What Is Going On With This Building?

This question is what Pendleton residenrs hear every time we walked past with a friend vositing from outside tge neighborhood.

The guts of the building have started be cleared out the former Cincinnati performing arts school, partly from a huge auction earlier in the year in preparation for it to be turned in to apartments.

The June 8 auction is part of a larger plan the building’s owner has to redevelop the property that most recently housed the School for Creative and Performing Arts into apartments.

Indianapolis-based Core Redevelopment is working with Hilton Auctioneers to sell off items that include restaurant equipment, lockers, cabinets, furniture and other items. The June 8 auction begins at 10 a.m. at the 1310 Sycamore St. building.

The $23 million building renovation and construction planned to create about 150 market-rate apartments revisits an earlier plan Core Redevelopment had for the site, located a few blocks from the Horseshoe Casino.

John Watson, managing member of Core Redevelopment, said within the next 30 days, the company plans to send the city of Cincinnati a proposal requesting incentives to build a parking garage at the site. The company is also in talks with an equity investor in the project. The project has already received state and federal historic preservation tax credits.

Core Redevelopment was the highest bidder in a Cincinnati Public schools surplus property auction in November 2012 and paid $1.3 million to acquire the property. Watson said a developer reached his group soon after the first community meeting about the redevelopment about locating a hotel there. Developer Tom Wein of Remark Hospitality later secured an agreement to open an AC Hotel by Marriott at the property, but Watson said that deal is now dead.

“We kept developing the plans and working the project because we weren’t sure they were going to be able to put the project together,” Watson said.
Tabatha Anderson, president of the Pendleton Community Council, said she believes the hotel project languished because of an inability to obtain money to develop the site.

Anderson said one of the early issues residents had with the apartment plan was the removal of a portion of the green space for a parking garage. Just north of the building, there’s a few acres of green space used by residents for a wide range of activities. But for most residents, they agree seeing the building redeveloped is more important than the shell that sits there now.

“We’re thrilled that John Watson is going to go ahead and do the apartments to have the SCPA redeveloped,” Anderson said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to preserve as much of the historic nature of the building as possible. Development is always exciting (and) to start to lighten the load of vacant buildings in Pendleton is fantastic.”

Residents have worked with the developer for more than a year on the plan and it is expected to come to a community council vote next week, Anderson said.

The 186,000-square-foot building that’s more than 100 years old was most recently the home of SCPA moved to its Central Parkway location in 2010.

Here is a little of what you missed at this week’s Pendleton Neighborhood Council Meeting. No worries, if you missed this month you can come next month.  Meetings are always the first Monday of the month. Normally they are held at Rothenberg Prep, but have been know to change location from time to time. Check out our site to stay informed and keep up on what is going on in the hood. http://pendletonneighborhood.org

An Interview With The President of the Pendleton Neighborhood Council: Tabatha Anderson

Over the past few years, Tabatha Anderson has been leading the Pendleton neighborhood.  She sat down with local author and Pendleton resident, KA Simpson, to discuss her vision for the neighborhood.

KA: Why did you want to be president of the Pendleton Neighborhood Council?

Tabatha:  I did not necessarily want to be the Pendleton Community Council President, but I wanted to make a real difference in this neighborhood I have been in for 16 going on 17 years.  Being the office manager at Mr. Bubbles with a non-profit in the Butts Family Foundation, we have been able to do amazing things in the lives of the less fortunate, but there was this need to do more to effect change community wide.

I see the potential to not just have a visually beautiful neighborhood, but for the neighborhood to be united.  For so long there has been a great divide based on socio-economic class and I saw an opportunity to bridge that gap.

Also, Pendleton is continuing to evolve and needs to be heard at the City and State level.  I am not loud, but I am stern in my message. I do not take ”No” as an answer.

KA: What is your vision for the neighborhood council and  the community? Where do you see the community and PNC in five years?

Tabatha:  My vision for the Pendleton Neighborhood Council is to create a more friendly community where all opinions and voices are respected and we can amicably agree to disagree on some issues.  I would love to see the day when, we as a council, we can leave personality conflicts at the door and just roll up our sleeves and do the business of the entire community.

My Vision for the community is one of community respect.  A neighborhood where the neighbors show love, respect and concern for one another no matter where you come from and no matter who they are; a community where we develop more of a sense of community, “We Are Pendleton”. 

KA: What are your priorities for the PNC and the Pendleton community beginning with your tenure?

Tabatha:  I am starting my second year as President and my priorities in this next year are to really deal with our quality of life issues such as crime, safety, blight/litter, community building events, teen employment and youth programming.  I know it is a huge undertaking, but I realize that this is a community that is getting better because it wants to be better and there a fantastic community volunteers who are always there when I call.  We will get it done.

KA: Do you expect to launch any new initiatives or re-launch existing ones?

Tabatha:   I do plan to launch some new initiatives in this next year. I would like to have the first annual Pendleton Health Fair sponsored by The Butts Family Foundation.  Family Fun Nights where possibly on Final Fridays we can have a Movie Night on the Spring Street Plaza and play board games.  Possibly do a Saturday morning petting zoo with Thane Maynard, Director of The Cincinnati Zoo. Have more beautification days and have the community more involved.  Spring Fling & The Pendleton Children’s Holiday Party, which are community staples, will of course be returning. 

I would like to have an Urban Camping & Talk experience for our teens an overnighter experience for our teens to just chill out have some fun and talk about life and their futures, their experiences.  Community Chat for the adults to gather, break bread, and get to know one another to discuss some community issues or a community history lesson ”Pendleton:  Past, Present & Future”. 

I will also be working with the Over The Rhine Community Council President - Ryan Messer, to bring our to neighborhoods together to work on joint initiatives and to meet and greet.  A summer food program to make sure our Pendleton kids are not going hungry during the summer months.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Summer Fling. Here are a few photos. Enjoy!

Pendleton Announcing our Summer Fling!!

In past years, our neighborhood of Pendleton has conducted an annual Spring Fling/Information Fair with the purpose to display, promote and generate awareness regarding summer activities within and around our neighborhood for the children who reside in Pendleton. 

This year we are changing things up a bit. We want to display, promote and generate awareness regarding AFTER SCHOOL activities within and around our neighborhood for the children who reside in Pendleton.

This is a great opportunity for organizations to reach out to the community and inform the residents of Pendleton about what they have to offer.  At this event, organizations will be able to showcase their upcoming afterschool  programs while providing an activity/game for the children and adults who visit their booth.
 
This year our Summer Fling / Information Fair will be held on Saturday, August 2nd from 12pm until 4pm at the newly renovated Spring Street Park located at 12th and Spring Streets.
 
You can find more info by going to our website,
www.pendletonneighborhood.org and click on Events/Volunteer on the upper panel.
 
Over the years, many children and adults have learned of valuable community resources and activities through this event. The following is a list of businesses and community organizations who have participated in that past:
 
12th St. Diamonds
Bible Activities Center
BookMark! Online
Cincinnati Fire Department
Cincinnati Recreation Center
Civic Garden Center
Homeless Coalition
Kick Ball Club
Memorial Inc.
Mr. Bubbles Car Wash/Detailing
Patchwork Kids
Pendleton Neighborhood Council
Procter and Gamble
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
St. Mary’s Baptist Church
Stop AIDS Cincinnati
Time Out for Mom’s
 Women Helping Women
 
Hopefully you can join us this year and continue the tradition!

Spots go fast, so please contact me to RSVP your spot.

Thanks again and we hope to see you on Aug 2nd!

After months of dismal weather, it looks like summer has arrived!

Now that the good weather has arrived, it is now time to get out doors and take advantage of what the neighborhood has to offer. 

Not only, with the assistance of a number of dedicated residents, do we still have one of the largest green spaces in the downtown area to enjoy, we have our neighbors at the southern end of the neighborhood hosting outdoor concerts for us

In addition, we have the bombastic street fair which will occur every 2nd Sunday of the month.  Not to mention, we are in the process of putting together an End-of-the-Summer Blow out that will usher the neighborhood kids back to school. 

Needless to say, Pendleton has a number of things going on this summer. Let’s get out and enjoy! 

A Special Message From Plan Cincinnati

Hello Plan Cincinnati Stakeholders,
 
As you know, one of the Strategies set forth in Plan Cincinnati is to Unite Our Communities.  In our ongoing effort to better connect neighborhood organizations, we are letting you know about an interesting and engaging event called Neighborhoods Helping Neighborhoods planned for next Wednesday, March 26th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Winton Prep Academy located at 4750 Winton Road in Spring Grove Village. The event is sponsored by Cincinnati Civic Engagement Works and the Community Building Institute (CBI) at Xavier University.
 
The event flyer is attached. Please let us know if you plan to join us here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHN
 
Come spend an evening of learning with other neighborhoods and hear directly from your peers in College Hill, Madisonville, and Walnut Hills as they tell their stories.  Learn what worked, what didn’t, how they got started, and their key success factors. Help begin to answer your question: “What does it take to get development going in my neighborhood?”
 
In many ways, this is an extension of the conversation started at the Neighborhood Summit in the session “Neighborhood Revitalization Begins with Community Engagement.” You are sure to come away with tips, motivation, inspiration and a network of peers you can draw upon as you pursue your own neighborhood’s dream development. We hope to see you there!
 
Sincerely,
 
The Plan Cincinnati Team | Department of City Planning and Buildings

Hello Plan Cincinnati Stakeholders,
 
As you know, one of the Strategies set forth in Plan Cincinnati is to Unite Our Communities.  In our ongoing effort to better connect neighborhood organizations, we are letting you know about an interesting and engaging event called Neighborhoods Helping Neighborhoods planned for next Wednesday, March 26th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Winton Prep Academy located at 4750 Winton Road in Spring Grove Village. The event is sponsored by Cincinnati Civic Engagement Works and the Community Building Institute (CBI) at Xavier University.
 
The event flyer is attached. Please let us know if you plan to join us here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHN
 
Come spend an evening of learning with other neighborhoods and hear directly from your peers in College Hill, Madisonville, and Walnut Hills as they tell their stories.  Learn what worked, what didn’t, how they got started, and their key success factors. Help begin to answer your question: “What does it take to get development going in my neighborhood?”
 
In many ways, this is an extension of the conversation started at the Neighborhood Summit in the session “Neighborhood Revitalization Begins with Community Engagement.” You are sure to come away with tips, motivation, inspiration and a network of peers you can draw upon as you pursue your own neighborhood’s dream development. We hope to see you there!
 
Sincerely,
 
The Plan Cincinnati Team | Department of City Planning and Buildings

Help get the play “Broken Weapons” on stage!

Pendleton resident and play write Herb DuVal has written a play called Broken Weapons. 

Broken Weapons is a play about fear—fear of harm, fear of the unknown, fear of change, and of one’s own ability to manage both fear and the instruments of that 
fear. 

Mr. DuVal is trying to raise $2,000 to bring this play to life and show how guns and gun violence effects lives in a negative way. If you believe in this play and want to see it succeed please visit his crowd funding site

The play is scheduled for Nov 1, 2013 at 7pm at the Wyoming Civic Center, 

Building Cincinnati Blog Chimes In On Pendleton Arts Project

Building Cincinnati wrote a great blog post today about our neighborhood’s partnership with Artworks. It says,

Wowhaus Studios, the award-winning artist team selected to design sculptures for the Pendleton Public Art Project, will visit the neighborhood for a series of collaborative events with residents to inform the final design of its works.

The Wowhaus team of Scott Constable and Ene Osteraas-Constable, along with project facilitator ArtWorks, is seeking ideas, images and stories to inspire a number of elements that will be installed along Pendleton Street, at its intersections with 12th and 13th streets, later this fall”

Read the rest of the blog post here.