Neighborhood Enhancement Program's New Selections Announced
Mayor John Cranley and Interim City Manager Scott Stiles stood with community leaders from East Price Hill and Walnut Hills on Wednesday, Jan. 29th to announce that the 2014 Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) is coming to those neighborhoods.
These will be the 17th and 18th communities to participate in the NEP.
The NEP will be in East Price Hill from March through May and in Walnut Hills from mid August to mid November.
Each area of the two neighborhoods in the 2014 Neighborhood Enhancement Program were identified through an analysis of building code violations, vacant buildings, disorder and drug calls for police service and drug arrests, as well as incidences of graffiti, junk autos, litter and weeds.
"We are happy to kick off another year of partnerships in our neighborhoods through this program," said Scott Stiles, Interim City Manager. "The NEP complements the other ways the City is investing in the vitality of the City overall."
The program's measures of success are:
- achieving decreases in baseline "blight index" and crime statistics;
- completion of inspections of properties for building infractions; and
- serving as an overall catalyst for community re-building.
Ongoing community partners for the Neighborhood Enhancement Program include: U.S. Bank, PNC Bank, Huntington Bank, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, People Working Cooperatively, Inc., The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., Community Action Agency, Citizens on Patrol, the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors and the Cincinnati Energy Alliance.
The City services team includes staff from Police, Fire, Board of Health, Trade and Development, City Planning and Buildings, Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Transportation & Engineering, Park Board and the Public Services departments.
- Interim City Manager Scott Stiles explains the program.
- Patti Hogan from East Price Hill
- Clarence Taylor from Walnut Hills
- Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell points out one of the district captains, who are a big part of the NEP.
- Peg Moertl from PNC Bank, a generous NEP partner
- Elizabeth Sherwood from Huntington Bank, another generous NEP partner