Council member Gerri Harbison

By Gerri Harbison

As the New Year begins, and we look forward to the bright and shiny promise of 2019, it is exhilarating to look at the many diverse projects our city has on the horizon. The dynamic growth we are involved in is exciting! While some nearby communities struggle just to survive, we are not only surviving, we are growing and thriving. This is a great time to share the many wonderful projects happening along the Montgomery Road corridor that are beneficial to our residents and will ensure our great city is sustainable for many generations to come.

The Downtown Heritage District offers a diverse mix of restaurants including Forno Osteria, Montgomery Inn, Napa Kitchen, European Café, Walker Brothers Ice Cream, Bombay Brazier, Village Tavern, Awakening’s, Corner Pub and Z’s Place for Wine and Cheese (hint: try their chicken salad!!). There are also many unique shops and businesses that are an attraction for not only our residents but for our neighbors in surrounding communities.

We have made a significant investment in the Gateway Redevelopment Area and it will feature a vibrant mix of restaurants, office, residential, hotel, and retail when construction is finished. And YES – it is moving forward!!! Maybe not fast enough for any of us, but you will see big changes coming very soon!

In regards to the retail mix, it is important to note that most neighborhood business districts must resort to entertainment and specialty stores to survive. “Big Box” retailers and cyber shopping have taken away a huge chunk of the retail market. Frequently we hear of small stores and retail establishments that cannot compete with the large chains and internet. Our commitment is very strong to the Downtown Heritage District. It is the Crown Jewel and heart of our city. Please support our small businesses and shops!

Driving north on Montgomery Road there are a variety of small shops, restaurants, and businesses that can provide just about any service you need. Rudino’s, Bones’ Burgers, Brooklyn Pasta and Pizza, Kanak, Jet’s, Pacific Kitchen, Sukothai, Mei’s Japanese, Tandoor and Steak N’Shake offer a variety of casual dining options. Try out Stone Creek at their new location and watch for the opening of Toast and Berry next door! Or for the utmost upscale experience, there is Carlo and Johnny’s. Montgomery Square Shopping Center offers a delightful mix of services and retail businesses. Stroll the sidewalk and enjoy some Aglamesis!

Housing options for all ages are available in new developments. Twin Lakes has expanded to offer more patio homes for their residents and Lucke Homes will soon be breaking ground on patio style homes as well. Orchard Trail still has lots left!

Bethesda North Hospital is now a Level III Trauma Center offering critical emergency as well as other medical services to the citizens of Montgomery and the Greater Cincinnati region. The campus continues to grow to serve community needs with the creation of the Harold M. and Eugenia S. Thomas Comprehensive Cancer Care Center. Imagine having those services so close when your family needs it most!

The city is also blessed to have The Christ Hospital Outpatient and Surgery Center located in front of the Vintage Club. The benefits to be derived from a facility of this nature, as well as the associated medical offices in the vicinity of the hospital, are immeasurable and part of what makes our community so desirable to residents and businesses alike. The medical community is a very important resource for our city, both in terms of services to our community as well as a source of tax revenue to sustain our city operations.

Dirt is moving and construction is underway at The Vintage Club with the addition of The Wicks lifestyle condos, retail, office, and restaurants by Traditions Building Group. This community continues to offer a variety of exciting housing, retail, and office for our current residents as well as drawing new residents and visitors into our community.

I hope you will take some time in the upcoming year to visit some of the many great businesses that help keep Montgomery such a vibrant community. It is an exciting time for our city – let’s enjoy it together!

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