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Urban Design Salon: Cincinnati Neighborhood Development

November 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Marlowe Court Cincinnati





1.5 LU/HSW

Panel Moderator

John Kornbluh, Architect


Henry Frondorf, Westwood Coalition, Facilitator
Mike Cappel, College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. (CHCURC), President
Samantha Reeves, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, Director of Real Estate & Economic Development
Matt Strauss, Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (MCURC), Real Estate and Marketing Manager


Registration: 5:00 p.m.
Program: 5:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.


Free – AIA members and non-credit seekers

$15 – Non-members seeking HSW credit

Program Description

Neighborhood Development in Progress: Successes, Lessons and Pivots

Construction and development are in full swing in several Cincinnati neighborhoods who work hard to plan their own futures. How they tackle issues and set priorities is a good stretch for architects.

From business district development on—economic development and jobs, traffic congestion, affordable housing, the creation of community gathering places, the strengthening of community identity and values—neighborhoods offer inspired planning for vitality at an urban scale that merges architects’ unique integration of public health, safety and welfare in our design practices and management of projects that help shape the built environment.

This salon, addressing these key questions and issues, will serve as a status report from 4 neighborhoods: What has been accomplished? What important issues have been resolved? What goals still need to be met? What surprises have appeared?

Learning Objectives

  • Improve the physical, emotional, and social well-being of the occupants, users, and others affected by buildings and sites by evaluating architectural strategies and practices in community development
  • Protect the safety of residents, visitors, and others by evaluating the practice of planning and design on the public realm, specifically incorporating the assessment of community vibrancy
  • Elevate the human experience in managing neighborhood projects to ensure equitable access, encouraging social interaction, and benefiting the environment
  • Balance priorities of architectural support for business districts, economic development and jobs, traffic congestion, affordable housing, community gathering places, community identity and values


Matt Strauss is in charge of all commercial and residential real estate related MCURC work in the Madisonville neighborhood, including zoning.  He came in on the tail end of the Form-Based Code (FBC) process, but was on hand when Madisonville became the first neighborhood in Cincinnati with FBC.

Samantha Reeves is the Director of Real Estate and Economic Development at the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation (WHRF). She oversees and coordinates all stages of development including site research and acquisitions, feasibility analysis, predevelopment, project financing, and construction. Samantha works closely with residents, stakeholders, and community partners for WHRF’s projects in Walnut Hills, East Walnut Hills, and Evanston. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban Studies and a Master’s of Community Planning. While in school, Samantha worked at Homebase (formerly the CDC Association) and interned at the City of Cincinnati and 3CDC. Employment after graduation included Working In Neighborhoods and Habitat for Humanity of Durham, North Carolina. She recently joined the board of Invest In Neighborhoods. Starting this fall, Samantha will serve as Interim Executive Director for WHRF.

Mike Cappel has been president of CHCURC for the last 12 years.  He has successfully submitted applications for CHCURC to be awarded more than $2.5 million in Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program grants for redevelopment projects in our business district (building acquisition and redevelopment, parking lot improvements, and façade improvements), has successfully worked with the City of Cincinnati on $4 million in land acquisition and demolition projects in College Hill to create a 7.5 acre development opportunity at Hamilton and North Bend and a 2.5 acre development opportunity at Hamilton and Marlowe, and successfully led capital campaigns for CHCURC to purchase and renovate buildings in College Hill’s business district. CHCURC partnered with Model Group and Episcopal Retirement Homes on Marlowe Court, a $11.1 million mixed-use development at the 2.5 acre development opportunity at Hamilton and Marlowe that was completed in 2017, and working with Pennrose and D-HAS on College Hill Station, a $40 million mixed-use development at the 7.5 acre development opportunity at Hamilton and North Bend, which will break ground in 2019/early 2020. CHCURC has now purchased 23 buildings in the College Hill business district in various stages of redevelopment, landing the first new tenant for CHCURC in Brink Brewing Co. in 2017, and Tortilleria Garcia and Kiki in 2019.

Henry Frondorf (bio pending)


November 13, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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1114 Race St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States
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