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In 2009, CHCURC was awarded $1.5 million from City of Cincinnati (thanks to Phyllis Schoenberger and Sheena Parton) to purchase blighted properties in the middle of business district.  Mike spent four years negotiating the acquisition of 9 blighted parcels, which were demolished in 2014. The key acquisition was the building that housed the EZ Market,  and the removal of several of these blighted buildings led to Marlowe Court. This project was a partnership between CHCURC, Episcopal Retirement Services, and The Model Group. Marlowe Court broke ground in 2016 and opened in 2018 with over 1,000 people reaching out for applications to move into this incredible new building!

The Gen Kress Parking Lot was completed in 2012 and because Mike was able to secure a $305,000 NBDIP grant in 2009 to acquire the Dr. Saba medical office building, demolish the building, and expand the parking lot. In addition, the Mid-District Parking Lot was completed in 2017 and utilized both $400,000 in NBDIP and City Capital funds to purchase and demolish 1626 and 1618 Cedar, and construct the parking lot, patio, and walkway behind Brink Brewing Co., Tortilleria Garcia, and Red Rose.

The Mergard Building was acquired in 2018 thanks to a grant of $375,000 from the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP). Mike worked for years building relationships with foundations. In 2019, CHCURC was awarded $40,000 from the Duke Energy Urban Revitalization Initiative thanks to those lasting relationships Mike has built with the foundation.

Mike Cappel worked tirelessly to get political support for $350,000 in City capital dollars and $30,000 award from NBDIP to begin to make this community park a reality. In 2018 a group of donors came aboard to complete financing in honor of Patrick Wolterman. This was a true community effort and we are proud to have the park almost complete.

Mike worked with Marty Weldishofer to complete the first Façade Improvement Program, and CHCURC has since been awarded $600,000 in additional façade improvement grants from NBDIP (2006, 2013/2015, and 2019).  More than a $1 million in façade improvements will have occurred in our business district between 2007-2020. You can see some of these improvements through the new signs above Marty’s Hops and Vines, Red Rose Jems & Pizzeria, and Chung Ching and the new garage doors at Fern.

Mike worked his whole tenure for CHCURC (twelve years!) on this project.  Mike started when Linden Park was trying to get built by Al Neyer, Inc. After the recession, Mike then worked for years negotiating to acquire Kroger property from Broeman Trust, finally acquiring and demolishing the former Kroger in 2015. Mike worked with two different developers to make this project a reality. He, as well as the whole CHCURC Board, is proud of our partnership with Pennrose and D-Has. This $40 million development is slated to break ground in early 2020.

What is a community development corporation without some incredible events that bring the whole community together? For years, Mike organized these events with very little help. As time went on, he built relationships with others who could help plan and execute these events. Don’t miss the Annual Meeting this coming year, on February 5th at 6 PM. Location to be announced soon!  

Acquired in 2017, the Marquet building is on the corner of Cedar Avenue and Hamilton Avenue. Mike still leads the committee who is working to find the future use of this building. This building creates a great opportunity for a big name tenant to enter College Hill– who will it be?

Mike worked to bring new businesses to College Hill, including Brink Brewing Co., Tortilleria Garcia, and Kiki. Head on over Kiki (tomorrow!) or Tortilleria Garcia tonight, and enjoy some Brink while you’re at it.

In 2012, while assembling large parcels for development, CHCURC knew that it needed to privately fundraise and redevelop historical properties in the business district.  Mike successfully led this campaign to raise $200,000, which when matched with $200,000 from private benefactors it gave CHCURC $400,000 to purchase, renovate, and lease property in the business district. These funds led to the acquisition of the Doll House in 2013 and Dow Corner Buildings in 2014. Mike then secured funding from NBDIP to purchase the National City Bank building in 2015.

Seth Walsh was brought on in 2016, followed by Tony Thompson in 2018, and Brianne Brenneman in 2019. They are a dream team and love working (and some of them living) in College Hill!

Mike worked for years building trust and negotiating with Rev Todd O’Neal to purchase House of Joy properties and finding them a new home that is suited for their long term goals and needs on Central Parkway. We can feel the excitement for what this project will bring to the business district in the years to come.