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.