Kennedy Heights moving in the right direction

KENNEDY HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) - The Kennedy Heights Cultural Center project kicks off Thursday coupled with the results of a 90 day neighborhood blitz program.

The joint effort by the City of Cincinnati and the community to clean up and revitalize the area continues despite the blitz completion.  Leaders will break ground on the new facility that will sit at the corner of Montgomery Road and Kennedy Avenue.

The center will be a unique multi-purpose facility, housing the Cincinnati Art Museum's viewable storage and educational outreach, the Kennedy Heights Montessori offices and classrooms and the art center's location for studios and special events.

The first phase of the project will completed in the spring of 2013 and involves the re-use of a vacant grocery store.

During the same ceremony, City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. will unveil the results of that 90 day blitz that began in March. The award winning project pairs The city and community, concentrating efforts to remove blight, lower crime, and improve the neighborhood. Work also included cleaning up empty lots, holding landlord training sessions and starting youth and senior programs.

A new component this year was the participation of lighthouse youth services, which helps 18- to 22-year-olds who are coming out of the juvenile justice system and learning a trade to be successful members of the community. Kennedy Heights is the 13th neighborhood to be participate in the program.

Copyright 2012 WXIX. All rights reserved.