New redevelopment projects set for Northside, Oakley

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Oakley and Northside neighborhoods will see some new development soon.

Cincinnati City Council approved two deals on Wednesday that will bring $18 million in new development.

In Oakley, three acres of land will be home to a daycare center, and a 40,000 square foot professional office building.

In Northside, the plan is to build 100 apartments, and 8,000 square feet of commercial space on a 2.4 acre piece of land.

The development in Northside will go up on the Myron Johnson Lumberyard site, and when's it all said and done, it'll be a mixed use space for the neighborhood.

It might look like just a big, open piece of land, but that's about to change.  Milhaus Development will put up $400,000 to buy it from the city.  The plan is to bring a new light to Northside.

"I'm excited to hear that there is some action going on.  That's exciting to see more development happening in my neighborhood," said Kate Cook, who lives in Northside.

Some people in the neighborhood couldn't be more excited for this development at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Street.

"It's always been sort of a green, and sort of a parking lot or green area.  I think it'd be great to have a new brick-mortar business there in the community, especially when this corner's so vibrant and so active.  It'd be nice to have a big showcase there," said Sara Mulhauser, who lives in Northside.

"This business district has always been mixed use, and the idea of a mixed use project on this parcel makes perfect sense," said Bruce Demske, president of the Northside Business Association.

When finished, the project will total about $11 million.  However, some Northsiders are hoping its impact is much more than that to the local shops, restaurants and even the weekly farmer's market.

"People want to be able to walk to their shopping, and so, having more options for that would be good.  I know that people looking to move here want to be close to the business district.  Those are two win-win things," added Cook.

The city bought this property several years ago in hopes of revitalizing the historic Northside business district.  Since then, they've worked on the site to make it ready, and marketable, for development.

As for the project in Oakley, the Morelia Group will work on that.  Those buildings will be along the Kennedy Connector.  Both the daycare and office space projects are expected to total $7.5 million in private investment, plus it could bring the creation of about 150 new jobs to the city.

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