A local developer has plans to boost redevelopment in East Price Hill’s Incline District, beginning with the construction of over two dozen single-family homes.
The homes will be within eight blocks of each other and are estimated to be in the $400,000 price range, according to a recent release by Autumnwood Group.
Kim Knoppe, home builder and Cincinnati native, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday at 658 Hawthorne Avenue. City council members David Mann and Betsy Sundermann attended the event along with several Price Hill residents.
Jim Grawe, founding member of the Price Hill Historical Society, told The Enquirer that he attended the event to support Knoppe’s new development. He said Knoppe’s homes will blend in with the historic architecture surrounding it.
“I always knew that even though we were restoring homes, what the neighborhood also needed was quality new construction,” Grawe said.
Knoppe said he wanted to create a “wonderful single-family community” that would raise local home values and motivate young people to remain in the area.
While describing how this project will attract new residents, he referenced a quote from the 1989 film Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.”
Knoppe said these new homes could entice new shops and restaurants.
During his speech at the event, Knoppe mentioned his deep roots in East Price Hill, growing up on Grand Avenue.
“This is home to me,” Knoppe said.
In the release, Knoppe described the project as “something that would lift up the entire neighborhood.”
According to a news release the new construction includes plans for:
- A gated community at Price and Mt. Hope Avenues which will include eight, single-family homes featuring rear-loaded two-car garages, wood and beam ceilings, and some rooftop terraces;
- Ten single-family, three-floor homes at the end of Grand Avenue in Cityscape, which will include wood and beam ceilings and rooftop terraces;
- Eight three-story homes within Price, Chateau and Summit Avenues. These three-bedroom houses will include 2 ½ baths, a two-car tandem garage, and wood and beam ceilings in the kitchen and living room;
- Two a three-story condo building with elevators and rooftop terraces with a view of the city and Ohio River at the end of Grand Avenue; and
- A 2,700 square foot, single-family home on West Eighth near the Incline Public House which will include three bedrooms, two baths, wood and beam ceilings, elevator and rooftop terrace with a view of the city and the Ohio River.
Like many neighborhoods in Cincinnati, the Price Hill area has been trying to raise home values for years since recession-era losses resulted in foreclosures. East Price Hill’s Incline District specifically has inspired other redevelopment projects like the live-work dwellings by developer KB Partners, which aimed to attract entrepreneurs and artists to the area in 2016.
Knoppe has bought 76 lots with plans to buy more.
“I can’t tell you what a warm feeling it gives me to be able to go into my old neighborhood and build all of these homes within blocks of where I was born,” Knoppe said in the release.