Downtown Historic District
Loveland's Historic District is a thriving area with both new businesses and long-time merchants. Following an ambitious redevelopment initiative in 1995 by the City of Loveland, the Historic District is in the midst of a resurgence of business growth. It's a charming area of innovative and exciting shops that will surprise, entertain, and refresh you.
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Loveland Commerce Park
The Loveland Commerce Park was developed as a place where growing businesses could locate and expand without disturbing much of the natural green space native to the area. Ideally suited for offices, clean industry and warehousing, it ranks high as a distribution and manufacturing center and operates at nearly full capacity with very few vacancies. The Commerce Park is located off Union Cemetery Road, within five minutes of Interstate 71.
Recognizing that Loveland-Madeira Road, or "Uptown Loveland," holds valuable potential for Loveland's economic growth the City of Loveland has initiated three key efforts to sustain and enhance this visible area of the City.
Loveland-Madeira Road Overlay District
In 2003, the Loveland Zoning Code was revised to create the Loveland-Madeira Road Overlay District. The stated purpose of the overlay zoning district is to:
- enhance and protect development along Loveland-Madeira Road
- promote the goals and objectives for this main road as established in the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan
- improve the appearance of structures and other improvements visible from Loveland-Madeira Road
The limits of the overlay district are basically the properties bordering both sides of Loveland-Madeira Road from the City’s Public Works Facility in the south to the intersection of Loveland-Madeira Road and West Loveland Avenue on the north.
All new construction, major additions, changes to building color, signage, and outdoor sales and storage are subject to design standards and a review process by the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Property owners are encouraged to work with City staff early in the design phase of an improvement, so that the requirements can be easily incorporated for the betterment of the project.
Loveland-Madeira Road Master Plan
The first phase focuses on short-term streetscape improvements to improve the appearance of Loveland-Madeira Road. The first task completed in phase one was the entryway, installed in front of the Public Works Facility in 2005. The City also had a complete road resurfacing done during the summer of 2006. Additional phase one tasks will include landscape planting beds at the corners of intersections and pruning of existing trees.
The second phase addresses streetscape and development projects that can occur and potential design elements to be incorporated into the construction and reconstruction of buildings to improve the look and functionality of this main thoroughfare. Phase three focuses on long-term redevelopment as opportunities arise.
Chestnut Street Property CORF Grant Application
The City-owned Chestnut Street property is an 8-1/2 acre site located at the end of Chestnut Street, bordering the Ohio-Baltimore Railroad on one side, and the rear of the businesses along the east side of Loveland-Madeira Road from Ken Marcotte’s Professional Auto Service to Elsen’s Autohaus. While the site was never used for industrial purposes in the traditional brownfield sense, it has seen some illegal dumping over the years.
The City has identified a potential funding source to clean up the property in a competitive grant sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development funded by the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF). In addition to applying for the grant to have the site ready for potential development, the City intends to process the property through the Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program so that a “clean bill of health” is received for the property to eliminate future liabilities for the City.
The City views the potential for development on the Chestnut Street property as a benefit for all of Loveland by increasing the City’s tax base. In addition, the cleanup is considered a benefit to both the businesses and property owners along Loveland-Madeira Road as well as the residents of the Main Street neighborhood. It is expected that improving the property will serve as a catalyst for continued private investments in the area.