Cranley calls for $10 million in neighborhood boosts
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Backed by community leaders, Vice Mayor David Mann and Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, Mayor John Cranley listed some of the Queen City's development triumphs such as expanding the city's police and firefighting force.
However, the Democratic mayor says the $10 million worth of development proposals are long overdue and exclusively building the police force is not enough to revitalize neighborhoods and realize their full potential.
"We all campaigned on putting money into neighborhoods," Cranley said to reporters at Westwood Townhall on Monday.
Cranley aims to add more basic services and hire dozens more first responders, but wants to "put meat on the bone" and spark an "economic renaissance" using Over-the-Rhine's recent development as a poster-child and a preview of more to come.
The Cincinnati mayor says these proposals are, "Historic investments in our neighborhood for projects that have been on the shelf and the wishes of the neighborhoods for many many years."
Westwood Square: $4 million
According to the budget proposal, neighborhood leaders are "working to create a community-gathering place, a park."
West Price Hill: $2 million
West Price Hill gets the smallest of the bounty with funds going to "stabilize and ultimately revitalize" the neighborhood's business district.
College Hill Station: $4 million
A 8,200 square-feet of commercial property and 162 apartment units on the former site of Kroger and Eastern Star Retirement Home. The total cost will be $31 million with Glaserworks leading the architectural plans and Urban Fast Forward covering the retail strategy.
This project is set to start in September 2016 is funding is approved.
Cranley added that these proposals also have the support of Councilwoman Amy Murray
City Manager Harry Black released the 2017 budget proposal Thursday, Cranley has until May 25 to submit his proposals.
Westwood was just the kick-off to Cranley's neighborhood expansion tour. The Queen City Mayor plans to make development announcements on the East-side of Cincinnati Wednesday and in Over-the-Rhine Thursday.
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