Support pro-streetcar candidates at El Coyote this Thursday

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From the University of Cincinnati assessment of the Streetcar Feasibility Study
From the University of Cincinnati assessment of the Streetcar Feasibility Study.

We are nearing the Mayoral primary to be held on September 10. On the ballot will be three streetcar opponents (Jim Berns, Sandra Queen Noble, John Cranley) and one streetcar supporter (Roxanne Qualls). Obviously, we hope that you support the mayoral candidate who supports this dynamic project currently underway, and will work toward building extensions that head into Cincinnati’s great neighborhoods.

You can show your support this Thursday at a fundraiser for Roxanne Qualls and Wendall Young (pro-streetcar city council candidate). The fundraiser will take place downtown at El Coyote, which sits directly on the phase one streetcar route, and will start at 5:30 P.M.

You can RSVP for the event through Roxanne Qualls’ campaign website, but we also encourage you to RSVP on Facebook so that all of your friends can see your support.

Here’s what John Schneider, the host of the event, has to say about the two candidates:

Twenty years ago, Roxanne Qualls began to reshape our city in ways that are more apparent every day. A three-term mayor of Cincinnati and president of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, she first proposed regional rail transit and has been the Cincinnati Streetcar’s principal champion on City Council.

Against great odds, she seized the opportunity to narrow Fort Washington Way and claim our riverfront for the first time in 225 years and reinvested in Findlay Market and new housing choices. She’ll need Wendell Young to be re-elected to City Council, for without a future-focused Council, Cincinnati could easily revert to the lazy city of a decade ago.

If you support the Cincinnati Streetcar then you should support the candidates who have taken a clear position of support on the project (Roxanne Qualls for Mayor and Wendell Young, Laure Quinlivan, Yvette Simpson, Chris Seelbach, Shawn Butler, Greg Landsman, Mike Moroski, and Michelle Dillingham for City Council).

J. Hamman Prime steakhouse to open along phase one streetcar route

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J. Hamman PrimeIt seems like each day that goes by there is an announcement for yet another investment along the first phase of the Cincinnati Streetcar. Now surely not all of this is just because of the streetcar, but certainly some of it is.

The latest piece of news, as reported by the Business Courier, is the new J. Hamman Prime steakhouse that will open at the southeast corner of 6th and Walnut streets. The restaurant will take the place of the former Oceanaire Seafood Room and Bartini Martini Lounge.

It is one of the first leases signed by Anderson Birkla Investment Partners as part of their $41 million project to redevelop the aging office tower into AT580 – a primarily residential tower with offices and street-level retail.

This is a prime location in the heart of the Backstage Entertainment District and just a block from Fountain Square. The site is also just a block away from Government Square and will be located within a block of three streetcar stops.

We hope you’re hungry!

906 Main Street to undergo $400,000 redevelopment, create 20 apartments

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While much economic development and private investment has been anticipated for Over-the-Rhine, Main Street through the Central Business District also poses a huge opportunity for growth along the phase one route of the Cincinnati Streetcar.

Not much has been discussed about Main Street to-date, but Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory announced last week that the City of Cincinnati approved a deal that will redevelop 906 and 908 Main Street.

906-908 Main Street
906-908 Main Street will undergo a $400k redevelopment.

The $400,000 redevelopment will create 20 apartments on the building’s upper floors, and will renovate the 92-year-old structure’s 6,705 square feet of street-level retail. The project will also be built to LEED certification standards.

On Monday, August 5, City Council approved an ordinance authorizing a 12-year tax exemption for 100% of the value of the improvements made to the property as part of this agreement.

Sitting at the northeast corner of 9th and Main Streets, the building has long housed B/G Diner, which is a staple among those working at the Hamilton County Courthouse. There is no word as to what will happen with the B/G Diner itself, but rumors indicate that the owners may be interested in moving on.

Main Street is one of the few streets through the Central Business District that still boasts its historic character, while also being the home of many long-time family businesses. It will be interesting to see what happens with all the structures along this stretch, as many have upper floors that are not utilized at the moment and could become residences or office space.

More growth. More progress.

Pete Witte and John Schneider discuss the streetcar on WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition

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John Schneider is getting more and more popular. Fresh off radio appearances on 700WLW and 55KRC, he was invited to discuss transit and streetcars with Price Hill business owner Pete Witte on WVXU.

The two discussed the project with host Mark Perzel on the Cincinnati Edition show from 2-3pm today.

The discussion ranges from the current status of the project to where the next phases of streetcar and light rail work may go next. Some of the items brought up by John were similar to what he brought up on his previous radio appearances, but the group also discussed some different aspects of the project.

The show included one of the more reasonable discussions on the topic to-date. Pete Witte shared his skepticisms about the project, and shared his desires for a larger system that connects people with “jobs and books”.

The interview is split up into two segments that last a total of about 30 minutes.

Part One:

Part Two: