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.
Free Wi-Fi is coming to Avondale, and DCED staff had the chance to speak with one of the partners behind this project.
Jeff Beam, director of development at the Cincinnati office of The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), is excited to bring this resource to Avondale, and for good reason. “This is an excellent way for the community to control the neighborhood,” he says. “Wi-Fi access is critical to success and self-sufficiency for so many.” Read more.
Revitalizing Cincinnati’s neighborhoods is a big goal for Mayor John Cranley, who hopes to make the goal a reality in the 2017 budget.
The mayor’s plan means that a Burger King restaurant and a check-cashing business at Avondale Town Center along Reading Road would be nixed. Both businesses, according to the mayor, would be replaced with something new and fresh. Read more.
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Mayor John Cranley announces the next neighborhood to benefit from city-led development. On May 24, he announced plans to redevelop the Avondale Town Center site, which include a much-needed grocery store.
The shopping center was built in 1983 but it never quite caught on. Avondale has long been in need of a store that sells produce and fresh food. A Sav-A-Lot will help to end the so-called food desert there. Read more.
Mayor John Cranley is in day two of his string of events to announce major budget investments in Cincinnati neighborhoods. Click the photo to watch the video.
Save-A-Lot will open in an overhauled Avondale Town Center at 3529 Reading Road, Mayor John Cranley said Tuesday as he announced another round of proposed funding for Cincinnati neighborhood projects that will be a part of changes he makes to City Manager Harry Black’s budget.
The city will kick in $2 million to subsidize the $20.3 million, mixed-use development in Avondale, which will see the current strip mall, Burger King and a payday loan store demolished to make way for 75,000 square feet of new retail and 118 mixed-income apartments – with 50 for low-income residents – above the retail space. Read more.
The HUD Choice Neighborhoods site team recently visited Avondale to learn more about how our work is transforming the neighborhood.
Community partners, sub grantees and city officials convened at the Urban League offices to discuss financial self-sufficiency, case management, community engagement and safety, education and health.
The Community Builders, Inc. has worked with partners to track outcomes for Avondale residents. Now, an increased number of Choice residents feel safer in their homes and more families are under the care of a primary doctor. Additionally, there’s an effort underway at the Urban League to create job placements at a high-tech logistics facility and soon, Avondale residents and businesses will have access to free Wi-Fi.
After the meeting, the group went on a tour with Choice residents that showcased over $100M of new development, including:
- Nearby investments such as the Hickory Place townhomes and the Burnet Avenue Revitalization area.
- Rehabbed buildings and the insides of units which residents showed with pride.
- Housing construction at the nearly completed Poinciana and Crescent Court. The developments feature 41% MBE participation to date.
- The site of the Avondale Town Center and envisioned the next phases of development
- The sites of the Hirsch Rec Center and the Avondale Connection Community & Business Center, both CCI investment and leverage sites
On the heels of a decade of investment in Avondale, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has signed an agreement to invest $11.5 million in the neighborhood over the next five years.
About $2 million a year will go to community development projects – defined as real estate and economic development – beginning with Children’s budget year July 1. Read more