Category Archives: Past Events

NEST Floats Kinda-Tiny-House Project for Northside’s 4th of July Parade

Members of the board and their families joined Northside’s best-in-class Fourth of July Parade this year to celebrate NEST’s work and our neighborhood.  NEST’s float featured a skyline of Kinda Tiny Houses in two dimensions while work continues on the real deal on Fergus and Mad Anthony Streets.

Read more on NEST’s Kinda Tiny House Project here.

Want to support NEST’s work with a tax-deductible donation?  Read more here.

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Want to get involved with NEST to further its work to ensure Northside thrives as a vibrant and sustainable community by preserving, improving, and creating the neighborhood’s built environment?  Read more here.

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Kinda Tiny Bites for Kinda Tiny Houses – September 25!

NEST Kinda Tiny House Event 20160829Help NEST kick-off our Kinda Tiny Houses Initiative with Kinda Tiny Bites, Live Music and Great Beer!  Join us Sunday, September 25th from 3:00-7:00PM at Urban Artifact – Northside’s outstanding craft brewery.  You’ll have a chance to view designs for NEST’s first Kinda Tiny Houses – undergoing rehab now on Fergus Street!

What is a Kinda Tiny House?  While the “tiny house movement” has caught fire across the country, these 100-500 square foot, mostly rolling homes aren’t for everyone.  NEST’s Kinda Tiny Houses will be “right-sized” at 600 – 1,000 square feet (and connected to sewer, water, gas and electricity). Suited to a range of audiences – baby boomers to millennials – they’ll fit buyers looking to downsize but stay in the neighborhood, or first-time home buyers targeting Northside on a budget. Built with a first floor bedroom and bathroom, each Kinda Tiny House also allows buyers the freedom to age in place while striving for full accessibility or, when infeasible given the existing home and site and budget constraints – maximum”visitability” – a measure of a place’s ease of access for people with disabilities.

NEST’s Kinda Tiny Houses will be rehabbed historic homes as well as some new-build structures, all providing an affordable, yet smaller option to buying/living in Northside. They will also help to ensure that our community maintains the economic diversity that makes Northside such a desirable place to live.

 

(Thanks to NEST board members Erin Prus and Bob Carbon for content.)

 

 

NEST Celebrates the Fourth of July!

NEST volunteers, friends, staff and former and current board members accompanied a giant bird nest and tossed candy-filled eggs to kids lining Hamilton Avenue for Northside’s 2016 Fourth of July Parade!  Signs hung on the truck hauling the giant nest (and NEST supporters!) celebrated almost ten years of NEST’s work in Northside, including:

  • 17 NEW HOMEOWNERS
  • 15 HISTORIC SINGLE-FAMILY REHABS
  • 4 NEWLY CONSTRUCTED SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES
  • 13 VACANT SIDE LOTS TO YARDS
  • 16 HISTORIC BUILDINGS SAVED FROM DEMOLITION
  • 4 FERGUS LOTS ASSEMBLED & SOLD FOR NEW HOME DEVELOPMENT
  • 2 FULLY-ACCESSIBLE SINGLE-FAMILY REHABS
  • CURRENT PIPELINE OF 4 HISTORIC SINGLE-FAMILY REHABS & 2 NEW SINGLE-FAMILY UNITS
  • 8 HISTORIC HOMES SALE BROKERED FOR REHABS TO OTHER LOCAL DEVELOPERS
  • DEMOLISHED McPERRY’S DELI
  • FIRST 2 LEED CERTIFIED HOMES IN NORTHSIDE  
  • 52 NEW STREET TREES
  • 70 RAIN BARRELS BUILT & STIPENDS FOR AT RISK TEENS/PRICES REDUCED SO AFFORDABLE TO LOWER INCOME RESIDENTS
  • 3 PARK BENCHES (2 @ DAR PARK & 1 @ BADGELEY)
  • BOLLARDS @ CSX VACANT LAND AT MAD ANTHONY
  • 2006 METLIFE FOUNDATION NATIONAL COMMUNITY-POLICE PARTNERSHIP AWARD WINNER
  • 13 BLUE ROCK PLANTERS
Board member and Parade Co-Grand Marshall - Cindy Sherding - leads the NEST unit

Board member and Parade Co-Grand Marshall – Cindy Sherding – leads the NEST unit

NEST board members Barry Schwartz, Jackie Pham and Bob Carbon - with Executive Director Sunderland in  next behind.

NEST board members Barry Schwartz, Jackie Pham and Bob Carbon – with Executive Director Sunderland in next behind.

NEST board member Jackie Pham and former board president Harry Blanton

NEST board member Jackie Pham and former board president Harry Blanton

Board President Sara Beddinghaus and Executive Director Stefanie Sunderland

Board President Sara Beddinghaus and Executive Director Stefanie Sunderland

C&D Bar Hosts Annual Drag Show to Benefit NEST – February 27, 2016

2016 C&D Drag Show Benefit

2016 C&D Drag Show Benefit

DRAG YOURSELF TO THE C&D! – SWING DAT HAMMER! and help NEST – Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation – build new affordable homes and rehabilitate Cincinnati’s greatest neighborhood!  Big thanks to the C&D for hosting this annual in honor of owner Lou’s birthday and NEST!!!

Saturday ● 2/27/16

C&D Bar ● 1714 Hanfield

Show Starts at 10:30PM

 

 

 

C&D Drag Show Benefit 2016

NEST’s Year End Appeal for Support

 

2016 was a BIG YEAR for NEST!

We celebrated 11 years of working in Northside, maintaining and improving its built environment. After the completion and sale of two new construction, single-family homes,  we announced a very different project for NEST – The Kinda Tiny House…read more

Please help us make Northside an even better place to live, work and play in 2017. When planning your end of the year contributions, please consider adding NEST to your list. Your charitable gift to NEST is 100% tax deductible, stays in Northside, and guarantees continued development of affordable, energy efficient and sustainable homes in our community. NEST, formally recognized as CNCURC, is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt, tax deductible, non-profit corporation.

Yours for a better Northside and a fantastic 2017 –  the Board and Staff of NEST

For more information on NEST or to donate on-line, please visit www.NorthsideNest.org

Donations can also be mailed to:

4129 Georgia Ave, Cinti, OH 45223

Please make checks payable to NEST.

NEST 2015 Year End Update

A PDF of Stefanie Sunderland’s Year End Update:

NEST 2015 Year End Update by Executive Director S Sunderland

NEST IS ON THE MOVE! With Phase II of the Witler Street Homeownership Project near completion, NEST (Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation) will focus in 2016 on development in the Fergus Street Homeownership target area.

Witler Street Homeownership Project:

  • Two newly constructed, 2,200 square foot single-family homes, located at 1722 Hanfield and 4137 Witler, are expected to be finished by February 2016 and may be listed as early as mid-December.

  • Funded in part by the City of Cincinnati through the HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), both homes will be offered for sale to households with incomes of 120% or less of the area median income. Designed and built by Creative Housing Solutions, both homes will feature an open first floor plan, three bedrooms, including a master, two and a half baths, high efficiency mechanicals and off-street parking.

  • These beautiful new homes are part of Phase II of the Witler Street Homeownership Project, also referred to as the Blockwatch 45223 Homeownership Project in honor of the courageous residents who volunteered countless and often challenging hours to take back their streets.

Fergus Street Homeownership Project:

  • Across Hamilton on Northside’s east side, Phase IV of the Fergus Street Homeownership Project, currently in the pre-development stage, will include:

    • New construction of one single-family home at the NW corner of Mad Anthony and Chase

    • The rehabilitation of four single-family houses, with one on Mad Anthony and three on Fergus.

  • NEST’s first of six planned “visitable” single-family homes – our solution to helping residents “age in place” throughout Northside. With new gap financing from the City of Cincinnati, NEST anticipates beginning development within the next couple of months, beginning with the three Fergus Street homes. Through grant funding from BB&T via the Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati (CDCA), NEST has hired Northside-based architect Alice Emmons to help establish guidelines for the development of all of our visitable homes.

4000 Block Hamilton – Planning for Mixed-Use Redevelopment:

  • NEST has received a $15,000 grant of City funds from the CDCA to support planning for the mixed-use (retail, office, residential, etc.) redevelopment of the gateway 4000 block of Hamilton Avenue.  For 2016, NEST looks to work with the Northside Community Council, Northside Business Association, property owners and neighborhood residents to identify opportunities to revitalize and reactivate the 4000 block’s underutilized buildings.

When planning your end of the year contributions please consider adding NEST to your list. Your charitable gift to NEST is 100% tax deductible, stays in Northside, and guarantees continued development of affordable, energy efficient and sustainable homes in our community. NEST, formally recognized as CNCURC, is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt, tax deductible, non-profit corporation.

To donate by credit card or PayPal on-line, please visit www.NorthsideNest.org. Mail checks payable to NEST/CNCURC to 4129 Georgia Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223.  For further information please contact Stefanie Sunderland at 542-4709 or by email at ssunderland_2848@fuse.net.

Open House – 4100 Fergus – 11/12/15

4100 Fergus - Open House Flyer

NEST (Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation) is excited to announce an Open House this Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

The location is 4100 Fergus St. (corner of Fergus and Knowlton), smack dab in the middle of lots of neighborhood development!  NEST acquired 4100 Fergus through the City Land Use Re-utilization Program, to prevent the building from being torn down. Local developer 8K Partners joined with NEST in a successful effort to save this historic building, and later purchased 4100 Fergus for rehabilitation. Stop in Thursday to see the beautiful results and to learn more about NEST’s work throughout Northside!

 

Visit NEST at the 2015 Northside Porch Tour

PT2015Don’t miss the Northside Porch Tour, October 10th, 2015, from 6:00-9:00pm.  NEST will be at Jergen’s Park for the festivities, so come join us and hear about current and future projects.  We’ll have photos of some of the many impressive projects we’ve already completed in Northside – and previews of our next homes.


 

The Northside Community Council’s Porch Tour returns this year, 6-9 p.m. on October 10th, departing from Jergen’s Park, at the corner of Hamilton and Bruce avenues. Mark your calendars and plan on attending a neighborhood streetscape celebration unique only to Northside.
Thousands of luminaries will light the pathway along another new route including the full length of Haight Avenue, North and South Argyle, and portions of Hamilton Avenue.

Evanston Kinney, will greet your ears at Jergen’s Park; the Citizens on Patrol will be grilling hot dogs, and a neighborhood youth group will hold a bake sale. Two 20-person carriages will again tour the route, complete with an architectural interpretation of the houses and porches. Tickets are available at the event and are based on a sliding scale of $4 to $10 per ride, depending on the amount you personally would like to spend to support the event. The goal is to sell ample tickets to offset the cost of the carriages. Special thanks goes to the Northside Community Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation this year for offsetting the cost of the live music and over 1,000 luminaries being furnished without cost to every household along the tour route.

For more information or to volunteer for the event, contact Tim Jeckering or (513) 520-7112

See some of our newest projects!

Thursday, March 26th, 5:30pm-7:00pm
CNCURC/Northside NEST’s Open House(s):
4118 Lakeman Street and 1726 Hanfield

Come take a peak at our latest rehabs and learn more about our rebrand from CNCURC to NEST: Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation.

Here are a few interior shots of 1726 Hanfield.
Stop by to see more!

Interior of 1726 Hanfield - looking towards front door

Interior of 1726 Hanfield – looking towards front door

 

Interior of 1726 Hanfield

 

Past Events

Halloween Fundraiser at The Littlefield

On Halloween Friday October 31st at 9:00 PM at a collaborative Halloween party with The Littlefield and Pallet 23,CNCURC hosted a fun and successful dog costume contest. Thanks to everyone that came out to a great time! Thanks to Littlefield for hosting the event!

CNCURC Littlefield FR 20140819 Half[1]Come join us for a happy-hour fundraiser at The Littlefield for Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. Come see the work we’ve done in the past and learn about our big plans for the future! Drink specials, including the unveiling of a new bourbon cocktail, and light-bites included. September 30, 2014 from 5:30 until 8pm! $20.00 gets you delicious food and helps us achieve our goal of turning Northside into the most diverse and lovely neighborhood in Cincinnati! We will also be unveiling our pet drink for the month of October at the Littlefield, the “NorthCider”. A portion of every NorthCider purchase will be donated to CNCURC, so drink up! See you then!

 Facebook Link to The Littlefield Event

 About  Littlefield Bourbon Bar