Focus Area #1: Fergus Street at Chase Avenue
Fergus Street Homeownership Project. CNCURC (now NEST) worked with the City of Cincinnati (et al) to gain control of abandoned and dilapidated properties, believing that each represented the potential for a proud new homeowner and potential transformation of the street. At the time, this section of Northside was known as a hub of crime and vacant buildings. With the goal of increasing homeownership, NEST partnered with community stakeholders to demolish a corner store known for criminal activity. This site is now home to Cincinnati’s first LEED-certified homes.
At one corner, NEST constructed two new single family residences, certified LEED Silver. At another corner, NEST converted a neglected commercial building into three condo units. At the third, NEST teamed with a local developer to convert a historic corner market with living space above into a beautiful townhouse.
Working with other community organizations, NEST helped establish the fourth corner as a new pocket park for children and families. As each successive project resulted in another new Northside resident and the saving of our historic urban fabric, other developers and residents invested their efforts in the area.
Focus Area #2: Witler Street + Adjacent Area
Witler Street Homeownership Project. Across Hamilton Avenue NEST began similar efforts to eliminate vacancy and blight while boosting homeownership along Witler Street and the surrounding area. NEST’s redevelopment of Witler Street ran parallel to other new construction and rehabbing of properties in this area into new homes. In collaboration with the City of Cincinnati, the Witler Street Focus Area was awarded Neighborhood Support Program funds to renovate and/or build new homes to be sold at 80% Area Median Income.
Coinciding with construction of a new school and community center in the area, the Witler Street Project was a well-timed effort on the whole.
Focus Area #3: “BSC” (Blue Rock/Spring Grove/Colerain)
NEST has identified “BSC”, Blue Rock/Spring Grove/Colerain, as our most recent residential housing Focus Area. Working with private owners, the City of Cincinnati and The Port, we have been able to acquire vacant homes and lots to plan two phases of homeownership projects. “BSC” II is in the early planning stage, with 5 vacant lots being designed for homeownership via new construction singe-family homes.
“Apple Street Senior Housing”
Apple Street Senior Housing is the collaboration project between NEST and Pennrose to develop affordable housing at the site of 4145 Apple Street. NEST selected Pennrose as a partner in 2019, choosing out of 8 respondents to a public Request for Qualifications, and the project was awarded Low-Income Housing Tax Credits in 2020.
The development will provide safe, affordable housing and services to the LGBTQ community. The 57 units of affordable rental housing will offer a mix of studios, 1-bedrooms and 2-bedrooms. NEST and Pennrose have teamed up with Caracole, Council on Aging SW Ohio and CAIN to provide social services and programming to residents of the development.