Mercer Commons, an $45 million project including 155 residential units and 15,000 square feet of commercial space will be constructed one block away from the Cincinnati Streetcar, from this week’s Soapbox:
“The Mercer Commons project has the ability to infuse dramatic change through Over-the-Rhine with its large footprint and modern aesthetic,” described Greg Meckstroth, Urban Designer with RW Armstrong. “Ironically, the project’s transformative nature has given way to the neighborhood’s traditional urban forms, something that is reflected in the plan’s urban design. Ultimately, this is the project’s greatest achievement.”
The plan calls for a new structure along Vine Street with a modern appeal that will stand in stark contrast with the existing 19th Century building stock nearby. The new above-ground parking garage will be hidden behind a mixed-use building constructed along Vine Street. Meanwhile, historic structures will be restored throughout the site while new infill structures are mixed in to fill existing open lots.
“A great aspect of this urban design is its respect for the current traditional form while still infusing the neighborhood with a modern aesthetic,” Meckstroth explained. “There is little to complain about this design. It’s urban, compact, contextually sensitive, and handles the parking garage beautifully, tucking the structure behind the street wall and forcing it towards the center of the block.”