Neighborhood of Focus

Neighborhood of Focus: Evanston

Hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis, Evanston is The Port’s first neighborhood of focus and the first neighborhood we began acquiring vacant, blighted single-family homes and rehabbing and selling them in a program named “REACH Evanston.” Since REACH began in 2013, other homes on the streets with REACH homes have on average sold for a price that is 36.5 % higher than their 2008 value.

A – Easterseals

1710 Brewster & 1985 Kinney | Partnership

The Landbank helped Easterseals acquire the homes to be rehabbed by YouthBuild apprentices. The training program helps youth acquire construction skills and provide affordable housing throughout the country.


B – Commercial Development

3604 Montgomery | For Sale / Lease


C – HURC Home Rehab

Affordable Housing | 2002; 2018

Through the City of Cincinnati’s NOFA program, HURC received $300,000 to rehab six homes in Evanston – 3212 and 3221 Wold; 1640, 1650 and 1654 Jonathan; 3476 Woodburn


D – Hilton Garden Inn

2145 Dana Avenue | Public Finance

The Port issued lease revenue bonds to fund construction and owns the hotel through ground lease of air rights above a City of Cincinnati owned parking garage.


E – Commercial Property

3341 Montgomery Road | 2016

Through an agency agreement with the City of Cincinnati, The Port performed stabilization work on this property. This 6,000 SF commercial structure is now available for lease.


F – REACH Evanston

Market-Rate Housing | 2015

To date, we have rehabbed or built 27 homes in Evanston. Our focus in Evanston on St. Leger Place has resulted in six new-build homes on the street, three have sold at market rate, and several others have been rehabbed.


G – St. Ambrose Apartments

Woodburn and St. Leger Place | Moving Ohio Forward | 2013

The Port acquired the crime-ridden apartment complex through the Landbank and funded its demolition under Moving Ohio Forward state demolition grant program paving the way for redevelopment of the 1.6-acre site by private developer Model Group in partnership with the City of Cincinnati. St. Ambrose apartments opened in 2014.


H – Findlay Market Farmstand

1614 Hewitt Avenue | 2016

Once home to a carryout / drive thru crime hotspot, The Port and the City of Cincinnati teamed up on acquisition, remediation, removal of underground storage tank, and demolition resulting in a clean, development-ready 0.5-acre site. The Findlay Market Farmstand brings fresh produce to this site every summer.


I – Commercial development

3248 Gilbert Avenue | For Sale / Lease



Lawn Life | 2015 – CURRENT

Lawn Life has been passionately involved with the REACH program since February of 2015. Lawn Life has been responsible for the clean-out and/or maintenance of more than 30 homes in the Evanston community.

Building Value | 2013 – CURRENT

The Port has become Building Value’s biggest client. “We probably do more demolitions for them than any entity around,” says Program Director David Rich. These projects provide ample opportunities for participants to receive valuable industry training. Participants were involved in 19 projects in 2016 alone.

27 New / rehabbed single-family homes completed; 67 Properties sold or donated; $1.5MM in demolition grant funds utilized

$10.7MM Total Investment through 2017

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