Carthage Kicks Off Neighborhood Enhancement Program
New Partners Announced; Blighted Building Demolished
This morning in Carthage, the City of Cincinnati, along with more than 100 people, held a press conference to kick off the Carthage Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP).
The NEP program focuses on developing neighborhood assets and improving the quality of life. This City/community partnership will concentrate efforts to remove blight, lower crime and improve the neighborhood. Carthage is the 16th neighborhood to host an NEP.
A blighted house was demolished as part of this morning's kickoff. The building at 125 W. 65th Street is one of over 500 blighted buildings in the City to be demolished under the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Program. In partnership with the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County and State of Ohio, Moving Ohio Forward is demolishing blighted buildings to make way for reinvestment.
More than 130 buildings have already been demolished, and another 300 are currently under contract.
Additionally, the Carthage Neighborhood Business District is one of the City’s 40 neighborhood centers identified through Plan Cincinnati and is ripe for transformation.
"This is a nationally recognized model that takes advantage of other initiatives in the neighborhood and teamwork to build momentum for long-term neighborhood revitalization," said City Manager Milton Dohoney. "When I conceptualized the idea of NEP seven years ago, our goal was and still is to positively impact the quality of life in our neighborhoods. City engagement, strategic partnerships and community participation are the main ingredients that have made this program a huge success."
Carthage is the first NEP community to host two kickoff events.
"We are celebrating the NEP twice in one day to emphasize how important this opportunity is to continue to grow and revitalize Carthage," said Bob Hartlaub, President, Carthage Civic Club.
After this morning's demolition ceremony, the community has invited all residents and NEP stakeholders to a community celebration from 6-8 p.m. at the St. Charles Church parking lot located at Fairpark and Seymour in Carthage. There will be a sneak preview of the upcoming Hispanic Festival in September, as well as a puppet ministry and jugglers.
The Carthage NEP will continue until the middle of November.