HUD Visits Avondale

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
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Children’s agrees to invest $11.5 million in Avondale

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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

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Creating Connections to Digital Opportunity

While  media headlines trumpet America’s digitally-connected culture, it’s eye-opening to note that one in five people in our country don’t have broadband internet access at home. New public investments and private partnerships are working to close this digital divide. The Federal Communications Commission recently approved a program to shave almost $10.00 off of the monthly bill for low-income families that subscribe to home internet service. Read more.

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ACDC, The Community Builders & Powernet Begin Work to Provide Free Community Wi-Fi

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CINCINNATI, OH – April 4, 2015 – Avondale Community Development Corporation (ACDC), The Community Builders Inc. (TCB) and Powernet will begin the installation work to create Avondale Community Wi-Fi. The initial phase will be located between Blair Avenue extending to South Shuttlesworth Circle along Reading Road spilling to the east and west.

“The community Wi-Fi program is one of the investments being made in Avondale thanks to HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods grant program, said Mindy Turbov, director, Choice Neighborhoods, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Through the initiative, cities are given the flexibility to use some of the grant funds creatively for neighborhood improvements, such as expanding online access. In today’s economy, web access is a critical tool to compete in the job market and in the classroom.”

By utilizing 15 access points along the targeted area, 250+ community residents and businesses will be able to use free Wi-Fi to connect with their neighborhood news, do research for projects, apply for jobs, pay bills etc.

“Avondale Community Wi-Fi is one more way that we can support the residents of this transforming neighborhood. Through strategic partnerships we’re now able to make Avondale a more livable community,” said Ozie Davis III, executive director of ACDC.

Residents located in public areas simply look for “Avondale Community Wi-Fi” on their devices and connect to access the internet. This project works to support revitalization of the neighborhood, improve the quality of life, and attract future business to the Avondale area.

“As we build or redevelop over 300 apartments, new commercial space and invest in neighborhood projects, Avondale becomes more and more attractive as a place that new residents and businesses choose to locate,” said Jeff Beam, TCB director of development, Ohio.

Powernet provided a plan to use equipment and technology that is the same deployed in large stadiums, offering longer range and high density usage.

“Our goal is to support the community of Avondale and local organizations’ mission to improve its economic development by providing Wi-Fi technology. It’s apparent to us, access to technology is a problem in many communities. We want to make steps to erase the digital divide” said Alli Stevens, CEO from Powernet. Installation is to be completed by spring 2016.

 

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ziegler Park

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Rhianna Bernal (center), program manager at The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), attended the groundbreaking celebration at Ziegler Park in ‪‎Cincinnati, Ohio with our partner  3CDC. TCB allocated $4 million in New Markets Tax Credits for park improvements.

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Changemakers: 9 Reasons to Watch Avondale in 2016

AVONDALE – A long-awaited grocery store. New office buildings. New home construction. Big overhauls to neglected low-income apartments.

These are among a growing list of more than $100 million in redevelopment projects planned this year in Avondale – a neighborhood that for decades has worked to lure new investment as it battles a reputation as one of Cincinnati’s most troubled and violent neighborhoods. Read more.

 

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Avondale will finally get its grocery store

Construction will begin in the second quarter of 2016 on a long-awaited grocery, health clinic and laundromat in Avondale that will complement the development of affordable housing nearby.

The Community Builders, a Boston-based real estate developer, signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Missouri-based chain Save-A-Lot to build a 15,000-square-foot anchor store at the corner of Reading Road and Forest Avenue. Read moreAvondal town center

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