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Wasson Way bike trail receives $750,000 to connect Hyde Park to Evanston

The City of Cincinnati recently received $750,000 in federal Transportation Alternatives grant funding for the construction of Phase 2A of the Wasson Way Trail.

Oakley Cycles moving to Mariemont, rebranding as Fifty West Cycling Company

Oakley Cycles will move to Mariemont Crossing in January to connect with the Little Miami Scenic Trail as part of Fifty West Brewing's expansion plans.

Fifty West expanding, adding larger production facility

Fifty West Brewing Company, which opened three years ago, recently announced an expansion to add a larger production facility as well as volleyball courts and a cycling company to its repertoire.

Roundup of neighborhood festivals through the rest of September

Check out our guide to neighborhood arts, music and beer festivals (plus Oktoberfest) over the next two weekends.

Nourish Yourself offers healthy, home-cooked meals to busy clients

After a 15-year career with P&G, Cherylanne Skolnicki became a certified health coach and started teaching people how to eat better. In January 2011, she started Nourish Yourself, a service that will cook dinner for you.

Neighborhood Asset Mapping tool focuses on neighborhoods' strengths

The Community Building Institute recently partnered with Xavier University and the United Way to develop and launch the Neighborhood Asset Mapping tool as a resource for all 52 Cincinnati neighborhoods.

Phase IV of Mariemont condo development to begin next year

Construction on Phase IV of Mariemont’s condominium development is slated to begin in early 2014.

New online tool aims to keep Cincinnati residents engaged in their neighborhoods

On July 24, the City of Cincinnati adopted Nextdoor, a free, private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. The goal is to improve community engagement between the City and its residents, and foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
Each of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods will have its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, which is accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. City administrations and several city departments will also use Nextdoor to share important news, services, programs, free events and emergency notifications to residents, but they won’t be able to see who is registered to use the site or the conversations among residents.
Founded in 2010 in San Francisco, Nextdoor’s mission is to bring back a sense of community to the neighborhood. The site was tested in 175 neighborhoods across the country, and results showed that neighborhoods had some of the same issues, plus a variety of different issues.
“We all remember what our neighborhood experience was like as kids, when everyone knew each other, looked out for one another and stayed in the community longer," says Sarah Leary, co-founder of Nextdoor. “We want to invoke that nostalgia for neighborhoods.”
To date, Nextdoor is being used by about 17,000 neighborhoods across the country. In June, Nextdoor partnered with New York City and Mayor Bloomberg to communicate with the city’s 8.3 million residents. The site plans to roll out in other major cities like Cincinnati over the course of the next several months.
Nextdoor also recently released its iPhone app. “We’re really putting the lifeline of the neighborhood into the palm of the residents’ hands,” says Leary. “The common thread is an interest in using technology to make connections with neighbors. But it doesn’t stop there—once people have an easy way to communicate, they’re more likely to get together in the real world.”
You can sign up for Nextdoor on its website, or download the app in the App Store.
By Caitlin Koenig
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City Hall launches app as a community-organizing tool

The City of Cincinnati has taken out the back-and-forth that can occur when residents try to reach them to report issues in their neighborhoods. At the Neighborhood Summit on Feb. 16, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls announced that the Cincinnati City Hall mobile app is available to the public.
With the app, residents can look up trash, recycling and street sweeping days, and set reminders; locate and report problems by address; bookmark locations for quick reporting; and track the status of reports. City Hall mobile also has GPS, so users can report issues, even without an address. There’s even a searchable map with property owner information, which enables residents to see if a property is occupied or vacant.
A few years ago, residents had to use the Yellow Pages to look up the number for city departments to file complaints, says Kevin Wright, executive director of Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation. The city then implemented a hotline for all complaints, but residents never knew the status of their reports.
“It’s amazing how comprehensive the app is,” Wright says. “If you see a broken window, pothole, graffiti, hanging gutter or anything else that is physically wrong with your neighborhood, street or community, you can report it in an instant. It’s a great tool for neighborhood redevelopment.”
The app can also be used as a community-organizing tool, Wright says. For example, if there is a property owner who historically hasn’t taken care of his or her property, social media can help organize a community and target the property to enforce codes until the property is fixed, which is what neighborhood councils and organizations like WHRF do.
“We’re really putting power in the hands of the citizens of the neighborhoods,” he says.
As with most tech programs, the app has room to grow, too. In the future, it could be linked with Facebook or Twitter, so your friends and followers will know who reported problems and where they are.
Cincinnati residents can download the app in the Apple App Store or download it through Google Play.
By Caitlin Koenig
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Throwback barbershop opens in Mariemont

This weekend marked the grand opening of Roosters Men’s Grooming Center in Mariemont. It’s the chain’s second location in the Cincinnati area—the Mason location has been open for just over a year; Dub Nelson and his wife, Lisa, own both.
“We have three adult sons who were frustrated with where they were getting their hair cut,” Nelson says. “When I retired from Fidelity, I came cross the Roosters concept, which offers a great experience, and thought, ‘Why not?’”

The first Roosters location was opened in Lapeer, Mich., in 1999. Joe Grondin, Roosters' founder, wanted to re-establish the traditional barbershop of the 1960s. Today, there are Roosters locations in 19 states.
Roosters offers five different haircut options for men: the Young Men’s Cut, for those under the age of 15; the Student Cut, for ages 15 to just graduated from college; the Roosters Club Cut, for those out of college but under the age of 65; the Senior Cut, for those 65 and older; and the Hero’s Cut, which is the full Roosters Club Cut at a discounted price for members of the military, policemen and firemen.
And Roosters doesn’t just cut hair. They also offer shaving and waxing services, camouflage color to hide gray hair, manicures and shoe buffing. All of the haircuts except the kids’ cut come with hot towels and a light scalp massage during shampooing.
“It’s a very relaxing environment,” says Nelson. “Some guys that come in right after lunch fall asleep in the chair.”
During the grand opening, the Nelson donated money to the Mariemont Civic Center to provide scholarships for children who can’t afford to go to preschool.
The Nelsons have lived in Cincinnati for about eight years. They have always thought Mariemont was very community-oriented and wanted to be part of that. “We want Roosters to be a great partner in the community, providing community sponsorships and making Mariemont a great place to work and live,” Nelson says.
Nelson also wants a trip to Roosters to be a family outing, a place where fathers and sons can come in and get their hair cut, and bond, at the same time.
By Caitlin Koenig
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Wasson Way bike path advocates hope to transform rail spur

A group of residents from several Cincinnati neighborhoods spoke at the June 7 meeting of Cincinnati City Council's Quality of Life Subcommittee. Their subject? A recently closed railroad spur and a proposal to change it into a 6.5-mile cycling and walking path.

"This could really serve as an important connector for the many [multiuse path] projects Cincinnati has going on," said project advocate Jay Andress.

The proposed project would convert a Norfolk Southern Railroad spur into a path that would connect with the Little Miami bike trail in Newtown and run into the heart of downtown. Advocates at Tuesday's meeting pointed out that the path would only cross seven roads in its entire length, making it a true rarity: a nearly uninterrupted trail running through several neighborhoods in a major urban area.

But beyond the health benefits and transportation options that the path could provide, some residents at the meeting brought up another point: building the path could resolve a growing problem with the semi-abandoned line.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Council President Anne Gerwin said the point where the line crosses Wasson Road has been a maintenance and safety issue for years. "We struggle many times each year to have the city and railroad maintain it," she said. The neighborhood's council passed a resolution supporting the project.

Likewise, Hyde Park resident Lindsay Felder, who said her home is within sight of the track, said there's been a visible deterioration of it - and an uptick in people loitering along the weedy path - since it became inactive in 2009.

"We've always wondered about the tracks," she said, explaining that she began going door to door to drum up local support after meeting Andress and learning about the proposed project.

"We see it as a great upcycling of existing property that is underutilized," she said.

Subcommittee chair Laure Quinlivan said there are a number of details to clarify before the project moves further forward, such as determining if Norfolk Southern has future plans for the line, and if an arrangement can be made that would allow the city to adapt the path into light rail if that becomes a future transit option.

"This is really a great proposal," she said. "The best ideas don't always come out of City Hall. If we could make this happen, it would be such a great asset to so many residents."

Story: Matt Cunningham
Photo: Wasson Way Project

New Mariemont city schools use technology, green building to teach life skills

 Mariemont City Schools are busy with several development projects, including building a brand new junior high school and updating two elementary schools that are scheduled for completion by August 2012. Groundbreaking for the new Mariemont Junior High School began a few weeks ago at the former Fairfax Elementary school site.

The new junior high will provide an up-to-date, hi-tech gathering place for students and residents. The community will have access to the school's new gym, media center, and commons area for gatherings. The goal is to not only serve students but the community at large, according to Kathy Ryan, Program Manager for Mariemont City Schools.

Construction of the building will follow LEED certified standards with the goal of achieving silver or gold certification. Some of the green attributes will include the use of sensored lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, and green materials. The building will take advantage of natural lighting from the windows by placing skylights in the gym with baffles to redirect light. If it is a bright day, the lights will be dimmed in order to conserve energy.

"It is important to design a LEED certified building," Ryan explained. "The school sets a good example for the kids as they learn about geothermal energy and how lighting works. It will be a living building that exemplifies what we are teaching. Everything we are looking at is for the future."

One of the important aspects of the new school includes upgraded technology to teach students the necessary life skills to survive in a working environment outside of the classroom. Classrooms will have docking stations where students can work with their laptops in a group and the library will have small rooms where students can do video presentations.

"We're including things that help evolve the life skills of a student by using technology. We follow what Fortune 500 companies say needs to be taught to produce a well-rounded student including being creative, thinking outside the box, knowing technology, and taking risks," Ryan said.

The new junior high will be a huge plus for Mariemont, but Ryan said it will also set a great example for other schools.

"Schools will want to come and see what we've done, just as we've visited other schools to see what is working well. We've put a tremendous amount of time in studying things, getting opinions from the experts, and talking to the community and we hope that everyone felt heard in the process."

Writer: Lisa Ensminger

Emery Park project follows Mariemont historic plan, builds new

 Following the vision of Mary Emery's original town plan from 1921, Mariemont has three Tudor Revival design projects currently in the works. One currently undergoing construction, Emery Park, is a condo development by Griewe Development Group and North American Properties. The exterior of the developments will keep the Village's historic Tudor look with roof dormers and changing materials of brick and stone, but the interiors will encompass one-level modern floor plans utilizing energy efficient materials and incorporating modern amenities. The mix of old and new fits in well with the original town plan presented by John Nolen in 1921 that at its time was innovative and emblematic of new "urbanism" developments across the country.

Emery Park will feature 36 one and two bedroom units, conveniently located near Mariemont Elementary School and Mary Emery Park. Kurt Heinbecker, Senior Vice President of Construction with North American Properties, said the importance of furnishing the residences with energy efficient materials benefits the environment and will keep costs down for future residents.

"We do a lot of things in our developments to save and do our best to create a building that uses the least amount of energy," Heinbecker said.

Units are priced from $295,000 to $850,000. Developer Rick Griewe said he hopes to attract a wide age group of new residents.

"This kind of lifestyle appeals to everybody…people love to read the paper around the fountain, stop by the library, or go to a show. Mariemont is a walkable community that promotes a lifestyle that is becoming more important for today's baby boomers and young individuals," Griewe said.

Griewe added that an already completed development, Jordan Park, had its best sales yet and has served as a great reference for Emery Park - four units have already been sold. He anticipates the entire project will be completed by October 2011.

"New developments add to the quality of the Village because it matches the Mariemont style by building upon the identity of the historic village square. This development will also generate real estate taxes, new residents, as well as more business for nearby restaurants and retail." Griewe said.

Writer: Lisa Ensminger

Developers break ground on $12M condominium project in Mariemont

Greiwe Development Group and North American Properties broke ground on the $12 million Emery Park condominium project in Mariemont last week.  The development is the second phase of a larger project that will eventually create 121 new condominiums built according to the village's historic master plan and well-known Tudor Revival design.

"Mary Emery hired a great town planner named John Nolan to design Mariemont," explained Rick Greiwe.  "Nolan's plans show a very dense village center with retail surrounded by walkable residential areas.  Our projects are following that original plan that was finished in 1921."

Greiwe says that due to a number of factors, much of the plan was not fully realized.  As a result, his development team has been working to acquire land, tear down aging properties, and replace them with dense residential developments that adhere to the principles set out for Mariemont roughly 90 years go.

The 29-unit Jordan Park development was the first-phase of this effort, with Emery Park being the second.  Greiwe says that the development team decided to move forward with this second phase even before a single condo had been pre-sold.

"We are very confident in this location and the price point of these units," Greiwe said.  "You're only 15 minutes from downtown, you have a great retail district, good schools, and a park nearby.  As a result, we have already sold three units as of our groundbreaking last week."

This second phase of development is expected to be complete by fall 2011; at that time they hope to start work on the next phase of development, Nolan Park, named after Mariemont's original town planner John Nolan.  Greiwe says that in order for work to move forward on that phase, they must pre-sell at-least half of the total 35 units.

The development team hopes to then come up with a more definitive plan for the fourth and final phase of the total development, but they do have a vision for exactly the kind of end result they want.

"We have noticed that people appreciate walkable communities, and Mariemont is one of the most walkable communities in the nation.  We like to do infill projects close to healthy retail centers in walkable communities, and that is exactly why we're so bullish on Mariemont."

Tours of Jordan Park and Emery Park condominiums can be scheduled with Sibcy Cline at the Mariemont Lifestyle Sales Center (map) from 1pm to 4pm on Sundays.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
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Issue 9 debate engages local businesses one month before the November vote

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful's biggest event of the year takes place on April 25 with a kickoff in College Hill, and the organization could use your help.

Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement project with an estimated 2.8 million volunteers, is aimed at boosting the quality of life in neighborhoods by planting flowers and trees, picking up litter, collecting discarded tires, painting façades, landscaping, and recycling

Because of the massive amount of work to be done, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful program manager Josman Rodriguez says that volunteers are very much needed.

Just last year, 8,352 volunteers collected 406,460 pounds of litter and debris; planted 13,500 flowers and bulbs; cleaned 578 miles or roads, streets and highways; and recycled more than 40,000 plastic bottles and more than 2,500 scrap tires.

"We're expecting 10,000 volunteers beautifying 90 communities, 25 parks, and 30 schools," Rodriguez says.

He also says that Give Back Cincinnati, community leaders, and Cincinnati council members plan to participate, and that United Dairy Farmers is serving as a co-sponsor.

To volunteer, contact Liz Bowater at (513) 352-4380 or at liz.bowater@cincinnati-oh.gov.

Writer: Kevin LeMaster
Source: Josman Rodriguez, project manager/public awareness, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
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