Cincinnati Neighborhood Converts Vacant Historic Buildings into Affordable Housing
November 28, 2022
On St. Michael St., in Lower Price Hill, a transformation is underway. After two years of construction, crumbling facades, vacant buildings, and boarded windows have been replaced with vibrant colors, renovated interiors, and soon, new occupants.
It’s part of the Lower Price Hill Thrives project, a promise to convert 10 vacant properties and build one new structure to create 47 new affordable units and three retail spaces. Community Matters, a neighborhood-based nonprofit, spent the past seven years working to get the $15.4 million project off the ground.
Mary Delaney, the executive director said the group works to improve the area’s quality of life without pushing its members out.
“We build around people,” she said. “We build around the ideas and assets and the needs that people have and you can build a community from within.”
Delaney said the LPH Thrives affordable housing initiative started back in 2015. The Community Matters campus renovation was wrapping up, and she said the nonprofit reached out to neighbors to see what they’d like to see next in their community.
At the time, the neighborhood’s aging housing stock was nearly 50% vacant and uninhabitable.
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