Streetscaping improvements along W. McMillan Street near completion

Significant progress has been made on the first-phase of streetscaping improvements throughout the Clifton Heights business district. Over the past two months work has been taking place along W. McMillan Street to rebuild sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs, and more. The projected $440,000 project will also include new street lamps, parking meters, trash cans, and street trees.

This stretch of W. McMillan Street had long been plagued by buckled sidewalks due to root invasion from the street trees there and water that subsequently collected. The rebuilt sidewalks not only feature safe and pleasant surfaces for pedestrians, but they also feature uniquely designed brick work at cross walk locations.

The improvement work has been championed by the Clifton Heights Urban Redevelopment Corporation (CHCURC) whose director, Matt Bourgeois, said that “the business community is very excited about the progress being made.”

Some of that progress has been quite noticeable including several facade improvement projects; business expansions and renovations by DuBois Bookstore, Plaza Artist Supplies, and Mac’s Pizza Pub; and the addition of several new businesses to the district.

The first phase of streetscaping improvements, nearing their expected completion in October 2010, were funded through the Cincinnati Neighborhood Business Districts United (CNBDU) and the City of Cincinnati. The later two phases will continue the streetscaping work throughout the district over the next two years depending on funding.

  • Jared

    Did they bury the power lines?

  • This is definitely good news. This district has long been a great NBD but always felt a bit run-down. This face lift will definitely go towards improving the image of the area. When are Calhoun and McMillan going two-way?

  • Jake Mecklenborg

    No, the utilities were not buried.

  • Ryan Lammi

    I wish they would have buried the power lines and used pavers throughout the sidewalk, not just at corners and crosswalks. I think the concrete looks poor already… Better than before, but they could have done much more for the street

  • Nice. Looks great in combination with the Hughes High School renovation.

  • Burying utilities would certainly be nice, but in most cases it is cost prohibitive. In a world of decreasing budgets and limited public resources you must make tough decisions, and unfortunately that has meant utilities don’t get buried during most of these projects.

  • Greg:

    McMillan and Calhoun probably won’t be going two-way for some time. When I most recently spoke with Vice Mayor Qualls she seemed to indicate that the discussion is first surrounding William Howard Taft Road near I-71. Discussions could move forward on these segments on their own, but I bet that won’t happen until the Uptown Commons development moves forward. I think that massive development will ultimately dictate a lot of that discussion.

  • Aaron

    I also wish they would have buried the utilities, I’m not that offended by utility lines in general, but there are literally thousands of feet of them up there, it kind of ruins the look of the street. Also does anyone know if they plan on planting new trees there? I heard they were, but I never saw a place where they would be planted. The old tress were so beautiful, especially in the spring when they would blossom with white flowers. I know they black the facades of the buildings, but most of those buildings aren’t very attractive anyways, though they have the potential to be so.

  • Yes, new street trees will be planted as stated in this story. The last I saw, their locations were covered up by plywood, but if you look closely enough you can tell that those are the locations for those trees once they arrive.

    The problem with the previous trees was the damage their root systems were causing to the sidewalks. The north side of the street had completely obliterated sidewalks that collected water and were not all that safe for pedestrians. The city would not remove street trees during a project like this…in fact in most streetscaping projects around the town the City is actually putting in additional street trees.

  • Aaron