The College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
(CHCURC) has been focusing on strengthening its central business district over the past few months. A new mixed-use development
is in the works at the corner of Marlowe and Hamilton avenues, as is a 100-space parking lot between Cedar and Marlowe avenues.
College Hill also received $175,000 from the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program and a $10,000 grant from the PNC Foundation for facade improvements
, which will help well-established buildings update signing, lighting, windows and doors.
On top of that, CHCURC recently signed a preferred developer agreement with Saint Francis Group
and the City of Cincinnati for a large mixed-use project at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road. Jeff Raser of Glaserworks
has been selected as lead architect.
The 7.5-acre site was totally cleared in 2014, when the former Kroger building was demolished for future development. Eastern Star also used to sit on the property, but that was demolished in 2012.
The development will bring residential, retail and office space to College Hill. Although plans are still in the works, the next four to eight months will reveal the project's name, cost estimates and construction schedule.