Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation

Small Businesses, Big Changes In Walnut Hills

Aug 1, 2018
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The Walnut Hills landscape is changing by the day. Vacant storefronts are taking shape as the next businesses that will bring energy and a tax base into the neighborhood. When Kroger pulled its grocery store out of the neighborhood in 2017, it was a significant blow to the community. Now, a grant will help open a new Peebles Corner Grocery at the site of the old store.

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Hundreds of local families face an uncertain future. For years they have struggled with broken sewer lines, cockroaches and heating problems. Now the families, living in seven low-income housing complexes, could see their homes sold in the coming weeks.

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Major development plans are in the works near the I-71 MLK Interchange. The northbound ramp to Interstate 71 along Martin Luther King Drive opened in April of 2017. Now Uptown Consortium, Inc. has plans for an Innovation Corridor with mixed-use space near the Interchange. The development is meant to create jobs and improve walkability in surrounding neighborhoods.

Lisa Andrews

Brightly painted, repurposed newspaper boxes are popping up all over Cincinnati. Inside you won't find papers but non-perishable items for anyone in need. Lisa Andrews started her first tiny food bank called the "People's Pantry Cincy" in Pleasant Ridge. With a grant from People's Liberty, Andrews is branching out to 10 local neighborhoods, including Walnut Hills. The recent closing of Kroger has created a food desert in that community.

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Throughout Cincinnati, residents, community leaders and organizations are working to improve conditions in their neighborhoods.