Over the Rhine Brewery District CURC – Brewing Heritage Trail
First phase to be complete Spring 2017, full Trail to be complete Fall 2019
A world class urban heritage trail that celebrates our unique brewing heritage as an asset to attract visitors and economic development to our neighborhood. The Trail will consist of permanent signage with photos and text, medallion way finding in the sidewalks, public art, guided tours, and digital augmented reality experiences for a fully immersive experience.
Mohawk Place National and Local Historic District
A new National Register Historic District, comprising 38 historic structures in the Mohawk area of the Brewery District was approved in fall of 2015. This National Historic District designation brings attention to at risk structures while also helps unlock historic tax credits for renovations. A new local historic district to supplement the National District is set to be approved in the fall of 2016. This designation will provide dozens of historic buildings protection from demolition and insensitive renovations while also providing quality guidelines for renovations and new infill construction that respects the neighborhood’s urban character.
Mt. Airy CURE – Mt. Airy Commons
With groundbreaking in July of 2016 and opening in September, Mt. Airy Commons will create a brand new community park in the heart of the Mt. Airy Business District. The park can be used to eat your lunch, take a break from work, or have a community gathering. Behind the park will be a parking lot to serve the Mt. Airy Business District.
Mt. Airy CURE – Monument Sign
The Mt. Airy Business District Sign will be located at the intersection of North Bend and Colerain right in front of the iconic Mt. Airy Water Tower.
College Hill CURC – Dow Corner
The Dow Corner building is in the heart of College Hill’s business district. There are currently two properties available for rent.
College Hill CURC – Marlowe Court
The Marlowe Court construction is an $11.1 million private/public investment in College Hill’s business district. The project will include over 5,000 square feet of first floor retail. Above the retail will be over 50 senior housing apartments. This project broke ground in July 2016.
College Hill CURC – College Hill Station
College Hill Station is the largest modern investment in College Hill. This development will be at the intersection of Hamilton & North Bend at the former site of Kroger’s and Schuller’s Wigwam. College Hill Station will reshape the Cincinnati’s northern corridor. This project will break ground in the fall of 2016.
College Hill CURC – Brink Brewery
Brink Brewery will be College Hill’s only brewery & tap room. They are focused on offering a wide variety of crafted beer styles in an intimate tap room setting and will open in fall of 2016.
Madisonville CURC – The Bank Building
The former Fifth/Third Bank Building was built in 1922, but had spent the last several years vacant, sitting at the corner of Madison and Whetsel – the very heart of our neighborhood business district. With the recent loss of so many historic buildings surrounding it, MCURC knew that rejuvenating this building would be a top priority for the community. Using a variety of funding sources, including the City of Cincinnati, the Community Development Finance Fund, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and more, we were able to turn the top floor into two market rate apartments and we white-boxed the first floor in search of a restaurant. It will be the centerpiece of the big new development coming to Madison and Whetsel. This project was completed in April of 2016.
Over-the-Rhine Community Housing – Beasley Place
Beasley Place is OTRCH’s newest property development success story, winning the CDC Project of the Year Award in 2015. Completed in May 2015, the newly renovated building is one of just a few housing options in Over-the-Rhine that are both affordable and accessible due to a newly constructed elevator in the courtyard of the building. Beasley Place was designed for both singles and families to live together with a mixture of unit types: six 1-bedroom units, four 2-bedroom units, and three 3-bedroom units. The building has a new elevator, laundry room, first floor commercial space, and an outdoor courtyard.
Beasley Place is named after Willie and Fannie Beasley, two long-time residents of the building with deep roots in the Over-the-Rhine community. The five-story building was originally built in 1897 and has housed families, a tailor shop, salon, and a Kroger grocery store throughout its extensive history. After over a decade of vacancy, the building is once again home to families who need affordable housing. The project received state and federal Historic Tax Credits, City of Cincinnati HOME funding, HDAP funding from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and a CRA tax exemption from the City of Cincinnati. The project has achieved Enterprise Green Communities certification and includes a number of energy saving upgrades including insulated exterior walls, new energy efficient windows in the rear and courtyard, and Energy Star lighting and appliances.
Over-the-Rhine Community Housing – Elm Street Senior Housing
The Elm Street Senior Housing project located at 1500 Elm Street is a successful step toward the goal of maintaining a diverse and inclusive community in OTR. The project is one of the few that meets the needs of the many seniors living in OTR in terms of accessibility, affordability, and support services. The Elm Street Senior Housing project has fifteen one-bedroom units of affordable senior housing with one unit reserved for a live-in building manager. The building was designed with the needs of seniors in mind, with a new elevator, laundry room, resident lobby, first floor community spaces, and an outdoor green space and garden.
The project is a complete renovation of an at-risk historic building with a long and very unique history. The building was built in 1864 by Cincinnati brewer Christian Moerlein as an apartment house and saloon with a vast subbasement used for the storage of beer barrels. The project received the competitive Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202 Program funding which funds a portion of the development as well as provides rent subsidy so that no tenant will pay more than 30% of their monthly income for rent and utilities. The project also received state and federal Historic Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and a CRA LEED tax exemption from the City of Cincinnati. The project has achieved LEED Gold certification.
Over-the-Rhine Community Housing – Commercial Development
In addition to developing housing for low-income individuals and families, Over-the-Rhine Community Housing is pleased to lease our storefronts to innovative neighborhood-serving business and nonprofits. In 2015 we welcomed the following commercial tenants to the neighborhood:
Picnic and Pantry (now Bottle and Basket)
1400 Republic St. – Provides fresh and delicious food for lunch, dinner, and picnics.
Mortar is a dynamic nonprofit that trains residents from underserved communities to become entrepreneurs. Mortar’s pop-up shop, Brick OTR, allows entrepreneurs to test store/retail concepts in the real market place.
Second Store opened by 2014 Grand Prize winner of ArtWorks Big Pitch business grant competition. Historically, this commercial space was a tailor shop and is once again being used for tailoring and retail sales of athletic clothing.
Over-the-Rhine Learning Center
OTRCH is hosting the Over-the-Rhine Learning Center rent free for one year in an office space at Buddy’s Place. The OTR Learning Center is a nonprofit that provides basic reading and bridge to GED programs for low-income adults in OTR.
Mt. Healthy Renaissance Project – Main Theater Working Group
The Mt. Healthy Renaissance Project is leading a collaborative exploratory effort with the city of Mt. Healthy, as the first step in the restoration of our historic Main Theater (7428 Hamilton Avenue.) The ca. 1914 former movie theater, still referred to as “The Show” by native Mt. Healthyians, was operated by one family from 1915 – 1971, beginning with silent movies with the local church organist accompanying on piano. The theater is remembered and loved by many, and the vision is a restored theater space for multi-use entertainment, with live theater, music, events and film. The project will likely take several years; we are in the very first stages.