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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine: 3CDC Development and News
« Reply #3660 on: May 08, 2018, 02:40:46 PM »
@taestell got any drone shots of the block in question?






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« Reply #3661 on: May 08, 2018, 03:18:36 PM »
^in those first two angled shots, you can see the demo work being done behind Weilert's which wrapped up towards the end of last summer. I really hope 3CDC moves ahead with renovating Weilert's as quickly as possible.


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« Reply #3662 on: May 08, 2018, 03:23:48 PM »
That space is really large, and there is enough room to place a two bay garage the same dimensions as Mercer's Garage and still keep some of the old Weilert's Beer garden space. I would love to see some sort of outdoor beer garden brought back to that location and not a three bay parking garage that fills the whole middle of the block.

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« Reply #3663 on: May 08, 2018, 03:33:31 PM »
God I hope we get a German themed beer hall in Weilert's.  Making that building anything else just wouldn't seem right, 

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« Reply #3664 on: May 08, 2018, 03:40:25 PM »
That space is really large, and there is enough room to place a two bay garage the same dimensions as Mercer's Garage and still keep some of the old Weilert's Beer garden space. I would love to see some sort of outdoor beer garden brought back to that location and not a three bay parking garage that fills the whole middle of the block.

It's an unusual block since there is no center alley or narrow street. Perhaps there was an east-west alley that was filled in for the Kroger. 

They could bisect the block east/west with a new narrow street along the south edge of the current Kroger.  That would free up the design to allow windows if not front doors along the new street.  It would also break the development up into two halves that could be phased and then sold as different properties in the future.   

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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine: 3CDC Development and News
« Reply #3665 on: May 08, 2018, 05:35:49 PM »
^ It looks like there were never any alleys, which seems to have resulted in the interior of the block never really being utilized for anything spectacular:

https://i.imgur.com/H5cbz1Q.png

It housed the beer garden, a carousel/swimming pool, circus storage, and a few stables and undertakers (in the same building - google tells me this was common!).  By the last edition, the horses had been replaced by cars for the most part - the Kroger lot was a car dealership and the lots on Walnut were already parking:

https://i.imgur.com/p0pykuM.png

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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine: 3CDC Development and News
« Reply #3666 on: May 08, 2018, 06:00:26 PM »
That space is really large, and there is enough room to place a two bay garage the same dimensions as Mercer's Garage and still keep some of the old Weilert's Beer garden space. I would love to see some sort of outdoor beer garden brought back to that location and not a three bay parking garage that fills the whole middle of the block.

They have lot of options due to how much space they have to work with. In my attached graphic, I cloned One Mercer (yellow rectangle) and the Mercer Garage (red rectangle). As you can see, they have enough room to build that facing Walnut without needing to demolish any buildings. However, I suspect they will want the garage to have entrances/exits off of Vine so will put it somewhere more like the blue rectangle.

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« Reply #3667 on: May 08, 2018, 06:22:48 PM »
The most significant structure/attraction in this whole area was the old Turners Gym. Turners was the hub of German life when OtR reflected its namesake. When the building was vacated by the Turners in the 50's it became the hub of Appalachian life, right up until it was demolished in 1974. The place was utterly amazing, reeking of history and mystery, it was a fortress of dungeon like basements, mysterious hidden upper levels, and a cavernous gymnasium. In my mind it is one of the most unfortunate demolitions in the history of the neighborhood. If there is not some reference to the part it played in OtR's history, well then, that would just be tragic.

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« Reply #3668 on: May 08, 2018, 06:58:16 PM »
The most significant structure/attraction in this whole area was the old Turners Gym. Turners was the hub of German life when OtR reflected its namesake. When the building was vacated by the Turners in the 50's it became the hub of Appalachian life, right up until it was demolished in 1974. The place was utterly amazing, reeking of history and mystery, it was a fortress of dungeon like basements, mysterious hidden upper levels, and a cavernous gymnasium. In my mind it is one of the most unfortunate demolitions in the history of the neighborhood. If there is not some reference to the part it played in OtR's history, well then, that would just be tragic.

A new fall compliment to Bockfest could be held, Turnfest.  Like Turnfest '18.  It could be like Number Fest in Athens. 

http://digital.libraries.uc.edu/exhibits/arb/turnfest/turnfest3.php




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« Reply #3669 on: May 08, 2018, 06:58:54 PM »
The most significant structure/attraction in this whole area was the old Turners Gym. Turners was the hub of German life when OtR reflected its namesake. When the building was vacated by the Turners in the 50's it became the hub of Appalachian life, right up until it was demolished in 1974. The place was utterly amazing, reeking of history and mystery, it was a fortress of dungeon like basements, mysterious hidden upper levels, and a cavernous gymnasium. In my mind it is one of the most unfortunate demolitions in the history of the neighborhood. If there is not some reference to the part it played in OtR's history, well then, that would just be tragic.

A new fall compliment to Bockfest could be held, Turnfest.  Like Turnfest '18.  It could be like Number Fest in Athens. 

http://digital.libraries.uc.edu/exhibits/arb/turnfest/turnfest3.php





There could be feats of strength.  And airings of grievances. 

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« Reply #3670 on: May 08, 2018, 09:51:17 PM »
I don't know what should be done, I just don't want the history of this location to be forgotten, it has to be highlighted somehow. The old Turner's Gym building was simply massive. I sat on the rooftop of the garage portion of that building behind Wielert's (I don't recall what it was) and watched the demolition. Even as a 10 year old punk kid I realized the important piece of history being lost. 

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« Reply #3671 on: May 09, 2018, 12:01:05 AM »
3CDC has moved the King's Court barber shop from Court to the 1400 block of Race:




Incidentally, not "The King" (the Elvis impersonator) barber, but his old partner (whose name I can't remember) used to cut hair at the shop in the lobby of the Metropole.  The guy drove a gigantic green Cadillac that was usually parked where the 21C Valet is now.  The shop was the only store in the lobby...there was a security guard to get upstairs.  The shop itself was noteworthy for having shelves stocked with years' worth of Playboy magazines.  This is also back when the Phoenix Cafe was cranking at full power and teamed with the Metropole in its drug and prostitution business.  So you'd be there getting your hair cut watching the guys in line look at Playboys with a never-ending cascade of sleazy characters traveling through the Metropole lobby. 

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« Reply #3672 on: May 17, 2018, 08:13:24 PM »
So I noticed the green building on vine next to Kroger has a new sign with a bright red banner saying, “Coming Soon, 4K square feet space.” By 3cdc.

I thought this rehab project wouldn’t be happening so soon by 3cdc, but I’m glad if it does!


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« Reply #3674 on: May 19, 2018, 10:44:10 AM »
I made some diagrams for the OTR Kroger Block featuring a new east-west cross street and an underground garage.  The block is quite large for OTR, 400' east-west and 350' north-south, so bisecting it with a cross street as @jmecklenborg suggested would work rather well.  A 40' wide street (enough for a two way with parking on one side and 6' sidewalks) could be added yielding a 150'x 400' block and a 160'x 400' block (for comparison the block of 14th, 15th, Republic and Vine is about 175' x 380', oriented in the other direction.)

The new street could be named Turner Street in a nod to Turner Hall which used to stand on this block as @cincity stated above. (14.5 Street could be an alternate name if you wanted to make it sound "high-tech" for start-ups.)

A three bay, 180'x200' underground garage could fit in the middle of the block under the new street and two new office buildings.  I estimate a this could fit about a hundred cars per level, so a three level garage would yield about 300 spaces.  A new alley to 15th street could provide access from the garage to the new 3CDC office development on the corner and future development on 15th and Moore streets.

There would be space along Walnut as well as on 15th for residential infill.

Finally, there would also be space for a beer garden in back of Wielert's in a nod to the impact that establishment had on our city's history.  (In my plan, I did not make it a huge space like it was historically, I think it would be rather risky to do that and compete against other establishments that are already providing outdoor beergarden-like space.)

Thanks @taestell for letting me use his pictures as a basis for these diagrams. 

Underground garage outline:



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« Reply #3675 on: May 19, 2018, 11:37:23 AM »
^That'd be awesome. Probably very expensive, and considering how hard it is to finance *above* ground parking garages, I'm not confident 3CDC (or anybody) would be able to convince a bank to finance the costs of an underground garage. So the City would have to find a way to foot the bill for the street and garage.

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« Reply #3676 on: May 19, 2018, 11:51:50 AM »
Bill, I love this idea, and actually love the 14.5 street name for the tech scene! Would be great for them to build this as you designed due to the sheer amount of extra office space it could add and would be perfect for tech / branding offices. That said like what jwulsin mentioned, probably guessing it would be too expensive but you never know if a rising company wants to build a mini-campus in the heart of the neighborhood this could be an option, especially if they got a tech company to move from San Fran or something, the cost would be tiny compared to what they pay already.

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« Reply #3677 on: May 19, 2018, 02:12:40 PM »
^Bill, that's pretty much what I had in mind.  I like the street name, too. 

Underground garages are more expensive than elevated ones, but 3CDC has already built two of them - one beneath Washington Park and the other at Ziegler. 

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« Reply #3678 on: May 19, 2018, 03:23:02 PM »
The garage is on the smallish side so the construction cost per space would probably be high. If you flipped it 90 degrees, it’s longer so you may be able to fit more spaces, but then the entrances would get complicated as well as possibly having more complications supporting the buildings above (that’s my guess at least, I’m not that kind of engineer, but as pictured the garage columns would line up with the walls of the buildings for the most part.) They only have one shot at this block for the next 50-100 years, so might as well spend the money on an option that builds on the neighborhood’s natural scale and walkability by opening up the interior of the block.

EDIT: another thing I like about it is there could be 4 other stand alone infill structures on the block that aren’t tied to the fate of the parking garage. That’s good for granularity. (As opposed to all the new buildings serving as parking garage wrap)
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