In Camp Washington, community organizers plan 'a way forward'

CINCINNATI -- Camp Washington's "Campy Washington" mural says a lot about how the neighborhood. It's industrial, and unusual. 

Now, the neighborhood is looking to embrace that identity and create a brand: "Made in Camp." Local community leaders detailed their plans in a 74-page report. 

"In the next four, five, 10 years, Camp could be kind of an oasis for a lot of artists, small businesses and homeowners," Joseph Gorman said. 

Gorman is the president and CEO of the Camp Washington Community Board. 

"We have a lot of companies that makes things here. And the artists, they also make things," Gorman said. "And so we thought, maybe we'll have a Made in Camp brand."

There are 150 companies that call Camp Washington home, like Kao Brands and Meyer Tools. Cincinnati Wholesale Florist moved in about a year ago.

"It's convenient to our customers," florist owner Les Hils said. "It's a great location."

Plans to increase economic development include a unique coffee house at Colerain and Bates. Rhinegeist Brewery has plans for the former Kahn's site off Spring Grove. Community organizers are hoping a stretch of Colerain will become a community entertainment district.

The Camp Washington Community Board will present its plan to the city for approval next month. 

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