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Old 03-06-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Westwood
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We are working on it. Since the neighborhood group was set up in 2009 we have stopped the tide of illegal apartment conversions, been able to get the city to take a "hands off" on demos for a while. Two properties are in the Save not Raze project which saves historic eligible properties from certain demo, stabilizes the outside and then resells it as single family with protective covenants with more homes in the pipeline.

We did get rid of Irish Cliffs apartments at Harrison and Fairmount. In 2012 there was a home tour in the 1800 block of Knox that featured 3 under restoration homes and there were two historic walking tours of the neighborhood. We start a new community Garden project this April. Several vacant lots have been acquired for infill development. Roosevelt school reopened as a charter school. Covington Recycle (in one of the Lunkenheiner buildings) is bringing in artists and photographers to the building, who will have shared photo lab space. The Overlook district plan (which is the general area of Lunkenheimer Complex on Bloom , Knox, and Wavery) is beyond initial planning with the Overlook House project a new urbanist style luxury home conversion (350K sales price) and the Bloom Street Townhomes was just announced which will result in two redone townhomes in the 175-185K range. People are starting to move back in and restore too. Most importantly crime is down (maybe 2-3 calls Total a month). I just had a meeting with District 3 to show them our progress and they have been doing a great job patrolling the area. City has been cutting back the undergrowth on Knox and Waverly too.

Still problems with illegal dumping and we are still working our way out of the foreclosure crisis but the neighborhood is headed back up. We will have a second Home tour this September.

I feel like the city is at least paying some attention to the area now (as we all know they pretty much wrote it off). its also hard to ignore a group that files federal HUD complaints and isn't afraid of city hall.
Great to hear. I respect any group that refuses to back down to HUD and city hall. I'll have to make my way over to that area sometime soon. The revitalization of Price Hill and Knox Hill go hand in hand due to their close proximity. That whole area from Knox Hill through South Fairmount up into the Price Hill Incline District could be something really special one if the city would ever focus on it.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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We are working on it. Since the neighborhood group was set up in 2009 we have stopped the tide of illegal apartment conversions, been able to get the city to take a "hands off" on demos for a while. Two properties are in the Save not Raze project which saves historic eligible properties from certain demo, stabilizes the outside and then resells it as single family with protective covenants with more homes in the pipeline.

We did get rid of Irish Cliffs apartments at Harrison and Fairmount. In 2012 there was a home tour in the 1800 block of Knox that featured 3 under restoration homes and there were two historic walking tours of the neighborhood. We start a new community Garden project this April. Several vacant lots have been acquired for infill development. Roosevelt school reopened as a charter school. Covington Recycle (in one of the Lunkenheiner buildings) is bringing in artists and photographers to the building, who will have shared photo lab space. The Overlook district plan (which is the general area of Lunkenheimer Complex on Bloom , Knox, and Wavery) is beyond initial planning with the Overlook House project a new urbanist style luxury home conversion (350K sales price) and the Bloom Street Townhomes was just announced which will result in two redone townhomes in the 175-185K range. People are starting to move back in and restore too. Most importantly crime is down (maybe 2-3 calls Total a month). I just had a meeting with District 3 to show them our progress and they have been doing a great job patrolling the area. City has been cutting back the undergrowth on Knox and Waverly too.

Still problems with illegal dumping and we are still working our way out of the foreclosure crisis but the neighborhood is headed back up. We will have a second Home tour this September.

I feel like the city is at least paying some attention to the area now (as we all know they pretty much wrote it off). its also hard to ignore a group that files federal HUD complaints and isn't afraid of city hall.
Sounds like you and your community group are doing a great job turning the neighborhood around. Getting the crime level way down is a huge accomplishment in addition to all of the rehabbing. Good Luck in everything you have planned.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis and Cincinnati
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Well our goal this year is another dozen owner occupied homes under restoration with some emphasis on Fairmount Ave. There are some great houses over there that just need some love.
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