CH KeyMark LLC, a partnership between The College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (College Hill CURC) and 8K Development (8K), has closed on $9.5 million in financing to transform and reactivate the eastern side of 5900 Hamilton Avenue in College Hill. Purchased in 2017, the properties were fast tracked in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to add critically needed affordable housing units and density to the heart of the business district and also support the existing businesses during these trying times.

This development encompasses four buildings along Hamilton Avenue: 5906 (“The RuthEllen”), 5910 (“The Nameless White Building”), 5920 (“The Furniture Store”), and 6060 Hamilton Avenue (“The Mergard”). The project will transform those spaces to include 26 affordable housing units at The Mergard and The RuthEllen, including one built with ADA capabilities.

A total of five new businesses will be located in The Mergard, The Nameless White Building and the Furniture Store. In February 2021, the partnership announced Sleepy Bee (now open) as a tenant in The Furniture Store and the College Hill CURC’s new office space in The Mergard. Among the new business coming this project is Big Chill, a community bar and walkup ice cream window coming to The Nameless White Building (5910 Hamilton).

The KeyMark Development is expected to be completed in February 2023

RuthEllen Progress

As of September 2022

The Mergard Lanes Progress

As of September 2022

Furniture Store Progress – Sleepy Bee

Completed, Sleepy Bee open as of August 2022

White Building Progress

As of September 2022

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