Vibrant Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Investment

By recommitting the proceeds of the sale of the Blue Ash Airport, Mayor Cranley has invested a record $40 million for neighborhoods projects.

In Avondale, we will soon break ground on a transformative mixed-use development that will be anchored by a full-service grocery store and feature a total of 75,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level, including a potential dental office and health clinic.

On the East side, we have started work on the Wasson Way Bike Trail: a proposed path that will go 7.6 miles from Victory Parkway to the Little Miami Bike Trail in Newtown. It will give 100,000 people, living within one mile of the trail, access to a network of over 100 miles of bike and pedestrian trails.

In Westwood we are bringing new life to Westwood Square. We have partnered with MadCap and our Parks and Recreation departments to create a community-gathering place, a park, which is the focal point for the neighborhood and catalyst for development, and a distinctive setting for historic buildings.

In Bond Hill and Roselawn, we have formed a unique partnership among the community council, faith leaders and the Port Authority to ensure that the renaissance of those neighborhoods works for our residents.

These are just a few examples of the many projects we committed to, but we have finally matched our dollars to our rhetoric of investing in neighborhoods.

Mercer Commons – $2.7 million
College Hill business district improvements – $2.5 million
Incline Theater – $6.2 million total ($2m grant and $4.2m loan)
Avondale Town Center – need to get total city investment
Bond Hill/Roselawn partnership – $3.2 million
Alaska Commons – $450,000
North Avondale/ Reading & Paddock – $750,000
West Price Hill development – $2,000,000
College Hill Station – $4 million
Westwood Square – $4 million
Wasson Way – Over $13 million
Vernon Manor II – $7.5 million
Oakley Station – $10 million
Paid back $5 million to neighborhood TIF districts.

Snapshot of Neighborhood Projects

We’ve been working together to help bring back our neighborhoods – making them cleaner, safer, better.

Alaska Commons Purchase

After several discussions with community leaders in Avondale regarding the fate of the Alaska Commons site and their desire to have greater input in its development, Mayor Cranley worked with members of Council to purchase the site for future neighborhood development.

Avondale Town Center

The Avondale Town Center is a transformative mixed-use development in the heart of Avondale, anchored by a brand new health clinic to serve the Avondale community. Mayor Cranley worked with the Coalition of Churches, Avondale Community Council, Avondale Community Development Corporation, UC Health, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and The Community Builders to bring this development, which will include more than 100 apartments and ground retail space in addition to the health clinic.

Bond Hill-Roselawn Community Economic Advancement Initiative

Under Mayor Cranley’s leadership, the City of Cincinnati committed $3 million to the Bond Hill and Roselawn neighborhoods through a new partnership between the Port Authority and the Community Economic Advancement Initiative (CEAI) in order to build upon the significant strategic investments made in recent years, including the Mercy Health Headquarters and MidPointe Crossing site. While the Port Authority has the expertise to execute and manage real estate transactions, this community partnership ensures that these catalytic investments and transformative changes include input from and meet the needs of the long-term residents.

Citywide Neighborhood Affordable Housing

As neighborhoods around the city see reinvestment, new development, and increasing property values, the challenges of maintaining quality affordable housing is crucial. Mayor Cranley worked with City Council to provide $2 million in the 2017 budget to leverage millions of private dollars for neighborhood affordable housing.

College Hill Community Park

As College HIll continues its residential and business development efforts, the community has focused on other ways to bring vibrancy to the neighborhood. Mayor Cranley worked with the neighborhood to fund a small community park near its burgeoning business district.

College Hill Station

CHCURC and the City have worked for a decade on the acquisition of 7.5+ acres of land at the corner of Hamilton Ave. and North Bend Rd. The last piece of this key development site was the acquisition of the former Kroger’s property in May 2013, and the demolition of this blighted property in the summer of 2014. Mayor Cranley allocated $4 million toward the development of this corner, which will be crucial for the continued redevelopment and growth of College Hill.

Downtown Kroger & Residential Tower

Downtown residents, employees, and visitors have long-desired a full-service grocery in the Central Business district. Under the leadership of Mayor Cranley, Kroger, 3CDC, North American Properties, NorthPointe Group and Rookwood Properties, Kroger will open a full-service grocery at the corner of Court and Walnut streets as part of a $90 million, 18-story mixed-use development. Not only will this catalytic project provide groceries to the thousands of people who live, work, and play in downtown and OTR, but it will have 139 new apartments and a parking garage.

Madisonville Neighborhood Development at Madison & Whetsel

In the FY 2016 budget, Mayor Cranley successfully proposed $4.3M of city support for a two-phased development at the corner of Madison and Whetsel. Phase I consists of 200 residential units, 10,000 square feet of retail space, and 440 parking spaces. Phase II will add an additional 100 apartments and retail space.

Mercy West Redevelopment

In collaboration with community partners in Westwood, Mayor Cranley provided $300,000 in the 2017 budget to acquire 12 acres of land at the corner of Queen City ave and Boudinot ave. This land will be developed into outdoor recreation space in consultation with community partners.

North Avondale Redevelopment

Mayor Cranley’s 2016 budget provided $750,000 to redevelop land-banked property at the corner of Reading and Paddock.

Over-the-Rhine Affordable Housing

The renaissance in Over-the-Rhine (OTR) has become a national model for successful urban revitalization, but as housing prices rise in the neighborhood, it is important to deliberately incorporate high quality affordable housing that both protects a diverse community base which makes OTR special, and provides for critical workforce housing to support Cincinnati’s growing economy. And yet, OTR still has a long way to go to overcome significant disinvestment, blight and the problems that have plagued the community for decades. Mayor Cranley worked with Vice Mayor David Mann and other Council Members to fund a project led by 3CDC and The Model Group in partnership with Legal Aid and OTR Community Housing that will ultimately lead to the renovation and preservation of more than 300 units of affordable housing and the addition of more than 200 units of market rate housing.

Price Hill REACH Program Partnership with the Port Authority

In the FY2018 Budget, Mayor Cranley successfully partnered with the Greater Cincinnati Port Authority and Price Hill neighborhood leaders to expand the Port’s REACH program, which has seen success in Evanston, into the West Price Hill neighborhood. This project will redevelop strategic residential and commercial corridors within West Price Hill.

Wasson Way Bike Trail Purchase and Construction of Phase I

Under Mayor Cranley’s leadership, the City of Cincinnati purchased a 4.1 mile stretch of the Wasson Way rail line in order to transform an abandoned rail line into an active space that runs through several city neighborhoods, from Evanston to Oakley. The Wasson Way Bike Trail is a proposed path that will eventually go 7.6 miles from Victory Parkway to the Little Miami Bike Trail in Newtown. It will give 100,000 people, living within one mile of the trail, access to a network of over 100 miles of bike and pedestrian trails. With a short connector to Armleder Park near Lunken Airport, the network of trails will soon go from Coney Island to downtown, from Lunken Airport to Milford and beyond, eventually connecting to northern Ohio.

Phase I construction of the Wasson Way Bike Trail is underway currently and is planned to open this fall.

West Price Hill

Mayor Cranley’s 2016 budget allocated $2 million to support development on vacant property at corner of Overlook and West Eighth. The city is currently working with Price Hill Will and the West Price Hill Community Council to bring a mixed-use building on the site and revitalize the West Eighth Street business district.

Westwood Square

The Westwood Community has long desired to renovate and improve Westwood Westwood Square. Neighborhood leaders in Westwood are working to create a community-gathering place, which is the focal point for the neighborhood, a catalyst for development, and a distinctive setting for the historic business district. Mayor Cranley’s administration provided $4 million for the redevelopment of this transformational neighborhood project.