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Developers building restaurants and apartments in Walnut Hills
WALNUT HILLS, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- Developers poured money into one local neighborhood; building new businesses and homes out of historic old buildings.
One of the many projects that happened in Walnut Hills was the renovation of a historic firehouse turning it into a restaurant. Developers renovated three other historic buildings into 12 apartments and two store fronts.
Fireside Pizza will make its home in one of Cincinnati's oldest firehouses. Kent Hardman owns the building on McMillan. Customers will enjoy pizza on the first floor and Hardman is renovating the upstairs to be his home.
"I walked into this for the first time about two years and I fell in love with it. And from an investment standpoint I didn't know if it was going to make sense. But it was one of the oldest firehouses in the city of Cincinnati; it sat vacant for 35 years so I knew the story had to be rewritten of this building," said Hardman.
Hardman owns four buildings in Walnut Hills and is part of the area's revitalization. Thursday afternoon Vice Mayor David Mann introduced the latest addition to the neighborhood, the Findlay Market Farmstand. It will bring fresh produce to the community weekly.
On Gilbert workers are renovating a building into the new Angst Coffee Shop. The back of the building looks out to an alley that's been cleaned up and is used as a pop-up beer garden. People who've lived in the neighborhood for years are excited about the development but they're hoping it doesn't force others out.
Baba Charles Miller said, "Walnut Hills has always been an eclectic vibration, eclectic of people, would like to see that continue to happen. I'm hoping that it doesn't become this totally gentrified area."
Developers say Walnut Hills is a great neighborhood that's only getting better. Fireside is expected to open in a couple of months. Angst Coffeehouse should be open before the summer is over. The farm stand that opened in Walnut Hills will sell fresh produce every Thursday from 4 - 7 p.m..
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