Bond Hill Business District
REVIVING BUSINESS DISTRICTS WITH MICROENTERPRISE
Reviving Neighborhood Business Districts with Microenterprise
Bond Hill / Roselawn are focus neighborhoods for Port-led investment and capacity-building initiatives. The Port’s neighborhood business district program develops mixed-use retail / residential product replacing the vacant and blighted properties that once comprised a vibrant local commercial corridor along Reading Road. Our goal is to create a commercial center with street-level storefronts, ideally suited for qualifying micro-entrepreneurs. This project creates space for more than one dozen businesses that generate income for entrepreneurs and their families, while building community vitality.
The Port has worked for more than two years to facilitate the development of a coherent, community-endorsed vision in Bond Hill / Roselawn; enabling the neighborhoods to organize demand for community investment around articulated priorities and outcomes. Revitalizing and maintaining the Reading Road Corridor within the Bond Hill and Roselawn business districts is the community’s No. 1 shared goal for its future. Through this plan, the neighborhoods gave voice to desired businesses: those with a “heavy emphasis on food and drink (breakfast, coffee, lunch, fast casual, family friendly/full-service restaurants) and/or light office uses.”
The newly revitalized business district will house micro-enterprises. The Port works with community partners to cultivate the most-promising neighborhood micro-businesses from Bond Hill and Roselawn.
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Bond Hill + Roselawn
Bond Hill and Roselawn are neighborhoods that grew up at the end of World War II. They provided suburban-style housing to newly forming households. The majority of single family and multi-family housing was built between 1940 and 1960. This new housing provided homes for a Jewish population and an emerging African- American middle class which was buying homes and starting families as well. Today the population of these two neighborhoods, at just over 13,000 people, is somewhat older than the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County populations overall, and there are fewer young children. While a higher percentage owns their own homes within the two neighborhoods than in Cincinnati overall, the median family income is well below City and County medians.
"We are committed to development and progress in Bond Hill without displacement. It has been a collaborative effort to achieve progress. Today is a great day for transformation in the community."
Gene Ellington, President and CEO, Community Economic Advancement Initiative (CEAI)