WestCURC Introduces Parking App For Urwiler/Harrison Lot

In December, the Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (WestCURC) will begin charging for parking in the WestCURC lot at Harrison and Urwiler. Parking fees will be collected by the Parking.com app from SP+ (https://www.spplus.com/subpage/municipal/mobile-app-parking/ ).

As Westwood’s businesses attract more customers, increasing use of that lot has led to wear and tear that has exceeded WestCURC’s budget for maintenance and repairs. The arrangement with SP+ is expected to generate sufficient income to maintain the lot, with any surplus applied to neighborhood development in Westwood.

If you have any questions about this development, please contact WestCURC at info.westcurc@gmail.com

Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (WestCURC) is Westwood’s officially recognized non-profit community development corporation.

WestCURC Seeks Developer For Key Westwood Property

A new endeavor to transform one of Cincinnati’s most vibrant historic business districts is underway in Westwood.

The Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (WestCURC) is now accepting proposals for the development of the former Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home property at 3042 Harrison Avenue. WestCURC acquired the property in March in partnership with the City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development and The Port.

WestCURC offers the former funeral home property for redevelopment as Westwood continues its dynamic revitalization. During the past few years, significant private and public investment in the community has included a $3.8 million renovation and repositioning of Town Hall Park, the multi-million dollar Madcap Education Center in the historic former Cincinnati Bell Telephone exchange, West Side Brewing in an old Rambler dealership, Nation Kitchen and Bar in a former firehouse, celebrated restaurant Ivory House in the old Westwood Homestead Bank, Muse Café, and a number of boutique shops in the Ruehlmann Building, and award-winning Henke Winery. Recently announced is Great Parks of Hamilton County’s plans for a 22-acre park and urban ecology center on the ground of the former Gamble Estate, less than a mile from the funeral home.

Westwood is Cincinnati’s largest neighborhood with a diverse and geographically distributed population of approximately 30,000 residents. Residential neighborhoods surround the historic business district and, combined with other urban amenities, lend the area its walkable, welcoming appeal.

The Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home traces its origins to 1938 when Wain A. Bolton opened the Bolton Funeral Home at 3042 Harrison. He was joined by his son-in-law James Lunsford in 1962. At one time, the family-operated concern provided service at three locations, and three generations of the Bolton and Lunsford families were involved in management. Operations ceased during the past year.

The full request for proposals is available here:

For more information, contact Greg Hand at info.westcurc@gmail.com

Westwood Seeks Food Donations On June 13

Contributions of food and essential items to replenish the pantries of four Westwood charities will be accepted from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13, in the parking lot at the corner of Harrison Ave. and Urwiler Ave.

The “Westwood for Westwood” Food Drive supports the work of My Neighbor’s Place, 3150 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati Urban Promise, 2420 Harrison Ave., WestFed Food Pantry, 3628 Boudinot Ave. and Third Presbyterian Church, 3358 McHenry Ave.

“This is a time to help our neighbors in need of food and other essentials during the school and business closures related to the novel Corona virus,” said Leslie Rich, executive director of Westwood Works.

Items especially needed include:
• Spaghetti, any kind of pasta, noodles
• Spaghetti sauce (can, not glass jar if possible)
• Vegetables: corn, potatoes, green beans, green peas, carrots, mixed vegetables
• Canned Fruits: mixed fruit also known as fruit cocktail, peaches, pears
• Tuna
• Soups: chicken noodle, tomato, vegetable, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom
• Pork and Beans or beans and franks
• Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spaghettios, ravioli
• Beef Stew, canned meals
• Peanut Butter
• Jelly (in plastic if possible)
• Crackers
• Gatoraid
• Pre-packaged breakfast foods (granola bars, cereal, Pop-Tarts)
• Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Feminine Hygiene Products
• Hand Sanitizer and Disinfectant

The Westwood for Westwood Food Drive is a joint effort of Westwood Works, My Neighbor’s Place, Cincinnati Urban Promise, St James Episcopal Church – Cincinnati and the Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (WestCURC).

City of Cincinnati Offers Properties In Westwood

The City of Cincinnati’s Department of Community & Economic Development is dedicated to expanding access to development opportunities within the City. The city has concentrated its efforts towards putting vacant, city-owned property back to work for the community.

Follow this link: https://choosecincy.com/opportunities/availableproperty/ to locate available properties. Note especially the green dot at 2859 Fischer Place, a vacant parcel for which the city is accepting proposals until March 20, 2020. Click on the green dot to download the Request For Proposals document.


Cincinnati Plans Traffic-Calming Streetscape For Westwood

2020-01-07-Harrison-Ave-Ped-Safety-Imp-Curb-Bump-Out-PlanThis month at Westwood Civic Association: Jeffrey W. Stine, senior architect for the City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation & Engineering, will present a revised project schedule and scope for the Harrison Avenue streetscape project at the next meeting of the Westwood Civic Association, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, at the Westwood Town Hall. Revisions include the addition of bump-outs along one side of the street as a traffic-calming measure. The Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation has already reviewed and approved the revised project including bump-outs. This phase is part of an ongoing traffic-calming project coordinated by WestCURC on behalf of the Westwood community.



Westwood Invited To WestCURC November Meeting

Westwood residents and business owners regardless of membership status are invited to attend the next meeting of the Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (WestCURC) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, in the parlor of Westwood Town Hall.

Community members who attend the meeting will be asked to review and vote on WestCURC’s Neighborhood Business District Support Program proposal for next year.
WestCURC is working to make Westwood’s historic business district more active and vibrant, including a project to slow down traffic along Harrison Avenue. When successful, this project will have several important benefits:

  • fewer and less severe vehicular collisions or collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists, resulting in fewer severe injuries and fatalities.
  • people will feel more comfortable spending time in the business district,
  • cars traveling along Harrison at a slower speed will more likely notice that a particular business exists, encouraging more customers and sales,
  • a more vibrant business district will attract other businesses to Westwood spurring development or redevelopment.

Concurrently, WestCURC is working to provide more and improved parking in the business and is developing plans for redevelopment of selected parcels in the historic business district.

Business Owners Invited To December 4 WestCURC Meeting

All Westwood business owners are invited to attend the next meeting of the Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corp (WestCURC) at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 4 at the recently opened Madcap Education Center.

Among its purposes, WestCURC represents the interests of business owners in Westwood’s historic business district in dealings with the City of Cincinnati. In the recent past WestCURC has partnered with other civic organizations in developing plans for the park grounds around Town Hall. WestCURC has worked with the City to bring a Westwood version of Nation Restaurant to the fire house on Epworth, and has played a part in the ongoing expansion of West Side Brewing. Currently, WestCURC working with the City on plans to calm traffic moving through the business district on Harrison and Montana. In addition, WestCURC hopes to extend bicycle lanes and routes to Westwood Town Hall and on streetscape improvements along Harrison between Montana and Boudinot.

At the December 4 meeting, Caroline Duffy, a consultant working with WestCURC, will present an update on the latest developments with the traffic calming efforts and the streetscape improvements.

WestCURC Welcomes Madcap Education Center

Six years after the Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation coordinated the transfer of the former Cincinnati Bell switching center to Madcap Puppets, the new Madcap Education Center has celebrated its gala opening.

The new $3.4 million arts education facility will host dance, acting, puppet and visual arts classes and workshops as well as children’s performances in a theater designed for family enjoyment.

Madcap Puppets have been planning the Center since the Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (WestCURC) purchased the building for the organization in 2012. The Center becomes a “home base” for the touring company and a venue for expanded children’s programming on the west side, including special events and arts education classes, workshops and summer camps.

In March 2017, Cincinnati Landmark Productions and Madcap Puppets announced a merger of the two venerable west-side arts organizations and a re-invigoration of the”Bell Building” project, at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Urwiler Avenue.

At the merger announcement, CLP announced new funding – the allocation of New Markets Tax Credits from Cincinnati Development Fund – that would make the project possible. Since that time, CLP has partnered with US Bank and the City of Cincinnati to finalize the New Markets deal.

The City of Cincinnati had planned and previously budgeted $4 million for the renovation of Westwood Square, the land around Westwood Town Hall. Upgrades include new landscaping and seating, the addition of an event stage area, a promenade for event vendors, a new playground area and a dog park, effectively activating a space that serves as the center of the city’s largest neighborhood. In December, CLP officials presented and received approval from the Cincinnati Planning Commission, Park Board and City Council to bundle the two projects together in order to maximize the New Markets benefit.

On December 29, 2017, the financing deal was closed, resulting in $2.1 million net benefit for the Madcap Education Center project. With that and other recent funding, the project could officially break ground. Interior demolition began in February 2018 with full renovation/construction starting in April.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions (CLP) is the non-profit owner and operator of the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts in West Price Hill and the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater in East Price Hill. Madcap Puppets – based in Westwood – has provided touring children’s programming since 1981 and annually presents over 600 performances across 15 states for 160,000 children. Since the merger, Madcap Puppets has operated as a division of Cincinnati Landmark Productions and will continue to tour and offer its in-town programming.