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  1. Pretty nice units there, thanks for sharing. Do you know who the architect for the project was? I think that exposed rafters can look incredible in many situations, but for some reason this one just makes it look unfinished. Are they going to add more gyp board to the ceilings? Perhaps the small sizing of those existing structural members is what's making it look off. But maybe it's just me, and others will love the look.
  2. Well the building is going to have a parking level below grade, so I believe they're just excavating the proper volume for that. It's possible that they were thrown off by the existing stone wall along Sycamore, and may have to do some tweaking to the foundation.
  3. Not too long ago there was supposed to be a wine bar going on the first floor and basement. Maybe that's the neighborhood retail they're speaking of...
  4. They haven't made the design public yet, I believe they're waiting until the litigation sorts itself out before they release anything. However, I've seen their design and was impressed with the historical sensitivity and their reasoning behind design/programming decisions. They also seem relatively far along. What they produced goes beyond just a rendering or a rough layout. That being said, the characterization of JNY as "buying property to hide money" is pretty ignorant. To me, they seem very invested in making the project happen. Anderson Birkla kept kicking the can down the road and not finalizing any deals, so JNY capitalized on their inactivity and snatched up the property.
  5. The group out of Brooklyn also has a design for the building that they can implement once the court ruling is complete. Their design is done by SOM (original designers) that doesn't destroy the building's history. That being said, I also hate how long the legal proceedings are taking. Cranley getting involved certainly doesn't help the deal look legitimate.
  6. This is very wrong. A lot of paint applications are extremely harmful to brick facades. Bricks have pores that need to breathe in order to maintain the brick's integrity. When painted, these pores are sealed off and freeze-thaw cycles can cause serious damage. Furthermore, the paint is next to impossible to remove once applied, so the natural brick facade is basically lost forever.
  7. The Levines also own the 1100 Sycamore building and some other occupied properties scattered around. I assume they have a similar setup to what @JYP described and are generating a good income as landlords. They probably won't miss their parking lot that much.
  8. Yeah I'm afraid you're probably right. At the very least, employees will be hanging around pretty late. The transparent facade helps with the safety on Reading, and the employees smoking out back create a decent presence on Elliot Street out back (the kitchen even has windows right on the back alley).
  9. I honestly haven't even been inside the place yet, but walked around that area a lot over the weekend. The amount of activity that it brought to the block was incredible. It made the street feel MUCH safer after dark. That stretch is usually devoid of people in the evenings/weekends and it can get creepy sometimes.
  10. https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/11/12/scotlands-brewdog-is-opening-its-second-largest-u.html#g/463493/1
  11. Final plans approval was dated 10/31. The photo I took (earlier in this thread) was also on 10/31 when they fenced the site off that same day. It seems like it has already begun.
  12. The 529 lot is relatively small. But it looks like lots 529, 531, and 533 are city-owned, with 535 being owned by the Pendleton Arts Center.
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