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Some more new goings-on.....

 

UC set to tackle $60M project

University Village envisioned as upscale urban neighborhood

 

A nonprofit developer bankrolled by the University of Cincinnati hopes to break ground in September on a $60 million housing, retail and office development at the corner of Eden Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive. Backers of the project, called University Village, spent three years and $5 million to acquire the 5.5 acres needed for the project. Two final parcels were purchased a month ago.

 

The group is seeking $4.7 million in tax abatements from the city of Cincinnati and negotiating an office lease that could enable a revenue-bond financing package to fall into place. "It's the creation of a new urban village," said Tom Humes, whose Great Traditions Land & Development Co. is managing the development for the Corryville Community Development Corp. "We think we've got a wonderful location, a pedestrian-friendly plan and some amenities that will match those found in any suburban complex."

 

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http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2004/08/23/story1.html

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Oh shut it. lol

 

OSU has tons of buildings u/c PLUS district construction PLUS more shit on the way. Probably more than UC but I'm not gloating ;)


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Building envy is such an ugly thing.

 

You know I've seen the OSU campus only a few months ago. I doubt that it has changed all that much since May.

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hahahah!

 

Yes, with Oval renovations, 10 new buildings, 3 under construction, South Oval renovations, University Gateway project going vertical, and Larkins additions, yes, it has changed (a lot) since you saw it in May.

 

That's as silly as me saying "UC hasn't changed much since I last saw it in May." Hell, I was at UC yesterday.


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Hey you guys share some ohio neighborly lovin! OSU and UC are very distinct in their own ways. There two of the largest colleges in oio I believe holding the top two spots for number of enrollemnt. OSU is a very educationally innovative school and Cincinnati is a great place to take part in hands on learning (we innvented coop een) and a great research institution. and they're both developing quite well. let's positivley reinforce each other people! :D

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Oh, I have no beef with UC (I'm looking at them for grad school) and I was a raised Bearcat before Buckeye. It's just that some people think that UC has a lot going on while OSU does not, which is entirely false. Both have tons and TONS of things going on.


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Don't worry cincydrewinclifton. My needling of ColDay about OSU is all in good fun. He is just deluded about that big diploma mill up north--a common misconception I have encountered for 40 years, lol. Both my grandfather and one uncle plus goodness knows how many cousins went to OSU. I did consider OSU when I wanted to be an architect, but had the good sense to choose UC instead even though I changed majors. Yes, OSU and UC are Ohio's two largest and most comprehensive universities. I wish both were better schools in academic standards and reputations, but both are trying hard to become better. I think the rivalry between the two schools goes back to their origins--OSU as a aggie sort of land-grant school and UC as an urban municipal university with a very complicated history. A certain amount of rivalry and competition can be a good thing in that it helps to make the adversaries stronger and strive to improve. I know OSU has some nice architecture etc., but I am a proud advocate of UC. I have often had to defend it against many snobby easterners and others so I have had a lot of practice. One of my fellow Princeton grad. school classmates is a visiting professor at UC this Fall and he is a New Yorker who attended Berkeley as well as Princeton and has been all over the world (is chair of a dept. at Johns Hopkins, taught at a university in New Zealand for several years, spends a lot of time in Europe, etc.). Anyway, he commented to me recently that UC has the finest Classics library in the United States. That was quite an admission from this guy.

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I was unaware of any rivarly with OSU from the UC front until about 4ish months ago by a UC student. OSU, in reality, doesn't care about any "rivalry" other than Michigan, in general. Nor do OSU have a favorable impression of UC (It's "too ghetto;" the campus is "so ugly" blah blah). It's a shame from BOTH sides of the spectrum but I find it laughable.

 

"Deluded" haha. Yes, and you are even more deluded for 40 years of thinking that OSU is deluded lol!

 

Logic. It's a bitch.


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I almost went to UC but decided to go to Ohio State. Thank God!!! Hell, I am still here. Afterall, I am only a sophomore...anyway, the two schools don't compare. Come on guys, UC is not a good school outside DAP. Ohio State is rated as the best public school in the state tied with Miami. Also, OSU is rated as the 61st best school in the nation, regardless of public or not. That is a first tier school. UC is somewhere in the abyss of 3rd tier schools. There is obviously no comparison!!!

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See, I am not assuming that Miami is best, like you are. You need to read Newsweek sometime and also the Wall Street Journal. I think you will find interesting rankings there.

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Let's be honest; the best in the state is Case Western, overall. As far as larger universities, Ohio State, Miami, and Xavier are the winners. UC does have perhaps the best specialized program in the state, with their urban planning/architecture department.


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NewCincinnatiNeurologyBuilding.jpg

 

Here's the new home of the physicians offices for UC neurology,  psychiatry, neurosurgery, and a few more departments.

 

This building is being built adjacent to the already built Bellview apartments.  It is at the corner of highland and MLK.  The building style will match the remainder of the condos and apartments being built in the general vicinity.  The total project will be called "Stetson Square".  Here is the website. 

 

Http://www.stetsonsquare.com 

 

At some point I will have time to scan what the remaining buildings will look like.

 

This site is currently skimpy, but I anticipate that in the future they'll fill it up with graphics and virtual tours.  The buildings are going up at an incredible pace.  I will take some pictures of the progress at some point and post them.

 

 

 

 

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Are you sure that's the neurology building?  It looks like the residential/mixed-use development that's being built.

and is that ground level retail/commercial space?  If so, that's fantastic.  That area is desperately in need of it.

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I think the development if it turns out as proposed will be very complementary to the surrounding area and is very attractive.  Can't imagine who would be interested in the retail/commercial space portion though.

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Yes, I'm sure it is going to be office space and it will be filled by the neurology and other similar departments.  It is built to blend in with the remainder of this 65 million dollar project.  The retail on the first floor is a good observation.  It will in fact have a fair amount of retail.  I think its success is very likely considering how much pedestrian traffic that area receives from people who park nearby.  Its visibility as the only real retail near the medical center along with the high income physicians who will be working upstairs are also likely to make the retail portion of the project successful.

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its success is very likely considering how much pedestrian traffic that area receives from people who park nearby.  Its visibility as the only real retail near the medical center along with the high income physicians who will be working upstairs are also likely to make the retail portion of the project successful.

 

exactly.  i would imagine some eateries would do very well with that location.

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^ Good god, MSU, you mean Cow U., one of the only schools that is even worse than Old Mess?  Ring your cowbell here Cincy-Rise.

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Come on now, couldn't you tell I was using a little sarcasm?

 

Plus, there is no school in this region that can compete with their graphic design program, except for CCAD...

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I could tell, I was just teasing you a bit.  I spent 24 miserable years teaching in the "higher ed" system of Mississippi so I know it pretty well--the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Actually, there's not much to see, other than a recently cleared area of land with a sign on it.  Its been sitting there with that sign on it for well over a year now, with no activity.  Recently, there were some bulldozers moving around on it, so it seemed as though work was about to start, but in the end, they were just doing some aesthetic work, leveling the land.  Seems to me that the office space portion of the Stetson square project may have put a temporary hault to this project.  Maybe they'll atleast plant some grass on the lot for the next few years while they debate what to do.  FYI, this is on highland avenue about 2 blocks south of martin luther king. 

 

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Did anyone notice the demolition of that old crumbling wooden church just a few blocks further south on highland, right across the street from Mecklenberg and the highland street cofee house?  I have a feeling we'll be seeing more new housing on the lot.  The demolition exposed more of the cofee house, which has some nice exterior brickwork.

 

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If the developers build something neighborhood appropriate then I'm all for it but enough with this tear it down mentality, that area needs more renovation efforts.

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Did anyone notice the demolition of that old crumbling wooden church just a few blocks further south on highland, right across the street from Mecklenberg and the highland street cofee house? I have a feeling we'll be seeing more new housing on the lot. The demolition exposed more of the cofee house, which has some nice exterior brickwork.

 

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As of today, there's action next door as well (see pictures below).  Not sure if this is a demolition, or a facade disassembly, but I would venture to guess that the remainder of the building will eventually be demolished.

 

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Looks like the entire block is being bought up and cleared.  To the west of the condos in the above picture are quite a few parcels of vacant land.  Seems that the overall strategy is to have a high density of uninterupted "new" housing south of MLK by buying up the parcels that lie in between the condos/apartments that were built several years ago.

 

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Here's a recent council ordinance on the project from 3/23/05:

 

 

Item #: 200509768

ORDINANCE, (EMERGENCY) dated 3/23/2005, submitted by Mayor Luken, authorizing the City Manager to negotiate, enter into and execute a development agreement with Bellevue Gardens Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (the "Developer"), pursuant to which the Developer shall construct or cause to be constructed a mixed-use development project commonly known as "One Stetson Square" (the "Project"), to be located on the southwest corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Highland Avenue in the Corryville community (the "Project Site"); and AUTHORIZING the City Manager to provide a grant in an amount up to $3,800,000.00 to assist in financing construction of the Project.

 

Item Status/Referral/Recommendations:

PASSED EMERGENCY

*** PASSED EMERGENCY 0115-2005

MS. REECE  Y

MR. SMITHERMAN  Y

MR. TARBELL  A

MS. COLE  Y

MR. CRANLEY  Y

MR. CROWLEY  Y

MR. MALONE  Y

MR. MONZEL  Y

MR. PEPPER  Y

 

 

Item #: 200509742

ORDINANCE, dated 3/16/2005, submitted by Mayor Luken, authorizing the transfer and return to source Funds 638 and 758 the sum of $3,800,000 from several capital improvement accounts, and further, the transfer and appropriation of the sum of $3,800,000 from the unappropriated surplus of Fund 638 an 758 to newly established capital improvement program project account No. 980x101x03129, "One Stetson Square Development" for the purpose of providing funds to support a neighborhood housing and commercial development project.

 

Item Status/Referral/Recommendations:

PASS

*** PASSED 0105-2005

MS. REECE  Y

MR. SMITHERMAN  Y

MR. TARBELL  A

MS. COLE  Y

MR. CRANLEY  Y

MR. CROWLEY  Y

MR. MALONE  Y

MR. MONZEL  Y

MR. PEPPER  Y

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Wow... all gone.  They demolished it today.

 

Did anyone notice the demolition of that old crumbling wooden church just a few blocks further south on highland, right across the street from Mecklenberg and the highland street cofee house? I have a feeling we'll be seeing more new housing on the lot. The demolition exposed more of the cofee house, which has some nice exterior brickwork.

 

IMAG0013.jpg

 

As of today, there's action next door as well (see pictures below).  Not sure if this is a demolition, or a facade disassembly, but I would venture to guess that the remainder of the building will eventually be demolished.

 

IMAG0019.jpg

 

IMAG0017.jpg

 

IMAG0015.jpg

 

Looks like the entire block is being bought up and cleared.  To the west of the condos in the above picture are quite a few parcels of vacant land.  Seems that the overall strategy is to have a high density of uninterupted "new" housing south of MLK by buying up the parcels that lie in between the condos/apartments that were built several years ago.

 

ed277083.jpg

 

64d3489e.jpg

 

 

 

 

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No problem

 

Here's what's left of that lot.

 

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Just a few more older buildings left standing on this block.  I hope the building facing Highland Ave is renovated.  We'll see.

 

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