VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
2020 Board of Trustees
President: Betty Ventura
Vice President: Sarah Maguire
Treasurer: Dave Evans
Secretary: Philip Murphy
Trustee: Brennan McNultY
Trustee: Paul Rudemiller
638 E. Epworth Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232
Incorporated in 1981, the Village Development Corporation (VDC) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization composed of community-focused volunteers residing in Spring Grove Village. The VDC’s mission is to increase home ownership, eliminate blight, and support local business development in an effort to preserve and improve our unique neighborhood.
The VDC strongly believes that encouraging home ownership is one of the most effective ways to attract residents who will be engaged in the well-being, growth, and prosperity of their property and community. With this core belief in mind, the VDC has continually made renovation efforts in SGV to transform deteriorating houses into high-quality, affordable homes in order to promote home ownership and encourage the development of SGV’s small business district.
In 2015, the VDC focused their attention on one particular street in Spring Grove Village: Orient Avenue. Orient is one of the most visible streets in the neighborhood but had several abandoned and run-down houses that were preventing it from reaching its full potential. To respond to this issue, the VDC initiated the “ReOrient Program” by acquiring several properties needing extensive work and improving the health and appearance of the street one house at a time. The ReOrient Program involves a three-pronged approach for maximum impact:
Phase 1: Identify Orient houses in poor shape to acquire and rehab to sell to engaged home buyers.
Since the start of ReOrient program, three houses (623, 626, and 630) have been completely gutted, renovated, and sold to new SGV residents, resulting in a drastic improvement in the overall appearance of Orient Avenue.
Phase 2: Offer small short-term loans to Orient homeowners to help them improve the exterior of their properties.
In July 2018, the VDC was awarded a $10,000 Neighborhood Growth Fund grant from Homebase (formerly the Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati). With this grant, the VDC planned to work with Orient Avenue homeowners to improve the exterior facades of their homes and properties.
UPDATE: unfortunately, no Orient Avenue homeowners took advantage of this offer so all money was redirected to Phase 3 of the project.
Phase 3: Develop landscaping to unify the street and enhance its distinctive charm and character.
Phase 3 of the ReOrient project was completed on November 2, 2019. The landscaping at the end of Orient Avenue was improved tremendously.
Thank you to our wonderful donors and volunteers!
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