Demolishing vacant, condemned housing and land banking are at the heart of the new Evanston comprehensive redevelopment strategy unveiled at a press conference Thursday morning.
Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, leaders of the Evanston neighborhood, and redevelopment partners lead a brief overview of the strategy followed by a walkthrough of a two block section of the corridor to highlight challenges, opportunities, and progress on projects to date.
The strategy focuses on the Woodburn Avenue corridor between Xavier and DeSales Corner, and includes the area near Walnut Hills High School with plans for a full-scale redevelopment of the area.
Evanston has been hard-hit by foreclosures with more than 200 vacant and abandoned buildings in the neighborhood but Qualls and other community leaders hope that the momentum from the redevelopment in downtown Cincinnati and Over the Rhine can be carried into the surrounding neighborhoods.
"We must reinvest in our neighborhoods, attract new residents, and stimulate economic activity," Qualls said.
Cincinnati City Council approved a $2.3 million match for new state funding for demolition in June.