gross - President - Follow me on Twitter @ lovelandpam

The Votes Are In - What Is The Look of Loveland?

The Works - 36%

The Works - 36%

Loveland Station - 30%

Loveland Station - 30%

Bishop Building Concept - 24%

Bishop Building Concept - 24%

The votes are in and according to our community poll, these are the top three looks of Loveland. Does this identify a singular look or is Loveland destined to be the town of many facades?

Since the posting of this community poll, there have been dramatic changes to several buildings downtown - two of the bond furniture buildings have been painted black and the roof of the building that is the home of the music academy is also black. Discussion at the September 4, 2018 planning & zoning meeting addressed the changes with comments that included “ they are trying to create a steel look, which is consistent with the architecture of the 50’s.” Is this now another look being introduced into the downtown?

Each of the “winning” looks above are very distinctive and very different. The city is spending $128K on a master plan, what look will this committee decide best reflects the downtown? What facade will the historic committee determine as the face of Loveland? What will the master plan in conjunction with the historic committee come up with as the downtown look.

Be sure to check out the newest article from lovelandtattler.com - Building the history of Loveland to learn more about the historic committee. Eye On Loveland’s newest podcast, which will drop on Thursday, will continue the discussion about the committee and explain how their actions and decisions will affect our community.

We want to hear from you - Should the city have many facades or should our city have a more uniform look and feel? Send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com.

Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland. Be sure to sign up to receive regular updates and subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes,apple.com - eyeonloveland.

Eyeonloveland.org - Be Informed. Be Involved. Be Influential 

Pamela Gross - President - Follow me on Twitter @ lovelandpam

 

Take the Poll - What Is The Look of Loveland?

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The Works

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Jack Rabbit Shoe Store

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Bond Furniture

Rendering of Design

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Eads Fencing

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Loveland Station


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Bishop Building

Rendering of Design

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Music Academy

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City Hall

We have talked a lot about the look of Loveland. We want to know what you think, so check out the images and take the poll. Vote for the look that you like the best.

These pictures were taken in September and a few of the designs are renderings since the development is not complete. All of these buildings sit within a few blocks of each other. As you know, the city is spending $128K on a master plan, yet development and changes to exisiting structures is continuing as you read and without the plan.

Loveland is changing - be A Part Of It. Vote so your voice can be heard.

Send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com with any questions, comments or anything else you would like to discuss. Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland. Be sure to sign up to receive regular updates and subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes,apple.com - eyeonloveland.

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Pamela Gross - President - Follow me on Twitter @ lovelandpam

 

The New Historic Look of Loveland?

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What Is The Look of Loveland?

On the early morning of Sunday, May 28, 2017 a massive fire gutted two prominent buildings in downtown Loveland. The fire destroyed numerous businesses and displaced residents. Fortunately no one was injured and like the Greek myth where the Phoenix rises from the ashes to obtain new life the owners of the buildings and businesses are moving forward. If you have visited downtown recently, it is whirling with all kinds of activity.

Downtown is changing, the look and feel of our town is evolving, a recent story from Local 12 news stated “the fire sparked a remodeling project that’s bigger and better than before.” This leads to the question – what is the look of Loveland?

In the past if someone asked you to describe Loveland, you would hear the words “small, quaint, , historic feel, small town charm, family oriented. ” Does that description still apply or is our city evolving into something different? What role does the master plan play in this changing look?

You will recall that City Council on July 24, 2018 voted (6-1, Ms. Settell the lone dissenter) to spend $128K of taxpayer money to hire a firm to complete a master plan. The purpose of a master or comprehensive plan is to provide strategy on the future look and feel of a community. However, massive changes are happening right now with private dollars, no community input and no guidance or vision from the city administration or council. 

Let's look at some of those changes:

  • The buildings damaged by the fire have taken on a different look and feel – they are no longer two story buildings, they are now three story buildings with rooftop bars.

  • Some people have said that Loveland Station is a “blight” on the community, that the development didn’t have the look or feel of a historic downtown. However, the addition of the third story uses the same building materials as Loveland Station. See attached

  • New conceptual changes – the bishop building is taking on a New Orleans look, See attached Tano’s doesn’t have a Cajun feel, See attached and the third building that will be a restaurant named Ramsey’s has garage doors and doesn’t appear to have any connection to Louisiana. See attached

  • The Works, housed in the former city public works building, has changed the look of their patio. See attached

  • Signage for the former Ron Ronckers business, now renamed Jack Rabbit, is a black and red sign that has no look or feel of the historic building that is home to the business. See attached

  • The Bond Building is also changing its look. One of the buildings has been torn down. Another building is currently undergoing modifications for a new look. See attached

  • Both buildings, according to the Planning and Zoning packet dated September 4, 2018 will be painted black and have new signage that is a different color, See attached has a more modern feel and the signage will be illuminated, another new change. See attached

  • The city is also adding parking meters to the downtown landscape See attached

  • Across the bridge at W Loveland Ave and Loveland-Madeira Rd, a 19 townhome development will be breaking ground soon. See attached

This brings us back to the beginning question – What is the look of Loveland? It also leads to a new and longer question – if we’ve never implemented the numerous master plans that taxpayers paid for in the past, what makes anyone think this new $128K plan will be implemented when the downtown and the city is being transformed right now without one? See attached

We want to hear from you - Do you like all the changes? Should our city have a uniform look and feel? What do you think is the brand of Loveland? Send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com

Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland. Be sure to sign up to receive regular updates and subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes,apple.com - eyeonloveland.

Eyeonloveland.org - Be Informed. Be Involved. Be Influential 

Pamela Gross - President - Follow me on Twitter @ lovelandpam

 

What Is The Look of Loveland?

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What Is The Look of Loveland?

On the early morning of Sunday, May 28, 2017 a massive fire gutted two prominent buildings in downtown Loveland. The fire destroyed numerous businesses and displaced residents. Fortunately no one was injured and like the Greek myth where the Phoenix rises from the ashes to obtain new life the owners of the buildings and businesses are moving forward. If you have visited downtown recently, it is whirling with all kinds of activity.

Downtown is changing, the look and feel of our town is evolving, a recent story from Local 12 news stated “the fire sparked a remodeling project that’s bigger and better than before.” This leads to the question – what is the look of Loveland?

In the past if someone asked you to describe Loveland, you would hear the words “small, quaint, , historic feel, small town charm, family oriented. ” Does that description still apply or is our city evolving into something different? What role does the master plan play in this changing look?

You will recall that City Council on July 24, 2018 voted (6-1, Ms. Settell the lone dissenter) to spend $128K of taxpayer money to hire a firm to complete a master plan. The purpose of a master or comprehensive plan is to provide strategy on the future look and feel of a community. However, massive changes are happening right now with private dollars, no community input and no guidance or vision from the city administration or council. 

Let's look at some of those changes:

  • The buildings damaged by the fire have taken on a different look and feel – they are no longer two story buildings, they are now three story buildings with rooftop bars.

  • Some people have said that Loveland Station is a “blight” on the community, that the development didn’t have the look or feel of a historic downtown. However, the addition of the third story uses the same building materials as Loveland Station. See attached

  • New conceptual changes – the bishop building is taking on a New Orleans look, See attached Tano’s doesn’t have a Cajun feel, See attached and the third building that will be a restaurant named Ramsey’s has garage doors and doesn’t appear to have any connection to Louisiana. See attached

  • The Works, housed in the former city public works building, has changed the look of their patio. See attached

  • Signage for the former Ron Ronckers business, now renamed Jack Rabbit, is a black and red sign that has no look or feel of the historic building that is home to the business. See attached

  • The Bond Building is also changing its look. One of the buildings has been torn down. Another building is currently undergoing modifications for a new look. See attached

  • Both buildings, according to the Planning and Zoning packet dated September 4, 2018 will be painted black and have new signage that is a different color, See attached has a more modern feel and the signage will be illuminated, another new change. See attached

  • The city is also adding parking meters to the downtown landscape See attached

  • Across the bridge at W Loveland Ave and Loveland-Madeira Rd, a 19 townhome development will be breaking ground soon. See attached

This brings us back to the beginning question – What is the look of Loveland? It also leads to a new and longer question – if we’ve never implemented the numerous master plans that taxpayers paid for in the past, what makes anyone think this new $128K plan will be implemented when the downtown and the city is being transformed right now without one? See attached

We want to hear from you - Do you like all the changes? Should our city have a uniform look and feel? What do you think is the brand of Loveland? Send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com

Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland. Be sure to sign up to receive regular updates and subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes,apple.com - eyeonloveland.

Eyeonloveland.org - Be Informed. Be Involved. Be Influential 

Pamela Gross - President - Follow me on Twitter @ lovelandpam