December Bimonthly Updates from The Port

From acquiring the abandoned and historic Crosley Building for future redevelopment to announcing our partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Realtist Association to increase homeownership in Hamilton County, we’re excited to share updates from the last two months at The Port.




Edition No. 16 | December 2023

Demolition of vacant Lincoln Heights High School unlocks future development

After years of sitting vacant with asbestos and other hazardous materials, demolition began in late October to tear down the former Lincoln Heights High School to pave a pathway for redevelopment. At a news conference in front of the abandoned high school, The Port and the Village of Lincoln Heights were joined by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, State Senator Catherine Ingram, the Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC), Hamilton County Commissioners, school alumni, and community members to acknowledge this pivotal turning point in the recent and future growth of Lincoln Heights.

On behalf of Lincoln Heights, The Port applied for and received funding from the Ohio Department of Development’s Building Demolition and Site Revitalization program to support this economic development initiative. With a 25% match from the Hamilton County Commission, a path emerged to demolish the high school and prepare for future growth opportunities.

Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati 

For the first time since 2016, Who’s Who in Black published the ninth edition of its book to honor and recognize influential African Americans making strides in various industries throughout our region. The Port sponsored the return of the select 200-member list on Friday, December 8th. 

Black and Brown Faces art exhibit 

Port verified-- you will only find an art exhibit of this magnitude in Cincinnati! Paloozanoire’s Black and Brown Faces 2023 collection, highlighting the incredible work of local artists, opened to the public in December. Make a visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum part of your holiday checklist. The Port is proud to sponsor this event, which runs through the end of January.  

Image of Laura Brunner being interviewed overlaid with Port Shorts - 2022 Year in Review

Port Shorts: Passive House

Energy efficiency, low maintenance, and eco-friendliness come together as Cincinnati’s first “passive house” on a lot formerly owned by the Landbank. Learn more about this architectural novelty designed by local architect Scott Hand in our latest Port Short.


Employee Spotlight - Kathleen Colley, Senior Public Finance and Compliance Associate

“As part of The Port’s Public Finance team, I get to see our unique set of public finance tools stimulate private investment throughout Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Our tools support new construction mixed-use, office-to-residential conversions, infill development, and everything in-between. Our public finance tools are key to making complicated projects financially viable. I’m proud to work for an organization committed to bringing new investment, new jobs, and new homes to

our region.”