St. Lawrence Square rises from ashes in East Price Hill


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St. Lawrence Square rises from ashes in East Price Hill

26 May 2016 - 12:00:00 AM
City Manager Harry Black
May 26, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Holly Stutz Smith at 513-352-6263 or

CINCINNATI – The City of Cincinnati joined Price Hill Will and community members in East Price Hill Thursday morning to celebrate the grand opening of the park at St. Lawrence Square, located at the corner of St. Lawrence and Warsaw avenues. The park is years in the making, replacing the site of a historic building that burned down there in 2010. 

Price Hill Will, the organization leading the development, directly engaged Price Hill residents to get their thoughts about what should be done with the space. While multiple proposals were submitted, an idea that rose to the top advocated for a public space within the neighborhood business district.

A committee of residents formed thereafter to work with Jeff Raser of Glaserworks to create a plan that would complement the neighborhood.

“This project is a great example of what can happen when you involve residents to help improve their neighborhood,” said Price Hill Will Executive Director Ken Smith. “We now have a space that will benefit the general community and have lasting impact.”

Features of the public space include a stage, lawn, paver-covered walkways, and a water feature honoring the five military branches. Community leaders intend to use the park for continual public events, including concerts, theater performances, farmers markets, holiday festivals and more.

“Projects that turn underutilized spaces into public gathering places through a process that engages the community is true placemaking,” noted Oscar Bedolla, director of the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Community and Economic Development. “Price Hill Will and everyone involved in revitalizing East Price Hill’s business district have a lot of momentum right now.”

The City of Cincinnati assisted in funding the project with $261,595 in CDBG grant funds through the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program. Additionally, Price Hill Will applied for and received a small grant from PNC Bank, and invested approximately $20,000 in the project.