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  1. Demolition of Millennium Hotel will take a year, Port CEO says By Chris Wetterich – Staff reporter and columnist, Cincinnati Business Courier It will take a year to demolish the Millennium Hotel once the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority acquires it, the Port's CEO told her board on Wednesday. Laura Brunner, providing an update on the project to the Port’s board, said she expected to ask members to pass a resolution to issue bonds to purchase and demolish the hotel in January. But first, the Convention Facilities Authority and Hamilton County would have to approve the use of the county’s hotel tax money to back the bonds, she noted. The city and the county share the excess money generated by the hotel tax. MORE
  2. Hotel Covington to expand as part of $22.5 million mixed-use project By Tom Demeropolis – Senior Staff Reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier Salyers Group and vR Group plan to redevelop the former YMCA building and Gateway Bookstore in Covington into a mixed-use property. The project would revitalize a visible corner of downtown Covington, transforming the 72,000-square-foot building at 19 E. Pike St. into a bourbon distillery experience, 10,000 square feet of office space and an expansion of Hotel Covington. The upper floors of the Covington YMCA will be converted into 60 VIP and presidential suites to complement Hotel Covington’s 114 existing rooms just to the south. MORE
  3. Liberty Center faces $700K debt payment shortfall Liberty Center could be more than $700,000 short on debt payments by January 2021 if fund projections don’t increase, the Journal-News reports. That’s according to a forecast from Cincinnati accounting firm Clark Schaeffer Hackett. The shortfall is projected to arrive by July 2020, when payment is due on an Ohio Water Development Authority loan, according to the firm’s cash flow projections. The Liberty Community Authority, which pays the debts with fees it collects from businesses, faces its next shortfall for that payment. MORE
  4. Work resumes on downtown building after partial collapse By Erin Caproni – Digital Producer, Cincinnati Business Courier Crews will resume work at the Fourth & Race development on Tuesday after a portion of the building collapsed during a concrete pour last week, killing one worker and injuring four others. Following the partial collapse on Nov. 25, general contractor Turner Construction partnered with structural engineering consulting firm Thornton Tomasetti to evaluate the site for stability. The review found that the first five levels of the building are secure along with the portions of levels six and seven that weren’t involved in the collapse. MORE
  5. I believe only the top was originally brown, not the entire building.
  6. Let the music play: Banks venue gets final approval By Chris Wetterich – Staff reporter and columnist, Cincinnati Business Courier Nov 20, 2019, 5:59pm EST Updated 20 minutes ago The $27 million music venue set to go at the Banks has received all of the approvals needed from Cincinnati City Council to make the project a reality. City Council unanimously approved on Wednesday changes to the Banks’ concept plan and a development agreement that will allow for a music venue to be built on the mixed-use riverfront development. On Nov. 14, it approved an ordinance making major changes to the cooperative agreement with Hamilton County dividing up the remaining parcels between the city and county. MORE
  7. Oh boo hoo, you can still have the zoning and let the market decide where the space is practical. Major downtown business owners object to more office space at the Banks By Chris Wetterich – Staff reporter and columnist, Cincinnati Business Courier Nov 20, 2019, 2:22pm EST Updated 3 hours ago The owners of major buildings downtown objected to a plan set to receive a City Council vote to expand the amount of office space that would be allowed to be built at the Banks. Neal Mayerson, owner of the Scripps Center at 312 Walnut St., said there is more than 1 million square feet of Class A office space downtown that is vacant. Meanwhile, rents have been stagnant for nearly three decades while expenses increase. He predicted it would hurt downtown property owners unless they were offered the right of first refusal for the new space. MORE
  8. It is a set area where the owners agree to additional taxes to fund certain activities. Things like security, cleaning, etc. or bricks and mortar project funds. Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. is funded by the downtown SID.
  9. Council vote moves OTR mixed-use project forward By Chris Wetterich – Staff reporter and columnist, Cincinnati Business Courier 2 hours ago A major mixed-use project being developed by Over-the-Rhine Community Housing and the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. that will bring new affordable apartments and commercial space received tax breaks on Thursday from Cincinnati City Council. The Perseverance project will bring 32 new apartments, all of them affordable, and nearly 8,000 square feet of retail space to 1505-1517 Vine St. The project’s hard construction costs will be about $6.4 million, according to documents filed with the city. MORE
  10. UC Health reveals details of largest construction project ever By Barrett J. Brunsman – Staff reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier Oct 29, 2019, 12:27pm EDT Updated 12 minutes ago Dr. Rick Lofgren, CEO of UC Health, today disclosed that the hospital system intends to undertake its largest construction project ever – hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrades to the flagship University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Work on the $221 million project dubbed “New Day” is to begin next year and be done by 2025. It will transform patient access and care across the 14-acre Clifton Campus, Lofgren said. MORE
  11. Avondale tries to control growth: 'They see Over-the-Rhine and they see it coming this way' Updated: 6:20 PM, Oct 18, 2019 By: Lisa Smith CINCINNATI — Yvonne Howard has called Avondale home for 11 years. She said there are two things that concern her and other Avondale residents: Quality housing for seniors and the possible gentrification of her neighborhood. "They look at Over-the-Rhine, and they see it coming this way," said Howard. MORE
  12. Thanks for posting, love seeing all the work being done!
  13. Revitalization of Court Street moves west By Chris Wetterich – Staff reporter and columnist, Cincinnati Business Courier In the past two years since the downtown Kroger grocery and apartment building was announced, there has been a spurt of residential redevelopment on Court Street around the store and Kroger’s headquarters. Now, that revitalization is moving west. MORE
  14. Before it was "The Smurf Ride", it was Enchanted Voyage, and way better than the Smurfs! I miss the Flying Eagles the most. As the Log Flume is still there, I think you are remembering Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal
  15. Kings Island's Vortex roller coaster is closing after 33 seasons Jennifer Edwards Baker, Fox 19 Published 5:56 a.m. ET Sept. 27, 2019 | Updated 8:02 a.m. ET Sept. 27, 2019 DEERFIELD TWP. - It opened in 1987 as the tallest, full-circuit roller coaster with the highest drop in the world and the first roller coaster in the world with six inversions, but in the coming weeks Kings Island’s Vortex steel roller coaster will be closing for good. While most coasters of this type typically last 25 to 30 years, Vortex is currently in its 33rd season and the amusement park said it "simply reached the end of its service life." MORE
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