Central Business District

Phase one construction progress for week of August 12

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If you look around most places in the center city you’ll see construction work taking place. In many instances it is private real estate development, but there are also a number of public works projects, including our very own modern streetcar system.

The big news out this week was that new project executive John Deatrick believes the Over-the-Rhine portion of phase one could be operational as early as 2015. It is still expected that the full phase one route won’t become operational until September 2016, but this is encouraging news nevertheless.

In the meantime, here’s another project update from city officials on the status of phase one construction work for the Cincinnati Streetcar:

Utilities were hooked up at the construction trailer on the maintenance facility site (corner of Race and Henry).

There have been several news reports on the construction team’s progress as Messer/Prus/Delta and John Deatrick, project executive, have come aboard. The construction team is looking for all opportunities to be the most efficient in staging the work.

Progress for the Week of August 12
Roadwork includes exploratory digging, cutting in the streets, and utility relocation where necessary. Streets will remain open, though there may be some lane restrictions:

  • Elm between 12th and 15th streets
  • Central Parkway between Race and Walnut streets

Progress for the Week of August 19
Roadwork includes exploratory digging, cutting in the streets, and utility relocation where necessary. Streets will remain open, though there may be some lane restrictions:

  • Elm between 12th and 15th streets
  • Central Parkway between Race and Walnut streets
  • Walnut Street between 3rd and 7th streets

Progress for the Week of August 26
Roadwork includes exploratory digging, cutting in the streets, and utility relocation where necessary. Streets will remain open, though there may be some lane restrictions:

  • Central Parkway between Race and Walnut street
  • Elm between 12th Street and Liberty streets
  • Walnut Street between 5th and 7th streets

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.