We're kicking off community engagement and research this month of December! If you know anyone that has literature, pictures, videos or stories pertinent to Walnut Hills, or specifically around Lincoln Avenue, please submit information to:
Zweets & Healthy Harvest Mobile Market in the News
Local business Zweets, on East McMillan near Parkside Cafe, and our Healthy Outreach Coordinator Gary Dangel are working towards food access in Walnut Hills, and getting recognized by our local news outlet for it! The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market will be open in winter, but closed from Christmas day until January 2nd.
With help from our partners at the Cincinnati Development Fund and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, the WHRF has acquired about 1.7 acres of property along Gilbert Avenue and Lincoln Avenue! Per the Reinvestment Plan developed in 2016, this area is being redeveloped because of its proximity to Peebles' Corner and the MLK Interchange. Right now the 15 properties that are included in this project are under control of the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation, while development logistics are worked out. Our hope for this area is focused on rehabbing the historically black business district that once occupied Lincoln Avenue. No businesses or development partners have been identified since this project is still in its early stages. Keep an eye out for more updates in the next couple of months! See the full Business Courier article here (subscription only).
Kroger Site Purchase
We've purchased the land lease of the old Walnut Hills Kroger, which means we're one step closer to something awesome at the old Kroger site! There's been no determination yet for a future use of the property. Do you have hopes for this site that you want to share? Thanks to Duke Energy, we have the funding to explore options and ideas in 2018, so keep an eye out for engagement opportunities! Take a look at some local footage from WCPO concerning this project or this Business Courier article (subscription only).
Paramount Groundbreaking Ceremony
A big thank you to everyone who came out to the Paramount Groundbreaking Ceremony last month! It was great to share that moment with so many wonderful partners and supporters. It was incredibly exciting to hear from Esoteric Brewery, Cincinnati's first black-owned brewery, about their future in Walnut Hills. Take a look at the Business Courier article here (subscription only), Local 12's video and article here, and the full Facebook album here.
Join new and longtime residents in the southwest quadrant (west of Gilbert Ave & south of E. McMillan St) on October 28th from 3-7pm for a special block party by Mini-Grantee Jordan Finley! There'll be music, games, and good food in the Concord Garden at 2400 Concord Street, at the corner of Concord and Morgan. See you there!
WE ARE CINCINNATI Mural Reveal: Artist Research
Artist Benjamin Thomas was employed for the Artist Researcher Project to design and execute a mural based on the findings and conversations from the project. Thomas and four artists set out to discover how the community is impacted by segregation and how we can bring everyone back together. His mural project was birthed from the research and process of building relationships. Join us on November 3rd at 5pm by Parkside Cafe for the big reveal! Facebook event link here.
L.E.M.: Living Every Moment: Mini-Grantee
Mizzan Anderson is an advocate for safety awareness and anti-gun violence in our communities. Come support her movement, L.E.M., in an undergarment clothing drive for children in our community on November 4th from 7-11pm at The Brew House.
Sew Prepared: Mini-Grantee
From business owner April Culbreath comes a 2 day sewing class designed for kids! November 3rd & 17th, Culbreath will host sewing classes in her storefront on Woodburn Avenue by Madison Rd. Seating is limited - if interested, please contact A.D. Culbreath Designs at (513) 376-5100.
Apron designing for Frederick Douglass Garden Club: Mini-Grantee
Terri Martin sat around a crowded table at Frederick Douglass School, guiding youth through the process of designing their own garden aprons. Youth picked up a sheet, crayons, and started working! The kids were focused and produced some great designs. Their next session, where they will be applying designs on the Aprons, is November 8th at 2:30 at Frederick Douglass School.
Walnut Hills History Day - Artist Research
Join us at the Walnut Hills Library on November 15th anytime from 12-6pm for a historic day celebrating Walnut Hills! In coordination with the Walnut Hills Historical Society, Artist Researcher Michael Ellison will showcase his photos and other historic documentation.
St. Ursula Youth Summit: Mini Grantee
Students from St. Ursula were awarded one of our Mini-Grants to coordinate a youth summit with teens from Walnut Hills! On a Saturday afternoon, youth joined to discuss many topics that helped them understand diversity. The day was filled with break sessions and fun to further explore these topics, and they did a wonderful job!
Love Your Block: Mini Grantee
Leonard Jackson led a clean up on Nassau that involved youth, parents, and college students. Chopping down trees and weeds that hid beautiful scenery for years was the task for the day! Leonard plans to bring the community back together with Interfaith Hospitality to discuss the future of a park for dogs and families. Join his group and look for monthly clean ups!
Music producer Kick Lee, founder of non-profit Cincinnati Music Accelerator , received a mini grant to coordinate a music festival in the Five Points Alley! Featuring Cincinnati musicians with a wide range of musical taste, festival-goers enjoyed jazz, rap, r&b, acoustic, and instrumental pieces throughout the day. We're excited for next year!