Food Access Update 6/18

We are honored to announce that our application for the USA TODAY's "A Community Thrives" program has been awarded $100,000 to help fund our project nicknamed "Peebles Corner Grocery".

“The mission statement for the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation notes that we are working to enhance the quality of life in Walnut Hills.” Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Winters Waite says, “The grant from USA Today will help us install a small, corner grocery store with perishables, some of which will be stocked from our extensive community garden network.  Giving our residents access to fresh, affordable food grown in gardens that are as beautiful as they are productive, will assist us in meeting our mission, and will allow us the resources to continue to advocate for food access alternatives in our community.” At the center of our work around food access, Healthy Outreach Coordinator Gary Dangel has been working towards more food access and healthy living in Walnut Hills for five years. “This $100,000 grant from USA Today helps the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation to create a mini-grocery in the center of our resurgent business district.” Dangel says, “We’ll use the store as an opportunity to test what people want to buy and how they’d like to see it activated. Think of it as the start of a rapid prototype Food Lab.”

Funding from the ACT grant award will be used to leverage our additional fundraising efforts and to continue our work to bring affordable food to all Walnut Hills residents. The grant award will also fund a Food Access Manager who focuses on developing a food-centered destination that serves the needs of existing residents while also attracting nearby neighbors.

To see the full press release and list of awardees from the Gannett Foundation, visit: 

This project would not be possible without the support and generosity of our Crowdrise donors. Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign: 

First Financial Bank

Samir & Ami Kulkarni

Model Group

The Crout Family

Elizabeth Waite

Fred Orth

Kelly and Steve Carr

Mary-Cabrini Durkin

Kathy Atkinson

Allen & Kyla Woods

Judy Rizzo

David Adams

Jedi Cowart

The Brew House

Brent Gallaher

Brad Weeks

Gayle Givens

Chris Flores

Becky Eckerlin

Sandra Coop

Hordinski Family

Cincinnati Development Fund

Andrew Palamara

Andrew and Linda Manning

Michael Manning

Kerry Dalton

Thea Munchel

Kevin Tighe

Jena Bradley & Matt Scott

Jeanne Golliher

Anna Goroncy

Stradtman Properties

Kathryn Gibbons

Hand Family

Kara Luggen

Nick and Coral Dill

Heather Cockram

Derek Bauman

Chanel A Sanders

Janie Wagner

Macy Allan

Toilynn ONeal


Vicki Ciotti

Sandra Lettie

Patrice Watson

Edward Robert Ratterman

Bob Driehaus

Frank Henson

Charles Dillard

Jordan Finley

Beverly Lamb

...and to all of the Anonymous donors, THANK YOU!

Food Access Update 6/18

Creative Placemaking Update 6/18

There's plenty going on in town, but Sunday June 24th is special. Come see the result of hard work, research, and collaboration between various Walnut Hills institutions and discuss the importance of the historic black-owned businesses in Walnut Hills. 

"Change is coming to Lincoln and Gilbert, though, and Johnson wants Walnut Hills neighbors to know more about their past in order to spark discussions about their future. The redevelopment foundation bought property at the intersection last fall to make way for residences and retail. Some structures have already been razed, but a crumbling cinder block building has been left standing in hopes of filling its half-dozen storefronts again.

'We could have just slapped up a mural, made the building look pretty,' says Creekmore, founder of Eye Candy creative agency in Over-the-Rhine. Instead, she and partner Neal embraced the site’s grittiness and let the historical ads guide their typography-driven design and decision to use paper and paste. 'I love the way the art looks because it’s not perfect,' Creekmore says. She walks past silhouettes of a chandelier, apothecary vials, vegetables and bouquets to her favorite section of the block-long installation. It reads: 'When royalty came to town, they used to stay at the Manse Hotel.' The tribute to the black-owned lodging at 1008 Chapel St. ripples over uneven layers of plywood, siding and concrete in a retro typeface that alternates between block letters and cursive. The presentation is elegant and proud, yet something not quite right nags at the viewer." - excerpt from this CityBeat article from Jun 12, 2018

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month...

you can get your bicycle repaired outside of the old Kroger lot in Walnut Hills! Wheelhouse Cincy says it best:

Our Mission is to build a strong and diverse bicycling community through outreach, education, upcycled bike sales and service. Our Vision is a Cincinnati where bicycle riders of all types experience the safety, freedom, and joy of going wherever they want, whenever they want, with support and community all around them. We are seeking donations of quality, used bicycles which we will then repair and sell. We will be offering reliable service and repairs, as well as training in bicycle safety, maintenance, and repair. We hope to demonstrate that Walnut Hills is one of the most bicycle-friendly communities in the Cincinnati area!"

Visit their facebook here, otherwise show up June 23rd / July 14th to see it for yourself! 

Creative Placemaking Update 6/18

Real Estate Update 6/18

Scholar House Groundbreaking

Join Model Group, project partners, and the City for this special ground breaking ceremony! Haven't heard of Scholar House? Here's an excerpt from the Cincinnati Business Courier article on the project from Jan 24, 2017:

"Cincinnati Union Bethel, the Model Group and Christ Church Cathedral plan to build dozens of brand-new apartments at a defunct Dollar Store site in growing Walnut Hills to house single parents pursuing post-secondary education similar to a project in Northern Kentucky... 'This will be a revolutionary project if it’s funded,' said Councilwoman Yvette Simpson. The city owns 939 E. McMillan St., part of the site needed to make the 44-unit project happen. The Cincinnati Planning Commission approved the sale of that parcel on Friday. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati City Council’s Neighborhoods Committee heard a presentation on the project and others seeking tax credits on Monday. 

"Providing housing for parents and a child development center for their kids allows two generations to be addressed at once. 'We think this is one of the best programs we've ever heard of,' said Tim Westrich, project manager for Model Group. 'You're addressing two generations of poverty. The kids will come out of there well prepared to go to Cincinnati Public Schools.' It also will allow Model to create a seamless development near Peebles Corner in Walnut Hills, with Trevarren Flats on the east side of the Scholar House and the future Paramount Square on the west side. Model considered other Cincinnati sites but felt it had the backing of Walnut Hills. 'They're definitely a community moving upwards,' Westrich said. 'We want to make sure the affordable housing in their neighborhood has programs wrapped around it.' All of the units will be covered by project-based federal housing money so that residents pay a maximum of 30 percent of their income toward rent. The developers plan to build the project so it qualifies for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Silver status."

Read the full article here (however there is a paywall). 

Pickled Pig Coming Soon on E. McMillan

Pickled Pig has been in the works for a while, and they're on their way to opening up their location on E McMillan! The pictures to the left are current construction photos for the upcoming deli space. We're extremely excited for them to open! Take a look at the following articles and Pickled Pig information for a more in depth look: 

"Gary Leybman and his wife Libby have been selling pickles anywhere people will buy them for the last five years. They've sold their Pickled Pig products at farmers markets and festivals, to restaurants and in stores. But soon they'll have a place of their own not only to sell pickles and other fermented vegetables, but for a deli/sandwich shop and a meat smoker. " Click here to read more from the CityBeat article from  April 17, 2018

Visit here for their Facebook page, here for their website, and here for another CityBeat article with more history and pickled details!

Now Hiring WHRF Real Estate Project Manager Position

"This position will be responsible for improving the vitality of the neighborhood business districts by supporting existing businesses and identifying new opportunities for growth while ensuring diversity "... Click the image to the left for more details on this role and to download the description in full. 

Please forward Resumes & Cover Letters to  by Wednesday, June 20th with "Real Estate Project Manager" in the Subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-WHRF team

Real Estate Update 6/18

McDonald’s Grand Re-Opening

Come celebrate McDonald's Grand Re-Opening!

May 8th, 2018 

Lincoln Ware Show Broadcast Live from the restaurant 10am-12pm | Spin the Win from 11am-7pm (place order at kiosk and spin the wheel to win a prize)

Gran Re-Opening Reception from 5pm-7pm: Sampling Buttermilk Chicken Tenders, Cookies and Pies | Balloon Twisting with balloon artist David Bake from 5:30-6:30 | Enter drawing for a chance to win a pair of "Beats" headphones or $75 McDonald's Arch Gift Card.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Check Donation at 6:00pm. Donation to Frederick Douglass Elementary to help fund the After-School Clubs.

Click here to see full flyer.

McDonald’s Grand Re-Opening