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  1. Brewery District Harvest Opens for Carryout This Week


    Central Ohio’s fourth Harvest Pizzeria will start slinging pies very soon.


    It will be a carryout only operation at the start, with curbside pickup at 940 S. Front St. in the Brewery District. The menu will be similar to Harvest’s other locations – primarily focused on pizza with a smattering of salads, small plates and sandwiches.


    Taking over the former home of Westies Gastropub, Harvest has 5,300 square feet of space to work with – far larger than their original 24-seat home in German Village. When the Brewery District spot does open up for dine-in seating, the front half of the building will be the traditional Harvest dining room. However, the back half will debut a new upscale cocktail bar, The Silo. The Silo will have cocktails, craft beer and small plates, but diners can still enjoy pizzas. It will be a similar set up to how Harvest and neighboring bar Curio used to function.


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  2. Sheetz, new commercial space added to expansive Delaware development


    Delaware's next major mixed-use development is continuing to finalize new components.


    Developers have returned to the city in several recent virtual meetings with more details about Coughlin's Crossing, a 77-acre development along Meeker Way, between U.S. Route 23 and Stratford Road. Master developer Connie Klema, of Delaware Development Plan Ltd., has been working out plans for the mixed use commercial project for five years.


    The city heard a hearing this month on a proposed 6,000-square-foot Sheetz along Route 23. It'd be the second Sheetz in the city; another was approved off of U.S. 36 a few months ago, said Lance Schultz, zoning administrator.


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  3. New Mexican restaurant option now open in Dublin


    A Central Ohio-based Mexican chain has added a new restaurant.


    El Vaquero is now open at 6549 Perimeter Dr. in Avery Square in Dublin. It’s the 11th area location for the brand, the second in the Dublin area and the 18th overall. The company also has restaurants in the Toledo and Cincinnati markets.


    The new restaurant is open for dine-in, carryout and delivery. A patio will be added soon, El Vaquero said in a news release.


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  4. Franklin County to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a paid holiday


    Franklin County next year is moving its Columbus Day paid holiday to Juneteenth Day, joining a growing number of employers recognizing the celebration of African American freedom.


    "African Americans are entitled to equal rights in this country they helped to build," Franklin County commissioners said in a statement. "We recognize the struggle that so many have endured and are still enduring to help us realize the dream of a more perfect union, and we stand with our residents in the ongoing fight for racial equity."


    Commissioners and Columbus City Council also recently formally declared racism a public health crisis, underpinning policy efforts to eliminate systemic inequity in housing and other factors that influence health.


    The June 19 holiday commemorates the day that federal soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, signed more than two years before during the Civil War. What started as a state celebration spread as Texans migrated around the country, The Washington Post reported.


    The country's longest-running celebration of abolition actually is in southern Ohio's Gallia County, starting Sept. 22, 1863, the one-year anniversary of the proclamation. Ohio's legislature declared Sept. 22 "Emancipation Day" in 2006.


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  5. Mayor’s wife, former chief of staff spar over Hyde Park zoning matter


    Dena Cranley, Mayor John Cranley’s wife, and his former chief of staff, Jay Kincaid, found themselves at odds over a Hyde Park homeowner’s attempt to subdivide her 1-acre Observatory Avenue property and allow a new home to be built on it in the back yard.


    Property subdivisions have become a major controversy on Cincinnati’s east side, with homeowners seeking to carve up their massive lots and build new homes upon them. The Cincinnati Planning Commission has faced repeated votes on the topic, with homeowners asserting their right to do with their property as they please within the zoning code, while neighbors have accused them of “ruining” Hyde Park.


    The latter was the view of Dena Cranley on Friday, while Kincaid, hired as a consultant for homeowner Diane Rohs, was advocating for the opposite. Kincaid managed Mayor Cranley’s successful 2013 mayoral campaign, became his chief of staff during his first term, worked on the mayor’s 2017 re-election campaign and founded a lobbying firm.


    “Jay Kincaid, hello, I love you, but you do not live in Hyde Park or Mount Lookout,” Dena Cranley told Kincaid, who attended the meeting via the Zoom app. “The lot splits are ruining the charm of Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout. I have a huge yard. Imagine me selling my backyard and building a huge house bigger than my own. I am very concerned about the water erosion. I’m concerned about the privacy issues and having to ruin the aesthetics in our neighborhood.”


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  6. More on that...


    Unique mixed-income OTR housing development gets key approval 


    An unusual mixed-income Over-the-Rhine infill apartment project has received unanimous approval by the Cincinnati Planning Commission and now heads to the Cincinnati City Council for a final vote.


    Blue Ocean Development plans to build a five-story, 15-unit apartment building on a 0.1-acre vacant lot at 1518 Race St., with the fifth-floor penthouses set back from the street. About 40% of those units will be affordable workforce housing with rents as low as $515 a month. The project is a rarity in the urban core because it does not contain state, federal or local tax credits or direct financial subsidy. The project is receiving a city property tax abatement, which is standard for most new buildings anywhere in the city.


    The vote came over the objections of some nearby neighbors centered around its height, which they believed should only be four stories instead of what is proposed. Developer Ric Powell said the project’s configuration is necessary in order to make the finances work. He has billed it as the kind of project that a bartender or a waitress who works in the neighborhood also could afford to live in.


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  7. Hyde Park staple Dutch's to reopen this summer under new owner


    Dutch's, a Hyde Park institution that closed at the beginning of this year, will reopen this summer under new ownership, and it's a familiar face for Cincinnati's culinary scene.


    Dutch's at 3378 Erie Ave. is now under the ownership of Chef Brad Bernstein, chef-owner of Oakley's Red Feather Kitchen and Postmark in Clifton, who hopes to reopen it with a new focus in August.


    Dutch's has been a Hyde Park institution since it opened as a pony keg – a shop for purchasing beer to-go – in 1947. It was most recently purchased by Jay Ashmore in 2007, who expanded it into the neighboring building to open a bar in 2010. It was again expanded into Dutch's Larder, offering upscale eats and high-quality charcuterie, in 2012.


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  8. 12 minutes ago, richNcincy said:

    I've always thought to myself it would be best for all government entities to remove Race, Gender and Religion from every document, application, etc.  It's not much, but would be a start.


    France does that, FYI.  Well, race I believe.  Dunno about gender or religion. 

  9. Feds weigh in on city’s ‘zombie streetcar’ plan


    The Federal Transit Administration, which provided Cincinnati $45 million to build the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar, indicated this week that it expects the city to comply with the agreements it made when it accepted federal funds for the $148 million project.


    The FTA was asked about Mayor John Cranley’s plan to run what’s become known at City Hall as a “zombie streetcar” — one where the system and vehicles are maintained and run on occasion but without passengers. The Cranley administration has said there is not enough money to run the streetcar in fiscal year 2021, which begins on July 1. The mayor halted passenger service in March, saying that he was seeking to close off avenues for the spread of the virus.


    In a statement provided to the Business Courier, the agency indicated some leeway for the city to deal with Covid-19, given that transit service has been reduced across the country in response to the pandemic. But the FTA’s statement also suggested the slack it is cutting the city will not be unending.


    “Recipients of federal transit grants must use the funds for public transportation purposes. However, during the COVID-19 public health emergency, many public transportation services have been reduced,” the agency said.


    “Given that the one-year suspension of streetcar passenger service is proposed and not yet approved by the city of Cincinnati, FTA expects the city to provide a plan for meeting the requirements associated with the streetcar’s federal funding. FTA will coordinate with the city to identify how and when the city plans to resume service.”


    Previously, the FTA has indicated that while it would not dictate to the city how the streetcar would be run, the city would have to operate the streetcar in a manner similar to how it told the feds it was going to be run when it applied for funding, which was seven days per week, 16 to 18 hours per day.


    Under the master grant agreement Cincinnati signed with the FTA, the agency could yank back the funding it distributed to the city.


    “Should the recipient unreasonably delay or fail to use project property during the useful life of that property, the recipient agrees that it may be required to return the entire amount of the federal assistance expended on that property,” the agreement said.


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  10. 7 minutes ago, jmecklenborg said:


    Yes.  Free your mind and the rest will follow.  


    Thanks, En Vogue.


    6 minutes ago, ink said:



    This is going to sound creepy, but was it the Sunday before last? I was driving down Main Street in the afternoon and thought I saw you walking on the south side of the street.


    Child, this isn't the first time you stalked an UrbanOhioan.  You'd might as well paid for Travis' beers if ya gonna drive by.

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