New police substation reclaims former crime hot spot
Back in the day WHRF shared an office with the Cincinnati Police substation on the corner of Hemlock and McMillan. We moved out and set up our own digs and now the officers at the substation get a chance to try out a new space of their own. Starting in mid-December, the police substation will be moved to 921 E McMillan (better known as the Red Point).
“That area of McMillan has been improving as far as safety goes,” said probation officer Nick Kern, one of the officers who will be working out of the new substation. “We’re excited to be there and to help continue that positive transformation.”
The Red Point was once a center for drug activity, and WHRF worked together with the Cincinnati police to get it shut down. In less than a year, a storefront which was once a hot spot for crime will become a hot spot for safety. The old sub-station location will be improved to attract a new ground-floor retail or office tenant. Now, that’s progress!
New Restaurant Coming to Walnut Hills in 2014
City’s oldest remaining firehouse to be home to Fireside Pizza. Get a sneak peek inside on November 20th.
We’re proud to announce that not only will a great historic asset in the neighborhood be renovated in the coming months, but it will also become a new restaurant serving fantastic food to residents from the neighborhood and throughout the city. Fireside Pizza has joined us at all of our Cincinnati Street Food Festivals and even a Five Points Biergarten with their brick oven on wheels, and we can’t wait for their brick-and-mortar location to open in Walnut Hills!
If you weren’t lucky enough to be at the press conference for the new Fireside Pizza restaurant, we’ve got you covered! On November 20 from 6 pm – 9 pm, the firehouse will be the site of our monthly Meet-up (Facebook Event). Fireside will be there serving up their amazing pizza, and to help you visualize your future dining experience even more realistically, we’ll be serving up cold beer from Mt. Carmel.
Plus, this month we’re having a raffle you don’t want to miss – a free one-night stay at Spring Hill Suites. That’s right, ladies and gents, for just $2 you could be rolling in fluffy hotel pillows. We’re also partnering with the Marines to collect Toys-for-Tots! Please bring a toy (of a value up to $30) for a child up to the age of 14. Every toy donation gets you one free raffle ticket and a warm feeling in your heart.
Here’s a bit more for those interested in the development-side of the Firehouse renovation: Developer FC16 LLC, led by Kent Hardman of Hardman Investment Group, is buying the Firehouse, located at 773 E. McMillan St., as well as the adjacent brownstone and two parcels of vacant land from the City of Cincinnati. The restaurant will be located on the ground floor of the firehouse (brief history of the firehouse), with an apartment on the second floor (More from the Business Courier).
What an incredible day in Walnut Hills
The Cincinnati Street Food Festival 2013, this past Saturday, October 12th, was a massive success, exceeding our attendance expectations. But it was also a truly special day for the neighborhood; a celebration of our history, diversity and plans for the future. We could keep trying to describe it with words, but this beautifully done short film might do a better job:
Cincinnati Street Food Festival 2013 from Walnut Hills Redevelopment on Vimeo.
Soundtrack: “Who We Are (Live United Mix)”, by Tracy Walker
Filmed and edited by Andrew Stahlke