$45 Million Project to be Built Along Streetcar Line

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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.”

Read the rest here.

3 thoughts on “$45 Million Project to be Built Along Streetcar Line

    Sherman Cahal said:
    May 12, 2010 at 7:56 am

    It is important to note that Mercer Commons is not a project being built because of the streetcar, but a project being built as part of the continuation of the Gateway Quarter as it approaches Liberty Street. The project was proposed two years ago before any lines were drawn on a map for the streetcar, and it is only when the project approached phase IV that final sketches and plans were completed.

    Marshal Thaxter said:
    May 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

    It is also important to note that the continued push up Vine Street by 3CDC is synergistic with the push to build the streetcar, making it a great time to do both.

    The potential timing and synergy of all of these projects far outweighs any doubt about their individual validity.

    Sherman Cahal said:
    May 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    They are both independent projects, though. It is correct to assume that 3CDC is pushing for the streetcar, but it is developing these properties, such as the Mercer Commons, because the demand is there for Phase IV, whereas there was none three years ago. Note that Phase IV includes a major parking structure, and while it would be great to say that Phase IV is occurring because of the streetcar, it isn’t.

    It would be more accurate to say that both are in harmony. Phase IV is being built to meet market demand and will benefit the streetcar. The streetcar is being built because of increased market demand along the route and will benefit from Phase IV.

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