WHRF Competing for Fuel the Fire grant

And we need your help!

We have been invited to compete for a grant for our Five Points Biergarten event in the recently cleaned up Five Points Alley network! The grant is from Fuel Cincinnati. Fuel is a program of Give Back Cincinnati that is dedicated to helping young professionals improve the city. Fuel provides dollars ($250–$2,000) to projects for community organizations, coalitions of organizations, individuals, and non-profit groups with unique ideas that are in the relatively initial stages. Our presentation will highlight the community engagement associated with these events as well as long-term possibilities for the space.

On June 27th we are asking you to attend an event called Fuel the Fire! The event is a contest where grant finalists give a presentation about their project and afterwards the attendees vote for the winner. The money generated from the tickets sold for the event go to the winner! We will be competing with four other applicants. More information can be found on the event website or event Facebook page.

How can YOU help?

Come to the event! Invite friends and colleagues! The more supporters we have the better chance we have of winning! The event is on June 27th at 6:30 pm at the Christian Moerlein Tap Room. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity and let us know if you have any questions!

Final MLK/I-71 Interchange design open houses

Saturday, April 20th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Tuesday, April 23rd, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Hampton Inn (near UC), 3024 Vine Street

As many of you know, a new interchange at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and I-71 is in the final planning stages. This project, known as the Uptown Access Study, has the potential to significantly transform the north end of Walnut Hills and the south end of Avondale. Public meetings have been held to gather input on design alternatives, and now the final design decisions are ready to be made.

Please attend one of the final open house meetings to take a look at the final two design alternates for the new Interstate-71/MLK Drive interchange project. The project timeline seems to be accelerating at the State level, and this will be your last chance to voice an opinion on the final choice the design team makes. We are excited and optimistic about the improved connectivity that this interchange will bring.

The materials at both meetings will be the same, so attend whichever one is more convenient. Come anytime to look at the maps and renderings, and listen to a formal presentation given every half-hour.

We want to know what you think of Walnut Hills!

We want to know what your perceptions are of Walnut Hills. With a focus on safety issues, we’ve put together the following survey to get a broader sense of how the neighborhood is perceived, and to know how best to use our organizational resources. This survey is part of a Community Safety Initiative grant from national LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) which will help create a comprehensive safety strategy for the business district. Whether you live in the neighborhood or elsewhere in the Cincinnati metro area, would you consider taking a few minutes to fill out the survey? The deadline is February 14th. Thank you!



State moves ahead with MLK Interchange

MLK Interchange Study Area
MLK Interchange Study Area (Source: www.uptownaccessstudy.com)

The State of Ohio yesterday approved spending $2.4 million to move ahead with the design of the new I-71 interchange at Martin Luther King Blvd. The detailed design process will also include work at the existing south-bound off-ramp at William H. Taft, and the north-bound on-ramp at E. McMillan St., according to this Enquirer article.

The article states that several neighborhoods, including Avondale, Fairview, Clifton, Walnut Hills and University Heights, will benefit from improved access to I-71 in both directions. Uptown institutions such as The Cincinnati Zoo and the University of Cincinnati will also obviously benefit from more direct I-71 access.

For Walnut Hills, this new MLK interchange will finally provide easy south-bound access for Walnut Hills residents who wish to travel downtown or across the river to Newport and Covington. In addition, downtown and Kentucky residents will now be able to travel north-bound on I-71 and have easier access to Walnut Hills and the McMillan Business District.

We will be following this project very closely in the coming month and years, as it moves from design to right-of-way acquisition and finally to actual construction.

Read more about the approval of design funds for this project in the Cincinnati Enquirer article: ‘MLK Interchange takes next step’