Friday, May 28, 2010

Agenda For West Side Preservation Summit: June 5th

West Side Preservation Summit:
Saving the Heart of the West Side

On Saturday, June 5, from 10:00 to 4:00, Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) will sponsor the West Side Preservation Summit, Cincinnati’s first-ever forum for West Side stakeholders on historic preservation as a revitalization tool. The program will be held at the Westwood Branch Library at Epworth Avenue. The daylong event is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. Contact CPA at 513-721-4506 or

The James N. Gamble House. The Anderson Ferry. Knox Hill. The Incline District. The Sayler Park Indian Statue. The Boldface Park Shelterhouse. These are just some of the historic places of Cincinnati’s West Side. Often under-appreciated and overlooked, the West Side has strong neighborhoods, wonderful building stock, wooded hillsides and river views. Unfortunately some West Side neighborhoods also are struggling with population loss, disinvestment, vacant buildings, foreclosures and demolitions. Facing these challenges in a tough economy while preserving the best of the West will be the focus of the Summit. CPA hopes the Summit will be the beginning of an ongoing dialogue about West Side preservation issues.

The morning sessions will focus on challenges facing West Side communities, and the afternoon sessions on solutions. Topics will include:

Balancing code enforcement and historic preservation
Preservation and demolition in Westwood
The City role in preservation
Learning from other cities: best practices for preservation legislation
Jewels of the West Side: lesser-known historic treasures
A plan for preservation and receivership

Confirmed speakers include Cincinnati Urban Conservator Larry Harris, Edward Cunningham of the Cincinnati Community Development Department, and representatives of several community groups including Jim McNulty of the Westwood Civic Association, Dave Zelman of the Riverside Civic Association, Paul Willham of the Knox Hill Neighborhood Association and Danny Klingler of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation.

The West Side Preservation Summit is sponsored by Comey & Shepherd Realtors, City Office.

Here is the Draft Agenda for the summit:

10:00-10:10 Welcome: Paul Muller, CPA Interim Executive Director

10:10-10:30 Keynote: The Communities of the Future Initiative: speaker from either MSD or Hamilton County Regional Planning

10:30-10:45 City Demographic and Demolition Statistics: An Overview

10:45-11:30 Code Enforcement and Preservation--Identifying Common Ground: Ed Cunningham, Division Head, Cincinnati Community Development Department

11:30-12:00 City Historic Designation Process and Policy Changes: Larry Harris, Cincinnati Urban Conservator

12:00-12:30 LUNCH

12:30-1:00 Westwood Selective Demolition Program: Balancing Preservation, Demolition and Development at the Neighborhood Level: Jim McNulty, Westwood Civic Association

1:00-1:45 Learning From Other Cities: Preservation in Indianapolis: Paul Willham, Knox Hill Neighborhood Association

1:45-2:00 BREAK

2:00-2:30 Lesser-Known Historic Gems of the West Side: Dave Zelman, Riverside Civic Association

2:30-3:00 A Plan for Preservation and Receivership: Danny Klingler, Over-the-Rhine Foundation

3:00-3:30 Wrap-Up & Next Steps

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