Sara Sheets, Executive Director, Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (MCURC)
Jessica Jefferys Bostwick, Madisonville Resident, Community Volunteer, and MCURC Board Member
Hosted by Kelli Stein, Hyde Park
What does it take to transform a struggling neighborhood into one of Cincinnati’s hottest locations? How do community organizations and government work together to move the needle from disinvestment to investment? Sara Sheets, a 15-year Madisonville resident, spent much of her career as an urban planner working to improve other neighborhoods. Frustrated with the lack of progress in her own, she started writing grants, taking on projects as a consultant, and leading a grassroots community planning effort. In 2013, she became MCURC’s first executive director. Jessica Bostwick moved to Madisonville four years ago and began volunteering at the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center. She learned to garden through the 500 Gardens in Madisonville program, and is an ambassador for the neighborhood’s 500 Chickens. Learn how these efforts have attracted more than $355 million in redevelopment projects to the place our speakers call home.
Built in 1929 for Henry Frost and his wife Grace, the Steins’ gracious house evokes the romantic 1920s Tudor Revival style, featuring oak woodwork, beamed ceilings, rough plaster walls, Tudor archways, and a leaded-glass French door. The house has been lovingly restored with a combination of existing architectural details and new elements that complement the original design. Enjoy appetizers, fruit, cheeses, and desserts, accompanied by wine, cocktails, soft drinks, tea, and coffee, in these elegant surroundings.
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