Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is Soliciting Bids for the Durner Building Project. The Durner Building is a historic building with four stories plus basement, totaling 12,875 square foot. This project’s objective is to bring the structure up to a cold dark shell state with a restored storefront system, reconstructed cornice, new exterior doors and windows, exterior masonry repair and cleaning, demo of non-structural walls, and removal of loose plaster and deteriorated wood flooring. We are looking for a General Contractor to coordinate the work. For the complete Invitation for Bids please contact Emily Ahouse – firstname.lastname@example.org
After nearly a decade of advocacy and planning, the I-71 Interchange opened in August 2017, creating a world of possibilities for catalytic development and project investments in Uptown and Walnut Hills. With the completion of the interchange, Uptown Consortium (UCI) began executing plans for a world-class innovation corridor. The Uptown Innovation Corridor will be filled with pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use developments and will leverage the core strengths of Uptown anchor institutions—medicine, research and innovative advancements—to attract high-growth, tech and creative companies and the people they employ. UCI has seen significant progress on the Uptown Innovation Corridor in the last year. Terrex Development, and Messer Construction, intend to build a $200 million mixed-use development called Uptown Gateway, located in the corridor’s southeast corner. In August, the developers announced the University of Cincinnati will be the project’s first tenants, having signed a long-term, build-to-suit lease for a 180,000 square foot building that will serve UC’s “digital futures.” In addition to the building in the Uptown Gateway, UC completed construction on 1819 Innovation Hub, a $38 million renovation of the former Sears department store into a research accelerator. The building has secured several tenants including Kroger, CincyTech, P&G and Cincinnati Bell. UC is also completing construction on the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, which will be the leading regional treatment center for complex neurological conditions. The building is expected to open in 2019. On the northwest corner of MLK and Reading Road, the U.S. Senate passed a spending package that ensures the site acquisition and construction of a new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) facility that would consolidate its three Cincinnati sites into one $110 million building in the Uptown Innovation Corridor. Across Reading Road, MLK Investor I, LLC, a partnership between Neyer Properties and Kulkarni Properties, plan to develop a $250 million mixed-use development with office, residential and hotel space. In October, UCI announced its letter of intent with Queen City Hills, LLC to develop the southwest corner of the Uptown Innovation Corridor. Queen City Hills, LLC is an ownership group comprised of prominent local executives with extensive business and real estate investment experience. The team is led by Ed Rigaud, David Foxx and Albert Smitherman. The group will have nine months to submit a development plan and enter into a purchase agreement for the UCI-owned property. Throughout the project, UCI has been dedicated to community engagement, so that decisions around the Corridor are in the best interest of the neighborhood stakeholders. Community leaders are actively involved in the planning of the developments on its Steering Committee. UCI and its partners also regularly attend council meetings and host open houses to discuss the project with neighborhood residents. Finally, UCI engaged an economic inclusion consultant, WEB Ventures, to develop and execute a plan to create opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses as well as jobs for Uptown and Walnut Hills residents. To learn more about UCI’s efforts in Uptown and the Corridor, contact UCI’s Community Development Manager, Brooke Duncan, at email@example.com.
12/1/18 Need to get a start on your holiday shopping? Check out this collection of small batch, locally made work. Sales start soon. click the photo and follow the link!
MORTAR’S LIFE’S A Pitch: Walnut Hills vs OTR
12/11/18 Come support their two current entrepreneurship academy classes as they showcase their businesses and battle head to head for multiple prizes. Come cheer on Walnut Hills!
Walnut Hills Area Council
12/13/18 The Area Council will be having a community potluck at the December meeting. Make sure you attend.
Green Man Park
12/15/18 Join your neighbors in a musical holiday celebration! Click the photo above and follow the link!
Walnut Hills Area Council
12/17/18 Join the Area Council’s newest committee as they discuss way to work toward a better community. Not a member of the Area Council? Sign up here https://wearewalnuthills.org/area-council/membership-info-application/
Check out one of Walnut Hills staple entertainment venues for live jazz and loads of other talents! Click the photo above and follow the link! Every Wednesday.
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Mercy is looking for volunteers. Live in Walnut Hills? Want to make a difference in the community? Click the photo above and join in!
On a windy night, Walnut Wheels landed at Frederick Douglass and Bush Rec for the annual Halloween celebration, Trunk or Treat. The Walnut Hills Faith Alliance put this event on. If you are interested in being a part next year, please contact Reverend Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have an idea to engage residents of Walnut Hills and want to use Walnut Wheels please fill out this form and submit it for the upcoming 2019 calendar.
Fredrick Douglass Garden
Final Harvest at the Frederick Douglass School Garden with elementary school students, teachers, and Walnut Hills High School mentors. Interested in gardening in the neighborhood? Reach out to Gary Dangel email@example.com
Evanston Recreation Center
Walnut Wheels ventured out to the Evanston Recreation Center to support the Evanston Thrive at Five event. We brought our smoothie making machine and gave away at least 50 free smoothies! What a way to spend a Saturday!
The City of Cincinnati
The team from The City’s Department of Community and Economic Development came for a tour of all that’s happening in the Walnut Hills Business District.