Cincinnati State’s Middletown Campus has been awarded a $68,500 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation that will allow the college to redevelop a previously vacant downtown property.
The funds will be used to assist with architectural and engineering services to renovate the building at 1021 Central Ave. The property was the site of the former Butler County Job and Family Services building and was donated to Cincinnati State by Butler County.
The Middletown Campus’s enrollment has more than doubled to 700 students since opening in the Fall of 2012 and the college plans on increasing to 3,000 students over the next 5 years. To meet the growing needs for space, however, the college will have to expand beyond the one building it currently occupies at 1 North Main Street. The grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will play a key part in making that initial expansion possible.
When completely renovated, the one-story building will serve as a welcoming gateway for the college, and will house multiple services that connect the college with new students, the community, and employers. Additional space for the college is just one benefit of the project, as the redevelopment effort also seeks to support the community by retaining jobs, reducing urban blight, and delivering workforce retraining that supports business retention and expansion.