Thursday, March 6, 2003

Westwood develops plan for business district



By Angela T. Koenig
Enquirer contributor

Efforts to revitalize Westwood's business district are beginning to take shape, in the form of the Westwood Neighborhood Business District Improvement Plan.

"It's just a matter of final tweaking" before the plan goes to Cincinnati City Council, said business owner Mark Minges, who heads the Westwood Civic Association's Business and Economic Development Committee.

The association, Minges said, received $52,000 from the city in 1999 to develop the plan, which encompasses the neighborhood's two business districts: Harrison Avenue and Glenmore Avenue.

The plan addresses property improvements and new development issues such as building facades, landscaping, zoning and boundaries.

Included are two projects that would increase public parking near the Harrison-Montana intersection. The civic association, Minges said, received funding in 2000 to tear down a building at 2951 Montana Ave. to create spaces and is on the list for funding to create more spaces nearby. The Montana Avenue project, he said, is to begin this year.

One of the last elements to add to the plan, Minges said, is to reduce speed limits and increase hours for off-street parking along Harrison Avenue.




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