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And it's not like there aren't about 5+ parking garages/lots within a 2 block radius of the building. If your complaint is for cheap parking, it ain't ever gonna happen downtown.
Quote from: UncleRando on December 08, 2011, 12:10:17 AM"Retail follows rooftops."I agree, but it seems to me that there needs to be more residential with parking first, then more retail services, then some no-parking residential. Also, for what it's worth, I think there are quite a bit grocery options downtown and OTR that will be well connected once we can get the streetcar project started.
"Retail follows rooftops."
\That said...do you really think that the type of demographic that can afford downtown living rents is going to stand and wait in the bitter cold in January for a street car to do grocery shopping (both ways) and then lug multiple bags on the street car and then carry them from the stop to their apartment? I see this demographic hoping in their heated car and driving to the store in half the time and pulling in to their garage closer to the apartment. Many people have to out of necessity, but I don't see this as a choice from this demographic.
I think the casino is what is making all of these new hotels possible. Developers know that the casino will drive demand for rooms. It is fantastic that the casino didn't include an on site hotel.
Columbia Sussex Corp. will convert the Bartlett Building, 36 E. Fourth St., into a $33 million hotel and get 12 years worth of green tax credits under an ordinance that could receive Cincinnati City Council approval on Wednesday. Council’s Budget and Finance Committee approved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design agreement on Monday. City documents contained a few more details about the downtown project: • The now-vacant office building will be converted into a luxury hotel with 312 rooms. • Construction is set to begin by July with the goal of opening by September 2014.