• Mon. Mar 27th, 2023

By Kacie Champion

Power Me Media

Exterior view the planned Bond Hill Market at 1239 California Avenue.

Community Economic Advancement Initiatives broke ground for the new Bond Hill Market at 1239 California in Cincinnati’s Bond Hill neighborhood.  The market will serve as a much-needed oasis in the area offering fresh fruits and vegetables, groceries, fresh meats and more. Hot meals will be available prepared by culinary arts students taught by Chef Anthony.

Bond Hill has been identified as a food desert due to the lack of quality fresh food choices available to neighborhood residents.

Eugene Ellington, President/CEO of Community Economic Advancement Initiative, at podium, talks about the importance of the Bond Hill Market to the community.

“We plan to eradicate the food desert in Bond Hill” says CEAI President Eugene Ellington. “The market will offer healthy food alternatives to residents. There will also be a Market Plate bistro Internet café with free wi-fi featuring chef-created entrees and seasonal sides.”

Rendering the Bond Hill Market at 1239 California Avenue.

The market will feature a full-service meat counter, specialty department carrying a wide selection of cheeses and more. 

Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney and members of City Council attended the groundbreaking ceremonies in addition to many other local luminaries.

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney speaks to attendees about the new grocery market at the event.

Community Economic Advancement Initiatives (CEAI) is a not-for-profit development organization. The specific and primary purpose of the corporation is to operate as a community economic development, finance and community engagement organization that is dedicated to strategically revitalizing the City of Cincinnati’s predominantly African American communities in partnership with the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, corporations located in Cincinnati and Cincinnati’s philanthropic community, through job creation, business development and ownership, crime reduction and economic sustainability, and to engage in charitable and educational activities.

Breaking ground for the ceremony for the planned Bond Hill Market are from left, Iris Roley, Board Co-Chair; Rodrigo Williams, President of RWB Environmental; Robert Sanders, Principal, Sanders Development Group LLC; Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Vice Mayor of Cincinnati; Waughney Yarrell, Action Signs & Apparel; Pastor Eugene Ellington, President/CEO CEAI; David Kirk, AIA/NOMA President/CEO; and Pastor Damon Lynch III- Board Chair.