CiTiRAMA® jump-starts neighborhoods
Like their previous efforts, the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati and others continue to reinvigorate the neighborhoods of Cincinnati. I’m excited to see this new energy going into the community I love. Cincinnati is on the leading edge in spurring homeownership in the urban core. The generous property tax abatement program, unrivaled by other communities in the region, will allow me and others to save thousands of dollars on my new home.
In buying a CitiRama home, I became interested in learning more about the partnership between the HBA and the city of Cincinnati. I’ve learned that CitiRama is the longest running new home partnership in the nation between a home builders association and a city. From the first Citirama in 1996 through the 10 that have followed (this year’s show is the 12th), hundreds of new and current citizens of the city bought new homes, revitalizing downtrodden neighborhoods in the process. The city’s population slide stabilized and an urban resurgence is now underway.
Cincinnati leaders understand that these types of partnerships produce positive results for people like me. New home construction brings stability and confidence back to older communities, such as College Hill, and opens the doors for new residents.
I also learned that there is a historical significance to this year’s CitiRama scheduled Sept. 13-21 at Witherby Meadows. The neighborhood is named for Danforth Witherby, a College Hill native, Methodist minister and abolitionist. The two streets in the new community are named in honor of College Hill native Jesse Dewitt Locker, the third African American member of Cincinnati City Council and former ambassador to Liberia during the Eisenhower administration.
CitiRama will feature five show homes, including three that will be certified as “visitable.” This new visitability certification program, approved by City Council earlier this year, is another tangible result of this partnership between the city and the HBA. Homebuyers, like me, who determine that they want a home that is user-friendly for those with limited mobility, qualify for additional property tax savings. These accessibility features will demonstrate how aging can be “functionally cool” at the same time.
And for those who are energy conscious, there are two homes in the show that will be LEED certified, which means that they meet exemplary energy saving standards.
Previous CitiRamas held in Northside and other neighborhoods helped turn once-decaying areas into communities on the upswing while boosting home values. The transitions have been remarkable.
I’m confident that same type of momentum will ascend to College Hill’s Witherby Meadows to fertilize the ground where my new roots will be.
Come out and see my new home at CitiRama!
Check out the original story in the Cincinnati Business Courier.