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  1. Perhaps an unpopular opinion, and certainly a biased one coming from a vegetarian, but I get sick just walking past Boi Na Braza, and I'm not entirely upset its closing. Even Jeff Ruby's has an inviting exterior. The way Boi Na Braza looks from the outside, I would imagine they hook you up to pumps that feed you the beef intravenously... or, at any rate, something just a bit less grotesque. Another restaurant should do well there. Like The Anchor's space, this is one of the prime spots in Cincinnati, and it can likely be better utilized.
  2. They aren't die hard about it. They wanted to move as recently as a year ago. They even went out of their way to alert the media of the beginning of their site-selection process. As to what's happened since then, well, it's pretty clear. I don't blame them for wanting something of a payout from FCC, it's just unfortunate the process isn't a bit more backroom (and a bit less front page.) A public fight really doesn't do either organization any good, though obviously they made the calculation--likely a correct one--that FCC's reputation is the more delicate and susceptible, and that's very much part of this as well.
  3. ^^is that whatsoever connected to Reztark's Rookwood redesign? http://reztark.com/en/portfolio-item/rookwood/ Or perhaps firms like that just put out work of that nature to show what their style is. (Reztark are the folks behind the Fountain Square high rise rendering. Found this rendering while I was poking around their website in consequence of that.)
  4. SIAP: Permit application for Liberty and Elm: https://cagis.hamilton-co.org/opal/apd.aspx?QSPerm=2018P10246 Hopefully this can get started soon.
  5. https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/buildings/historic-conservation/historic-conservation-board/october-22-2018-staff-report-and-attachments-items-3-6/
  6. Random question for those who might know TIFs better than me (i.e. anyone with a pulse): Because the city owned the property prior to selling it to the lessee, do all the proceeds from the sale of the Whex garage (~$1.8m) go directly into the relevant TIF account? Or is that windfall not part of the so-called "tail"?
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    Random thought, hopefully unfounded: Given how Kavanaugh framed his mental health, as well as his protectiveness when pressed about him, I’m petrified we’re going to wake up Monday or Tuesday to the news that Mark Judge has committed suicide... and the Republican line will be “Democrats made an innocent man do this with a witch hunt investigation.” I suppose one thing that rings bells in my head in that regard is Kavanaugh twice made a point of saying "he even tried to take his own life!" Speaking from experience, if you know someone who has done so, it's the last thing you go broadcasting, especially at a job interview as a way of making yourself seem believable. Among all the shameful things Kavanaugh did in the hearing, that stuck out to me as one of the most reprehensible. It's clearly sociopathic behavior, but no one mentions it because so much else of what he said was distractingly idiotic. In any event, the question seems to be this: Where is Mark Judge?
  8. Accepting your premise that there do seem to be issues around most corners, the reasoning is likely that FCC is starting MLS play in 2019, and as such things need to move at a faster pace than normal. FCC doesn't want to be another Minnesota. That is, they want to be competing for titles right out of the gate. Hence the added urgency in terms of getting all their infrastructure up and running ASAP. The philosophy seems to be, if they have to cut corners here and there, so be it. If I was worth $x billion, I might think the same way. (I'm not, and I don't.)
  9. Out of curiosity, why would Epicurean Mercantile be applying for a new liquor license after they've already announced they're going out of business? Permit, dated Sept. 6: http://city-egov.cincinnati-oh.gov/Webtop/ws/council/public/child/Blob/51248.pdf?rpp=-10&m=1&w=doc_no%3D%27201801344%27 Also, unrelated to that, looks like new townhomes are ready to go up 1508-1524 Pleasant Street. Permits applied for last Friday, though I don't remember seeing anything in any planning packet or HCB packet.
  10. https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/08/16/fourth-and-race-development-finally-goes-forward-downtown-cincinnati/1009078002/ "Construction could begin immediately after the changes are approved. The developers expect to complete the garage by September 2019 and the entire project by the summer of 2020." Wohoo!
  11. Agreed about the Royal, you can even imagine an identical pub opening in the same space with a new name in 18 months and maybe it does really well. (Though some more vegetarian food wouldn't kill them.) About Epicurean Mercantile, I feel like you could see that coming from a mile away. The prices were high, the produce wasn't reliably fresh or even present, the location was poor, and with the new Kroger going in you felt it was only a matter of time. That said, the food from the Counter was delicious and I'll miss that at least. But again, it always seemed like a business that was just a year too early for its ambitions.
  12. Capital 'C' Conspiracy theory: What if Rhinegeist is looking to privately finance part of the McMicken Ave./McMillan streetcar extension that was the preferred extension route of the 2009 feasibility study? At a cost of $69 million (in 2009 dollars), might they be able to put enough in that matching grants, city/state funds, and UC/Uptown Consortium would be able to get this over the hump? Then those property purchases makes sense because by flipping them they'd probably be able to recoup what they put into the project. Sort of like an entirely private TIF district. At any rate, that's my dreamiest dream scenario.
  13. This might fall into the "I have too much time on my hands" category of posts, but whatever. A while back an LLC named Franz Fund began acquiring a large number of buildings and empty parcels in Mohawk, specifically along Mohawk Street and Renner Street. The LLC belongs to Bob Bonder, founder of Rhinegeist. I suppose it isn't unusual that this is taking place, but the sheer number of properties purchased (more than 20, if memory serves) struck me as unusual. What deepened my interest was the Reddit rumor of a privately funded Rhinegeist gondola a while back. Notwithstanding its accuracy, the rumor seemed to signal a greater than normal interest in neighborhood development. Again, it makes sense that Rhinegeist would want a vibrant neighborhood surrounding its headquarters, especially when (I believe) they have large national ambitions. The question is how that interest materializes. I bring all that up now because the purchases appear to be ongoing; the LLC purchased 312 Mohawk this month. Perhaps this is just private land banking. But I wonder if anyone might have an informed guess as to what, if anything, is going on there?
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