CANS Advisory Group invites YOU to Cogitate on the Conceptual Design of our new, shared hilltop campus!

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The Cincinnati Public Schools Facilities Department has 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 will collect advice and inspiration from throughout our neighborhoods of Clifton, CUF and Spring Grove Village.  We ask 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 will accept written feedback, sketches, computer drawings, photos, or whatever you wish to provide us. 

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.

We’ll announce a date and place for an afternoon or evening review of community input, probably in 2nd half of September.  This is when participants can provide feedback on the ideas expressed so that the best ideas move forward for consideration by CPS Facilities.

 

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

The CPS Facilities staff is putting together a design team to receive our collective input.  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.  Renovation of the old Clifton School building will begin as soon as the property is available. 

 

The Rawson Farmhouse is already being used to host meetings scheduled by CPS.  CANS anticipates co-hosting an ice cream social with CPS and members of the Board of Education in September 2017, welcoming the entire community into the Farmhouse.  This architectural treasure is destined to become an important hub of education and cultural activity for us all.