Construction is nearing completion at the century-old Public Comfort Station building. We are excited to share that the team behind the creative Over-the-Rhine cocktail destination Sundry and Vice will be bringing a second space to Walnut Hills at this location. Slated to open this summer, Comfort Station will serve dual purposes as a daytime coffee/cocktail destination and a basement level cocktail lounge. Click the photo for more information.
Construction at the Milhaus mixed-use development Poste is making progress! The project includes 124 market-rate apartments.
NBDIP Funding Request
The WHRF is applying for two projects through the City's Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP). The projects were presented at the March Walnut Hills Area Council (WHAC) meeting and will be presented again at the Bush Recreation Center on Thursday, April 4th at 6:30 pm. You can view the presentation here.
The community gardens of Walnut Hills are beginning to come back to life! The eternal resurrection of life can be seen in the swelling buds of the trees, the spring bulbs as they peek out from under the warmth and comfort of winter's cover, and the birds as they serenade us with love songs. On March 9, Concord Community Garden had our first volunteer group of the season, UC Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, spreading wood chips, trimming raspberries and blackberries, and doing general clean up. On Wednesday, Gamble Montessori came and helped us turn the soil in the beds, and plant spring greens and peas. On Sunday March 17, in the tradition of St. Patrick, the committed individual gardeners planted four different kinds of potatoes. On March 29, we welcomed the Civic Garden Center, who turned more beds and started seeds in the Greenhouse. On March 30, we hosted students as part of Clean Up Cincinnati, who completed maintenance on the garden beds, picked up trash around the garden, cleaned out the greenhouse and the tool bin, and planted more lettuce and peas. At the May Street orchard, we were grateful for help from the IU Alumni Association and the UC Fraternity Alpha Pi Omega on March 30th. Weather wise, March went out like a lamb, but our volunteer efforts are a roaring success.
Frederick Douglass Elementary Garden
The Planting Panthers at Frederick Douglass Elementary are ready for Spring! They're already starting veggies, greens, and flower seeds, with the help of Walnut Hills High School students, to plant in the school garden.
Walnut Hills Historical Society
Check out the Walnut Hills Historical Society's upcoming on the road meetup April 17th 6:30 pm at 2442 Gilbert. Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with good vibes with them at The Greenwich. Click photo for more information.
Community Listening Session with May Square Developer, and Paramount Redevelopment Group
Join the conversation and share your input on the new May Square Development.
The GigShuttle service welcomed Amazon to the neighborhood, giving residents direct access to the Amazon team and their hiring process. The Walnut Hills residents showed up in large numbers to get access to the GigShuttle and secure a job with Amazon. We also had residents from all around Cincinnati show up. As people entered the door they were greeted by the GigShuttle team and led to the Amazon registration booth. From there, they went on through the application process. Interested in working for Amazon? Click the photo for more information.
The GIGShuttle is a transportation service that helps connect you to a job, take you there, and bring you back home. For the last 2 months the WHRF outreach team and The GigShuttle crew have been working to market this service to Walnut Hills residents. Many residents have expressed that lack of dependable transportation, and inadequate bus routes, are barriers to securing and keeping a job. This service was created to fill the transportation gap. Interested in this service? Click the photo for more information.
Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is requesting approximately $200,000 through the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP) to fund streetscaping along East McMillan Street. In the past, WHRF partnered with the Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) to lead an extensive community engagement process to inform streetscape improvements in the neighborhood. Based on that outreach and DOTE's recommendations, WHRF is requesting $200,000 to complete Phase II of the streetscape. The funding would cover improvements on the south side E. McMillan from Trevarren Flats to the SE Corner of Gilbert and E. McMillan, as well as improvements to the SW corner of Gilbert and E. McMillan to Comfort Station. See our presentation to WHAC by clicking here.
NBDIP Minor Project Request
WHRF is requesting $30,000 through NBDIP to fund a gateway art installation. In 2017, WHRF partnered with ArtWorks to lead a community engagement and creative placemaking design process to inform four planned public works (murals, sculptures, or other) which would serve as placemarkers at four directional gateways into Peebles Corner Business District, spurring community activity and helping designate the Walnut Hills neighborhood and Peebles Corner business district as a creative place for residents and visitors alike. Phase 1 employed a team of four local youth apprentices who worked under the direction and mentorship of a lead local professional artist and designer to engage the Walnut Hills community in codesign. The team gathered 70 community surveys, conducted 11 video interviews, and held 12 events. Out of this process, four themes emerged. “Walnut Hills Is Alive” incorporates greenery to represent the life and growth of the community. “You Are Walnut Hills” uses mirrors to symbolize residents’ ownership of the neighborhood. “We Are Walnut Hills” incorporates a quilt-like, woven craft material to symbolize the strong sense of African American pride and culture in Walnut Hills. “Walnut Hills Hustle” uses light to represent the inventiveness, innovation, and bright future in store for the neighborhood. WHRF would use the $30,000 to plan the final design of the four artworks and to fully implement one of them.