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Marty's Hops and Vines is a wine and beer cellar that features entertainment. ADDRESS: 6110 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45224 / Image courtesy of Marty's Hops and Vines / Published: 11.16.16

7 Signs That College Hill Is On The Verge Of Something Very Cool

With everyone frantically trying to find the next Over-the-Rhine, it’s worth remembering that Cincinnati has 50+ other neighborhoods, all mutating and evolving at their own pace.

College Hill is one of them.

Together with places like Walnut Hills and Pleasant Ridge, College Hill satisfies all the criteria for being considered among the next clip of neighborhoods undergoing significant changes.

What does that mean? Let’s take a look.


1. The Non-Profit Behind It All
These days, it seems every burgeoning neighborhood is backed by a successful non-profit redevelopment corporation. For College Hill, that’s CHCURC – the College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. For more than a decade, CHCURC has been awarded grants to fund blight demolition, parking lot expansion, and improvements to streetscapes, signage, and business facades. It also acquires land for future commercial purposes, including...

2. College Hill Station and Marlowe Court
College Hill is home to two multi-million dollar mixed-use developments currently under construction. Between the two projects, $43.1 million is being spent on 17,000 square-feet of retail space, 162 middle-income apartments, and 53 affordable senior housing apartments. But don’t you worry. College Hill uses a form-based code to ensure all new developments integrate seamlessly with the historic character of the neighborhood. Still, talk about a facelift.

3. Brink Brewery
Call them what you want – saloons, cafes, pubs, biergartens – the centerpiece of every thriving community is a place where you can gather and drink. College Hill’s is Brink Brewery, whose 3,200 square-foot taproom will be opening at the end of the year. That’s fantastic, because while we talk a lot about “food deserts” in this country, we don’t talk enough about “brewery deserts.” And for the moment, College Hill is one of them. Not for long, my friends. Not for long.

4. Existing Watering Holes
College Hill already hosts a respectable assortment of bars, eateries, and wine cellars masquerading as coffee shops. Check out Bacalls Cafe and Marty’s Hops and Vines. There’s also College Hill Coffee Company, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; offers live music on the weekends; and graciously takes in the College Hill Farmer's Market during the colder months.

5. The Farming Coop
College Hill has Our Harvest, a union worker-owned cooperative which grows sustainable, healthy produce and runs a training program for aspiring farmers. It also works with a staggering array of area nonprofits to distribute food to those in need. Perfect for a generation of millennials looking to get back to the root of things.

6. The Homes
The neighborhood was once the home of two colleges, thus giving it its name. Those colleges closed, but they left College Hill with beautiful park-like streets and many affordable homes perfect for young families. On the other side of the spectrum, College Hill has twice successfully hosted CitiRama, once at Witherby Meadows and once at Gershom Grove. With this eclectic mix of homes, there’s something for every stage of life.

7. That Community Feel
College Hill is among Cincinnati’s most diverse neighborhoods, and that includes race as well as age and socioeconomic status. The reasons for this are many, but the result is a neighborhood where everyone is welcome. That breeds a sense of community, a sense that will no doubt grow in strength as College Hill enters an exciting new phase in its life as a Cincinnati neighborhood.

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