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City Wins Prestigious Award

Cincinnati, OH – The City of Cincinnati’s Department of Trade and Development received the President’s Award for Innovative Practices from the Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) at their annual awards meeting on July 30. This award was given for the Alston Park development in Avondale. This project resulted in the total rehabilitation of several multi family buildings, preserving affordable housing while eliminating vacant buildings and improving the surrounding community.

Project partners included the City of Cincinnati, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Chase Bank, The Woda Group, LLC, and the Avondale Community Council. The project reduced the density to 39 apartments, per the community’s wishes. The developer also created a community feel within the project including outdoor recreation space, picnic area and a tot lot play area along with an on site community center. “It is great to see when a collaboration comes together and a developer, the community and the city partner for results, said William Witten, Major Projects Consultant for the Avondale Community Council.

“Successful public partnerships that improve safety and enhance the community are exactly the kind of developments that result in transformative change,” said Jeff McElravy, Interim Director, Trade and Development.

“When I compare history between years past and today, this complex and thus the surrounding area is safer, and more community oriented than I could ever have fathomed, said District 4 Captain Mike Neville.

OCCD is an association of more than 160 community and economic development professionals representing cities, villages, non-profit organizations and consulting firms across Ohio.


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