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  1. The latest Planning Commission packet has details on the proposed Northside Transit Center. If built as designed, it looks like it will be quite nice. Certainly would be the city's second largest and nicest bus transfer center (after Government Square). Details starting on page 274: https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/planning/about-city-planning/city-planning-commission/mar-15-2019-packet/
  2. ^thanks @tonyt3524 for the rendering. I hope that outdoor space succeeds as a place where students want to linger, but the rendering doesn't inspire much confidence. Too much of UC's landscape architecture is too open and exposed (especially around Sigma Sigma Commons), making students and faculty not want to hang out for extended periods of time. The more successful parts of campus are more compact and give a better sense of enclosure. I hope they find ways to "shrink" this open space.
  3. @taestell - I don't know, but I sure hope they maintain some kind of public access to Walnut Street. As far as "front yards" for corporate headquarters go.... Fifth Third is pretty damn lucky to have Fountain Square. It wasn't always such an asset, but it has really grown into its own over the last 5-10 years, and I think this renovation/addition has to potential to even further enhance it.
  4. What's the long-term plan for that outdoor space between the new Lindner, the ERC, and the Rec Center? How will it be landscaped?
  5. Was anybody able to attend? I couldn’t make it, but curious how it went.
  6. The City has put out an RFP for redevelopment of the parking lot at 1712 Logan St: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ud7h9ovg1jwap61/Logan RFP RFP689CEDLOGAN.pdf?dl=0 I had thought this surface lot might be eyed by the County for one of the FCC parking garages... but this RFP implies that the County garage(s) will be going somewhere else, but presumably near enough to Findlay Market that the Market isn't upset about potentially losing this surface lot on Logan St.
  7. Couple pieces of news from Findlay Market: They're looking for a new restaurant to fill the space where Pho Lang Tang currently is, since Pho Lang Tang is moving over to Race St soon: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/03/08/findlay-market-looking-to-add-restaurant-retailer.html The Market is planning some upgrades to the Elm St entrance, include a big curb bumpout (taking the curb out to streetcar line) and shade structures so that area will be more pleasant in summer afternoons/evenings: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/03/12/findlay-market-s-front-entrance-to-get-an-overhaul.html
  8. UC has put out an RFP for construction management of the renovation of Lindner Hall into the new College of Law: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/03/08/uc-seeks-contractor-for-40m-college-of-law-project.html
  9. Overall, they did a pretty decent job on the interior but I sure wish they had spent a few extra bucks to not use white vinyl replacement windows. Dark window frames would do so much for the exterior of this building.
  10. Stett Logistics is moving from their current office in Fort Mitchell to 110 E 8th St in downtown. Not a huge company (23 people), but always good to see growing companies choose to move to downtown. https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/03/06/exclusive-one-of-cincinnati-s-largest-logistics.html?iana=hpmvp_cinci_news_headline
  11. DOTE explained that the City (through City Council and the Mayor's office) would have to decide what to do with those city-owned parcels... but yes, presumably they would sell those parcels to the adjacent property owners. It's not clear at what price, or if/how they could compel the adjacent property owners to buy the parcels. I think the main upside for the city (and the neighborhood) is not in the one-time payment, but in the new, improved value of those parcels, which would increase the taxable base and the ability to support neighborhood amenities, especially when "unbuildable" lots become buildable again (like these parcels between Vine and Republic). All together those parcels add up to roughly an acre. It's hard to know the true market value of that land, and not all of the newly enlarged parcels would actually be buildable. But just for a rough, back-of-the-envelope comparison, a 2,200 sq ft empty lot on Mulberry recently sold for $67,000. Using that as a basis, all of the empty parcels along Liberty would be worth ~$1.2 million. This is not exact, of course. But gives a rough sense of the value. I don't think the City will be able to force adjacent buyers to pay that kind of money, so I don't think the city would immediately re-coup the $800k cost due to moving the water main. But if you look a life-time analysis of the property tax revenues (and the fact that the narrower street will be cheaper to maintain), and all properties north of Liberty will benefit from a narrowed street, I definitely think the narrow street option the best financial option for the City.
  12. ^Mt Adam's is going to be fine. As that article points out, it has average prices for real estate ($628k) despite many lots being quite small. (For comparison, Hyde Park's average sale price was $489k). There's plenty of demand from people who want to live there, and the retail scene will sort itself out. My only fear is if - as the article says - they try to brand Mt Adams as "the Hill"... uhm... no thanks.
  13. Matthew Andrews from DOTE presented to the OTR Community Council last night. Not a ton has changed since the last time options were presented. There's still the 5 lane option (which was overwhelmingly preferred in the last round of public input), 7 lane option with bumpouts, and 2 versions with bike lanes. And based on the few people who spoke last night at the Community Council, the community perspective seems to also not have changed: everybody who spoke said that the whole point of the project is the narrow the street and make it safer for pedestrians. Of the options presented, only the 5-lane option does that. The 7 lane option with bumpouts and the options with bike lanes maintain the same width of the current right of way. A couple other things that were mentioned by DOTE: City Council has already allocated funds, including sufficient funds to move the water main. If one of the cheaper options is pursued, the excess funds would be available to help support other future projects in OTR (though the DOTE folks weren't clear on the process for choosing in the future... I think it'd be up to City Council). With the 5-lane option, the water main would end up being under/near the "tree strip" between the sidewalk and the road, which would be hard to maintain/repair and let the trees grow. With the 5-lane option, on-street parking would not be allowed during FCC games. Interestingly, this would actually be the *best* option for moving vehicles since the other options all have some permanent on-street parking, and those parallel parking spaces create "friction" that would slow traffic. So... long story short, the 5-lane option still seems like by far the best option since it a) narrows the right of way, b) creates developable usable space on the southern side, c) allows for smoothest flow of traffic during game days, d) allows for future flexibility since the hours of the curbside parking could be adjusted (ideally in the future, the curbside lane would have 24/7 onstreet parking). There will be another public input session on March 12th at the Woodward Theater at 6pm Following that, DOTE is hoping to get Pendleton and OTR community councils to vote during ther March meetings. DOTE will then take the results from those 3 votes back to City Council and the administration for them to make their final decision. If a decision can be made this spring, DOTE can finish drawings this summer put it out to bid and then begin construction in early 2020 and finish by the end of 2020. If it gets delayed much longer, construction will get pushed into 2021.
  14. Welp..... at least it's clear whose insurance will have to cover the cost of any damages.
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