Bond Hill

Low Income Job Seekers Hope Construction Is A Promising Industry

May 31, 2019
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The loud noise and vibration of nail guns scare Justice Thompkins but she likes it. The Life Skills senior is shifting her career interest from cosmetology to construction.

roselawn senior apartments
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In 2014, neighbors in Bond Hill and Roselawn began meeting regularly to discuss changing the course of their communities. What came out of those meetings is now taking shape in groundbreakings, demolitions and the first phases of development on a major revitalization project.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is supporting a mixed used development in Avondale.  It's part of a neighborhood development initiative first announced on Monday as part of the mayor's version of the budget. Cranley has already announced projects in College Hill, Westwood, and West Price Hill, and plans more announcements through the week.

Jay Hanselman

Catholic Health Partners is going to build a new facility in Bond Hill and the decision will bring about 1,000 new jobs to the neighborhood.

CHP will be combining employees currently working at four different locations in the new 350,000 square foot facility.  It will be located at the former Showcase Cinemas site.  It’s expected to be open in the second quarter 2016.

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The Port Authority is preparing to market nearly 40 acres of land in the Roselawn/Bond Hill area with hopes it will jumpstart economic development there.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

On Thursday, city crews began clearing parts of a shopping center site that has been a landmark in Bond Hill since the 1950's. Most recently called Jordan Crossing, Swifton Commons was the first mall in Cincinnati and one of the largest shopping centers in Ohio.

Cincinnati leaders could be providing nearly $8.5 million to the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority to assist with an economic development project in Bond Hill. 

The group has an agreement to buy the former Jordan Crossing complex at Reading and Seymour Roads and turn it into a mixed use development. 

Laura Brunner with the Port said the process is starting with a study.

Greater Cincinnati's development arm is zeroing in on a piece of Bond Hill history to rejuvenate the area. 

Walking in what was Swifton Commons, now Jordan Crossing, you can see it's in need of a lot of attention. The concrete sidewalks are cracked. The shrubbery is overgrown. The paint on the benches is peeling off and only about a dozen stores remain open. But this property could breathe new life into Bond Hill.