The Short Vine renaissance is a story of many successes, and is most recently underscored by the Kroger Company’s investment in a new Kroger in University Plaza. In summer 2015, the City of Cincinnati, Uptown Consortium, and Cincinnati/Dayton Division were able to finalize plans to close the existing location and level the property, building upon it a new $20 million dollar urban store. The new Kroger, nearly twice the size of the old building, will feature new amenities familiar to other area locations, as well as online shopping. The project is creating more than 200 new jobs, and should be completed by late 2016.
Old St George
Crossroads Church, the fastest growing church in the country, is currently renovating Uptown Cincinnati’s historic Old St. George Catholic Church. The church operated from 1873 until 1993, and was then purchased by the Clifton Heights Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (CHCURC). Unused for 23 years, Crossroads saw great potential and is raising $11 million for the cost of purchase, renovation, and upgrades. The Uptown Consortium has donated funds for the project.
Hickory Place Townhomes
In late 2014, the revitalization of Burnet Avenue moved forward as investors broke ground on a multimillion dollar housing plan for eight new townhomes, now known as Hickory Place Townhomes. The project is the first new construction in Avondale since the 1990s, and is part of a long-standing plan to revitalize Avondale’s importance as a historic and vibrant neighborhood in Uptown Cincinnati. As of November, 2015, five of the homes have sold, which is twice as fast as originally anticipated.
Hickory Place Townhomes: Phase Two
Demand for the Hickory Place Townhomes is much higher than anticipated, with healthcare professionals, university personnel and local residents purchasing existing units. Plans and permits are getting finalized for eight more units to be built at Burnett and Northern Avenues.
The new interchange at I-71 and Martin Luther King, scheduled to open in 2017, is transformational to Uptown and is the Consortium's most critical infrastructure initiative. Since 2011, the Consortium has worked closely with its partners at the City of Cincinnati and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments on the interchange and the surrounding development. With support from Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the Cincinnati Business Committee, state and local funding came together years ahead of schedule. Crews broke ground in August 2014. The project, set for completion in 2017, opens 670 acres of unused and blighted land and helps to create up to 7,000 permanent full-time jobs in the region’s second-largest jobs area.
MLK Interchange Area Development
The MLK Interchange will bring access to a large amount of land with a large amount of opportunity. The Consortium has acquired 100 properties near what will be the first new interchange since the freeway system was completed in the 1970s, with plans to purchase more. This land will help draw in jobs in new businesses and ripple development in the Uptown area. Next, land-use planning work will detail opportunities for specific properties, with direction that will mirror the Consortium’s vision for the area.
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