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Bond Hill Business District

Reviving Business Districts with Microenterprise

The Bond Hill Business District (BHBD) was identified as a number one priority in the BH+R Plan, so The Port and its partners worked with the community to realize this goal of revitalizing the business district. The goal is to create a thriving commercial center with street-level storefronts, ideally suited for qualifying micro-entrepreneurs. The BH+R Plan outlines goals for the community’s 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.”

Since 2015, The Port has acquired 15 group parcels (21 unique parcels) totaling 3.018 acres in the Bond Hill Business District. Demolition of 34,493 SF of blighted structures has been completed to make way for new development with the goal of attracting microenterprise and neighborhood-serving businesses.

Redevelopment of 5,500 square feet of retail space, including facade improvements and white boxing of the commercial spaces, in the Bond Hill Business District began with a community celebration in July 2018. Funding for the construction came from the City of Cincinnati, Community Economic Advancement Initiatives (CEAI) and The Port. DREAM Loan Funds, provided by the Kresge Foundation, have since been used to customize the spaces for an existing business which has been serving the community for over five years and Davis Cookie Company, which opening in fall of 2020.

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  • Recruiting small, neighborhood-serving businesses that will create new jobs in the community.
  • Completed tenant improvements to retain an existing business that has been serving the community for over five years and for a business new to the district.
  • As a result of The Port’s investment and acquisition of properties, private sector individuals are investing and renovating properties along the Reading Road corridor.

Project Specs:

  • 5,500 SF of storefront renovated including facade improvements, white boxing, and associated streetscaping.
  • Demolition of 34,493 SF of blighted structures completed making way for redevelopment.
  • New surface parking lot serving the storefronts completed.
  • Tenant improvements completed for an existing business that has been serving the community for over five years, and buildout completed for Davis Cookie Collection's first brick and mortar storefront.