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  1. No idea. Related to underground utilities, I reached out to Matthew Andrews at DOTE regarding the possibility of getting utilities buried for Liberty St if/when it gets torn up for the narrowing... and here was his response in December 2017 aiming for a Spring 2019 construction start (LOL). I appreciated that he took the time to detail out, but I also found very saddening because it makes it seem like there is no system/mechanism in place for implementing underground utilities:
  2. This infill project is part of a larger project, including the renovation of the buildings to its north (1511, 1513, and 1517 Vine) in partnership between Over-the-Rhine Community Housing and 3CDC. More details here: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/12/12/two-over-the-rhine-housing-projects-get-state-help.html Not sure why the renderings weren't included in the HCB packet.
  3. Same as the church immediately to its south and the 36’ wide empty lot at 1330 Race... the parcels are owned by Hyde Park Community United Methodist (1345 Grace Ave, 45208). Would be curious if they are paying property taxes since they’re owned by a church.
  4. That's fair. My point still stands that any restaurant (chain or otherwise) at that price point has to work really hard to justify itself when there are so many other good options.
  5. National chains like Boi Na Braza (and the McCormick & Schmidt's across the street) are fighting an uphill battle, and I'm personally fine if they lose. At that price point, there is a lot of competition from local restaurants that most people would prefer. If you're going to drop that kind of money on a nice meal, why go to a generic, national chain? Go to Mita's, or Jean Robert's Table, or Boca, or Metropole. I'm not opposed to all chains, but a chain has to make a really strong argument if I'm going to spend top dollar on it over an individually owned/managed restaurant.
  6. 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/
  7. ^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.
  8. @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.
  9. 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?
  10. Was anybody able to attend? I couldn’t make it, but curious how it went.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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