Pedaling on Central Parkway

On April 18th, a story in the Cincinnati Enquirer suggested that a planned, major Bicycle Lane Project in Cincinnati was in danger of being cancelled. Cincinnati Traffic Engineering has been working for 18 months on a project to create protected bicycle lanes on both sides of Central Parkway from Ludlow to Elm Street. The Federal Government had agreed to pay $500,000 of this $600,000 project, but only if Cincinnati committed to a construction contract by May 2nd. The Enquirer story said that Mayor Cranley and some Council members were now wanting to review the project before making this commitment.

Part of the role of your neighborhood community council, Clifton Town Meeting (CTM), is to represent Clifton on issues that impact the neighborhood such as these bike lanes. Because these bike lanes run from Ludlow to downtown, they clearly impact transportation and recreation options for our neighborhood. CTM prefers to discuss and vote on these matters during our monthly public meetings. However, CTM had an emergency email vote on this topic on 4/18 because our next Public meeting would have been May 5th and the entire project was in jeopardy of losing Federal funding by May 2nd. All Trustees who voted agreed to support a resolution in favor of the bike paths. We forwarded the a resolution to City Council on April 19th.

Here’s an excerpt from CTM’s letter to Council:
“This bikeway promotes public health and recreation, reduces pollution, reduces parking issues, and encourages people to explore other neighborhoods.  For the many people who love to live in an urban environment but are scared to ride bikes in heavy traffic, these protected bike lanes may be the ONLY way we will get out of our cars and on to our bikes. These bike lanes are what will get us to ride to Findlay Market, Washington Park, the Gateway Quarter, and the Banks.  By connecting the biggest population centers from Uptown, Northside, and other neighborhoods to Downtown, this project probably will spell the difference between success and failure in giving Cincinnati a bicycle friendly reputation.”

Clifton Memorial Day Parade

Please join Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) and the Clifton Business and Professional Association (CBPA) for a parade and grill-out to celebrate Memorial Day. The parade forms up at 1030am at the intersection of Middleton and McAplin Avenues. All residents, businesses, and friends of Clifton are welcome to participate in the parade!

The parade begins at 1100am. The route proceeds north on Middleton Avenue, then west on Lafayette Avenue, ending at Mt. Storm Park, where neighborhood volunteers have a fundraising grill-out waiting. There will be burgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs on the grill. There will also be other exciting events.

CliftonFest 2014 Call for Artisans

CliftonFest 2014 is seeking the finest arts and crafts talent in our region for this end-of-summer street party!

Reserve a 10’ x 10’ booth footprint for just $50. Get your payment in early to be positioned in the heart of the festival midway that stretches from Middleton Avenue in the west to Diggs Plaza in the east. Request an application form to submit your information and photos of your art/wares at Applicants who are accepted into the program will have space reserved as their payments are received. Checks will be payable to CliftonFest, 360 Resor Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1616.

What you get: A reserved space on Ludlow Avenue on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your tent, your tables and shelves, we’ll help you schlep! Load in: 7 am on Saturday; Load out: 5 pm on Sunday.

To get a copy of the flyer with all details click here. All instructions are on this flyer.

CTM Resolution Supports Grocery

At the March meeting, your Clifton neighborhood council (CTM) passed a resolution stating its support for a full-service grocery store in the property formerly occupied by Keller’s IGA. Vice Mayor and Clifton resident David Mann introduced a motion in support of CTM’s resolution to City Council that has been referred to the Council’s Neighborhood Committee for consideration on Monday, March 24 at 2pm.

CTM felt strongly that the neighborhood’s wishes regarding a grocery store should be voiced to the City now, since it appears that the purchase of the former IGA property may be more likely now that its current owner, Steve Goessling, is considering offers less than the $2.3 million he has been asking for the building. CTM’s position is that if developers purchase the property, they and the City should be aware that the Clifton neighborhood wishes it to contain a grocery store component. We believe the resolution is worded such that it will not deter any developers interested in the property, even developers who may want to include a grocery component as part of a larger mixed-use development.

It is important to note that because CTM has a critical role in neighborhood zoning issues and other decisions impacting local businesses, it cannot and will not endorse any particular enterprise, including the Clifton Market Coop. CTM’s role is to strongly advocate for the return of a grocery store to the Ludlow Avenue business district, and we believe the resolution passed Monday night is an effective tool for Clifton.

The resolution is provided below, verbatim.

Resolution to Support Grocery Development on Ludlow Avenue, March 10, 2014

In the three years since Kellers IGA closed its doors on Ludlow Avenue, residents of Clifton have made their wishes clear: they want another grocery store. They’ve expressed their wishes in hundreds of posts on social media, at almost every meeting of CTM (Clifton Town Meeting), and in letters and emails to CTM. Clifton is a walkable neighborhood, and walking to the grocery store is something residents sorely miss.

Many businesses have also told CTM Trustees that their sales declined after the grocery store closed. They say they are barely hanging on, that they miss having a grocery store as a big anchor to increase foot traffic and patronage throughout the business district.

In February, 2011, CTM affirmed to the Mayor, the City Manager, and City Council that CTM’s goal was to “promote a full-service grocery store that serves the neighborhood.” It is now time that CTM reaffirms that goal. On March 10th, this resolution was reviewed with and accepted by the Clifton Business and Professional Association (CBPA).

The current administration of Clifton Town Meeting would like to reassert that the highest and best use for the property located at 319 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220 is full service grocery retail. CTM is not endorsing any specific grocery solution and will not take the lead for any specific solution. If the building remains a stand-alone grocery store (or supermarket as the current land use definition would imply), the solution could be a grocery chain, an independent grocer, or a Food Coop. If the current building is replaced, the solution could also be a mixed use property with a minimum of 15,000 square feet of street level grocery retail in concert with a multi-storey co-occupant(s).
– Ben Pantoja, President, Clifton Town Meeting

CliftonFest 2014 Neighborhood Tables

CliftonFest 2014 is seeking applicants for Neighborhood tables. Your non-profit organization can join in CliftonFest Programming while raising funds for your own programming. Each request for registration for a Neighborhood Table must be accompanied by a minimum of 9 hours of volunteer service at the event.  Requests will be reviewed by the event planning committee prior to being added to the official CliftonFest program. Table reservations considered the most desirable will add to our audience’s enjoyment of the event. Table participants will bring all of their own furniture and signage. Please, no tents, though umbrellas will be allowed.

To get a copy of the form to fill out click here. All instructions are on this form.

CliftonFest 2014 is coming

CliftonFest is a rollicking revival of the Gaslight District’s epic neighborhood street party, fused with our traditional autumn celebration of street chalk art and music. Ludlow Avenue closes to through traffic, filling our streets instead with chalk artists creating durable original designs on sidewalk surfaces, fine artisans in booths selling their charmingly crafted treasures, strolling performers, special merchant sidewalk sales, live music on two stages, food and beverage vendors, and kids carnival amusements.

The festivities kick off on Friday, Sept 26, at 6pm with jazz on Clifton Plaza. Events continue on Sept 27 and 28.

The 5K run is back and so is the Pet Parade.

Our website will publish more details as the event draws near.

You can also check out the CliftonFest Facebook Page.