CANS Advisory Group delivered input on the Conceptual Design of our new, shared hilltop campus!

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The Cincinnati Public Schools Facilities Department asked CANS Advisory Group to launch a community brainstorm, to gather best ideas concerning development of their properties bordered by Clifton Avenue and McAlpin Avenue.  

We collected advice and inspiration from throughout our neighborhoods of Clifton, CUF and Spring Grove Village.  We asked for everyone interested in this subject to visit the properties shown on the aerial photo below, and to become familiar with the space available for consideration.  Things to consider are how pedestrians move around and through the spaces, location of additional parking, location and features of a playscape, and landscaping enhancements.  Please keep in mind that the realization of eventual features will depend on feasibility, legality and cost, and how the area will support and enhance the future school.

First Step: Visit the Site  

CPS owns and is responsible for the Rawson Farmhouse property, the 1906 school building, and the CRC parking lot. The exceptions are sidewalks, streets, street lights and underground public systems that are the responsibility of the City of Cincinnati.  You’ll notice that there are about a dozen dead trees marked for removal.  The concrete pad at the back of the farmhouse has been extended to permit parking and turn around of work vehicles. There is also a study of storm water run-off being conducted by MSD in cooperation with the City of Cincinnati to prepare for best development of the sidewalks, storm drains and natural swales that exist throughout the entire property.

 The properties for this discussion are contained in the yellow line, located north of McAlpin Avenue bordering on Clifton Avenue. Needs are for a play area, additional parking, attractive and maintainable landscaping and practical pedestrian circulation throughout.

The properties for this discussion are contained in the yellow line, located north of McAlpin Avenue bordering on Clifton Avenue. Needs are for a play area, additional parking, attractive and maintainable landscaping and practical pedestrian circulation throughout.

 10-12 more dead trees to be removed from the Rawson lots

10-12 more dead trees to be removed from the Rawson lots

 
 
 Expanded driveway pad behind farmhouse and seeded lawn

Expanded driveway pad behind farmhouse and seeded lawn

 Storm water run-off: A problematic swale at front edge of Clifton Avenue boundary

Storm water run-off: A problematic swale at front edge of Clifton Avenue boundary

Second Step: Communicate your thoughts to us.

Below is an aerial view you can use to think about how this area might best function.  Middleton Avenue is at the top of the photo, Clifton Avenue is at the bottom edge.   We accepted feedback for a period of time during Summer - Fall of 2017.

 Topographical map of Clifton and surrounding neighborhoods

Topographical map of Clifton and surrounding neighborhoods

Third Step:  CANS Advisory Group will convene interested neighbors to review the ideas gathered from the community.

This step happened on Oct 24, 2017.  Representatives from CTM, CANS Advisory Group, Cincinnati Public Schools, and the Clifton Recreation Center convened a public forum to gather input and have discussion.  The purpose of the meeting was to build consensus recommendations of the collective community in the re-establishment of school operations at the Clifton School, including use of the Rawson property. All community members and those interested in the re-establishment of the school were welcomed to attend.

Greg Otis from AIA facilitated the event.

Click here to read the presentation made at the event.

Click here to read the results / outcomes from the event.   We accepted feedback on these results / outcomes through end of November 2017. 

 

Fourth Step:  CANS Advisory Group delivers community input to CPS Facilities

The CANS Advisory Group delivered all input received to CPS Facilities during late January 2018. The CPS Facilities staff has put together a design team.  This group will meet as many times as is necessary to prepare a conceptual master plan that makes this public campus truly exceptional and practical.  The conceptual design will be shared with the community for feedback. 

 

Fifth Steps and Beyond

CPS will continue to communicate with our community as maintenance continues and development begins on outside grounds.  Redesign and then renovation of the interior of the old Clifton School building will begin during the Fall of 2018.  As of mid-August 2018, CPS was seeking out an architectural firm for the project.