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1 minute ago, Ucgrad2015 said:

Does anyone know if the building adjacent to 5/3 on the square can support  additional floors?

The annex building? To the north of the square. If that is what your referring to no it was not built to hold additional floors. Worked on a feasibility study back in 2005 to determine 

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1 hour ago, savadams13 said:

The annex building? To the north of the square. If that is what your referring to no it was not built to hold additional floors. Worked on a feasibility study back in 2005 to determine 

 

We maybe 5/3 can develop their air rights above the old Macy's to expand their corporate campus that direction.

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1 hour ago, Brutus_buckeye said:

 

We maybe 5/3 can develop their air rights above the old Macy's to expand their corporate campus that direction.

5/3 sold those air rights to 3CDC. Not to pop that balloon but that's probably not going to happen.

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That will be used by Rebel Mettle Brewery, which was originally planning to go into the former Clyffside Brewery on McMicken, but the timing didn't work out.

 

On 8/26/2019 at 5:20 PM, ColDayMan said:

Downtown getting first new brewery in more than a decade

 

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Downtown Cincinnati is getting its first new brewery in more than a decade – and the city's first veteran-owned brewery – in a project coming to Fourth Street.

 

Rebel Mettle Brewery is coming to 412 Central Ave.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/08/26/exclusive-downtown-getting-first-new-brewery-in.html

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18 hours ago, NsideProp said:

I think this is the same group that was going to be in the Hamilton/Sohn Brewery. Rebel Mettle. 

It is. Apparently Hamilton/Sohn/Clyffside is still not out of the running for a second location.

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34 minutes ago, mcmicken said:

It is. Apparently Hamilton/Sohn/Clyffside is still not out of the running for a second location.

 

Interesting share more!

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15 minutes ago, savadams13 said:

 

Too many pots on the stove right now for 3CDC, but they created this for themselves by allowing local government to be hostile to out of state developers. 

 

 

Can you elaborate? Did an out of town developer want to redevelop fountain place? 

 

Just seems odd that if 3cdc is simply redeveloping the property by including office space on the upper levels, and new commercial tenants on the ground floor that it would take almost a year for any activity or movement since there purchase back in January.

 

Seems counter productive towards 3cdc mission of "reactivating spaces and the urban core" by letting Cincinnati's most prime real estate sit completely vacant for so long now without any movement or progress on the site. 

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1 hour ago, troeros said:

 

 

Can you elaborate? Did an out of town developer want to redevelop fountain place? 

 

Just seems odd that if 3cdc is simply redeveloping the property by including office space on the upper levels, and new commercial tenants on the ground floor that it would take almost a year for any activity or movement since there purchase back in January.

 

Seems counter productive towards 3cdc mission of "reactivating spaces and the urban core" by letting Cincinnati's most prime real estate sit completely vacant for so long now without any movement or progress on the site. 

 

Cranley and company have made a hostile environment for out of town developers. Giving preference to 3CDC and local benefactors to his campaign. I have seen a number of out of town developers pass on Cincinnati knowing about this environment.  I dont hate on 3CDC but they are stretched thin at the moment internally on all the different projects they are working on. Fountain Place is on the back burner at the moment. 

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41 minutes ago, savadams13 said:

 

Cranley and company have made a hostile environment for out of town developers. Giving preference to 3CDC and local benefactors to his campaign. I have seen a number of out of town developers base Cincinnati by know about this environment.  I dont hate on 3CDC but they are stretched thin at the moment internally on all the different projects they are working on. Fountain Place is on the back burner at the moment. 


100% Disagree, from everything I have heard over the past few weeks Fountain Place is definitely not “on the back burner”. It’s actually priority number 1. The city/Cranley recognizes this property can’t sit vacant much longer it’s a massive drag on everything around it. I’m hoping/ thinking we get news in the next few weeks or so.

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1 hour ago, savadams13 said:

 

Cranley and company have made a hostile environment for out of town developers. Giving preference to 3CDC and local benefactors to his campaign. I have seen a number of out of town developers base Cincinnati by know about this environment.  I dont hate on 3CDC but they are stretched thin at the moment internally on all the different projects they are working on. Fountain Place is on the back burner at the moment. 

 

Just browsing 3cdc current projects page...

 

They are still wrapped up with;

 

Behlen Building

 

Meiner's Building

 

4th and Race

 

Doesn't seem that much of a heavy work load at the moment compared to past years. 

 

 

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The are also in the planning stages on building out townhomes on Pleasant, and infilling Vine in between 15th and Liberty.    Also, while I have no information on this, I have to assume they are trying to purchase the Wade's land behind the old Krogers.

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44 minutes ago, JoeHarmon said:

The are also in the planning stages on building out townhomes on Pleasant, and infilling Vine in between 15th and Liberty.    Also, while I have no information on this, I have to assume they are trying to purchase the Wade's land behind the old Krogers.

 

Sure, but as mentioned before 3cdc is literally not making improvements to fountain place, they are just filling in the vacant businesses with new businesses. I understand if they were going to build a new mixed use tower on that site but they arent...so your telling me it takes a year to find businesses to open at fountain place?

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3 hours ago, troeros said:

 

Just browsing 3cdc current projects page...

 

They are still wrapped up with;

 

Behlen Building

 

Meiner's Building

 

4th and Race

 

Doesn't seem that much of a heavy work load at the moment compared to past years. 

 

 


Exactly. I had looked at their project list a few weeks or so ago and thought the same thing. The fact is they do have lots of projects that are in the planning stage including Fountain Place but that’s about it at the moment. Now that the 1010 Kroger project along with those small court street buildings are pretty much done,  3CDC doesn’t  actually have much under construction* to warrant all this “3CDC is overwhelmed with so many projects” talk I keep seeing lol.

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Willkommen is also a huge project. Not to mention other ongoing efforts around Court Street.
 

If the city had let F&C do 4th & Race themselves as originally planned, that would free 3CDC up to work on something else. But Cranley had to bring in 3CDC as a partner on that project.

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Historical downtown building sells; owner plans renovations

 

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Historical downtown building sells; owner plans renovations. Property name: 133 W. Fourth St. Behind the deal: Craft worked with the buyer and seller to come to terms on the historical building.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/11/historical-downtown-building-sells-owner-plans.html


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4 hours ago, DEPACincy said:

Temporary road diet on Vine. As far as I know, traffic hasn't really been affected.

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Short term pain brings long term gain.  Bringing 4th Street back to life with both new construction and historic renovations begins to reconnect the riverfront to Downtown.  Hopefully this further justifies building over FWW.

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Some great questions posted by Steve Dieters on FB.  I'd like to hear your thoughts.

 

Part 1. Random questions boiling beneath the surface to end the year and looking for answers in the coming year for the city of Cincinnati:

 

What’s the status of the hillside rehabilitation along Columbia Parkway? Is it on budget or is a surprise(s) coming?

 

What’s the abatement strategy for the city and the developers who seek them now that the agreement with board of education is expiring with no agreement in place?

 

For 2020 can city council in the spirit of Murray Seasongood and good government break this reliance of “emergency” ordinances that the developer community has come to rely on to achieve their goals? Rightly and wrongly it appears to being used to “game” the system and circumvent the needs of the city as a whole for the benefit of a few.

 

To what degree will the city and developers use The Port in the coming year to create new tax dodging entities for their benefit?

 

Will 2020 be the year when an elected official asks the question, “If people can afford $400 to $600,000+ houses in the neighborhoods while seeking an abatement why can’t they afford to pay the real estate taxes for them?”

 

The developers in OTR who bought abated property literally on the wrong side of the streetcar tracks find the costs to connect the water main $100,000+ since they have to horizontally drill under the tracks. The typical new connection by the water department charges $2300 and is still short of covering the costs. The question is to what extent will these developers who have typically already received an abatement and not to mention the inherent property enhancer of the streetcar as described in the studies leading up to its construction will ask the city taxpayers/water utility ratepayers to cover this enhanced cost? This is an issue where entrepreneurial risk and the principle of caveat emptor for the developer meet the road-literally and figuratively.

 

What is the status of the pre-school promise with enrollment and performance? It has been on line for a couple of years now.

 

When will the streetcar eventually be “free” and how will that revenue shortfall be covered? What is the projected increase in ridership?

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Tax abatements are only one small issue facing the funding of public schools.  The much bigger issue is that they are primarily funded via local property taxes - not from a statewide method that evens the playing field across the state.  If you're going to get upset and put some effort into changing things, put that effort into the problems that exist at the state level.  

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58 minutes ago, thesenator said:

 

The developers in OTR who bought abated property literally on the wrong side of the streetcar tracks find the costs to connect the water main $100,000+ since they have to horizontally drill under the tracks. The typical new connection by the water department charges $2300 and is still short of covering the costs. The question is to what extent will these developers who have typically already received an abatement and not to mention the inherent property enhancer of the streetcar as described in the studies leading up to its construction will ask the city taxpayers/water utility ratepayers to cover this enhanced cost? This is an issue where entrepreneurial risk and the principle of caveat emptor for the developer meet the road-literally and figuratively.

This is obviously wrong. Nobody is paying $100K+ for a residential water service, using a well established technology employed throughout the construction industry.

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On 12/24/2019 at 12:36 PM, jim uber said:

This is obviously wrong. Nobody is paying $100K+ for a residential water service, using a well established technology employed throughout the construction industry.

 

A 2" line one the streetcar route is $6,080 - GCWW has fixed rates for these:

 

https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/water/water-sewer-service-charges/rates-for-installation-of-water-service-branches/

 

If it is a 4" or larger line (usually for sprinklers) then it's a different story - but $100,000 seems high.

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34 minutes ago, Ram23 said:

 

A 2" line one the streetcar route is $6,080 - GCWW has fixed rates for these:

 

https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/water/water-sewer-service-charges/rates-for-installation-of-water-service-branches/

 

If it is a 4" or larger line (usually for sprinklers) then it's a different story - but $100,000 seems high.

 

Incidentally, if you buy a vacant city lot where a house once stood, said lot might or might not have a water connection.  If it does and you want to maintain said connection for future development, you have to pay a nominal water bill of about $7 per month.  If you elect to be cut off, it is roughly $6,000 to be reconnected in the future.  

 

 

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I really hope this happens. The current design of the downtown library is so anti-urban with its massive setbacks, underutilized plazas, and parking lot at the NW corner of Ninth and Walnut. Having street-level retail (and potentially housing above) right next to the streetcar stop would be huge.

 

 

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4 hours ago, taestell said:

I really hope this happens. The current design of the downtown library is so anti-urban with its massive setbacks, underutilized plazas, and parking lot at the NW corner of Ninth and Walnut. Having street-level retail (and potentially housing above) right next to the streetcar stop would be huge.

 

 

 

This would be amazing! Would be great for increasing pedestrian traffic around the library. This seems costly though? I wonder if 3cdc would be willing to partner with them on the residential portion. 

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On 1/10/2020 at 2:49 PM, taestell said:

I really hope this happens. The current design of the downtown library is so anti-urban with its massive setbacks, underutilized plazas, and parking lot at the NW corner of Ninth and Walnut. Having street-level retail (and potentially housing above) right next to the streetcar stop would be huge.

 

 

I'd be totally up for option A, but it looks like options B and C would mean that the library garden would be demolished to create a new main entrance. 

The library garden is one of my very favorite spaces in the city; it's a little oasis.  I'd hate to see it go for a bigger development when there's all these parking lots on Walnut that are begging for development.

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23 minutes ago, northsider said:

I'd be totally up for option A, but it looks like options B and C would mean that the library garden would be demolished to create a new main entrance. 

The library garden is one of my very favorite spaces in the city; it's a little oasis.  I'd hate to see it go for a bigger development when there's all these parking lots on Walnut that are begging for development.


the library garden is on the vine street side of the north building. This is on the walnut street side of the south building. This is where the raised bed with ivy is (and the parking lot) by the streetcar stop


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1 minute ago, thebillshark said:


the library garden is on the vine street side of the north building. This is on the walnut street side of the south building. This is where the raised bed with ivy is (and the parking lot) by the streetcar stop

 

The Vine Street garden is actually the children's garden, which was built when they made the northern expansion. I'm talking about the Reading Garden, which is on 8th Street. If you haven't been I highly recommend it, it's a beautiful space with lots of shade and a pond. Very relaxing to sit there and read while hearing city sounds but feeling enclosed and private.

 

Again, looking at the doc that Taestell linked, this space would be gone under options B and C to make a new main entrance.

 

 

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I think the 8th St "Reading Garden" could be maintained in some way, even if some version of Options B/C were pursued. I agree that it's a lovely urban oasis, and I think it would be even more special if the development on Walnut happened. Versions B and C both have entrances to the library along Walnut (as well as the existing entrances on Vine), so that might be sufficient. If an entrance along 8th is necessary, it could be directly to the side of the Garden, or potentially there could be an entrance "through" the garden. The design would have to be sensitive to the garden, to not destroy what makes it feel special... but I think a good landscape architect could pull it off.

 

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