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  1. SIAP: Permit application for Liberty and Elm: https://cagis.hamilton-co.org/opal/apd.aspx?QSPerm=2018P10246 Hopefully this can get started soon.
  2. https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/buildings/historic-conservation/historic-conservation-board/october-22-2018-staff-report-and-attachments-items-3-6/
  3. 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?
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    FC Cincinnati Discussion

    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.)
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. Fortus has applied for a wrecking permit for the Boys and Girls Club building on Logan Street. They purchased it last year after they joined in on Freeport Row. https://cagis.hamilton-co.org/opal/apd.aspx?QSPerm=2018P06275
  12. Well, fore example, wasn't the new bar by the owners of Senate at the corner of Liberty and Walnut downsized because they had to include more space for parking?
  13. If it doesn't matter who programs the venue, then what exactly is PromoWest's advantage? Seems to be the property taxes PromoWest would pay that CSO would not, though CSO has offered to pay the ticket taxes. The tradeoff, then, is [x amount in property taxes] versus [CSO's reinvestment of revenues in cultural events benefiting the city] plus [guaranteed use and fair compensation of union workers] plus [the reclaimed opportunity cost of real estate at The Banks Promowest would have used] plus [the possibility of incorporating the CSO venue into an astounding weekend-long concert festival on the banks of the river that would be an incomparable showcase for the city, many times moreso than Bunbury]. Perhaps you've decided the equation comes out in favor of PromoWest. That's fine. But I wouldn't fault these specific proceedings for showcasing Cincinnati provincialism (as I fear the city hall lot development will). Indeed just as we should be wary of that provincialism, we should also be wary of the reflexive opposite, a fearful wilting in the face of a good argument just because it might appear provincial on its face. PromoWest might be the out-of-town option, but Cincinnati shouldn't feel compelled to go with them just to escape a stereotype. That is, there are reasons to favor CSO's bid.
  14. I suppose my point was implicit: If both venues are programmed equivalently, then neither the Banks steering committee nor the commissioners nor city council had anything to gain by factoring venue programming into their respective decisions. I understand the process by which this came about irritates you, but in terms of the result, it isn't worth excoriating any of those parties on the basis of a criterion they didn't consider.