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.

Jim Casey, SFCC President

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)

Cincinnati Choice Neighborhoods Transformational Plan

Executive Summary

The community – composed of English Woods, North Fairmount, and South Fairmount – is a community with many assets: it is located minutes from downtown, Uptown, and Interstate 75; it has a rich residential, industrial, and transportation history; it has numerous hillsides and excellent views of surrounding hillside communities, the Mill Creek valley, and of downtown; and it has long-time residents that are committed to the community.

Even with all of these assets, the community has suffered disinvestment and decline in quality-of-life over the past 30 years. The numbers are staggering: the community has lost a third of its popula- tion since 2000, two-thirds of the house- holds have incomes below $35,000 (and one-third are below $15,000), a quarter of the units are vacant, the unemployment rate for the neighborhoods range from 12 to 20%, and there are few essential services and businesses nearby.

While the list of challenges is great, the commitment and shared vision of community residents, stakeholders, and local partners resulting from this planning process can be marshaled to create the positive change needed to attract new residents and improve quality of life for current residents.

Housing, people, and neighborhood recommendations will first benefit current residents (in terms of housing quality, education and workforce opportunities, access to amenities, health, and safety) and will then work to rebuild the housing market to attract new residents who share the community’s vision which values diversity, engagement, historical and natural assets.

The plan looks to build on community anchors and future opportunities such as English Woods to the north, St. Leo the Great Catholic Parish on Baltimore Avenue in North Fairmount, and the Lick Run urban greenway in South Fairmount through strategic housing and commercial recom- mendations.

This plan is a direct response to the community’s collective voice. To make it a reality, community residents must take a leading role in its implementation along- side local partners.

Prepared by the Community Building Institute with support from the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, Michaels Development Company, Model Group, and WRT Design

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