A snapshot of the neighborhood in 2014, in no particular order.
THE YEAR OF SMALL BUSINESS
Union Market, Metzger Bar & Butchery, Urban Farmhouse, CrossFit Prelude, Jade Multicultural Salon, Seven Hills Studio, Runway Couture, Chocolates by Kelly, The Pig and Dog Show, and Urban Set Bride all opened up in 2014.
Just think about that for a minute.
Things change now… Anyone wanting to open up in the area going forward, for the most part, has to look harder to find the space – either on the older commercial spots on 25th Street or Venable Street, or in new buildings that might not even exist yet. And with 3 more years of the SEED grants lined up, business will come.
PEAR STREET & SHOCKOE STADIUM & OAKWOOD HEIGHTS & STONE BREWERY
The empty spaces around the edges attract larger projects.
Oakwood Heights (AKA “The Lofty”), another project with strong opposition, returned from dormancy this year.
The East Coast Stone Brewery is proposed to bring jobs and people to Fulton.
25TH STREET THEATER & CITADEL OF HOPE
After sitting vacant since the early 1970s, the old movie theater on 25th Street is being converted to retail and living space.
Better Housing Coalition’s acquisition of the Citadel of Hope on Venable Street will prove to be the stimulus that those beautiful, ragged blocks need.
The year Church Hill broke…
The New York Times wrote on shopping and eating amidst history, and USA Today called Church Hill one of ten up&coming neighborhoods around the USA.
MURDER AT HISTORIC LOW
Don’t let this get lost in the mayhem from Southside: the number of homicides in the East End is at a historic low.
With only days left in 2014, there have been only 4 killings in the East End this year.
CHURCH HILL NORTH
Where all of this comes together, I think, is Church Hill North. This neighborhood is primed.
The Church Hill North Better Block weekend in June brought folks out to 25th Street and showed what a great common ground this street can be.
A neighborhood that was only a few years ago the most vacant in the city is steadily seeing private and public infill. The North Church Hill Choice Neighborhood project offers hope that Creighton and the old Armstrong building will be born anew and transform Nine Mile along the way.