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Neighborhood Redevelopment Projects - Evanston & Walnut Hills

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The Port's Director of Commercial Development Robert Sanders and Senior Planning Associate Will Basil shared The Port's neighborhood revitalization initiatives in City of Cincinnati neighborhoods Evanston and Walnut Hills.

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Neighborhood Redevelopment Projects - Evanston & Walnut Hills

  1. 1. EVANSTON & WALNUT HILLS PROGRAMS, TOOLS, AND IMPACT: Robert Sanders, Director of Commercial Development Will Basil, Senior Planning Associate
  2. 2. Vision 2022 The Port serves our community by cultivating partnerships that unlock the hidden value of real estate and realize the long-term prosperity for everyone in Hamilton County.
  3. 3. Neighborhood Revitalization 2012 - 2017 Robert Sanders, Director of Commercial Development Will Basil, Senior Planning Associate
  4. 4. FOCUS NEIGHBORHOOD: Evanston MONTGOMERY AVE. WOODBURN AVE. DANA AVE. I-71
  5. 5. FOCUS NEIGHBORHOOD: Evanston The Port started working in Evanston in 2012 with a targeted investment strategy to repurpose neighborhood real estate and return property to productive use. Working with community partners, principally the stalwart Evanston Community Council, The Port has rehabbed/built and sold 27 formerly vacant market-rate homes through Rehab Across Cincinnati and Hamilton County (REACH) with more under way. In 2018, The Port will begin work on affordable housing through its management of the Homesteading and Urban Redevelopment Corporation (HURC).
  6. 6. Evanston FOCUS NEIGHBORHOOD 9,158 POPULATION $10.7MM TOTAL INVESTMENT $1.47MM IN DEMOLITION GRANT FUNDS EXPENDED ON 24 PROPERTIES $93K IN STABILIZATION FUNDS ON 1 PROPERTY
  7. 7. Our Impact EVANSTON 2013-2017 154 PROPERTIES ACQUIRED 63 PROPERTIES SOLD OR DONATED 5 PROPERTIES HELD FOR THE COMMUNITY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE | ADVOCACY: Hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis, Evanston is The Port’s first neighborhood of focus and the first neighborhood we began acquiring vacant, blighted single-family homes and rehabbing and selling them in a program named “REACH Evanston.” Since REACH began in 2013, other homes on the streets with REACH homes have on average sold for a price that is 36.5 % higher than their 2008 value.
  8. 8. WOODBURN + GILBERT + MONTGOMERY + HEWITT FOCUS NEIGHBORHOOD: Evanston FIVE POINTS XAVIER UNIV. DANA + MONTGOMERY COMMERCIAL FOCUS AREA MONTGOMERY WALNUT HILLS HIGH SCHOOL BLAIR WOODBURN + BLAIR + RUTH + ST. LEGER RESIDENTIAL FOCUS AREA KING RECORDS BREWSTER
  9. 9. St. Ambrose Apartments Woodburn and St. Leger Pl. 2013 In Evanston, the Landbank managed the July 2013 demolition of the three-story St. Leger apartment building at Gilbert Avenue and Montgomery Road – a long-time hub of crime. Cincinnati-based developer, Model Group, built the St. Ambrose, a residential housing development, in its place. $537K MOVING OHIO FORWARD FUNDING
  10. 10. REACH Evanston MARKET RATE HOUSING 2015-2018 To date: • Six new homes built, and 21 homes renovated • One home currently being renovated $6.6MM TOTAL INVESTMENT $1.2MMLANDBANK SUBSIDY
  11. 11. HURC Program EVANSTON AFFORDABLE HOUSING 2012; 2018 1541 Merrimac was completed in 2002. Six homes are undergoing rehab in 2018: • 3212 and 3221 Wold; • 1640, 1650 and 1654 Jonathan; • 3476 Woodburn
  12. 12. 3248 Gilbert Ave. - Commercial HURC Home Rehabs - Residential 3604 Montgomery - Commercial 3341 Montgomery Stabilization - Commercial 1614 Hewitt | Findlay Farm Stand - Commercial St. Ambrose Apartments - Residential REACH Evanston - Residential Port Impact Evanston Property Highlights
  13. 13. Historic Stabilization 3341 Montgomery; 2016 Through an agency agreement with the City of Cincinnati, The Port performed stabilization work on this property. This 6,000 SF commercial structure is now available for lease. $93,880 LANDBANK FUNDING
  14. 14. Findlay Farm Stand 1614 Hewitt Avenue | 2016 Landbank Tools In a 2005 neighborhood report, this carryout / drive-thru was called out for high levels of criminal activity. In 2014, The Port and the City of Cincinnati teamed up to acquire, remediate, remove an underground tank, and demolish the structure. This resulted in a clean, development-ready site in the heart of Evanston’s Five Points. Findlay Farm Stand now brings fresh food to the site in Summer months.
  15. 15. Commercial Development 12 PROPERTIES OWNED THROUGH 2018 Through an agency agreement with the City of Cincinnati, The Port performed work on this property. This site sits pad-ready for new development. $850K FUNDING SPENT TO DATE
  16. 16. • DREAM was born out of a partnership with The Kresge Foundation. • Minimizing barriers for neighborhood microenterprise and entrepreneurs. • The fund targets neighborhood business districts as part of our Vision 2022 which aims to comprehensively revitalize disinvested target neighborhoods. • Stabilizing neighborhoods through the support of entrepreneurship. • Restoring vibrant retail and commerce with a focus on inclusivity and engagement of neighborhood- based enterprise. DREAM Loan
  17. 17. Telling the Story of the Neighborhood WALNUT HILLS
  18. 18. Our Goal: to be inclusive of race, income, and age in neighborhood housing and business development.
  19. 19. THANK YOU ROBERT SANDERS Director of Commercial Development WILL BASIL Senior Planning Associate 513.632.3765 rsanders@cincinnatiport.org 513.632.3756 wbasil@cincinnatiport.org

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