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  1. Councilman hopes to find a resolution to FCC-West End tenant donnybrook The three Cincinnati City Council members who probably will be the deciding votes on the latest FC Cincinnati zoning matters next week had little to say about comments made by the club’s majority owner, Carl Lindner III, on Wednesday. Lindner told the Business Courier that he found the city’s approval process “embarrassing,” that the city is sending a message that would give outside businesses pause about moving here and that the city should be expediting the club’s requests. In an interview, Councilman Greg Landsman said he hopes to convene a meeting Friday with stakeholders and be on a path to resolution by the date of next major FCC-related council vote on May 30. Neither Landsman, nor council members David Mann and P.G. Sittenfeld, the other two likely critical votes, directly addressed Lindner’s comments. The club has been ensnared in a major controversy over the fate of up to seven West End residents at 421 Wade St. and 1550 Central Ave., properties FCC acquired earlier this year but has not yet outlined plans for. Much public attention has been focused on 99-year-old Mary Page, who is a bedridden resident in the Wade Street building. Supporters of the residents have accused FCC’s president, Jeff Berding, of dishonesty because he said that the team would not displace residents prior to getting approval for the West End site. In response, Berding has said that promise applied only to the stadium itself. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/22/councilman-hopes-to-find-a-resolution-to-fcc-west.html
  2. 'Why are we here?' COTA in rebranding effort to reflect expanded role in mobility, shared prosperity COTA is going through rebranding to reflect its broader mission to "connect people to prosperity" – and not just by bus. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/05/22/why-are-we-here-cota-in-rebranding-effort-to.html
  3. Cleveland-based indoor adventure park plans new site in Worthington A Cleveland-based indoor adventure park known as Play:CLE wants to open a Columbus iteration in a warehouse located at 535 Lakeview Plaza Blvd. in Worthington. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/05/22/cleveland-based-indoor-adventure-park-plans-new.html
  4. Here's the next out-of-town eatery coming to Easton A Chicago Italian and pizza eatery is coming to Easton Town Center. Chicago-based Sono Wood Fired will open at Easton Town Center this fall. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/05/22/heres-the-next-out-of-town-eatery-coming-to-easton.html
  5. UC seeks design architect for $86.5 million building The University of Cincinnati is looking for an architect to design a new, $86.5 million classroom building on its Uptown campus. UC’s board of trustees voted on April 23 to move forward with Clifton Court Hall, a 180,000-square-foot classroom building planned where two modular structures stand at Clifton Avenue and Clifton Court Drive. UC sent out a request for qualifications for design architect for the new project on May 21. The new building would provide classrooms for McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Applied Science as well as shared space for interdisciplinary programs involving other colleges. It’s expected to hold 24 classrooms as well as about 230 faculty and staff offices. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/22/uc-seeks-design-architect-for-86-5-million.html
  6. Shots fired... Covington considers outdoor alcohol consumption on city streets Visitors to downtown Covington may soon be able to drink openly on city streets during festivals and special events. An ordinance will go before the Covington City Commission on May 28 for a vote that would establish a new zone called an “entertainment destination center,” or EDC zone, in parts of downtown. While the ordinance would take effect once approved by the commission, the freedom to drink alcohol in public areas would only occur during approved events. Event organizers must seek and receive a special event permit, and the regulation would only apply to certain locations within the zone. The permit requires applicants to address safety and security issues as well as create “barriers” around the designated event area. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/22/covington-considers-outdoor-alcohol-consumption-on.html
  7. Report: Dayton airport outlook trending in positive direction The outlook for Dayton International Airport is trending in a positive direction, according to a new rating from analytics firm S&P Global. In a report released earlier this month, S&P Global Ratings revised its outlook from negative to stable. The revised rating signifies the airport is improving, though challenges remain. The independent, third-party assessment acknowledges the vulnerability DAY has as a small airport with tough competition, but credits the revision in large part to airport management and the region’s strong economic activity. “The outlook revision reflects our view that DAY’s enplanement levels are stabilizing after year-over-year declines since 2013,” S&P Global Analysts Kevin Archer and Joseph Pezzimenti stated in the report. "Our assessment of the enterprise risk profile as adequate reflects DAY’s very strong service area economic fundamentals, low industry risk, vulnerable market position, and strong management and governance.” More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/05/22/report-dayton-airport-outlook-trending-in-positive.html
  8. Smart Columbus selects vendor for Linden self-driving shuttle Smart Columbus has chosen a new vendor for its second autonomous shuttle route, this one providing free rides in the Linden neighborhood to more easily reach jobs and services. EasyMile operates a 12-person autonomous shuttle for the public transit system in Denver, the U.S. base for the French company. Its Linden shuttle launching in November will look similar but with a colorful Smart Columbus wrap. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/05/21/smart-columbus-selects-vendor-for-linden-self.html
  9. Developer buys downtown warehouse property for $375K A warehouse property in Dayton's Webster Station neighborhood has been sold to a local developer. The building at 419 E. Third St. was sold May 17 for $375,000 to Law 431 Third LLC, which shares a mailing address with Dayton-based Woodard Development, according to Montgomery County records. The development firm currently has a number of projects in the works in downtown Dayton, including the Avant-Garde building at 607 E. Third St., also in Webster Station. Representatives from Woodard Development could not be immediately reached for comment regarding possible plans for the building, which neighbors the Cannery Lofts Apartments. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/05/22/developer-buys-downtown-warehouse-property-for.html
  10. Deep dish pizza chain eyes second Dayton-area location Nearly two months after Giordano's opened its first Dayton-area restaurant, the Chicago-based pizza chain is eyeing a new location in the Miami Valley, as well as Cincinnati and Cleveland. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/05/22/deep-dish-pizza-chain-eyes-second-dayton-area.html
  11. Washington Park selects downtown restaurant for summer pop-up A downtown restaurant specializing in fresh seafood will start a summer residency in Washington Park this June. Court Street Lobster Bar, which opened at 28 W. Court St. in April 2017, will bring its Maine-style lobster rolls to Washington Park every Thursday from June through August. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/22/washington-park-selects-downtown-restaurant-for.html
  12. Reds release lineup for free 150th birthday bash concert The Cincinnati Reds are celebrating their 150th birthday with a free stadium concert. The Reds on Tuesday announced the lineup for the Reds Rockin’ 150 Birthday Bash on July 5 at Great American Ball Park. The free party features appearances from 2019 Reds players, fan interactives and concerts from 3 Doors Down, X Ambassadors and Phillip Phillips. The open house, which begins at 5 p.m., celebrates the 150th anniversary of baseball’s first professional team, culminating in a free concert and Rozzi’s fireworks. Season ticket members will get the first opportunity to claim free tickets starting at 9 a.m. May 23. The general public can start claiming free tickets at 9 a.m. on May 24 at reds.com/Rockin150. Tickets – limited to six per person – will allow for entry to the ballpark and general admission seating for the concerts in selected sections. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/21/reds-release-lineup-for-free-150th-birthday-bash.html
  13. Craft brewery partners with Klosterman on summer beer A Greater Cincinnati craft brewery is collaborating with Klosterman Baking Co. on a summer beer inspired by one of the bakery’s classic products. Blue Ash’s Fretboard Brewing and Klosterman will release the Klosterman Honey Wheat Lager, a summer lager based on the classic Klosterman Rich n’ Good honey buns, bread and rolls. Amy Schmitz, director of marketing at Klosterman, told me that fans responded well to last year’s partnership, the Klosterman Rye Bier. She said that partnering with an up-and-coming brewery to create a co-branded beer was an attractive opportunity. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/22/exclusive-craft-brewery-partners-with-klosterman.html
  14. More than $28 million mixed-use development coming to Newport’s World Peace Bell site A large mixed-use development is moving forward at the World Peace Bell site in Newport. Newport City Commission unanimously approved plans for a development that would include a hotel, office building, retail space and a parking garage on the site. The World Peace Bell site is more than 2.1 acres that is bordered by Monmouth, York, Fourth and Fifth streets. ... While the hotel brand has not been announced, the developers told city officials the brand will likely be a Home2 Suites by Hilton. Negotiations with a potential office tenant are ongoing. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/21/more-than-28-million-mixed-use-development-coming.html
  15. "Who's getting Pei'd to build this club? I.M.!"
  16. Historic Detroit hotel was supposed to be renovated years ago. Now it may finally happen. The Ilitch family's Olympia Development said Friday it has reached agreement on a revised development plan for the old Eddystone Hotel near Little Caesars Arena. Details are to be released at the next meeting of the Detroit Downtown Development Authority, scheduled for Wednesday. Back in April 2015, Olympia and the city agreed on a plan for the Eddystone that called for it to be reopened as a mixed-use tower one year after completion of Little Caesars Arena. That would have meant a fall 2018 opening. Delays in renovating the Eddystone has been one of the flash points sparking criticism of the Ilitches and Olympia for delays in fulfilling the vision for District Detroit. Olympia said it had selected Kraemer Design Group as the architect and O’Brien Construction Co. as the construction manager for the project. To be known as 110 Sproat, the project will offer 96 residential units, 20% of which will be reserved as affordable housing. Construction work is scheduled to start in June. More below: https://www.freep.com/story/money/2019/05/17/eddystone-hotel-detroit-ilitch-olympia/3705464002/
  17. Cincinnati icon will set up shop at CVG An iconic Cincinnati restaurant is coming to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/21/cincinnati-icon-will-set-up-shop-at-cvg.html
  18. Less than a year after opening, this craft brewery is planning a move to a new space A Central Ohio craft brewery will be expanding to Westerville. Galena Brewing expects to move into 5901 Chandler Ct., Unit B, in Westerville by late summer or early fall. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/05/21/less-than-a-year-after-opening-this-craft-brewery.html
  19. Well, Dayton did NOT forget about "the clock" and moved it down I-75.
  20. Teachers union chief alleges city official traded development incentives for campaign contributions The president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers told Cincinnati City Council on Monday that developers have told her an unnamed city official has asked them for campaign contributions in exchange for tax abatements. “They (developers) are paying money to have meetings to have their abatements approved,” Cincinnati Federation of Teachers President Julie Sellers told council’s budget committee, which was having an informational meeting on the city’s tax abatement policy. Sellers said she had heard about the pay-to-play allegations from developers, including those working in Mount Auburn. After she made her initial statement, Councilman Chris Seelbach asked Sellers what she was talking about. “I’ve been told by developers ... if you want to get abatements, you have to have a meeting with a city official and you have to provide campaign funds for that official,” she said. “That’s illegal,” Seelbach said. “You need to get your house in order,” Sellers responded. “These developers need to go to the police or the prosecutor,” Seelbach said. Councilman David Mann expressed skepticism. “If there’s specific allegations, make them,” Mann said. “But generalized statements leave me cold.” Full article below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/20/teachers-union-chief-alleges-city-official-traded.html
  21. Dayton VA working on multiple construction projects A flurry of projects is underway at the Dayton VA Medical Center, including the construction of two new buildings for the National VA History Center. The History Center has a projected opening of 2022, with construction occurring in three phases, said Phil Kirk, chief of engineering. The headquarters building will begin phase two in a matter of months, where building utilities such as heating and air-conditioning will be installed. The clubhouse is preparing to begin phase one of construction, where the structure of the building will be finalized. The National VA History and Heritage Center will create 440 jobs once completed in phases over the next five years. The center in part will store historical archives for the VA system, including art, artifacts, records and photographs. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/05/20/dayton-va-working-on-multiple-construction.html
  22. Area surrounding Rose Music Center could see future developments One of Huber Height's premier attractions is in the midst of its 2019 concert season. In addition to this year's diverse lineup of world traveling acts, the venue's surrounding area is also gaining some traction too. The Stuart & Mimi Rose Music Center at The Heights has been in operation since 2015 and is located at 6800 Executive Blvd. The fully covered, outdoor amphitheater is complete with 4,200 seats. A number of well-known artists have graced the Rose's stage, including Patti LaBelle, Steve Martin and Martin Short, ZZ Top, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Beach Boys, Diana Ross and more. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/05/20/area-surrounding-rose-music-center-could-see.html
  23. City rejects Hilltop solution on Banks music venue The city of Cincinnati has rejected a proposal by Hilltop Companies that would move its concrete plant, storage area and barge terminal from its current site just south of Paul Brown Stadium, allowing Hamilton County to build a parking lot there, which would make way for a music venue at the Banks. The county needs to build a parking lot at Hilltop’s current site to allow for space for Cincinnati Bengals tailgating, so the music venue can be built on a current, surface parking lot adjacent to the stadium, under a county agreement with the Bengals. On April 30, Hilltop proposed the city convey up to 14 acres of riverfront property south of Mehring Way and east of Gest Street currently leased to Cincinnati Bulk Terminals to Hilltop. If Hilltop had that 14 acres along the riverfront, it could build its concrete plant, storage facility and loading terminal all in one spot. If it got 10 acres, it would locate the plant along Mehring Way and Freeman Avenue south of West Sixth Street. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/20/city-rejects-hilltop-solution-on-banks-music-venue.html
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