Choice Neighborhoods Implementation
glaserworks helped a neighborhood garner a $29.5 million grant from the United States federal government. Working with our non-profit developer client, The Community Builders, Inc., and in collaboration with Xavier University’s Community Building Institute, glaserworks provided key elements of the application for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant.
Our task was to gather input from community residents and other stakeholders, shape that input through our knowledge and experience of urban design, and create a Transformation Plan which would indicate a broad vision for the neighborhood.
Avondale is a large, economically depressed neighborhood of Cincinnati. It has many pockets of crime, blight and decades-old disinvestment. At its heart is an underutilized shopping center developed in the early 1980’s in a suburban manner. It is set back from Avondale’s main street with a large asphalt parking lot between the stores and the street. Further, the development of the strip mall rerouted the existing street grid into a disconnected, suburban-style curvilinear arrangement.
glaserworks provided the urban planning vision to illustrate how the strip mall could be gradually transformed into a pedestrian-friendly center of a neighborhood, maintaining financial solvency during the transformation. The urban design plan created a central square gathering place, surrounded by new buildings and an historic church.
Our Transformation Plan also showed other pockets of development throughout the neighborhood including the staged redevelopment of over 20 buildings in four distinct zones.
Since the creation of the Transformation Plan and subsequent Choice Neighborhoods Grant, eight buildings have been rehabilitated, one new building has been constructed, and funding for the core development area is underway.