Price Avenue in Price Hill could
use a little work, and it's about to happen. $3 million is coming to the
neighborhood for the Price Avenue Streetscape Project.
"It really will give a new
appearance to the street and help continue the catalytic works that's been
going on in the neighborhood," said Ken Smith, executive director of Price Hill
It's part of a plan that was
drafted several years ago to revamp the business district called the Incline
Business District Master Plan.
Plans for the streetscape project
include resurfacing the streets, creating public spaces, and putting in benches
Right in the heart of this
project is Bloc Coffee Company.
"These are the things you
hope for. You talk about it for five years, and you draw pictures about
it, and you have ideas. But, when the money comes through, and everybody
comes through and everything lines up, it's really exciting because most places
don't get that opportunity," said Dwight Young, founder and director of Bloc
City council members did see this
area as an opportunity.
Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld says a
model for development has worked downtown, and it's time to get to other
neighborhoods. To do that in this part of Price Hill, it starts with the
"What the city really is
trying to do with the streetscaping project is lay the groundwork for private
investment. We do this, it lays the foundation, private investment comes
in, we see a full-fledged revitalization," said Sittenfeld.
There has already been plenty of
investment in this area with a building remodeled into apartments, and new
theater is on the way.
Neighborhood leaders say this is
just the beginning.
"$25 million in investment
means that somebody has faith that this neighborhood is moving in the right
direction. It's a vote of confidence, if you will," Smith told FOX19.
There is still design work that
needs to be finalized before construction on the streetscape project can
The $3 million dollars approved
by the Budget and Finance Committee comes from the Focus 52 fund.
The fund is used to help with project that will transform the city's