Neighborhood Cleanup – October 17

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The South Fairmount Community Council (SFCC) and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB) are teaming up for a big pre-fall cleanup, and it’s right around the corner. On Saturday, October 17 at 9:30am, volunteers will meet up at the Shadwell Park shelter (corner of Grand and Queen City). The focus will be to get rid of litter on public steps and sidewalks around the area. To make the job as easy as possible, SFCC and KCB are providing tools and a SuperCan. Donuts, coffee and juice are available for volunteers. We hope you’ll join us and bring a friend! Questions? Contact southfairmountcouncil@gmail.com.

A Note from the Community Council President

May has drawn to a close and the school year has ended for the Cincinnati School District. I am sure most people are looking at their summer schedule and plan- ning some family time or trips. On a related note the South Fairmount Council will not hold a meeting in July. We will resume our regularly scheduled meetings in August.

Exciting things are happening at Findlay Market. Several new vendors are opening and the friends of Findlay Market are planning to address our meeting in August to share the news and ask about our ideas to improve the market experience.

The new District 3 Headquarters in opening soon. There will be grand opening on June 25 so mark your calendars for this exciting event.

Kindly,
Jim Casey, SFCC President

A Note from the Community Council President

Spring has arrived!

As I look out the window I see that spring is once again visiting the valley. My grass has turned quite green and during the recent rainstorm I saw a river of water running down my driveway towards the street.

As many of you know, the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has been ordered by the EPA to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Mill Creek by 2018. As a result a project has begun to separate storm and sewage sewers and return the Lick Run to a historic state

The media company Numediacy visited our council and spent many days in the area gathering photo footage and interviewing people about South Fairmount. They helped create “Too Shallow for Diving, the Weight of Water”, a multimedia presentation currently showing at the Weston Art Gallery adjacent to the Aronoff Center, free to the public.

What you may not know is that the City Department of Transportation plans to increase the number of traffic lanes on Westwood Avenue and make it a two way boulevard with seven lanes. This will require the demolition of all the existing homes on the south side of Westwood Ave. between the Western Hills Viaduct and White Street. In addition Queen City Avenue would be changed to a two way street with one lane in either direction and parking on one side of the road.

David Mann, the Vice Mayor, is planning to attend our next meeting on the 14th of April. I would like to see many attend and share their views on this project.

We are currently working to have a spring party day in Shadwell Park. It would likely involve food, games and a walking tour of the areas to be affected by the MSD project. We are still looking for ideas so please stop by the Council meeting and let us know your thoughts.

In closing. the City Sanitation Department is changing garbage collection schedules so that Fridays can be used to help clean problem dumping sites. On April 24th they will target South Fairmount. If you would like to help with the coordination please let us know at southfairmountcouncil@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Jim Casey

President, South Fairmount Community Council

Public Meeting: Westwood Ave. Widening Project

March 11, 2015, 5pm – 7pm, Orion Academy 1798 Queen City Ave.To support revitalization in South Fairmount, a majority of Lick Run Master Plan participants recommended converting Westwood (WW) and Queen City (QC) Avenues from one-way to two-way streets.

The project is expected to have safety and mobility benefits:

  • Removes the s-curve, provide wider lanes and updates traffic signals on WW.
  • Reduces through traffic on QC.
  • Creates a shared-use path for walkers and bicyclists.
  • Provides a direct path for through traffic to and from the Western Hills Viaduct.
  • Connects to the future new I-75 interchange and the future new Western Hills Viaduct, which will also include a shared-use path for walkers and bicyclists.

The conversion will require that the widening of WW will be done on the south side of the street. The City will need to buy properties on WW for that purpose.

Project Timeline:

  • Study and Design (On-going)
  • Begin Right-of-Way appraisals (June, 2015)
  • Right-of-Way Plans complete (December, 2015)
  • Begin Right-of-Way Offers and Acquisitions (February, 2016)
  • Right-of-Way Acquisitions Complete (March, 2018)
  • Final Construction Plans Complete (April, 2018)
  • Construction (October, 2018)