Surface Parking and Potential Development

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Across the country, wherever streetcar tracks are laid, development follows. The map below shows the development potential along the route.  The red areas (one block from the line) have the greatest potential for transit oriented development, followed by the orange and yellow areas. The routing of the streetcar covers most of the basin.

The black areas show surface parking lots that can be improved into structures that produce more tax revenue for the entire city.  Large numbers of surface lots in a downtown is not a sign of a healthy city.  By accelerating the conversion of many of these empty lots into productive buildings, the streetcar will help revitalize our downtown and bring new residents, businesses and jobs into our city.  Revitalize Cincinnati–Build the Streetcar.

7 thoughts on “Surface Parking and Potential Development

    Mark. Bubba and Zeke said:
    February 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    This project is going to be just like the riverfront development (The Banks), it will take Cincy 15-20 years to even get it started.

      CincyStreetcar responded:
      February 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      Cincinnati Streetcar Development Partners, the project team that will build the streetcar, is an experienced group that will do a great job on the project.

      Cincinnati Streetcar Development Partners is made up of 12 companies that each specialize in a different aspect that will help lead to the successful implementation of the streetcar system. The team is made up of local and non-local companies that have been involved with roughly 80% of all recent streetcar and light rail projects in the United States, including projects in San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta, Portland, Seattle and Cleveland.

      One of the companies is Stacy and Witbeck Inc. (SWI) who is considered to be the “premier streetcar and passenger transit rail construction company in the United States.” Their involvement in the Cincinnati Streetcar project will be their first in the Midwest. As a result, SWI will be opening a new office downtown and will be relocating their executives to Cincinnati specifically for this project.

      The team will also consist of local companies like Jostin Concrete Construction, DNK Architects, Megan Construction Company, Property Advisors, Wordsworth Communications and G.J. Berding Inc. The Cincinnati Streetcar Development Partners will be led by Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. (PB) who will also serve as the project manager. PB has led several local transit projects in the past and has a sterling record.

    5chw4r7z said:
    February 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Its funny, every time I post pictures of the Banks progress on my blog someone leaves a comment saying they don’t believe there is construction going on there and they’ll believe it when they see it.
    Given that, I guess not believing in the streetcar takes a very tiny stretch of intelligence.

    David Ben said:
    February 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Speaking of surface parking, keep your eye on http://www.urbancincy.com tomorrow for another take on how transportation and parking are intertwined.

    Randy A. Simes said:
    February 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I find it funny when people view The Banks development as slow moving. Sure it hasn’t happened overnight, but I would be interested to hear of any multi-billion dollar development project that did occur overnight.

    In fact, The Banks development is about on par with other comparable large scale, complex urban development projects from around the nation.

    t-storm said:
    February 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I’ll believe the Reds are rebuilding when I see it.

    Ben said:
    February 17, 2010 at 10:27 am

    In the wake of TIGER funds being announced today, can we get a run-down of the possible funding pools for the streetcar?

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