Grant helps Price Hill Will continue improvements in ‘gateway’ to Cincy’s West Side

A long-blighted building in the heart of Cincinnati’s West Side is going to receive some much-needed love thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

The Urban Revitalization grant is going to help Price Hill Will make some crucial improvements to the vacant building in the 3500 block of Warsaw Avenue. Much of the funding will go toward design work.

Price Hill Will – a nonprofit community development corporation serving the neighborhoods of Lower, East and West Price Hill – has had a major focus on Warsaw Avenue in recent years. The major thoroughfare runs through East and West Price Hill. It’s home to the Price Hill Library and is within a block of Price Hill Recreation Center and Dempsey Park and Pool.

Price Hill Will is still developing plans for the Warsaw Avenue property.

Price Hill Will considers the Warsaw Avenue Historic District the gateway to the city’s West Side communities.

This project builds on the success of Price Hill Will’s Warsaw Avenue Creative Campus along the Warsaw Avenue Historic District. It consisted of the redevelopment of seven historic East Price Hill buildings, including an old firehouse that now serves as the home of the MYCincinnati youth orchestra.

Those properties are now home to 13 residential units of various sizes and price points. The campus also aims to feature a variety of creative-minded commercial tenants housed in each of the storefronts.

Ashley Feist, commercial real estate director for Price Hill Will, voiced gratitude to Duke Energy for the funding. She described them as enabling the organization to “catalyze development” in an important part of East Price Hill.

“(This) investment will continue to spur economic development in a strategic area in the Cincinnati region,” Feist said.

Warsaw Federal Incline Theater

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where its parent company’s customers live and work. It contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and receives its funding from Duke Energy shareholder dollars.

The foundation’s Urban Revitalization grant program launched in 2011 with a goal providing funding to cover some pre-development costs of projects impacting the economic development of a city’s urban core.

To date, the program has issued more than $3.3 million to more than 100 grantees across Greater Cincinnati. One of the beneficiaries over the last decade was Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, a 229-seat venue for plays and musicals staged by Cincinnati Landmark Productions in East Price Hill.

Long-term plans for the newest grant-support project on Warsaw Avenue are still in development.

“Bringing into existence the inspired visions of our grant recipients makes this program so valuable to our Ohio and Kentucky neighborhoods,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky.

Price Hill Will

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