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Views on Vine helps Revitalize Corryville
CORRYVILLE, Ohio (Tiffany Wilson) -- Short Vine used to be a destination for entertainment, then decades of decline left it full of blight.
Today the community celebrates the latest step in the effort to bring it back to life. Local 12's Tiffany Wilson takes us inside the Views on Vine.
Standing on a sidewalk splashed with sunlight, city leaders held scissors and wore big smiles. The ribbon symbolizes so much more than this building's opening, it serves as a marker in Short Vine's rebirth.
Dan Schimberg from Uptown Rental Properties says "over about a 20 year period, businesses left, residents left and those spaces were filled with people loitering."
"It has gone through a rough period but this is a great day for Corryville" says neighbor Kay Weaks.
The 20-million dollar mixed use project Views on Vine officially opens Tuesday. It offers 104 new upscale apartments to the neighborhood.
The entire building is already rented and every resident Tiffany spoke with gave glowing reviews. "Oh i love it, it's a great building, brand new, just built" says Jake Crook.
On the retail side, Fifth Third Bank has moved in. Taste of Belgium is set to open in a couple of weeks. Other stores are currently in negotiations.
The developers' goals don't stop there. "We're breaking ground on our next new project in a few weeks and by the summer of 2015, we'll have added more than 1000 residences to Short Vine."
Dan Schimberg who lived along Short Vine in the 80s made it a personal mission to help revive this area, "to be able to see it coming back like this to the days of glory are really exciting".
The site for Views on Vine was formerly occupied by the Schiel School. The school was torn down in 2011.