Sunday, July 09, 2000

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Old industrial facility site of CitiRama 2001

By Cliff Peale
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The former industrial site of Carthage Mills will complete its transformation to a housing development next fall when it hosts CitiRama 2001 at a site surrounded by Fairpark, 68th and 66th streets in Carthage.

        Cincinnati officials hope to finally clear several businesses from the 14-acre site and start installing roads and sewers by early in 2001.

        That will clear room for CitiRama, the home show started in 1996 by the city and the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati.

        Cincinnati officials clearly hope to showcase the new development by bringing CitiRama to Carthage. Modeled after the hugely successful Homearama in huge suburban developments, CitiRama features single-family homes in urban neighborhoods.

        The home builders also would like to identify several homes in the surrounding blocks to showcase in a “Rehab-a-Rama” show this fall, said Elda Marshall, executive director.

        CitiRama has been mired in some controversy, especially with the 1999 choice of Spencer Hill in Mount Lookout to host the show.

        This year, the show will return to a site along Mound Street in the West End.

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