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New single-family homes coming to Pendleton

Erin Caproni Digital Producer- Cincinnati Business Courier

 

The city of Cincinnati and developers will break ground on 10 single-family homes in Pendleton on Thursday.

 

Starting at $425,000, the 2,500- to 3,000-square-foot homes at 1333 Pendleton St. will include three bedrooms and two and a half baths, and all of them will be LEED certified. Each will have a garage in the back that faces an alley for entry.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/08/20/new-single-family-homes-coming-to-pendleton.html

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Get a sneak peek at $30 million Broadway Square: SLIDESHOW

Oct 20, 2014, 2:23pm EDT Updated: Oct 20, 2014, 2:35pm EDT

Tom Demeropolis Reporter- Cincinnati Business Courier

 

The first phase of Broadway Square, a $30 million, three-phase mixed-use development near Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, will be complete later this year.

 

The Model Group is developing Broadway Square, which will stretch from Elliot Street to 13th Street and include buildings that had served as apartments at three of the four corners at Broadway and 12th streets. The redevelopment project is expected to transform a large portion of the Pendleton neighborhood.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/10/20/get-a-sneak-peek-at-30-million-broadway-square.html

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rhinehaus owners opening Pendleton bar, eatery

 

Set to open in "Spring 2015"

 

The owners of Rhinehaus are opening a new bar and restaurant at Broadway Square in Pendleton.

 

Andrew Salzbrun, Jack Weston and Aaron Kohlhepp are behind Nation Kitchen & Bar, expected to open in late April at 1200 Broadway.

 

Salzbrun, who lives nearby and is vice president of the Pendleton Community Council, said the new venture came about much the way Rhinehaus did – because they saw an unmet need in the area. Specifically, they wanted a place in Pendleton where neighbors could connect with one another.

 

"The goal is to bring community together and develop conversation between neighbors," he said.

 

The 1,800-square-foot space, with seating for about 40, combines what was once three storefronts in a building that's more than 115 years old. It includes five different spaces within the bar, plus an outdoor patio – perfect for the owners' goal of facilitating connections.

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Is Phase 2 and Phase 3 of Broadway Square supposed to bring new structures for the apartments? Is it just converting old rehabilitated buildings into living spaces?

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Nation, a bar and restaurant from the same people as Rhinehaus, is now open at Broadway Square. They have excellent burgers, a great beer selection, some really cool lounge areas and an outdoor patio. My only wish is that they have some other menu options for people that don't want a burger. But they have said that they are primarily a bar, not a restaurant. Go check them out now before it gets mega crowded!

 

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I have a question for you guys that involves Pendleton...What exactly do you guys suggest for Sycamore Street and how to improve it?

 

Right now as it stands, on the left you have a horrible parking garage (parkhaus garage I believe it's called), the old Club Clau location with a building that looks so incredibly out of place with the rest of OTR and Pendleton, and a tacky diner in the way of Joes diner. To the right, you have the elephant grave yard of lots.

 

To me, Sycamore street is clearly one of the worst streets in the historic district, and was clearly just obliterated to pieces of any historic fabric it had. There's only a few buildings altogether that are historical on that whole entire street. My question though is how do you improve Sycamore street?

 

Because the way I see it, OTR and Pendelton are sort of one big cohesive historic district. But if you try walking down to main to pendelton you forget there was even a historic district in the first place. How do you better bridge the 2 neighborhoods together, and would you demolish those buildings that are currently on sycamore like that garage and that old club location?

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^The great thing is they're planning to renovate the park across from the old SCPA.  I agree about those giant hideous parking lots across from Sycamore Diner.  They have been disgusting for years.  I remember way back in '94 when I started 8th grade at SCPA, those lots have been the exact same, just more weeds and crumble.  Then we have those weird attempts at turning a few of those buildings into an "academy"

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The Model Group wants to buy 518-520 E. 12th from the city to turn it into a parking lot. The property is currently a pocket park. This is going before the planning commission at their August 7 meeting.

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BROADWAY SQUARE III LLC just closed on a number of properties:

 

  • 515 Twelfth
  • 412 Thirteenth
  • 433 Thirteenth
  • 516 Thirteenth
  • 518 Thirteenth
  • 412 Thirteenth

 

Great news for that area of Pendleton and its continued rehabilitation.

 

The Model Group intends to spend $6,375,814 to create 30 rental units and create 1,200 sqft of commercial space. They hope to have this completed by September 2016.

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Phase II is underway and Urbana Coffeeshop opened last month.


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

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These 'bike friendly' apartments are the first of their kind in Cincinnati

 

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One of Pendleton’s newest multi-family residential developments has not only saved a historic structure from the wrecking ball, but it has also become one of the city’s most bicycle-friendly destinations in the process.

 

Cincinnati-based BiLT Architects designed, developed and rehabbed the 1870s tenement building to fit what it calls a modern urban lifestyle. They were able to do this by retaining original architectural details while also responding to new trends in Cincinnati’s rapidly growing bicycling community.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2016/05/10/these-bike-friendly-apartments-are-the-first-of.html


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If you haven't taken a walk around Pendleton recently, you should go check it out. Between Broadway Square Phase 2 and several other smaller developments currently taking place, it seems like the whole neighborhood is under construction right now. Not to mention the nearby SCPA renovation and Ziegler Park/Cutter Playground project. This whole area is going to be full of activity in about a year when all of these projects are complete.

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I can't wait till those Sycamore lots are filled. Could easily add tons of new restaurants and businesses, as well as apartments and lofts above (assuming the developers choose for high density).

 

That, and closing the huge lot crater between OTR and Pendelton, it will definitely "blend" things in more nicely. Still not sure how long off we are for that? I know the lots are owned by that attorney guy, but I can't see how he would want to hold on to those lots with 3cdc opening up an underground garage with ziegler park, and the other parking garage that's also located on sycamore street.

 

With those in the "know", has there been any talks about the development of these lots on sycamore?

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We will probably not see those lots developed for another 10 years if I had to guess.

 

Seems like too long of a time considering the rapid changes in the area.

 

I guess the question is will it happen before a broader change to city policy towards surface parking lots? Current policy is "Owners please sit back and enjoy your low-maitenance cash machine."


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New sidewalk was just installed in front of Nicola's on Sycamore:

 

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Does anyone have more information on this? It seems strange that they would install a new streetscape for just one block. Hopefully this style of sidewalk will be continued all the way down Sycamore once the Cutter Playground/Ziegler Park renovation is complete.

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I hope / wish that the city DOTE would come up with a standard sidewalk design. Having spent a lot of time walking around Manhattan, I've noticed that a lot of the sidewalks there are huge pieces of dark stone, which looks really classy. They can be seen in SOHO and Midtown, jus to name two neighborhoods. I'm sure there are huge expenses with this design, and maybe maintenance issues, but it looks really good from a pedestrian viewpoint.

 

Locally, I like the sidewalks on Vine with the 2'-3' ribbon of brick up against the curb, and then concrete for the remainder. My wish would be for this design to be adopted throughout downtown and over-the-rhine. Right now everything is a complete mish-mash of difference surfaces.

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^^ If it is just in front of one property like that, it could simply be that Nicola's paid to have their sidewalk replaced (or they were required to by the city if it was deemed unsafe).

 

^ I think part of the issue is that property owners are responsible for sidewalks, so they can pay a bit more for something nicer if they want, or they can minimize cost.

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^that is a slight improvement over the past sidewalk, but seems like a missed opportunity since they didn't significantly improve the streetscape. If the city is going to pay to completely re-do the sidewalk on a block, that's the best to chance to make some upgrades. The city has very little funds available for re-doing streetscapes, so I really wish that they would do a better job of coordinating with the community to get input on how to make the most of those limited funds.

 

For example, further south on the east side of Sycamore , there aren't above-ground utility lines... so it would have been really nice to bury the utilities in that one block while the sidewalk was torn up. It would also be nice to see tree wells and hookups for street lights.

 

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Locally, I like the sidewalks on Vine with the 2'-3' ribbon of brick up against the curb, and then concrete for the remainder. My wish would be for this design to be adopted throughout downtown and over-the-rhine. Right now everything is a complete mish-mash of difference surfaces.

 

Well, this style of sidewalk does appear to be the new standard for OTR and Pendleton. There are two variations -- the Vine Street style as you mentioned, and the one above where smaller concrete squares are used instead of brick. I'm sure the brick variant is more expensive and that's why they don't use it everywhere. The all-concrete variant has been used throughout Pendleton and on various OTR streets including Walnut. Hopefully the same style will be used for Main which is expected to get a new streetscape in 2017.

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Both are good options. The brick variant is indeed more expensive but it does offer one advantage that I'm really fond of. Because this ribbon is where all the signs, meters, poles, etc. are located it means that you can move and change street infrastructure without having any noticeable remnants. You can just infill a brick or two and it looks good as new. With the concrete version you either have to tear up the entire square and pour a new slab, which will never match properly, or just do what they did on Race Street with the old parking meters and chop off the infrastructure where it meets the ground and let it be.

 

Regardless though, it's a good setup. It lessens the possibility for cracks for forms since there are numerous joint lines in critical areas and has a nice aesthetic to it. And dressing it up with brick in certain areas can help differentiate streets. I know a lot of people want things to match, and they should to some extent, but everything being identical brings with it its own problems. Things start to feel artificial when everything is designed to match.

 

The example of NYC is perfect. The sidewalks throughout the city are wildly different. In some areas you have janky-ass concrete that looks like it hasn't been replaced since the 70s and has rusted metal curb edges and in others you have giant bluestone slabs with granite curbs which is seriously gorgeous. But they designate different eras/styles/neighborhood types/etc. which is why I love it so much. That variety that comes naturally through the lifecycle of a city is one that makes for an interesting environment in my mind.

 

With all that said, I'm game for anything that removes overhead powerlines and those hideous gooseneck lights that are still scattered around the neighborhood.

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^that is a slight improvement over the past sidewalk, but seems like a missed opportunity since they didn't significantly improve the streetscape. If the city is going to pay to completely re-do the sidewalk on a block, that's the best to chance to make some upgrades. The city has very little funds available for re-doing streetscapes, so I really wish that they would do a better job of coordinating with the community to get input on how to make the most of those limited funds.

 

For example, further south on the east side of Sycamore , there aren't above-ground utility lines... so it would have been really nice to bury the utilities in that one block while the sidewalk was torn up. It would also be nice to see tree wells and hookups for street lights.

 

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They may have already buried the conduit when they re-did the lower portions.  Utility companies move slowly. 

 

I worked for an underground conduit/electrical installer.  We did a streetscape in downtown Cedar Rapids, with conduits and all, and it took them 3 years to bury the lines.  All they had to do was run the wires from the boxes through the conduits.  But they didn't do it until 3 years after.  They like taking their sweet time.  That could be the case here as well.

 

And you don't need to tear up the ground to lay conduit.  They have machines that drill horizontally underground and spray water and other natural clays, etc. to pack the tunnel.  It gets to the other end and they pull the conduits through.  It goes really fast if the set up is good, so they very may well have done all of this already or they could have done it when they re-did the sidewalks. 

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It was not funded w tax dollars.  It was done with revenue from the lot on Woodward, which must use a certain portion of its revenue to fund public upgrades in the area.  Yes, one new street lamp will be placed there.  Will it be all alone for a while? yes.  Is this a great way to use limited funds to make incremental progress? yes.

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^ To be clear, I think this was a great project. Doing streetscaping projects incrementally is a good idea as along as we continue to stick to the same style. Do you happen to know if Sycamore is going to get a similar style upgrade between the two halves of Ziegler Park once that project is done? The renderings also show a crosswalk with sidewalk bumpouts on both sides, which I hope is actually going to be built.

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I think this building (1100 Sycamore) is in Pendleton... glad to see it getting a tenant, since I think it has been vacant since that shady for-profit school suddenly shut down in the middle of the school year a couple of years ago. 

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2016/11/08/exclusive-one-of-cincinnati-s-largest-architecture.html

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^ That's us.  We're just moving into the 2nd floor.  All the other floors are going to different tenants.  I think a few others have signed on, but I'm not sure how many.  After VLA Academy folded the landlord was trying to find a single tenant for the whole building, but that turned out to be too tough a sell.  A very neat building regardless, formerly Sun Furniture, and way back the Bettman Dunlap Shoe Company. 

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