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Seems to partially be a chicken-and-egg thing.  To keep getting big conventions (and to get bigger conventions), the city will need more hotel space.  But I can understand the concern of the current hoteliers. 

 

(It's very reminiscent of the comments from downtown office landlords when QCSII was announced.  But these predictions of calamity don't quite seem to come to fruition.) 

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City approves rezoning for Downtown hotel

http://www.building-cincinnati.com/2008/09/city-approves-rezoning-for-downtown.html

 

Cincinnati City Council has approved unanimously a rezoning ordinance that would allow a hotel to be built at 720 Sycamore Street Downtown.

 

The approval rezones the current Red Cross property from DD-C Downtown Development District to PD Planned Development District (PD-55).

 

DD-C districts do not allow for hotels or commercial lodging.

 

Developer Rolling Hills Properties, LLC has announced its intent to develop a 13-story, upscale hotel containing around 200 guest rooms and 150 enclosed parking spaces, with a street-level lobby fronting on Eighth Street.

 

No hotel operator has been named.

 

Approval of the rezoning also means that Rolling Hills Properties can exercise its option to purchase the building from the American Red Cross, which will move to a new facility at Keystone Parke in Evanston.

 

Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2010, with completion by the end of 2011.

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Perhaps the Red Cross still has a lease on the land.  As far it I've heard, the zoning has only been changed.  The land hasn't been purchased, has it?

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Yea it takes forever for a company to relocate.  Usually.  I'm crossing my fingers that this hotel will spark some kind of development in those two gigantic lots across the street.  There's so much potential there.

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Yea it takes forever for a company to relocate.  Usually.  I'm crossing my fingers that this hotel will spark some kind of development in those two gigantic lots across the street.  There's so much potential there.

 

tell that to St. X

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A couple things could have happened.  One is that they got the rezoning to market the site as being zoned for a higher density, thus making it more valuable.  Or they could have gotten the rezoning during a down market thinking that less restrictions or conflict would be seen than when they actually plan on doing it down the road.

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Cincinnati may get new hotel, garages due to casino

By Lisa Bernard-Kuhn • [email protected] • June 18, 2010

 

Comments (0) Recommend Print this page ShareThis Font size:AA Major projects that would add 3,000 new parking spaces and a new hotel could be on the horizon for downtown Cincinnati, as planners prepare for the incoming casino at Broadway Commons.

 

Roughly 1,800 to 2,200 parking spaces are expected to disappear once work begins at Broadway Commons on the $500 million casino.

 

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100618/BIZ01/6190316/Casino-may-spawn-hotel-garages

 

Why do they need 3k more spaces with the loss of 2k spots....especially when the casino is building a garage as well.  After P&G just added 3 more levels to the broadway garage down there, we will be surrounded by garages.  I dont have a problem with garage development as long other development is built on top....

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The Enquirer has a pic that shows the Broadway and Eggleston lot as a triangle so they're obligated to build a Flatiron-type building/hotel. That's the law.  :wink:

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Ya know I've always wanted to see a building go there anyway.  I'm a big fan of triangular buildings on corners.  NYC is full of them.  They look so cool.

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Anyone who clicks on my middle link above: the little man is just pointed in the wrong direction, pan over to the right.

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The Enquirer has a pic that shows the Broadway and Eggleston lot as a triangle so they're obligated to build a Flatiron-type building/hotel. That's the law. :wink:

 

Damn right it's law!!

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From a recent article discussing casino parking lot closures.....

 

Meanwhile, the city is "close" to signing off on a proposal with a private developer that would bring a 660-car parking garage and 200-room hotel to the former American Red Cross site at Eighth and Sycamore streets, Hardy said.

 

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20101031/BIZ01/11010324/1055/NEWS/Casino-work-to-cut-parking

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Did I see somewhere that the city had, had prelim talks with Holiday Inn and that might be the hotel on this site? (or am I imagining this article bc I cant find it again?)

 

Holiday Inn is not a bad resident by any means but I imagine their clientele to be a diverse mix of people looking to visit Cincy for less (a great idea), and people too drunk/tired from drinking/gambling to make it home.

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Did I see somewhere that the city had, had prelim talks with Holiday Inn and that might be the hotel on this site? (or am I imagining this article bc I cant find it again?)

 

Holiday Inn is not a bad resident by any means but I imagine their clientele to be a diverse mix of people looking to visit Cincy for less (a great idea), and people too drunk/tired from drinking/gambling to make it home.

 

keep in mind that "Holiday Inn" could mean the IHG group of hotels, which includes:

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts

Hotel Indigo

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts

Holiday Inn Express

Staybridge Suites

Candlewood Suites

 

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Downtown Holiday Inn green-lighted

Business Courier - by Dan Monk

Date: Friday, December 10, 2010, 6:00am EST

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The Cincinnati Planning Commission has endorsed a revised plan for a 200-room Holiday Inn hotel that’s been contemplated on downtown’s eastern edge for nearly three years.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/print-edition/2010/12/10/downtown-holiday-inn-green-lighted.html

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Interesting.  I thought originally the hotel would face sycamore street, but maybe i just assumed that since the red cross currently faces that direction.  Not sure if i like this alternate configuration or not.  It will give the hotel nice visibility from 71 as well as fill in some of the gaps on that edge of town.  Either way its a positive upgrade from the garage thats there now... as long as they can improve the aesthetic of the proposed garage.

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That BusinessCourier article is great. Second paragraph about the garage says, "it looks like a jail.". I'd love to see Cincy prove it can successfully mask an above ground garage. It is possible...

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That BusinessCourier article is great. Second paragraph about the garage says, "it looks like a jail.". I'd love to see Cincy prove it can successfully mask an above ground garage. It is possible...

 

Here we go...

http://monarchconstruction.cc/projects/higheduc/images/pages/Miami%20University%20Parking%20Garage_jpg.htm

 

Monarch is already doing work downtown at the Banks!  I would imagine that would be an easy sell for them!

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I like the look of the Hotel. Almost seems to have some hints of Art Deco on the highest point of the right side.

 

The garage needs help! John Schneider, do whatever you can on the planning committee to make sure it is better looking.  One of the best above ground garage's downtown is 5/3 buildings garage (above cadillac ranch).  So many people don't even realize it's a parking garage! At the same time, that garage is much smaller than a full, block sized garage...

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That BusinessCourier article is great. Second paragraph about the garage says, "it looks like a jail.". I'd love to see Cincy prove it can successfully mask an above ground garage. It is possible...

 

 

 

Monarch is already doing work downtown at the Banks!  I would imagine that would be an easy sell for them!

 

Maybe someone should tell them that this building is UC's not Miami's.

 

http://monarchconstruction.cc/projects/higheduc/images/pages/Miami%20University%20Science%20and%20Engineering%20Building%20View%203_jpg.htm

 

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Downtown Holiday Inn Concept Approved

 

Following nearly three years and three revisions, concept plans for Downtown Cincinnati's first newly-built hotel since 1984 have been approved by Cincinnati City Council.

 

Rolling Hills Hospitality (Downtown Hills, LLC) plans to build a $14 million, 11-story, 200-room Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites at the corner of Seventh Street and Broadway.

 

The deal is contingent on a land swap between the developer and the City. The developer would swap the former American Red Cross headquarters at 720 Sycamore Street in exchange for a portion of the 257-space Seventh Street Garage, which the City deems outdated.

 

The City then will demolish the Seventh Street Garage and build a new 610-space public parking garage with ground-floor retail along Sycamore Street, between Seventh and Eighth streets.


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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Downtown hotel plan delayed

10:40 am, Sep 16, 2011 | Written by lbernard

 

Developers of a proposed 200-room hotel along Sycamore Street will get another year to land financing for the project.

 

The Cincinnati Planning Commission on Friday approved a request from Fort Mitchell-based Rolling Hills Hospitality to extend its planned development agreement one more year while the developer lines up funding for the project.

 

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/developingnow/2011/09/16/downtown-hotel-plan-delayed/

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I have serious doubts that this project will ever happen, but if it does it will be solely due to the fact that the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is located just a few blocks away.

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The last article on this talked about the developers need to secure financing. I wouldn't hold my breath. Downtown has the 21c opening up and the Terrace Plaza hotel is still empty.


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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The State of Downtown Report just released by Downtown Cincinnati Inc. indicates that the proposed $14 million Holiday Inn project for Seventh and Broadway is targeted for 2013. It appears as item No. 36 on Page 14 along with some other interesting stuff.

 

http://www.downtowncincinnati.com/Libraries/DCI_Publications/2011_SOD_lo_res.sflb.ashx

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Yeah I saw that but at this point I won't believe it till I see them start building it!


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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Garage design slammed for looking like a jail, now what's wrong with it?

By Dan Monk

 

Two years ago, it was criticized for looking like a jail.

Now, the design for a city-owned parking garage at Seventh and Sycamore streets is being panned for looking too much like the buildings around it.

“It’s almost like pandering to history,” said architect Paul Muller, a member of the city’s Urban Design Review Board.


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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