C’mon in. Get a closer look.

That’s the message the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati is sending with a new concept at its 2019 CiTiRAMA event, a showcase of urban homes.

That new concept is a “demonstration home.” Dan Dressman, executive director of the homebuilders association, says, “This year’s demonstration home will provide additional opportunities for the public to learn about the new home construction process, for suppliers to demonstrate new products and for construction careers training.”

The demonstration home will provide visitors to CiTiRAMA with information on best practices in the homebuilding industry and introduce them to new technologies that are available in homes.

Students from education partners Great Oaks, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State will also benefit from the demonstration home by learning about careers in residential construction and by providing skilled labor job training opportunities. Cristo Homes will be the official builder of the demonstration home.

“We couldn’t launch the demonstration home concept without our partner vendors who have so graciously come forward to donate time and materials,” says Dressman. “To make the [homebuilders association’s] demonstration home a reality there are more than 38 partner vendors involved.”

John Prazynski, a Realtor with Star One Realtors and the listing agent for the demonstration home, says whoever buys the home will be lucky. “The person who ends up buying this home will probably have one of the best values in that whole show because of all the bells and whistles that are going to be put into the home,” he says.

The house, which is listed for $385,000, will be a craftsman-style home with an open-concept floor plan, custom tile work, hardwood floors, tray ceiling with boxed beams in the great room, a stone fireplace with a raised hearth, a high-efficiency gas furnace, LED lights and a complete audio package throughout the home, he says.

CiTiRAMA, the urban home showcase produced by the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, is an urban, single-site new home show produced by a partnership between the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati and the city of Springdale.

This year will mark the 15th year for CiTiRAMA.

Developed by Meierjohan Building Group, CiTiRAMA will take place in Springrose Meadows, a development in the city of Springdale and in the Princeton City School District. Meierjohan Building Group, a family owned and operated business, has more than 35 years of experience in the residential and commercial construction business.

The Springrose Meadows development is designed for the eventual construction of 50 single-family homes and is located at 432 W. Kemper Road. This year’s CiTiRAMA show will feature five different homes with a variety of architectural styles.

The first CiTiRAMA was in the city of Cincinnati in 1996. The concept behind the CiTiRAMA event was that the new homes would act as a catalyst for the stimulation of revitalization of urban communities.

While most of the CiTiRAMA events have been conducted within the city of Cincinnati, the 2017 edition was conducted in the village of Woodlawn, the first CiTiRAMA to be conducted outside of the city of Cincinnati.

That CiTiRAMA event in Woodlawn was one of the most successful, says Dressman. “We had a tremendous amount of success in the village of Woodlawn with CiTiRAMA,” he says. “It was one of our fastest-selling CiTiRAMA neighborhoods ever.”

The homebuilders association planned to conduct last year’s CiTiRAMA event in the city of Cincinnati. However, the Major League Soccer club FC Cincinnati bought the property chosen for the event in order to build the new Stargel Stadium for Cincinnati Public Schools. FC Cincinnati is building its stadium on the site of Taft High School’s former Stargel Stadium.

The 2019 CiTiRAMA event will include builders from Maronda Homes, Cristo Homes and Fry Homes. Both Cristo Homes and Fry Homes are participating in the CiTiRAMA event for the first time.

The show homes will range in price from $300,000 and up. All of the homes are eligible for a 15-year, 100% property tax abatement for the improvements on the lots, typically the home itself.

The abatement will begin once the homeowner completes and submits the appropriate application with the city of Springdale tax department. The abatement is automatic and granted upon application.

The public infrastructure for the Springrose Meadows development will be financed through public bonds that are expected to be issued through the Port Authority. Springrose Meadows will have a homeowners association with a yearly fee of $300.

The city of Springdale has a community center that includes a fitness center, indoor walking track, gymnasiums, game rooms, exercise studio, senior lounge and computer lab. It also includes year-round youth sports opportunities and a very active senior and adult program that includes special events and luncheons.

Springdale offers excellent local health services with access to nearby Mercy Fairfield Hospital with over 700 affiliated physicians. Retail shopping opportunities also abound in Springdale at the Tri-County retail district with more than 4 million square feet of stores.

CiTiRAMA will be conducted Sept. 7-15 and the hours are Monday through Thursday 4-9 p.m.; Friday through Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

Tickets to this year’s CiTiRAMA event are $12 at the gate, on the Cincinnati CiTiRAMA app or online at cincycitirama.com. Discount tickets are available at area Kroger stores for $10. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult. For more information visit cincycitirama.com.