Peebles Corner Grocery Store

"A Community Thrives" -USA TODAY grant opportunity

"A Community Thrives empowers communities by investing in educationarts & culture, or wellness related 

organizations. We give national exposure to local issues by tapping into the power of the USA TODAY NETWORK."  

We at the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation are applying for this grant to start bring

ing groceries back to Walnut Hills. Through our Crowdrise Fundraising Campaign, we must raise $6,000 to qualify for the larger grants, from $25,000 - $100,000. It all depends on how much we can raise between NOW and May 11th. 

Here's a little snapshot of our grant application: Peebles Corner Grocery 

"Our Crowdrise funds would be used to fund the build out and initial inventory of a small grocery store for perishables, including produce grown in our community gardens, eggs from local backyard chickens in the neighborhood, dairy and meat from locally sourced farmers, and bakery products donated from area bakeries and large grocery stores. These products would be priced affordably with lower income consumers in mind. Other produce would come from waste recovery efforts from local, larger grocery stores. We would feature a kitchen with soup making capability and create a community hub where neighbors could gather and chit chat, and learn about volunteer opportunities in the gardens... Peebles Corner Grocery would be housed in the same place that Kroger operated in for 35 years... and would include a Ride-Share bulletin board to assist neighbors in our food desert community to barter rides to the grocery store for the nonperishable foods that are bulkier and harder to manage on the bus...Lastly, we would include a station showing young parents (and grandparents) how to turn the beautiful produce into natural, organic baby food for our growing population."

Please donate today to our CrowdRise page to help Walnut Hills seize this transformative opportunity. 

 
Peebles Corner Grocery Store

WHRF Executive Director

After a nearly seven year span of helping lead the reinvigoration of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation (WHRF), Kevin Wright will step down from his role as Executive Director on April 6th.  We're incredibly thankful for Kevin's leadership, and we're excited to continue the important work of revitalizing Walnut Hills in a community-based and equitable manner. The WHRF Board has begun deliberations on the search process for Kevin's replacement that will incorporate the Walnut Hills area community, the WHRF staff and the WHRF Board.

Walnut Hills has long been a neighborhood in the spotlight for its diversity and history. Over the last seven years, the neighborhood has experienced a great deal of new development and growth in stark contrast with the recent history of disinvestment. This growth has been made possible through the collaboration, commitment, and hard work of community members and institutions, including the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation. After nearly failing, the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation brought on Executive Director Kevin Wright in 2011, who in turn has curated a team of extremely passionate individuals and has been instrumental in pushing the needle on the change we see today. This includes:

  1. a variety of new housing, both owner- and renter-occupied units such as Trevarren Flats;
  2. a strong new business base with graduates from entrepreneurial organizations like MORTAR and nationally recognized bars like Video Archive;
  3. the creation and adoption of the Walnut Hills Reinvestment Plan;
  4. resource grant opportunities like THRIVE and Façade Improvement for businesses and residents;
  5. and the revitalization and new construction on the historic Paramount building, whose first tenant will house Cincinnati's first black-owned brewery.

We are thrilled that the success of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation has translated into a new opportunity for Kevin to help the greater regional community, and while we're sad to see him go, our staff and board are dedicated in our work towards a vibrant, safe, and inclusive Walnut Hills. Our work here at the WHRF will take even more community collaboration in this joint effort towards progressive change, especially in our continued commitment towards equitable development. Our staff will be working twice as hard during this shift to ensure that our work is unhindered in the coming weeks. While Kevin's last day will be April 6th, he will be around and assisting our team with the transition to a new, permanent Executive Director.

In the coming weeks, we will be releasing more details regarding an Interim Director and our search process for a permanent Executive Director. Please direct all questions to info@walnuthillsrf.org or our office at (513) 593-9473, refer to Board Vice President Jay Shifman.

WHRF Executive Director

Real Estate & Economic Development Update 2/18

We’re excited The Cure Cincinnati has opened its doors next to the MORTAR Pop-Up Shop at 961 East McMillan Street! Check out their store and talk to the partners from 11pm-7pm. You’ll be sure to find awesome shoes and apparel!

If you’ve walked or driven along East McMillan over the past couple of months, you’ve seen buildings preparing for change. Paramount Square, including the old Will’s Pawn Shop and 915 E. McMillan, is undergoing that change as you read this. Esoteric Brewery will be one of the first tenants in the building. You can expect to hear more announcements of who else will be in those newly renovated buildings as construction progresses. WHRF projects currently under construction:
793 East McMillan
900 East McMillan
915 East McMillan
1528 Madison Rd

Caffè Vivace: On the corner of Kemper and East McMillan, a new jazz lounge will be opening its doors. We’ve got a good feeling this business will open within the next couple of months! You can see their progress photos on Facebook at /caffevivace.

Real Estate & Economic Development Update 2/18

Food Access Update 2/18

The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market is back up and running in 2018! Find the colorful trailer parked between the CVS and old Kroger site every Friday from 1-3pm, as long as the weather is above 25 degrees, no severe rain, lightning, or snow. For more information, call (513) 593-9473 and ask for Healthy Outreach Coordinator, Gary Dangel.

Food Access Update 2/18