Real Estate & Economic Development Update 1/19

Real Estate & Economic Development

Executive Director on the news!

Click on the photo for a feature from WCPO on our Executive Director, what’s happening in Walnut Hills, and the new leadership in Cincinnati’s Community Development Corporations.


Pickled Pig

Smokey bones for your pups, smoked meats and fermented delights for your dinner table. Pickled Pig is a unique spot that you cannot miss. The soft opening happened over the weekend, so be on the lookout for their upcoming full service opening to the public. Click the photo above for more information.

Branch Restaurant 

Set your sights on the corner of Madison and Woodburn for East Walnut Hills’ newest restaurant, Branch! Click the photo for more information. Branch and Nightdrop have been greeted with much acclaim – preview the beautiful new space here:



Manse Hotel

Built in 1876, this elegant destination that housed African American travelers is now designated as a historic landmark. As this hot spot becomes redeveloped,  it will continue to celebrate the rich stories of the black community here in Walnut Hills! Click photo for more info.


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Community Events & Meetings 1/19

Community Meetings & Events


Community Building Institute Partners with WHRF

The City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are collaborating to look across the region and identify barriers to fair housing.  Fair housing laws in the United States make it illegal to discriminate against people based on race, color, religion, place of national origin, sex, family status or disability in their choice of housing.  Every so often cities and counties are asked by the federal government to review their local housing markets and identify any barriers to fair housing or discrimination that may be taking place, and to recommend changes that might improve people’s options.  The Community Building Institute (CBI) is working with the City and the County to identify unfair and illegal housing practices in our area.  An important part of this work is to hear from all kinds of people in the region about how they are finding housing, how their housing works for them and how easy it is to move when they want to. As the housing market changes in Cincinnati, many organizations are asking questions about the housing insecurities in our neighborhoods. Community Building Institute has been partnering with organizations to have open conversations about how residents of Cincinnati are accessing the housing market. 9 residents, from very different housing situations sat and share in their experiences.

The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is partnering with the Community Building Institute to host a focus group with residents and stakeholders in the Walnut Hills community to learn more about the experiences of our residents.  If you have stories and experiences to share about accessing housing in the Walnut Hills community and the larger region, we hope you will join us on February 4th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm 656 East McMillan. All residents are welcome. To RSVP for the focus group please contact Aprina Johnson at 513-704-5580. If you have any questions about the Fair Housing Assessment, please contact Emma Shirey at the Community Building Institute at or (513) 745-3935.


Love Bites and Pins Community Event

Empowering resident leadership is a focus of the WHRF. We value the talents of our community members, and we provide a platform for them to showcase their unique skills. This Valentines Day make sure you interact with Walnut Wheels at the different locations in the above map for Love Bites & Pins!!

Tree Cycling in Green Man Park

We held our first TreeCycle chipping event on Saturday, January 5 at Green Man Park in cooperation with JoAnn Morse and Geoff Sutton. Residents brought their Christmas trees/wreaths and we made wood chips to mulch the Park’s rain garden. Walnut Wheels was on hand with salsa, hummus, and chips (get it? chips). Looking for a place to recycle trees next year? Contact


Housing Task Force Meeting

This is a resident led monthly meeting, to dive into housing issues inside of the Walnut Hills community. Join the table next month for great conversation and connections. Click photo for more info.





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The Durner Building

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 –







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Neighbor Spotlight 11/18

Neighbor Spotlight

 Uptown’s Innovation Corridor

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

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