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So are the Army Corps just going to reject anything on the river side of the flood wall? It was standing on a concrete podium in the newer version, not touching the earth levee at all. Seems really stupid.

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North American Properties is buying Newport on the Levee: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/newport/2018/05/18/newport-levee-being-sold-price-group-amc-barnes-noble/623436002/

 

This is good news, as I think North American Properties will do a better job at densifying residential options around NOTL than current owner Price Group.

 

 

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I biked by Newport on the Levee last weekend and I was impressed by how busy the outdoor spaces were (had to walk my bike through the crowds)... and then when I went around the corner, both of the large restaurant spaces (in the mall building) facing the river are vacant, and appear to have been for a while, since this streetview shows them vacant since at least May 2017: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.095742,-84.4962634,3a,75y,138.31h,84.81t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sZh3BQ4yp4uz5IbmtWiD99Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

It's just an interesting reminder of the importance of size and scale. The "courtyard" side has lots of small shops and restaurants, feels very "human scaled" and gives it a vibrancy and energy. I don't know for certain, but presumably the rents are cheaper since the storefronts are smaller and don't have river views. They should split the large restaurant spaces into smaller units. As it is, each of those restaurant spaces is just too massive, so unless they have a HUGE crowd, it will always feel empty.

 

 

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I have season passes to the Aquarium (daughter loves it), and I have been pleasantly surprised with how crowded and popular the levee is every weekend. The exterior half is constantly crowded, and I feel like that Barnes and Noble is the most popular in America. The indoor mall portion is much less popular, but the movie theater, gameworks and dewey's are all doing fine.

 

I really want the Imax and the vacant lot in front of it to become something. The valet currently uses it for parking, but my personal wish is that it would become something more useful especially targeted at the family demographic that the levee is so popular with like a putt putt course. The large blank wall on the side of the Imax could use an Artworks mural too. I know it's not for everyone, but the levee should just lean in and go full Navy Pier. I never once went to Navy Pier when I lived in Chicago, but now as a dad looking for things to do with my kid I'm starting to understand its necessity. The levee is already home to the Aquarium, a movie theater, gameworks, bowling alley, and will soon (maybe) be home to a big ferris wheel. Why not a fun Cincinnati/NKY themed putt putt course?

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SkyWheel, Newport on the Levee redevelopment land school board support

 

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The Newport Independent Board of Education voted unanimously to support the planned SkyWheel on the riverfront and the redevelopment of Newport on the Levee.

 

The board voted in support of the city of Newport using industrial revenue bonds to help finance the construction of the SkyWheel and North American Properties’ planned purchase of Newport on the Levee.

 

Under a previous agreement, the board of education and the city approved industrial revenue bonds for the development of the Academy on 4th, a $38 million, 200-unit apartment building that is under construction on the site of the former Fourth Street Elementary at the corner of Fourth and Monmouth streets.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/08/23/skywheel-newport-on-the-levee-redevelopment-land.html


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Newport on the Levee has new owner, over $100 million investment planned

By Tom Demeropolis  – Senior Staff Reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier

Dec 7, 2018, 1:12pm EST Updated 2 hours ago

 

One of the largest commercial real estate developers in Greater Cincinnati has purchased Newport on the Levee.

North American Properties purchased Newport on the Levee from the Price Group LLC for an undisclosed amount. North American Properties announced in May it planned to acquire the retail and entertainment center along the banks of the Ohio River.

 

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Newport on the Levee is a total failure in my opinion. 

 

Maybe it was somewhat successful when otr and downtown Cincy was still considered dangerous by many during the early 2000's...Now Newport on the Levee serves no purpose what so ever.

 

They really should have developed the area as mixed use with residential units above, and there should have been a bigger focus on drawing hotels, office space, residential units, and other organic neighborhood elements. 

 

They should have also not have targeted these massive restaurant and bar chains and focused on developing smaller square footage ground floor retail space and focused on developing local restaurants, bars, cafes etc..

 

How many of these big restaurant chaind are floundering and you have this massive space that will only suit another chain. They sort of screwed themseleves.

 

Best bet is to demolish the new port on the Levee and start over. This current format needs a massive overhaul if they ever want to compete with any of Cincinnatis bustling entertainment districts. 

 

 

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^Newport on the Levee seems crowded with families almost every time I’ve been there or passed through. I wouldn’t call it a total failure or even a failure by any stretch of the imagination.

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Yeah NotL is much more likely to have families with small children than anywhere in OTR which is mostly nice bars and nice restaurants (aka not kid friendly).  Cincinnati has NKY smoked on parks, but the Levee is still a good option for families especially in the winter. The aquarium is great, the movie theater is good, the retail is lacking and the bars and restaurants are fine. With a few more uses and the removal of the brio building to open it up to the city of Newport instead of  turning its back I think it will be very successful. The new owner has already brought in a skating rink for the first time and made incremental improvements for the holidays. 

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I don't think the Levee was envisioned just as family oriented area. I'm sure the vision was a hopping family outdoor mall district by day and a night life district by sundown which it is not. I'm not saying that the new developers can't enchance the current experience, but I have my doubts on it ever becoming a place that 21 year olds flock to (like they did when downtown Cincy was dead and dangerous). 

 

For what it's worth I fine new port on the Levee nice in overall design. Its design is much nicer than the banks, and I really love the views of Cincy skyline.

 

That said if I'm dropping 50 plus dollars on me and my gf on a date night meal Im not spending that money on a chain. I'd rather eat at some of the unique eateries at mainstrasse. Same goes for drinking. I'm not drinking at a bar Louie for Christ sake.

 

Also, for what it's worth, the new tree house at Newport has been struggling mightily. So dead compared to the otr location.

 

 

 

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Man, during my years in Southwest Ohio (06-10), Newport was the place to be. I saw Avatar in 3D there. 😂

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The aquarium brings a lot of families in, who then have lunch right there. 

 

The whole business model for NOTL was to have a variety of anchors that would sustain foot traffic to restaurants and traditional retail.  So the big fish tank and the movie theater have succeeded in that respect, but the early IMAX theater did not. 

 

In the 1990s there was a big "contest" puffed up by the media between Cincinnati and NKY over a variety of things, one being an aquarium.  At that time the aquariums in Chattanooga and Atlanta had opened and were putting butts in the seats.  There was even talk of moving the Cincinnati Zoo out of the city, but since it is supported with a Hamilton County property tax, there weren't many suitable sites within the county.  Also, at that time Avondale was in chaos and the zoo property woudn't have sold for much.  

 

There is still nothing keeping the Cincinnati Zoo from building its own bigger and better aquarium on its grounds, perhaps on either of the two giant parking lots that now flank Vine at Erkenbrecker that weren't there in the 90s. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newport on the Levee serves its purpose. The movie theater is nice and large, and there are a few decent places to grab food before or after a movie if you want. Many a Friday night in high school was spent at the Deweys and AMC in Newport. The aquarium is also pretty nice and large, and I think they've even expanded it in recent years. The retail component has been a failure, and yes, most of the restaurants are chains and the bars are not somewhere I'd choose to go, but they serve their purpose. I'm curious to see how the place changes with this sizable investment. 

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Another sign of incremental progress, this wall has been blank beige since 2001, and now they have painted it white and added signage. This is a tiny step, but a step nonetheless. 

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Anybody taken a drive on the new Route 90 connection yet. It's a good alternative top 471 or 71/75 to get south to I-275. Plus I gotta think it is going to do something to revive that land along the Licking.

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One of the fun and novel things to do there was watch or even interact with the street performers ( entertainers ) !!! Some were just okay, but some were highly talented, it added that extra something to make for a  festive ( atmosphere ) !!! The" nerf  " arena adds that as well !!! Making the place totally unique , or " different " will be it's appeal going forward !!! The ' skywheel " will be a major part of that , if it happens !! The new management will decide how " fun and unique " the new and improved NOTL will be , they hold its LIFE or DEATH in their decisions !!! As a ' family " destination " they will need what I call ( good verbals ) , kids will have to be a part of   ( OVER THE TOP ) experiences, such as I saw GATORS , SHARKS, RODE THE SKYWHEEL, GOT MY FACE-PAINTED, BOWLED FOR THE FIRST TIME ,GOT A BALLOON ANIMAL , SAW A MOVIE, PLAYED NERF WARS ,ETC, ETC, but the adults at night will require the same type of ( GOOD VERBALS  !!! ) MOVIES , DINNER, DANCING , COMEDY CLUB, LIVE BANDS, but all with a unique , festive spin on them , to compete with ( THE BANKS ) !!!  WE WILL SEE !!!

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On 2/1/2019 at 6:08 PM, G-MAN said:

I saw GATORS , SHARKS, RODE THE SKYWHEEL, GOT MY FACE-PAINTED, BOWLED FOR THE FIRST TIME ,GOT A BALLOON ANIMAL , SAW A MOVIE, PLAYED NERF WARS ,ETC, ETC, but the adults at night will require the same type of ( GOOD VERBALS  !!! ) MOVIES , DINNER, DANCING , COMEDY CLUB, LIVE BANDS, but all with a unique , festive spin on them , to compete with ( THE BANKS ) !!!  WE WILL SEE !!!


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I'm hearing rumblings of a zipline from the top of the purple bridge to the base of the aquarium. Newport on the Levee might have new owners, but they still have crazy ideas...

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Aquarium debuts plans for new exhibit

 

The Newport Aquarium will open a new exhibit this spring to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

 

Freshwater Falls will provide a look at what lies below cascading streams and waterfalls around the world. It will feature dozens of species of plants and animals in 13 tanks including a tunnel that will provide a look beneath a Kentucky waterfall.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/02/19/aquarium-debuts-plans-for-new-exhibit.html

 

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Aquarium’s newest exhibit debuts

 

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Newport Aquarium has opened its newest exhibit to the public as part of its 20th anniversary celebration.

 

Freshwater Falls allows visitors to see what lies below the surface of streams and waterfalls around the world. It includes several species that haven’t been seen at the aquarium before.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/04/12/aquarium-s-newest-exhibit-debuts.html


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I would think the one in Cincy will be gone by the time the Newport one is open.  Honestly the Newport one will have a much better view then the existing one.  But the existing one is a great addition to the skyline at night.

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Newport SkyWheel to become reality

 

After years of delays, the Newport SkyWheel project has been approved to move forward, WCPO reports.

 

Newport city commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a lease for a 235-foot-tall SkyWheel at Newport on the Levee. Plans for the estimated $15 million riverfront attraction had previously been held up by approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which claimed the structure would create a risk to the levee embankment. Those concerns are believed to be allayed in the latest iteration of the project.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/04/24/newport-skywheel-to-become-reality.html

 

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18 minutes ago, lobanio0 said:

Sitting at bar Louie, waiting for Avengers. The staff just told me their last day being open is the 30th of this month. Mitchels and now this...

 

Hopefully they are relocating? It would be nice to have a Bar Louie somewhere downtown/OTR/the banks. 

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2 hours ago, troeros said:

 

Hopefully they are relocating? It would be nice to have a Bar Louie somewhere downtown/OTR/the banks. 

 

Would it? Bar Louie sucks.

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Bar Louie has a relatively new Oakley location, so I don't think they're going to open a OTR/CBD location.

 

Claddagh closed at the Levee when their lease was up a few years ago and never opened another location in the Cincinnati area.

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3 hours ago, troeros said:

 

It caters to a certain older upscale crowd, so yeah.

 

 

I don't think I've EVER heard of Bar Louie being "upscale" by any stretch.

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I think some of these closures are related to the new development team. Not that they want any tenants to fail, but similar to the discussion about Boi Na Braza and that building's new owner, I think they have a certain vision for what NOTL will become. The planned $100 million investment isn't nothing, and now with a full development team in place I expect more closures, changes and announcements in the near future:

 

https://www.rcnky.com/articles/2019/04/25/newport-levee-announces-redevelopment-partners

 

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On 4/25/2019 at 11:58 PM, ColDayMan said:

 

I don't think I've EVER heard of Bar Louie being "upscale" by any stretch.

 

Definitely have never heard of it being called upscale. Older, yes. Suburban, definitely. Upscale, no. 

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