An area lawyer is threatening to sue the city of Cincinnati on
behalf of the taxpayers due to the city's support of the Anna Louise Inn.
The Anna Louise Inn, located near Lytle Park in downtown
Cincinnati, provides women with
long-term housing, some of which may be leaving a life of prostitution.
Attorney Peter Koenig claims that city leaders and others
have misled federal housing officials about the planned renovations to the Anna
These renovations have been in limbo because of a series
of legal actions by Western and Southern. The insurance giant wants to build a
luxury hotel on the property and claims that federal money can't be used for
renovating a facility that will be used strictly for women.
Koenig says he is
going to sue next week unless the city takes immediate action to stop, what he calls, a misuse of public money.
Meanwhile, individuals at the Anna Louise Inn believe
that these threats are merely "calculated delay tactics" preventing women from
turning their loves around.
"They saved my life," said Inn resident Kelly Campbell. "By coming
here they got me on the correct medicine that I need to be on for my
depression. I don't have to self medicate myself through drugs and alcohol
Over the years, the Anna Louise Inn has helped thousands of women
get off the street. It is a mission they are determined to continue.
"They helped me get back into society," said resident Carol
Thompson. "I had a drug problem and I was in the streets. I was in prostitution
as well. They helped me with that."
However, Anna Louise Inn's attorney Tim Burke has got his hands full.
"This has been so
frustrating because Western Southern has filed five separate lawsuits in an
attempt to block the Anna Louise Inn renovation," explained Burke. "In the last
48 hours they've hired two new attorneys and have threatened two more lawsuits."
Burke says that
the reason for the legal action is obvious.
"It's clear that
one of the things they're trying to do is wear down the Anna Louise Inn and the
city of Cincinnati. The good news is that I think the city is very much
dedicated to and behind the efforts to provide the help that the Anna Louise
plans include building 85 individual apartments for the women.
These plans are
on hold until the legal wrangling is over.
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