NBDIP Funding Request

NBDIP Major Project Request

*Note this information has changed from the original posting. WHRF has updated our request based on a preapplication meeting with the City*

Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is requesting approximately $200,000 through the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP) to fund streetscaping along East McMillan Street. In the past, WHRF partnered with the Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) to lead an extensive community engagement process to inform streetscape improvements in the neighborhood. Based on that outreach and DOTE's recommendations, WHRF is requesting $200,000 to complete Phase II of the streetscape. The funding would cover improvements on the south side E. McMillan from Trevarren Flats to the SE Corner of Gilbert and E. McMillan, as well as improvements to the SW corner of Gilbert and E. McMillan to Comfort Station. See our presentation to WHAC by clicking here. 

NBDIP Minor Project Request

WHRF is requesting $30,000 through NBDIP to fund a gateway art installation. In 2017, WHRF partnered with ArtWorks to lead a community engagement and creative placemaking design process to inform four planned public works (murals, sculptures, or other) which would serve as placemarkers at four directional gateways into Peebles Corner Business District, spurring community activity and helping designate the Walnut Hills neighborhood and Peebles Corner business district as a creative place for residents and visitors alike. Phase 1 employed a team of four local youth apprentices who worked under the direction and mentorship of a lead local professional artist and designer to engage the Walnut Hills community in codesign. The team gathered 70 community surveys, conducted 11 video interviews, and held 12 events. Out of this process, four themes emerged. “Walnut Hills Is Alive” incorporates greenery to represent the life and growth of the community. “You Are Walnut Hills” uses mirrors to symbolize residents’ ownership of the neighborhood. “We Are Walnut Hills” incorporates a quilt-like, woven craft material to symbolize the strong sense of African American pride and culture in Walnut Hills. “Walnut Hills Hustle” uses light to represent the inventiveness, innovation, and bright future in store for the neighborhood. WHRF would use the $30,000 to plan the final design of the four artworks and to fully implement one of them.

NBDIP Funding Request

Grocery Operator RFP

Request for Proposal – Small Grocery Store Operator

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The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is looking for a grocery store operator to address the food desert situation here in our neighborhood. We’re opening a grocery in late summer of 2019 to bring affordable groceries back to Walnut Hills and we’re seeking the best possible person or group to operate it. 
 
The ideal candidate has a passion for food justice and experience starting up as well as managing a neighborhood grocery or retail establishment. We’re seeking someone who would embrace opening a friendly grocery in a resurgent and diverse neighborhood that also happens to be a food desert. 
 
If you’re a passionate food person who’s interested in making a positive impact in a rapidly-growing business district, this could be a great opportunity for you. 
 
Please send your proposal to Gary Dangel at the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

 

Grocery Operator RFP

Creative Placemaking 2/19

Creative Placemaking Update

 

I Love Me!

On Valentine’s Day we were out with Walnut Wheels and Trinidad celebrating self love. The first stop was at Frederick Douglass school and the kids were so excited that they ran toward the truck as soon as school let out. Youth were given pins and a sweet treat.  After that, we drove to the Walnut Hills Public Library and gave away hot chocolate, and last we went to the Kroger parking lot with more hot chocolate and community conversation.

 

 

We are growing!  Seedlings, that is, to go in the business district flower pots.  Flower pots need three things to be a striking display.  They need a Thrill, a Fill, and a Spill. We are growing sweet potato slips for the Spill, patio tomatoes for the Thrill, and peppers and pansies for the Fill, to add color and beauty to our food growing pots.  Last year, we planted our first food bearing plants in the pots, and not one tomato or pepper went to waste, so we’re doing it again this year!  We will be planting the pots on April 20, if you would like to come out and get your hands dirty.  Email betty@walnuthillsrf.org if you are interested.

Visiting our Neighbors!

Walnut Wheels ventured out of its cozy confines to support I❤#MadisonvilleDay! at Plant Cincinnati. Delicious sweet potato soup, hot coffee, 17 degree weather, and good neighbors.

The WHRF values the work of our residents. An artist we previously worked with has now ventured into Spencer School. Herschel Marvin Johnson helped lead the youth in designing this signage for their school. His work is giving the youth ownership over their school and community, while also letting them tap into their budding craftsmanship.
Creative Placemaking 2/19

Real Estate & Economic Development 2/19

Real Estate & Economic Development Update

UC Grads spur big changes in Walnut Hills

UC grads spur big changes in Walnut Hills! Samantha Reeves, WHRF director of real estate, along with Marvin Abrinica and Brian Jackson of Esoteric Brewery, and Brent Gallaher of Caffe Vivace, were recently featured in UC magazine. Click the photo for the amazing article.

 

Proposal could put $700,000 in Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Exciting news as the city seeks to make the first contribution into the trust fund created last year. Click the photo for more information.

 

Paramount Square Tenants

New tenants are coming to The Model Group’s $20 million Paramount Square development at Gilbert Avenue and E McMillan. La Soupe, C’est Cheese, and First Financial Bank  have all signed long-term leases and will join Esoteric Brewing Company in the historic paramount building. We’re very excited to have this great group of entrepreneurs and businesses coming to Walnut Hills!

 

 

 

 

Real Estate & Economic Development 2/19