National Homeownership Month Begins At CiTiRAMA

Carolyn Jones is purchasing at Witherby Meadows

June 3, 2014

National Homeownership Month begins At CiTiRAMA®

Mayor, Home Builders, College Hill Leaders Break Ground On 24 New Homes

This morning in College Hill, City leaders along with The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati (HBA) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 12th CiTiRAMA® . This year’s show will be held September 13-21 at Witherby Meadows in College Hill.

Three of the show homes will be certified "visitable" and also showcase many features for aging in place. The City approved a two-year tax abatement earlier this year for homes in the city that are built with a zero-step exterior entry, wider halls and a half-bath large enough for a wheel chair.

Another home in the show will be LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified showcasing the latest in residential energy-efficiency.

The following builders will be participating in the show: Drees Homes, Maronda Homes, Meierjohan Building Group and Potterhill Homes. Meierjohan Building Group is the developer of the new community.

Show home prices are expected to range from $190,000 to $300,000. All homes will be beautifully decorated, furnished and landscaped.

Four of the five show homes have been presold.

"CiTiRAMA® was one of the forerunners of the city's new residential growth experienced over the last several years. I am proud to kick-off National Home Ownership Month with the inauguration our 12th CiTiRAMA®," said John Cranley, Mayor of Cincinnati.

Witherby Meadows is located off of Connecticut Avenue, less than a mile from the College Hill Business District (at North Bend Road and Hamilton Avenue). The new urban community will consist of 24 single-family homes on cul-de-sac streets.

"CiTiRAMA® is the longest running market-rate home show partnership between an HBA and a municipality in the country.  The first CiTiRAMA® was held in Cincinnati’s Betts-Longworth Historic District in 1996," said Dan Dressman, HBA Executive Director.

Homes built in the show qualify for the city of Cincinnati’s new home 10-, 12- or 15-year tax abatement. There are no other communities in the region that offer this type of incentive for new home purchases.

Photo: Carolyn Jones of North College Hill is a first-time homebuyer purchasing a new home at Witherby Meadows.