Redevelopment of Queen City Barrel site is honored

CINCINNATI – The City of Cincinnati’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) received “Best in Show” for the Excellence in Economic Development Award category Tuesday from a top international organization.

The award was presented by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). It recognized DCED’s role in creating a new headquarters for Nehemiah Manufacturing, a project submitted in the category of Real Estate Redevelopment & Reuse. DCED also won top honors in that category.

DCED was presented with the two awards at a ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which is being held in Atlanta.

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“This tremendous honor reflects the hard work and dedication of countless members of the DCED team responsible for making the Nehemiah Manufacturing development possible. The project not only helped revitalize a vulnerable neighborhood in our community but also kept nearly 120 jobs in our city,” said Acting City Manager Patrick Duhaney. “I look forward to working with DCED on other transformative projects in neighborhoods across our city.”

“DCED’s Economic Development team, led by Bob Bertsch, spearheaded a process that successfully balanced
the needs of a private company, numerous city priorities, environmental regulations, and other factors,” said
Philip Denning, DCED Director. “In addition to an incredible mission and business model, the Nehemiah Manufacturing project also brings new life to a long-forgotten piece of land in Lower Price Hill.“

DCED is committed to facilitating strategic development and services within Cincinnati to improve the lives of residents, increase business investment and bring new vibrancy to city neighborhoods. The department helps cultivate commercial development throughout the city; provides financial and technical assistance to businesses seeking to relocate or grow, and promotes affordable housing.

After a fire destroyed the Queen City Barrel building in 2004, the City of Cincinnati strategically acquired the site
in Lower Price Hill, which included roughly 100 parcels totaling 18 contiguous acres. The purchases created a much-needed development site within the city’s urban core while offering access to existing industrial infrastructure crucial to attracting new manufacturing operations.

The site required a full-scale environmental assessment, along with soil and groundwater remediation after the area’s 100-year-plus history of heavy industrial use resulted in contamination, an environmental liability the private market would not address. DCED assembled and cleaned up the site, then sold seven acres for Nehemiah Manufacturing Co.’s new $12 million, 180,000-square-foot building.

The City offered a tax abatement on the new building and Nehemiah agreed to retain 81 employees and create 37 new jobs within three years of opening.

Nehemiah creates job opportunities for chronically unemployed people in the inner-city. The new building houses Nehemiah’s corporate headquarters and all manufacturing/distribution functions, as well as offering social services in-house to support its workforce beyond employment issues.

“This year, our judges reviewed some extraordinary projects that advanced both communities and businesses,” said Craig Richard, President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. and 2018 IEDC Board Chair.

“We congratulate all the award winners and thank everyone who nominated their projects for sharing their success with fellow IEDC members, Richard added. “What we learn from each other helps us to grow and advance as a profession.”

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