4 of Region’s 5 Largest Projects Along the Streetcar Line

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The Cincinnati Enquirer complied this list of the largest construction projects in the region.  4 out of the 5 largest projects will be connected by the Cincinnati Streetcar (in bold):

  1. Great American Tower at Queen City Square, Downtown, more than $320 million
  2. The Banks, Cincinnati riverfront, $120 million (eventually $800 million in years ahead)
  3. Hoff Academic Quad at Xavier University, $115 million
  4. School for Creative & Performing Arts, Over-the-Rhine, $73 million
  5. University of Cincinnati Medical Sciences Building renovation, $54.2 million ($400 million through 2014)

The Cincinnati Streetcar will connect our region’s largest employment centers, major regional attractions and help ensure that these major investments listed above will be successful.

3 thoughts on “4 of Region’s 5 Largest Projects Along the Streetcar Line

    Bill Collins said:
    April 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for pointing this out.

    I also wanted to point out that, according to the list published Sunday by the Enquirer, the largest current private-sector development project outside of downtown is the new headquarters of Medpace here in Madisonville.

    Even though the Medpace project is not connected to the streetcar, I think it’s important to note this project, also, is being driven by it location to a transportation artery. It is located on Red Bank Road, very convenient to I-71.

    I think it’s important for us to point out to people that ALL transportation spending stimulates development, and that there are many, many examples of that all around us today re: the freeways. In effect, the streetcar is just another example of transportation infrastructure. When we reframe the argument in those terms, how can the critics come back and make a rational argument against it?

    Joe Brockhaus said:
    April 13, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Bill, great point.

    The only issue I see with that stems from the desire to curb independent(CO2 emitting) vehicle transportation. When the 2 modes compete, and the playing field is leveled by the benefit it brings to development alone, cars have an advantage.

    For instance, if new development along a major highway corridor increases traffic, especially in high-traffic-density areas, the likely (popular) solution is the addition of a lane, not the addition of a new transportation medium. I think many people see this as waste, as opposed to a solution which would actually cut down on costs.

    The community also benefits, and not just indirectly through development. Independent vehicle transportation tends to spread communities further apart. Cincinnati, especially, has a fair share of abandoned communities with a history of attitudes to keep it that way.

    Fortunately, there has been a growing consensus to oust this attitude and I think we’re over the hump. More and more support for alternative, community-centric, smarter, and greener transportation methods are more popular than ever. It’s going to be an exciting decade for new transportation.🙂

    Bob Little said:
    April 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Perfect 5-way connect plan for streetcar – now connect it thru the East End to Lunken and you have a WINNER!
    Madisonville and Red Bank noted in first comment is the well funded Eastern Corridor – already a dedicated ROW for rail and only N/S connector – brilliant!

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