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Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
« on: February 20, 2004, 07:59:18 AM »
I used to work in Lockland, and I've been through Lincoln Heights many times.  It struggles.  This sounds like an ambitious plan, but I wish them luck...

Village devises development plan
By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer



Paul Phillips Jr. sits with three of his daughters, (from left) Jocelyn, 17; Amber, 13; and Tanisha, 18, at their home in Lincoln Heights. Phillips, 41, has been a resident of the village his whole life.
The Cincinnati Enquirer/ERNEST COLEMAN

 
Some of the pieces of property don't look too promising right now.

One is a grassy lot littered with discarded bottles, paper cups and other trash. Another is a tract with a sprawling, boarded-up brick building that had been a community center. Another is a large chunk of an industrial park that was a graveyard for hundreds of junk cars.


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Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2004, 01:01:44 PM »
Ah, the blackest city in the Midwest (stastically).  So so sad story :(.  I'm glad they are atleast thinking of redeveloping Lincoln Heights.
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2004, 01:08:33 PM »
Yeah, what you said.

They are surrounded by Lockland, which still struggles but has done a few things as far as small businesses go.  Woodlawn has developed quite a few new things and is on the upswing.  And Wyoming...well, they won't get there quite so quickly (who will), but there's no reason the people of Lincoln Hts. can't redevelop.

I've been getting a ton of shitty e-mails from this kid from Elmwood Place (due to my take being posted on the city web site), but what the hell are they doing.  Buying aluminum siding for everyone and paying Rumpke to dump garbage on their streets?

I find the struggling areas infinitely more interesting than the areas that have little or no problems.  And I am very pro-effort.  I'm anti-"We have a sense of community, but we don't give a shit about absentee landlords or people who don't keep up their property".

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2004, 09:34:48 AM »
Quote from: grasscat
I've been getting a ton of shitty e-mails from this kid from Elmwood Place (due to my take being posted on the city web site), but what the hell are they doing.  Buying aluminum siding for everyone and paying Rumpke to dump garbage on their streets?


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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2004, 08:46:10 AM »
This is the place to post random developments, buildings going up, etc. that you notice in your day-to-day travels--you know, the kind of small-scale stuff that doesn't make the newspapers.


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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2004, 09:59:53 AM »
Hopple Crossing is going to have a 5/3 bank branch, a pretty convenient, on-off the highway location.

Hebrew Union College on Clifton Ave. is in the middle of a big expansion project. Construction is moving along quicky. The original structure is an attractive 1920s brick building. The addition is going to be brick, but in a more modern design and will include a clock tower.

UC construction seems to be moving along nicely as well. The new baseball stadium looks nearly complete and the new food court and theater in the Tangeman University Center opened this week.

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2004, 11:29:38 AM »
Cool.  Interesting to know.

Mercy Hospital in Fairfield (S. Gilmore and Mack) is expanding.  There has been quite a bit of new construction up there in the last few years, and it looks like it will continue.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2004, 07:37:31 AM »
The new Springfield Twp. fire station and addition to the administration building is coming along nicely.  This is a replacement for the existing station, which is down by Winton and Cross County.  This building is farther north, near Winton and Compton (just south of Brentwood Bowl):


Also, has anyone been through Woodlawn lately?  Driving north along Rt. 4, it was nothing but condos along the west side.  There has been a streetscape improvement, and the corner at Rt. 4 and Glendale-Milford has now got a shitload of retail.

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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2004, 10:05:28 AM »
^ So that's what that building is.  The last time I was home, I had to go to my dentist, who is just up Compton there.  I drove past that and was wondering what it was.

Did they ever find a stable tenant in that plaza next door since the video store left?

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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2004, 12:32:45 PM »
Jeebus...is your dentist Dr. Hill?  He's my dentist!

I didn't really look much at the plaza.  I know that there are BIG, ambitions plans for the entire Winton Rd. corridor, though.  If you get bored, go to Springfield Twp. Zoning and click on the streetscape plan link in the left frame.  The PDF is a bit hard to read, but it gives you some ideas.  Pretty much all they've started on is the civic complex.

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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2004, 04:16:51 PM »
^ No, Dr. Ventker.  He's retiring soon, he's getting up there a bit.  They may be in the same building, it's a little ugly brown building across from the Kwik & Kold exit.

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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2004, 04:35:04 PM »
It's in that little strip center off the road (Compton) just west of that shitty drive thru.  My dentist is there, as well as the surgeon who pulled out my wisdom teeth (same complex).

Maybe I'm thinking of someone else.  My dentist is in that long commercial park, and he's also slightly effeminate (but married).  You must have dental care somewhere else.

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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2004, 09:37:33 AM »
Can I post pictures of all the new sprawly Kings Mills, Deerfield and West Chester subdivisions here?

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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2004, 07:43:54 AM »
Here's a great article that ran in the Enquirer today about a guy who transformed an old paint factory in downtown Cincinnati into condos. He lives there and it sparked the rehabbing of the whole block.

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/05/17/loc_loc1a.html

(Sorry for just posting the link, there are some pictures and info boxes that are interesting)

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« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2004, 08:15:41 AM »
I've been in there as well.  Nice place.  I think they are having trouble selling the lower 2 units due to the fact that they don't include parking, while the other 3 do.

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« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2004, 08:18:38 AM »
Two more that I noticed:

(1) Wrights Summit, Ft. Wright KY

Is located off of Dixie Highway near the intersection with Kyles Lane, just east of the I-71/75 interchange.  It will feature 200,000 sf of Class A office space and three luxury auto dealerships.  The parcel has been vacant for about 15 years.

(2) Buttermilk Town Center, Crescent Springs KY
Rich, are you familiar with this parcel?  It's been in the news a lot lately...specifically the people who are being given a pittance to move out of a mobile home park.

From the one rendering I've seen, it looks like an extremely elongated strip center fronted by massive surface lots.  :(

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« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2004, 10:06:35 AM »
The groundbreaking for the long-awaited National Guard Armory in Woodlawn is today.  Here's an article from the 6/19/04 Enquirer about it:


Work to begin on Guard armory
By Liz Oakes
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WOODLAWN - The village plans to break ground today on a long-planned $15.5 million National Guard training and community center that will eventually shutter armories in Hartwell and North Avondale.

"Our (recreation) programs have really grown. We're in need of a place for our kids and adults," said Marjie Dogan, Woodlawn's director of community services, parks and recreation.

Dogan said the village began working with the National Guard in October 2001 to bring a community center to the village, which now runs some programs out of the municipal swimming pool offices.

Woodlawn is spending about $2 million from its general fund toward the 113,000-square-foot center. The federal government is providing $10.1 million and the state, $3.4 million.

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« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2004, 10:50:04 AM »
The project that is in crescent springs will sit on the space behind a current strip mall.  It will have highway visibility, but the two major anchors are a remkes supermarket and somekind of furniture store.  As well as several  other smaller stores.  This project is pretty much useless I think.  The project in lakesidepark or where ever the dillards is, is going to be 10X better than this development.
They even kicked out atleast 100 mobile home residents who currently live on the site.  Construction is supposed to start sometime in july.



about that dixie hwy and kyles project.  they are currently finishing up on a decent looking 3 story building, so the new project will beefin that area up with buildings.

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« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2004, 12:02:45 PM »
^ Yeah, I see the Wright's Summit development quite often.  My nephew plays soccer (and goes to school) at St. Agnes right across the street.

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« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2004, 06:17:29 PM »
Well, it's been ten months and I haven't heard a damn thing about anything.  Lincoln Hts. doesn't have a website and Hamilton Co. doesn't have anything about Lincoln Hts., either.

Anyone want to visit there with me?  :D

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« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2004, 06:36:52 PM »
For my previous job, I had to go to the Lincoln Heights city building a few times.  Everyone I came in contact with there was unbelievably nice and seemed to be dedicated, unfortunately it just seems like they just don't have the means.  The city building itself is pretty clear evidence of that.  I certainly wish them luck and hope some of their plans become reality.

Also, while we are talking about Lincoln Heights, maybe someone can give me a little background about a couple stories I've heard about the city.  First, I've heard that Evendale more or less "stole" GE away from Lincoln Heights.  Is there any truth to that?  Also, I hear that Lockland built a fence between the two cities for racial reasons.  What's up with that?  Is it still there?

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« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2004, 08:30:23 AM »
Here's the Lincoln Hts./GE/Evendale saga:

Industrial growth in the Mill Creek valley led to the formation of Lockland.  An influx of black workers into Lockland led to the creation of new housing for blacks on the periphery of Lockland, of which "Lincoln Hts." was the name of one of the subdivisions.

Lincoln Hts. remained relatively unimproved, with unpaved streets, no water or sewers, etc., but continued to attract black residents whose suburban options were very limited.  The citizens sought incorporation and began referring to the entire area as Lincoln Hts.

With the large amounts of open land and the coming of WWII, the upper Mill Creek valley became the site of many defense plants (the largest of which was Wright Aircraft).  Wright has a large workforce and built a lot of nearby housing, including public housing in Lincoln Hts.

After the war, Wright became GE.  All of the neighboring villages wanted to annex the property to increase their tax base.  Recently incorporated Lincoln Hts. (1946) was one of them.  White interests weren't so keen on the idea, so an entirely new community called "Evendale" was created for this sole purpose and incorporated in 1950.  It was fought in the courts, who ruled in favor of Evendale.

This ruling pretty much sealed Lincoln Hts. residents' doom as far as being able to annex any industrial property to add to their tax base.

As for the "fence", I've never heard anything about that and I've never seen any evidence of one.

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« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2004, 12:36:44 PM »
I think Lincoln Hieghts is starting to turn around.  They're in the Princeton school district which is a plus, they are building some new homes for more middle waged people, they just got out of a financial emergency with the state, and a new low income health care facility was recently completed.  As for there being a fence between Lockland and Lincoln Hgts., it does not exist.  It could have in the past but there is not currently one up.  Lockland has a decent black population itself so it would make no sense to have a fence up for racial purposes.

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« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2005, 09:53:42 AM »
This actually sounds like a decent plan...from the 1/19/05 Kentucky Post:


Council likes preliminary design
Fort Thomas site 'strategic' to city

By Denise Wilson
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Fort Thomas City Council recently got a firsthand look at the preliminary design to develop its Towne Center and Citizen Bank properties off North Fort Thomas Avenue.

Cardinal Engineering Corp. and members of a five-member committee -- which includes City Administrator Jeff Earlywine, Assistant City Administrator Jay Treft, and representatives from Citizens Bank and Fort Thomas Enterprises -- earlier this month presented the Towne Center Revitalization Plan and a report on the project to council.

Cardinal Engineering Corp. of Wilder was paid more than $30,000 by the city to develop a new design plan for the two properties at the intersection of Lumley Avenue and Miller Lane. Fort Thomas Enterprises, a private corporation run by resident Bud Pogue, owns about two-thirds of the block; the city owns the rest.

http://www.kypost.com/2005/01/19/towne011905.html
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« Reply #24 on: February 14, 2005, 06:02:21 PM »
I thought this first project was pretty neat. 

I'll add more West End projects to this as they come along.


The Turret Lofts
Address: 1201-1217 Central Ave.
Description: Building from 1883
Developer: Glacid Properties, Inc.
Units: 15 loft condos
Unit size: 1/2 BR, 1400-2000+ SF
Status: For sale, $120,000-$200,000
http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=914129&prop=1062154

Before & After:





City West

All you ever wanted to know about City West:
http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cdap/pages/-3850-/
http://www.communitybuilders.org/what_we_do/projects/fp_lincolnlaurel.htm
http://www.tcbinc.org/lincolncourt/
http://www.tcbinc.org/laurelhomes/

ColDayMan's City West pics:
http://urbanohio.com/CinnWestEnd.htm

Montecarloss's City West pics:
http://www.pbase.com/montecarloss/west_end
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« Reply #25 on: February 14, 2005, 06:58:29 PM »
That is a wonderful building.
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« Reply #26 on: February 14, 2005, 07:02:11 PM »
those chimneys flanking the dormers...wow...a great example of Cincys exuberant old architecture. 

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« Reply #27 on: February 15, 2005, 01:02:14 PM »
It's a go!  From the 2/15/05 Kentucky Post:


Redevelopment plan approved
Fort Thomas OKs two upgrades

By Denise Wilson
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Fort Thomas City Council has given thumbs up to plans to redevelop the community's Towne Center and Citizen Bank properties off North Fort Thomas Avenue.

Council told the administration last week that "generally speaking it looks like a solid redevelopment plan proposal and generally consistent with what they were hoping to achieve for that area," said City Administrator Jeff Earlywine.

http://www.kypost.com/2005/02/15/fttom021505.html
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« Reply #28 on: February 15, 2005, 08:54:02 PM »
Both of those look awesome.  Great old architecture at the Turret, and very nice neo-traditional at City West.  That's a huge project, too!

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« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2005, 09:37:59 AM »
I am a little confused on the Turret Lofts project.  About ten years ago that building was rehabbed into housing, condos I thought.  I know people have been living there for at least ten years.  Is it switching from rental to condo?  Does anyone have any history on the project?