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11 August 2016

Gershom Grove – CiTiRAMA Update

We’re one month out to the ribbon cutting of CiTiRAMA in College Hill! We can’t wait for out latest development, Gershom Grove to open up right here in College Hill. Between September 10th and 18th stop by the newest housing development in College Hill! Whether you’re looking to buy one of the 37 new lots or simply explore the new developments in College Hill, this page has all the information you need!

CiTiRAMA 2016 Fun Facts

  • Gershom Grove is named after the one of the first College Hill Residents and Property Owners, Gershom Gard.
  • This is the second CiTiRAMA to be held in College Hill, the first being in 2014, Witherby Meadows.
  • All homes in the development will be part of the “Special Assessment District”. This gives a 20 year tax abatement on all improvements to the houses. The Special Assessment is estimated to be 50% of the regular taxes on a $200,000 improvement (per home). Payments will be due 24 months after bonds are placed.

Show Details

Dates & Hours:

  • Saturday, September 10 – Sunday, September 18
  • Monday – Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday – Sunday Noon – 9:00 p.m.
  • No admittance after 8:00 p.m.


  • $10.00 at the gate or $8.00 at area Kroger stores.
  • AAA members can purchase discount tickets for $8.00 by showing their AA cards at the gate.
  • Discount tickets can be purchased online here.
  • Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult.

Other important information:

  • Your ticket includes on site parking.
  • Concessions  will be available onsite.
  • Restrooms are available on site.
  • No strollers, wagons or child backpacks with metal frames are permitted in show homes.
  • No pets, with the exception of service animals, are permitted within the show site.
  • Please be aware that the homes being shown in the CiTiRAMA® home show are not handicap accessible.  The homes are privately owned, built for general marketing and resale purposes to the general public.  Therefore, they are not required to be, nor are they equipped for handicap accessibility, nor have they been constructed to meet other physical challenges. Only the handicap parking area, public restrooms, and concessions are handicap accessible. The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati wants to encourage those who cannot attend CiTiRAMA® to visit the homes personally, because of physical challenges, to review them on our website.
  • You can purchase your tickets online at



gershom grove layout

360° CiTiRAMA Site

CiTiRAMA Property Updates

Check out the detailed floor plans, current construction picture, and final renderings for the different styled houses!

Floor Layout Final Rendering Current Progress
Brookstone Floor Layout brookstone final rendering brookstone construction update
Drees Floor Layout drees finished rendering drees unfinished
Moranda Floor Layout Citirama Moranda Potterhill Unfinished
Potterhill Floor Layout Citirama Potterhill moranda construction update

CiTiRAMA 2016 Important Dates

Event Date Time
Show Dates September 10th – 18th Monday – Thursday, 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday – Sunday, Noon – 9:00pm
Ribbon Cutting/Media Day Wednesday, September 7th 10:30am
Preview Party Friday, September 9th 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Realtor Day Tuesday, September 13th 11:30am – 1:30pm
College Hill Community Day Friday, September 16th Noon – 9:00pm
City of Cincinnati Employees Day Saturday, September 17th Noon – 9:00pm

Thank you to the Home Builders Association for making CiTiRAMA 2016 Possible! home builders association logo

22 July 2016

Back to School Celebration!

back to school flyer


It’s that special time of the year – summer is ending, the weather is cooling down, and some of our kids will be leaving their nest for the first time. Going back to school can be a tough experience, so we at CHCURC want to make it fun!

This year is our first ever Back to School Celebration! We are going to have a family friendly event full of games, food, live music, and tons of fun!

Join us on August 20th at 6:00pm at 5921 Hamilton Ave, the lot right next to the Doll House building.

We are extremely excited to be joined by two great music genre’s: we’ll have original songs & fiddle music by Dave Hawkins. Afterwards, the College Hill Gospel Choirs will be closing up the evening for everyone to enjoy!

As with every great event, there will be delicious food truck meals this time provided by C Dog’s Hot Dog Cart. Additionally, beer on tap will be provided by Listermann’s Brewing Company!

We can’t wait to see you there!

6 July 2016

College Hill Marketing Study

Why do you love College Hill? What do you think College Hill needs?

CHCURC is performing an analysis of College Hill to help learn what our residents, business owners, and supporters want to see coming up in our neighborhood. We’re looking at planning new events, recruiting new businesses, and sharing our news far and wide. With your voice, we will be able to plan events that you would attend and bring businesses that you think our neighborhood needs.

The survey is very brief, only 10 questions long, but your voice is invaluable. Help us #DiscoverCollegeHill

Survey Link:


7 June 2016

Derby Day 2016 Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors for the 2016 Derby Day. With over $20,000 raised – this was by in large our biggest Derby Day CHCURC has ever had! We can’t wait to take our successes and make next years even bigger.


We especially want to thank the countless volunteers who made this event successful. Major thanks to the 2016 Derby Day Chair’s, Tony Thompson and Judy Moyer, we couldn’t have done this without your leadership!


Derby Day 2016 Sponsor List

Derby Day 2016 Sponsors

3 May 2016

CiTiRAMA Comes to College Hill



CiTiRAMA is coming back to College Hill!

Mark your calendars, CiTiRAMA is coming back to our neighborhood, College Hill. Today, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley joined community leaders in the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Gershom Grove – one of College Hill’s latest developments.

Gershom Grove is a brand new community right off of North Bend Road. The quiet cul-de-sac streets are designed for families new and old, or first time home buyers looking to move to a quieter area of town. Gershome Grove is a short drive to many Cincinnati areas: you are 5 minutes away from most highways and 10 minutes to downtown. If you’re more of a walker, you’re in luck! Gershom Grove is a short walk to Aiken and McAuley High Schools and the College Hill Business District.

citirama gershom grove overheadIf you’re looking to build your first home, you shouldn’t look any further. Each home built will be a part of a “Special Assessment District” that gives 20 year tax abatement on all improvements. This special assessment is an estimated 50% of regular taxes on a $200,000 improvement. Payments will begin 2 years after the bonds are placed, giving you time to save and grow your family. Additionally, there is a $3,000 bonus provided for the first eight homes that are certified as “visitable” or qualify for LEED designation.

For those interested in visiting Gershom Grove, show dates are September 10th – 18th. The ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday, September 8th and a Preview Party on Friday, September 9th.

We can’t wait for you to move in!



citirama gershom grove outline

23 April 2016

Derby Day 2016

Celebrate Derby Day with CHCURC!

Derby Day


Finally, it’s the time of the year to put on our elegant hats, sip our mint juleps, and meet up with our neighbors to celebrate the 142nd Kentucky Derby. This year, College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation will be celebrating the Kentucky Derby at the historic Laurel Court on May 7th at 5:00pm.

Our celebration is more then guessing which horse will attempt to join American Pharaoh in earning the triple-crown. At our party we will be enjoying a complimentary mint julip, Derby themed catering, a silent auction, and many other games.

All proceeds of the event go directly to CHCURC, College Hill’s organization working to revitalize the Hamilton Avenue business district and strengthen the surrounding College Hill Community. Currently CHCURC is working on improving Marlowe Court, College Hill Station, and recruiting businesses to join our business district – continuing to make College Hill the best place to live, and watch the Derby!

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $75 at Additionally, you can go to and use the mail order form to mail a check to CHCURC. At the door tickets will cost $85.

For any other questions please visit

15 April 2016

Best of Cincinnati Awards Recognize College Hill Businesses

best of cincinnati logo


When you’re out enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend, you may want to consider walking down “The Avenue” and checking out many of College Hill’s award-winning businesses.

This year, College Hill is extremely proud to announce that four of our businesses took top spots in five different categories. Also, College Hill was ranked in the Top 10 Neighborhoods in Cincinnati! 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

College Hill Coffee Co Logo

#1 Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop

#2 Best Overall Local Coffeehouse


marts hops & vine logo

#3 Best Wine Bar


silkroad textiles logo

#1 Best Arts and Crafts Classes


schwartz jewlers logo

#2 Best Jeweler


31 December 2015

Preferred Developer Agreement Signed For Hamilton/North Bend Site

College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation President, Michael Cappel, announced this week the signing of a Preferred Developer Agreement between the Saint Francis Group and the City of Cincinnati for the development of 7.5 acres on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road in College Hill.


“CHCURC has worked with the City of Cincinnati for a decade in the acquisition of these parcels, which are key in the continued revitalization of College Hill.  The vision for the redevelopment of the former Kroger’s, Shuller’s Wigwam, and the Eastern Star Retirement Community includes a mixed-used development, with retail, residential, and offices uses, that will bring increased density and vitality to this walkable, urban village,” according to Mr. Cappel.


The Saint Francis Group project team, headed by Sean Balnes, is meeting with CHCURC Board members and neighborhood leaders, preparing architectural drawings, and putting together proposed naming options, cost estimates, and a projected schedule. Timelines are aggressive with a 4-8 month window for preliminary and final project proposals.  Jeff Raser, with Glaserworks, has been selected as the lead architect for the project.


Saint Francis Group is a real estate development and services firm focused on inspiring and creating projects that are catalysts for economic prosperity.

30 December 2015

Rhythm Race 2015!


Keep your eyes posted for these Rhythm Race posters around College Hill! Mark your calendars for September 19th, 2015!Rhythm Race!

To register for the event, download the following form and send to our office:

Rhythm Race, CHCURC, 1551 Marlowe Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224

RR registration form 15

For sponsorship opportunities, see the following brochure file, or call the office at 513-681-1551

RR-Sponsorship Brochure Cover RR-Sponsorship Brochure Inside

30 December 2015

Derby Day Party 2015 Sponsors

CHCURC’s Fifth Annual Derby Day was a rousing success! Thanks to all those who attended and supported the event and silent auction – all proceeds go to redevelopment initiatives in College Hill! CHCURC wants to especially thank our sponsors, and we encourage you to frequent these wonderful businesses. The Derby Day sponsors include:

Cash Sponors:
WIN: KMK Law, Twin Towers Life Enriching Communities
PLACE: College Hill Coffee Company & Casual Gourmet, Llanfair Retirement Community, PNC Bank
SHOW: Premier Park Events
PADDOCK: Comey & Shepherd Realtors and the Rose Law Firm
THE FIELD: Dave & Molly Hodapp, Douglas Massa, Shaker’s, The Listing Loon Craft Beer & Wine Shop

In Kind Donors:
WIN: Larry and Judy Moyer of Historic Laurel Court
PLACE: Harmony AV Consulting LLC
SHOW: Premier Park Events
PADDOCK: Baker-Bird Winery, Burnet Ridge Winery, Cavalier Distributing Co, Llanfair Retirement Community, Madison’s at Findlay Market, Marty’s Hops & Vines, Red Rose Jems Restaurant, Schwartz Jewelers, St. Clare Church, The Boston Beer Company, Vintage Wine Distributor Inc.

We would also like to thank our Silent Auction donors:

Silver Spoon
e PrintWorksPlus
The Party Source
Future Life Now
Schwartz Jewelers
Osterbrock Greenhouse & Florist
Beth McLean
Judi Sturwold & Kevin Bruner of Premier Park Events
North Side Bank
Llanfair Retirement Community
Red Rose Jems Restaurant
Karen Schrierloh
Blinkers Tavern
Barry & Sharlyn Stare
Juanita Canfield
Harmony AV Consulting LLC
Grandin Road/Frontgate
Larry & Judy Moyer
Sports Investments
Silpada Sterling Silver Jewelry
James Sivitz
Virgil’s Café
Shake It Records
Gai Russo Jewelry
Trader Joe’s
Beth McLean & Mary Seguin
Sandy Schwartz
Engine Company 51 – College Hill
Drew Asimus & Carolyn Royalty
Silk Road Textiles
Kemba Credit Union
Chung Ching
Thai Namtip Restaurant
G & Shirley’s Vitamin & Herb Shop
Howell Ave Pet Hospital
The Littlefield
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
CAI Insurance
Drew Asimus & Carolyn Royalty
Twin Towers Connection
AJ Rahn Greenhouses
Ritter & Randolph LLC, Attorneys
Mike & Megan Cappel
Vern & Vickie Wiethe
Ruth’s Parkside Café
College Hill Gardeners
CoCo Creative Wellness
Sandy Schwartz
Debbie Clark
Mary Lou Bordwell
McAuley High School
Barry & Sharlyn Stare
Fabulous Furs
6 Acres B&B
Antoinette Asimus
Swad Indian Restaurant
Jeremy & Lisa Boerger
Baker-Bird Winery
Linda’s Luxuries
Chart House
Ritter & Randolph LLC, Attorneys
Cincinnati Police Dept
Dress For Success – Portaluca
Clovernook CC
Ritter & Randolph LLC, Attorneys
Pinnokios Hair Design
Nicola’s Restaurant
Pinnokios Hair Design
Sheena Parton
Dee Felice Café
Fabulous Frames & Art
Diane Schneider
Tellers of Hyde Park
Tavern Restaurant Group
Deboah Sims
Cactus Pear
Susan Abbott
Roger Bacon High School
Grand Finale Restaurant
Biaggio’s Bistro
Jeremy & Lisa Boerger
Len Webb
Barry & Chris Miller

Thank you again to all sponsors and guests who helped make Derby Day Party 2015 a success!