New stores and restaurants revitalizing local neighborhood

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati’s biggest neighborhood is about to be one of the new hot spots.

Westwood is undergoing a revitalization that hasn't been done there in decades. Harrison Avenue business district is seeing a lot activity. Lillywood Boutique just opened. Owner Julie Joseph is very optimistic about her new business opportunity.

"It's been amazing. I signed the lease in December and spent the last couple of months filling the shop. We did three times the business we expected on the first day. It's tremendous. Everyone just seems so excited," said Joseph.

Julie is just one of the people investing in Westwood. Next door to her boutique, there's a yoga studio, photography shop, and another store Treasure Alley. A new coffee shop and wine bar called Muse will open soon. The Sontag Cleaners building will be developed into a new restaurant. Another restaurant is planned for the old firehouse.

Westside Brewing will open in late April. Joe Mumper is one of 4 co-owners, and they says they’ll have 12 craft beers on tap.

"There's a ton going on in Westwood. The community has been very supportive of us. I feel like the neighborhood is on the tipping point and we are excited to be a part of that."

The old Cincinnati Bell building is also getting an overhaul. Elizabeth Bartley, with the Westwood Urban Redevelopment Corporation, says that’s an important part of entire redevelopment.

"That is really going to be our centerpiece and it was very catalytic for all the planning and work that's coming in now. It'll be bringing families in every single weekend. It's a major event."

The city of Cincinnati will spent $4 million to renovate the green space around Westwood Town Hall. It’ll be family friendly with public art, seating, and area's for kids to play. Construction should get underway in the spring 2017. There's also plans to put in crosswalks and sidewalks to make the neighborhood more walk-able.

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