13 projects get nod for Cincinnati's neighborhood funding

CINCINNATI - A committee composed of the city of Cincinnati's economic development staff and members of neighborhood groups are endorsing 13 proposals for Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program funding next year.

The largest project recommended for approval is streetscaping improvements along Reading Road and Rockdale and Forest avenues in Avondale. It would get $400,000, if the list is approved by Cincinnati City Council.

Other large projects on the list include $375,000 for streetscape completion in Mount Adams; and $236,397 for the continuation of a facade improvement project in Corryville.

Projects also are recommended for funding in Bond Hill, Clifton, East Price Hill, Northside, Pleasant Ridge, Walnut Hills, West Price Hill and Westwood.

Awarded each year, funds from the program can be used for various capital improvements and other uses to promote economic development in officially recognized neighborhood business districts. The projects are implemented in partnerships between city staff and community volunteers.

At the end of an intensive peer-review process, member communities of Cincinnati Neighborhood Business Districts United submitted rankings of their fellow members' proposals.

In this year's competitive funding round, the city received 29 applications requesting a total of $3.1 million.

The Economic Development Division estimates it will have a total of roughly $1.65 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds and Capital Investment Program funds available in 2013, which would allow the top 13 applications to be funded.

This funding is in addition to the city administration's recommendation for the Focus 52 program, which will create a pool of $54 million for neighborhood projects throughout the city.

Cincinnati City Council will make the final decisions when it decides on a budget in the next few weeks.

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