I have not done a good job updating all the development occurring in Hamilton lately. Thankfully, the Journal-News put together a nice article today about downtown and Main Street growth (see below).
Here are some other Major Highlights worth mentioning:
-Activity is finally happening at the former Ohio Casualty Complex, with IRG building apartments on the top two floors and picking-up development activity on the balance of the complex
-The former Chaco Credit Union (historic Home Federal Bank Building) is being renovated into an events venue.
-The retail portion of the Marcum Apartments complex on the new Marcum Park is under construction, and will include Tano's Bistro (other location in Loveland)
-The developer of the Marcum Apartments is studying conversion of the former municipal building on the riverfront into housing; Municipal Brew Works would remain in place
-CORE has renovated four buildings there, resulting in new residents on upper floors and several new retail venues include Village Ice Cream (other location in Lebanon)
-Quarter Barrel opened with a roof deck overlooking downtown and the river; they closed along with their Oxford location a few months ago and a new restaurant is set to be announced soon
-The city is wrapping-up a $1 million streetscape project that included new brick and period streetlights
-The city and ODOT are working on a $3.9 million intersection project at Main and Eaton/Millville, resulting in a pocket park and sculpture piece that will create a western entrance/gateway
Around the City:
-South Hamilton Crossing, the $32 million railroad overpass at Grand Boulevard and Central/Pleasant and East/Dixie, is now open
-Approximately 200 apartments are proposed adjacent to Miami Hamilton and the new overpass
-Construction is underway at Spooky Nook, the massive sports complex at the former Champion Paper Complex
-About a dozen murals have been painted in the last 3-4 years through a new program known as Streetspark
-The first phase of the Beltline bike trail will soon start construction on the west side; this was formerly a spur line to Champion and weaves through several neighborhoods
-The Fort Hamilton Foundation is restoring and moving into a former mansion in German Village
-Residential construction is strong, starting to finally fill out subdivisions started before the recession
Growing Hamilton: Dozens of new small businesses injecting energy to downtown, Main Street
HAMILTON — Business owners in Hamilton’s core areas have been feeling a momentum of growing customers, which the city hopes to continue as it prepares for one of the largest developments in recent memory.
Since 2013, 50 new small businesses have opened in Hamilton, the great majority of them in downtown and along Main Street, officials said.
During that period, 2,526 new jobs were created citywide, officials said, and 1.25 million square feet of space were redeveloped in the city’s urban core, including 23 buildings there.
Hamilton’s total citywide annual payroll in 2018 was $1.07 billion, up from a record $1.03 billion in 2017.
Some long-dormant buildings have been activated in recent years, many of them refurbished by, or assisted by, the non-profit CORE (Consortium for Ongoing Reinvestment Efforts) Fund. Those have included the former Fifth Third building at 2 S. Third St., and the prime real estate of 103 Main St., overlooking the High-Main Bridge and the Great Miami River, which for decades was used only for storage.