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:
https://westcurcdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/2021-07-07-westcurc_rfp-final.pdf

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