Strengthening Cincinnati Communities Together is a blog providing updates on real estate development and neighborhood transformation initiatives by The Community Builders and its partners. TCB has been in Cincinnati since 1998 when construction of City West, a master planned mixed-income community in the West End, began. TCB continues to own and manage City West – which recently received $6 million in new investment – and in November of 2012 TCB acquired 19 distressed multifamily properties in various Cincinnati neighborhoods from the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA). Some of those properties in Avondale are part of a community transformation driven by a TCB-led 2012 HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant.
As one of the largest and most accomplished mission-driven, non-profit housing developers in the United States, TCB works to build strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential.
Following the great turnout for our first contractor outreach event, we have posted some important follow up information and resources here on the blog. Please see the new tab above called “Construction Opportunities“.
As it becomes available, more information and resources will be posted there. Additionally, materials will be made available at the TCB Avondale Choice Neighborhoods office at 3494 Reading Road.
Contractors eager to learn about the $17 to 20 million in construction projects planned for Avondale turned out to an open house on Monday, Nov. 18th that The Community Builders (TCB) hosted with the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber.
The project, made possible by a $29.5 million federal Choice Neighborhoods grant received last year, will include rehabilitation and construction of a number of properties along the Reading Road corridor in Avondale. More than 150 contractors listened as TCB’s Lou Mitsch discussed the project goals and requirements, plus the detailed work planned for each property.
General contractors that bid on the Avondale project are required to include a plan for utilizing MBE, WBE and DBE subcontractors. Sean Rugless, president and CEO of the African American Chamber, encouraged the crowd to take advantage of resources available from the Chamber to help meet these requirements.
Contractors in attendance also heard a powerful message from Ozie Davis III, executive director of the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation (ACDC). Davis (pictured below with Lou Mitsch) encouraged the contractors to hire locally for these jobs to help us turn Avondale into “an oasis.”
The open house was the first in a series of outreach events that we will co-host with the African American Chamber. Businesses that would like more information about general contracting and sub-contracting opportunities can contact TCB at (513) 977-4006 and follow strengthencincinnati.com for more details.
Cincinnati media are helping spread the word for Monday’s Contractor Outreach Event, co-hosted by The Community Builders and the African American Chamber. See some fantastic coverage from this week:
Vacant building on Gholson Ave to be renovated beginning in 2014
Please join us next Monday for a Contractor Outreach event, co-hosted by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce.
Monday, November 18th
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cincinnati Childrens MERC Auditorium
620 Oak Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220
This event will inform interested general contractors and subcontractors of new opportunities created by TCB’s redevelopment efforts in Cincinnati, beginning with the first phases of housing development in the Avondale Choice Neighborhoods initiative. Attendees will get information on the scope and timing of contracting opportunities, as well as capacity-building programming offered by the Chamber.
Information on bid opportunities and supplemental documentation will be posted to this blog and other outlets as it becomes available.
We want to properly mark the enthusiasm and momentum that Avondale is achieving this week between today’s P&G/Reds Foundation Community Day at Gabriel’s Place and Hirsch Rec Center, or the Choice Launch at the Avondale Festival & Health Fair on Saturday. So we leave it to community partner Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation to do it for us, via the ACDC Facebood page:
It’s GOING DOWN in Avondale today as Procter & Gamble and the Reds (Reds Community Fund) grant Avondale a Community Makeover. Over 400 Procter & Gamble employee volunteers from P&G North America Marketing, along with Reds Community Fund staff and board members along with Children’s Hospital, the Cincinnati Zoo, Wegman Excavating, Watson Pools and a boat load of other sponsors will completely transform our environmental sustainability center, Gabriel’s Place, overhaul our Rec Center- Hirsch Recreation Center, and bring life to our Hirsch Baseball Fields. We’re talking new hoop house, new landscaping, a totally new Farmer’s Market (Grand Reopening 4p, with Program starting at 3:15), high level upgrades to the inside of the old St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, major interior upgrades at Hirsch Rec, including a new stage, new pool table, fresh painting, the whole nine yards (more like 30) downstairs at Hirsch, then the win win in revitalizing baseball’s opportunity in our neighborhood. The new homerun fence, dugouts, bleachers, scoreboard, and batting cage has ALREADY raised the level of baseball’s opportunity in Avondale. Wow. This is an very significant moment for Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation as we won this opportunity for Avondale. That application was typed by the same fingers on the same computer as these words we type right now. This is a sign of what we are trying to accomplish here in the neighborhood. Hope to see you tomorrow at 315p and bring some dough, the Farmer’s Market is going to set it off!
See you today, tomorrow or Saturday as we work together to push Avondale’s transformation to the next level!
Want to know more about Avondale Choice? See an intriguing film? Take advantage of free health screenings? See the recent major improvements at the Hirsch Recreation Center and Gabriel’s Place?
Most importantly, do you want to celebrate Avondale with your neighbors, have some good food and a good time?
Join us this Saturday for the Avondale Festival!
10am – 2pm, Hirsch Recreation Center, 3630 Reading Road
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