Sunday, July 09, 2000

Square to get $1.9M upgrade

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        HAMILTON — City and community leaders hope a $1.9 million streetscape project will help rejuvenate the once-bustling southeast business district surrounding Bailey Square.

        Members of the South East Civic Association, residents, city leaders, business officials and state Rep. Greg Jolivette (R-Hamilton) on Friday gathered for a groundbreaking.

        Organizers say they want to attract development by adding new sidewalks, curbs, decorative lighting, seating, decorative paving, a crosswalk and trees. Contractor Prus Construction in Lynwood expects to complete the project by early May of 2001.

        “One of the things we're going to get is a walk of fame for the people who lived in this community over the last 100 years who have contributed something lasting to the community,” said Bob Harris, president of the South East Civic Association.

        “The streetscape ... is going to lift up the pride (of residents). I think with the pride and some business seminars and some guidance, we can get this community up and running, and make it a very proud community. We want to grow with the city,” said Mr. Harris, who was raised in the Second Ward.

        City Councilman George McNally said the project is “long overdue.

        “This is the third biggest project we've undertaken. The first was Main Street, the second was High Street,” Mr. McNally said. “This southeast business district hopefully will bring jobs into the area.”

        The project will be paid for with $800,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission Issue II Funds; $625,000 in city street funds; $200,000 in city utility funds; a $146,000 Community Development Block Grant; and $131,000 in assessments from abutting property owners.


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