Monday, March 26, 2012

Kennedy Heights Cultural Center a go

At its meeting last Wednesday, Cincinnati City Council approved a sale and development agreement with the Kennedy Heights Development Corporation for City-owned property at 6620 Montgomery Road for the creation of the Kennedy Heights Cultural Center.

The $3 million project would convert the 32,676-square-foot former Kroger and Furniture Fair into space for three partners:
To date, the partners have raised $1.23 million to begin Phase I of the project.

The use as a neighborhood cultural center was recommended in the 2007 Kennedy Heights NBD Urban Design Plan as a way to transform a failing commercial corridor into a thriving center of neighborhood-serving business, arts, and cultural activity.

The City purchased the property from Cincinnati Public Schools last year for $720,000, using $670,000 awarded through the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program process and $50,000 in City capital funds. The district had purchased the property in 2002 for a new Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, but ended up rebuilding that school on the former school's site.

Previous reading on BC:
Tomorrow a big step for Kennedy Heights cultural anchor (3/15/12)
Kennedy Heights overlay added to Municipal Code (4/2/08)
EDC to consider Kennedy Heights overlay district (3/21/08)
Kennedy Heights Urban Design Plan approved (12/24/07)
EDC to hear on Kennedy Heights NBD (12/18/07)