People outside of the neighborhood often ask me “So what’s new in Northside?” Our neighborhood has so much going on it can be tough to keep up! Between the new neighbors, the businesses sprouting up, the celebrity sightings – 2014 was a big year around these parts. From the Northside Community Council (NCC) perspective, these are a few of the top highlights of the year.
Gantry Groundbreaking –
The biggest development Northside has seen in 100 years just broke ground in June. Ready or not, we will soon have over 130 new apartments at the intersection of Hamilton and Spring Grove! The project will bring an additional 8,000 square feet of commercial space to the business district.
Apple Street Market –
Imagine a full service grocery in the heart of the Northside business district. The vision of a cooperatively owned market is coming to life. Nearly 500 neighbors have signed up to be member-owners, but the project needs more community support to come to fruition. Visit www.applestreetmarket.coop to learn more.
Northside Land Use Plan –
After many community meetings, City Council voted to adopt our 2014 Land Use Plan, which maps what we want Northside to look like in the future. The LUP outlines strategies for improving transportation, connectivity, sustainability, and general livability. The final plan is available at www.northside.net.
Community Conversations on Education –
Led by the NCC Education Committee, this series of meetings has been one of the most successful efforts to connect our schools, parents, teachers, residents, and community organizations to date. It will be exciting to see what improvements for students emerge from this dialogue.
NFM Grant –
Did you hear? Northside Farmers Market won a giant federal grant to improve outreach efforts. We are very fortunate to be one of the few neighborhoods with a market that operates year-round.
PAR-Projects finds a home –
PAR projects took a giant step forward in the effort to build an arts center made of shipping containers by purchasing industrial land on Hoffner St. for its new location. PAR is currently fundraising to prepare the space for the public in 2015.
Skate Park –
The Northside Skate Park cleared a major hurdle this year, when the Cincinnati Recreation Commission agreed to take on maintenance of the park once established. This provides a viable long-term plan for sustaining the park.
Cincy Summer Streets –
Hamilton Avenue was closed to cars, and we partied in the streets! Skateboarding, dancing, jousting, sidewalk painting, putt putting – everywhere you turned there was something else to do. The street festival will surely return next year!
The Northsider –
This paper! Can you believe how good it looks?! The quality of the content?! Neighborhoods all around town are calling to find out how we managed to pull this community press off. Kudos to Editor-in-Chief Jeni Jenkins and her amazing team.
And there is even more on the horizon for 2015! On behalf of Northside Community Council, we wish you a lovely holiday season, and happy new year!
By Ollie Kroner