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26 April 2018

Schwartz Jewelry Raffle for Derby Day



This year we are introducing a new feature for the annual Derby Day Celebration! Thanks to the generosity of Schwartz Jewelers (recently voted the top Jeweler in Cincinnati), we will be holding a Jewelry Raffle at Derby Day this year! The Raffle begins at 6:00pm when the doors to Laurel Court. Right away, all five items will be available for you to win. Right as the silent auction closes (at 8:30) we will begin to raffle off the Jewelry. Want a sneak peak? See the items we will be raffling below!

When the auction closes, we will pull one ticket, winner gets to select the jewelery item of their choice!

Tickets are $30 for 1 or $50 for 2. The more you purchase, the better chance you have of winning!

$1,100 14 Karat Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Pendant with .18 carat total weight of diamonds.
$1,250 14 Karat Rose, White, and Yellow Gold Stackable Rings with .36 carat total weight of diamonds.
$1,350 14 Karat White Gold Diamond Dangle Earrings with .45 carat total weight of diamonds.
$1,300 14 Karat Yellow Gold Diamond Fashion Ring with .34 carat total weight of diamonds.
$1,300 14 Karat White Gold Diamond and Sapphire Ring with a .70 carat Sapphire and .44 carat total weight of diamonds.



Want to attend? Buy your tickets online today!

6 March 2018

District 5 Relocation Survey

Have you heard that District 5 may be moving to College Hill? Currently, the College Hill Plaza is one of the top choices for the future District 5 Headquarters. We’d love to hear your feedback. Be sure to check out the cities current proposals online (click here).


Then take our brief online survey below. Thank you for your feedback!

20 December 2017

Memo from CHCURC Regarding District 5 Relocation

December 18, 2017


Harry Black City Manager

City of Cincinnati 801 Plum Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202


Re:      New District 5 Headquarters Dear Mr. Black,

As you know, the College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (CHCURC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit neighborhood redevelopment organization located in College Hill, the fifth largest neighborhood in the city of Cincinnati. Our mission is to revitalize the Hamilton Avenue business district to improve the surrounding community.

It has come to our attention that the City of Cincinnati is searching for a new District 5 police headquarters and is willing to consider locations outside of the former Permit Center at 3300 Central Parkway. District 5 serves the communities of Clifton Heights-University Heights-Fairview, Camp Washington, Clifton, Northside, Winton Hills, Spring Grove Village, College Hill, and Mt. Airy. This letter addresses why the best location for a new District 5 Headquarters is in College Hill, instead of the former Permit Center on Central Parkway.

When it comes to comes to selecting a location for a new district headquarters, CHCURC understands that the police and the City of Cincinnati previously looked to three important factors when selecting a site for the new District 3: (1) Potential Community Development Impact, (2) Police Operations, and (3) Constructability. CHCURC believes that locating the new district headquarters at the current location of the College Hill Plaza, 3.875 acres located at 5819 and 5843 Hamilton Avenue and 1613 Cedar Avenue (the “College Hill Plaza Site”), would score higher than any other potential site in District 5, including the former Permit Center.

The College Hill Plaza, located on the south end of the College Hill Business District, was built during the strip-mall development phase of the 1990s, and its design and function are not consistent with an urban business district. It has only a few quality tenants, is auto-oriented, and does not create the walkable urban district that College Hill envisions. CHCURC has been studying and analyzing for years what could replace the College Hill Plaza, and a new District 5 Headquarters would be the highest and best redevelopment of this land.

A new District 5 Headquarters at the College Hill Plaza Site would bring needed police resources to a location nearest to the highest call area in College Hill and create a safe, walkable urban environment for all six blocks of the College Hill business district and the surrounding residential neighborhood.

Regarding the Community Development Impact factor, placing a new District 5 Headquarters at the College Hill Plaza Site would completely revitalize College Hill’s South Business District. As you know, CHCURC is already working with the Model Group and South Block Properties on new developments in the College Hill Mid-Business District on Hamilton Avenue mostly north of Cedar Avenue. These developments include revitalizing seven buildings that CHCURC has purchased – 5854 Hamilton Ave. (Marquet Building), 5901/5905 Hamilton Ave. (Dow Corner Buildings), 5917 Hamilton Ave. (Doll House), 5932 Hamilton Avenue (National City Bank building), and 6060 Hamilton Avenue (Mergard Bowling Alley Building). CHCURC has already begun those renovations, adding Brink Brewing Co., as well as signing leases with two new restaurants for 2018 – Tortilleria Garcia for the Doll House and Kiki for the National City Building. CHCURC and South Block Properties’ redevelopment of these buildings will include an investment of more than $5 million. CHCURC is also partnering with Model Group and Episcopal Retirement Services for Marlowe Court, a new $11.1 million mixed-used, four-story building with senior housing operated by Episcopal Retirement Services and retail on the first floor, including a new First Financial Bank branch and YEP! Fitness. The City of Cincinnati also selected CHCURC as the preferred developer on College Hill Station, a new development on 7.5 acres at Hamilton Avenue and North Bend. The RFP process has just been completed and includes development proposals ranging from $25 – 35 million for over 220 units of residential and over 15,000 square foot of commercial space. CHCURC is also working to redevelop 6120 Hamilton Avenue (Dixon Building), which includes 17 apartments and retail tenants such as the College Hill Coffee Co., Enliven, and Inspire. Due to the extensive revitalization efforts throughout the remainder of the Mid-Business District and Northern Business District, a new District 5 Headquarters would stretch the revitalization south, and enable the entire College Hill business district to be a walkable urban environment.

Regarding the Police Operations factor, a new District 5 Headquarters at the College Hill Plaza Site would create a governmental plaza that would be contiguous with the new Engine 51 Fire Station that was built in 2009, and is conveniently located to the highest call neighborhoods in District 5 – Winton Hills, Spring Grove Village, Mt. Airy, and a portion of College Hill. The College Hill Plaza Site provides very convenient access over Groesbeck/Gray Road or North Bend to Spring Grove Village and Winton Hills, great access over North Bend and Kipling Avenue to Mt. Airy, and direct access on Hamilton Avenue/Ludlow Avenue to College Hill, Northside, and Clifton. This location is only 3.4 miles north of the existing District 5 Headquarters at 1012 Ludlow Ave. Although the new headquarters would be in a more northern portion of District 5, it is only minutes from its former location, and provides greater access to the higher call areas of District 5.

The College Hill Plaza also offers many positives for the Constructability factor, as it includes a total of 3.875 acres that is completely flat and is owned by one owner, Daniel Frija, who has already agreed to an option to purchase as part of the lease terms for District 5 temporarily relocating to this site. Adding to the constructability factor is the size of the College Hill Plaza Site (3.875 acres) is very comparable to District 3’s new headquarters at 2300 Ferguson Road, which has 3.905 acres. The parcel size similarity should reduce design costs, as it is understood that the Police Department wishes to build a headquarters substantially similar to the new headquarters in District 3. Furthermore, being located at the College Hill Plaza provides physical accessibility to all nine neighborhoods located in District 5.

The College Hill Plaza Site is also consistent with Plan Cincinnati, the City’s comprehensive plan, because it is located within one of the Centers of Activity, places where the community envisions main streets of civic life surrounded by residential areas. College Hill and CHCURC hope that a new district headquarters in this location can play a role in driving additional development and helping to redefine the surrounding built environment.

If the City uses the same criteria is used to select the location for District 3 headquarters, it is clear that the College Hill Plaza site meets the criteria much better than the former Permit Center site. The former Permit Center site does not even come close to meeting a community development impact factor – there is no business district on Central Parkway and the new district headquarters would be isolated next to a motel to the south and a carwash to the north – in a non-walkable business district. The former  Permit Center site would also not meet the police operations factor – it would be locating the district farther away from the highest call neighborhoods of District 5. The former Permit Center site would also fail to meet the constructability factor – the current topography of the land only allows for 70-90 parking spaces, while the District 3 headquarters has more than 150 parking spaces. Unless the City plans on building a parking garage behind the building (which would mean that the cost of that site increases), 3300 Central Parkway does not provide enough useable land to accommodate the police’s parking needs. The former Permit Center location is also not located in a walkable Center of Activity of either Camp Washington or Clifton.

Finally, choosing the College Hill Plaza site will be more impactful on the community than the Permit Center proposal. Locating District 5 at the former Permit Center site would do nothing to foster Police-Community relations. Placing a new District 5 in the heart of the College Hill business district would continue the efforts of the Collaborative Agreement by bringing community gather space and art into another district headquarters.

CHCURC’s leadership team would welcome the opportunity to meet with City leaders on a new District 5 Headquarters, and further share our redevelopment initiatives and rationale why the College Hill Plaza Site is the best location for a new District 5 Headquarters.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael T. Cappel, Board President                                      Seth Walsh, Executive Director

CHCURC–District 5 Memorandum

12 July 2017

Blues & Brews 2017

Blues & Brews 5K is Back!

Blues & Brews

The annual College Hill 5K is here again! Last year, we began sharing the unique tastes in College Hill by sharing our passion for high quality music and drinks. This year, we are excited to share the beauty of our community again! After the 5K we will once again enjoy the Taste of College Hill with many different food options at a low cost for you!

We are very excited to share that the Blues & Brews 5K and after party will once again take place at the future College Hill Station lot at the intersection of North Bend and Hamilton. Like last year, we will have many high quality beers and food options. Parking will be available across the street.

Are you a member of a church, community organization, or an active street? This year, we are encouraging you and your friends to sign up as a team! All teams of 20 or more will recieve a $5 per person discount on their registration! The teams don’t have to run or walk together, it’s simply a way to share the excitement with your friends and family!

Join us on September 16th at 6:00pm. Whether you’re running, walking, or cheering on your favorite runner, it’s going to be a great time!

Blues & Brews Festival

Registration & Sponsorship Information

Individual Runners (no t-shirt) – $20

T-Shirt – $10

Day of Registration – $25

Individuals in a Team of 20 or more – $15 per person (Please contact Daniel Traicoff at for more information)

Please mail in all registration forms one week before the race (September 9th). Online registrations are available to all individual runners and can be turned in before September 14th.


Blues & Brews Registration Form 2017

Register Online!


Blues & Brews 2017 Community Flyer


RSVP On Facebook

23 June 2017

Derby Day 2017 Sponsors

Always Dreaming was more than just this years Kentucky Derby Winner, it has also been our foundation for success at CHCURC. Thanks to the support of the College Hill Community, our extremely dedicated board, and many sponsors we have been able to begin the transformation of the College Hill Business District.

This year, our Derby Day Committee’s hard work paid off more than ever. We are very excited to share that this years’ Derby Day was the most successful Derby Day since it began seven years ago. Our team would like to thank all of our sponsors who made this years event possible. If it weren’t for the passion of our team and the dedication of our community, we would not be able to transform College Hill.

Did you miss this years Derby Day? Check out all of the exciting photo’s on our Facebook page.



  • KMK Law PLL
  • Twin Towers Life Enriching Communities
  • Brand Bank &Trust
  • Schwartz Jewelers
  • First Financial Bank


  • Comey & Shepherd Realtors
  • College Hill Coffee Co. & Casual Gourmet
  • New York Life
  • PNC Bank
  • College Hill Investment Collaborative


  • KEMBA Credit Union Inc.
  • Cappel’s
  • Ohio Living Llanfair


  • Carolyn Royalty and Drew Asimus
  • Foundation Bank
  • Silk Road Textiles
  • Morgan Stanley
  • ePrintworks
  • Inspire Salon & Boutique
  • CAI Insurance




  • Larry and Judy Moyer of Historic Laurel Court


  • The Boston Beer Co.


  • Harmony AV Consulting LLC
  • Ohio Living Llanfair
  • Academy Rentals
  • All Occasions Rentals
  • Burnet Ridge Winery
  • The Forum


  • Gaslight Gourmet Cookies
  • Harp of Hope
  • Ohio Valley Distributors
  • Red Rose Jems Pizzeria
  • Marty’s Hops & Vines
  • Rhinegeist


  • Madison’s at Findlay Market
6 April 2017

2017 Best of Cincinnati Recognizes College Hill Businesses

As the weather begins to warm up, it’s once again time to shop “The Avenue”. Our Business District is filled with many amazing and diverse businesses that will constantly surprise you!

This year, College Hill is extremely proud to announce that three of our businesses took top spots in four different categories. None of these successes would be possible if it weren’t for the support of our local businesses and the hard work that all of our community organizations and volunteers have put into our neighborhood. We can’t wait to celebrate our success and continue to grow!

To read the full list of winners, read the City Beat article online.

College Hill “Best of Cincinnati” Award Winners







#1 Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop (Central)

#2 Best Overall Local Coffeehouse


marts hops & vine logo

#3 Best Wine Bar


silkroad textiles logo

Editors Choice for Arts and Crafts


brink brewing







Additionally, we want to recognize Brink Brewing for winning the #CincyCraftMadness best Craft Beer in Cincinnati for their Fashionably Late IPA! You can check out the results on the Cincy Craft Madness Website. 

26 December 2016

CHCURC 2016 Annual Report

CHCURC Annual Report

It’s been a busy year for CHCURC filled with many successes. Thanks to the help of our volunteers, dedication, and community dedication we have been able to move forward on many crucial projects to help improve the College Hill Business District.

Thanks to you, we have made major progress on the following projects:

  • Marlowe Court
  • College Hill Station
  • Facade Improvement
  • Community Involvement

To see our full year in review, check out our annual report online here. 

Additionally, you can attend our annual dinner to learn about CHCURC’s 2017 Goals. 

1 December 2016

College Hill Retail Marketing Strategy

urban fast forward pictureAre you looking to expand your business? Are you curious to see if College Hill is a strong fit for your business? Earlier this year, CHCURC partnered with Urban Fast Forward, Cincinnati’s leading urban development and retail district revitalization firm.

College Hill is already the fourth largest neighborhood in Cincinnati. With the addition of Marlowe Court and College Hill Station bringing over 200 apartments in the heart of the business district, we believe that now is the time to invest in College Hill.

After compiling information from local government resources, census data, canvassing the business district, and community forums, Urban Fast Forward created a strong blueprint for the future of the College Hill Business District. While our business district is already home to many successful businesses, this study reaffirms the strong desire and space available for new businesses.

Key Retail Market Study Takeaways:

  • College Hill has a population of over 14,000 individuals. This population is diverse in many ways including economic, race, and age.
  • The College Hill business district is over 6 blocks long with plenty of room available for new businesses.
  • Marlowe Court and College Hill Station will bring over 200 new apartments in the heart of the  northern and  middle  areas of the business district.
  • The most desired businesses include grocery stores, produce, ice cream/dessert, bakery, entertainment venues, and professional services.
  • Throughout the business district, there are many parking lots available for staff and customers. CHCURC is currently improving the western and eastern mid-businesses parking lots.

You can read the complete Retail Market Study online. 

For further questions and inquiries, please contact Seth Walsh at (513) 681-1551 or

2 September 2016

Marlowe Court Development Plans

What an exciting week it’s been in College Hill! As the Marlowe Court development moves forward, we want to make sure that the College Hill Community see’s the latest developments on this $11.1 Million Project. If you have any questions regarding the development, feel free to Contact Us!

Marlowe Court Facts

  • $11.16 Million Development funded by private/public relationships
    • 9% Funded by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits issued by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency
    • Huntington National Bank will provide a construction loan and is the Federal Home Loan Bank Member
    • Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati has provided an Affordable Housing Program Grant
    • City of Cincinnati has invested HOME Funds
    • CHCURC & Episcopal Retirement Services have invested their own equity into the project
  • 5,000 SQ Feet in First Floor Retail
  • 53 Affordable Senior Housing Apartments
    • 22 of the units are 1 bedroom with 668 Square Footage
    • 31 of the units are 2 bedrooms with 899 Square Footage
    • All units are LEED Silver or higher.
    • Community fitness center, picnic area, clinic space, and lounge area are provided for all who live in Marlowe Court
  • This development was made possible thanks to a great partnership between Episcopal Retirement Services and The Model Group.


Marlowe Court Renderings


The Latest Rendering of Marlowe Court Exterior (as of July 14th, 2016)

Marlowe Court Elevation


Beautiful view of how Marlowe Court will enhance Hamilton Avenue

marlowe court renderings


Site plan for Marlowe Court – including the Drop Off, Patio, and Resident Entry Point

Marlowe Court Site Plan


Floor Plan for the Apartments
Marlowe Court Apartment Plans


Living in Marlowe Court

If you or someone you know is interested in moving into Marlowe Court have them contact Affordable Living Office directly at (513) 979-2251 or email me at Katherine Finley at

16 August 2016

2016 Blues & Brews 5K

5K Blues & Brews Run


Blues & Brews 5K Information

The annual College Hill 5K is here again! This time it’s under a slightly different name. The Blues & Brews 5K is the natural growth to the previously named Rhythm Race.

This year, things will be pretty similar – but just a little bit bigger. Instead of holding our after party in the Parking Lot behind our businesses, we will be celebrating at the future site of College Hill Station! With the bigger space comes bigger celebrations. There will be blues music, bluegrass music, games for kids, food trucks, food served by our local restaurants, and delicious craft and domestic beer.

Join us on September 17th at 6:00pm. Whether you’re running, walking, or cheering on your favorite runner, it’s going to be a great time!

Registration & Sponsorship Information

Individual Runners (no t-shirt) – $25

Individual Runners (with a t-shirt) – $30

Day of Registration – $35

Individuals in a Team of 20 or more – $20 (Mail registration only!)

Please mail in all registration forms one week before the race (September 10th). Online registrations are available to all individual runners and can be turned in before September 14th.

B&B Registration Form 2016

B&B Sponsorship Brochure 2016

B&B Community Flyer 2016


RSVP On Facebook