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Re: Cincinnati: CUF: Development and News
« Reply #150 on: April 06, 2016, 01:28:06 PM »
Not development but...

City Council extends development controls in this Uptown neighborhood



The Cincinnati City Council on Wednesday unanimously extended special controls it has placed on development in the Clifton Heights-University Heights-Fairview neighborhood.

The city is contemplating a major zoning overhaul in the area, which has seen tensions between longtime residents and developers looking to build housing and commercial structures driven by the considerable presence of University of Cincinnati students.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2016/04/06/city-council-extends-development-controls-in-this.html
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Re: Cincinnati: CUF: Development and News
« Reply #151 on: April 06, 2016, 01:43:25 PM »
So basically, down-zoning to prevent construction and driving more apartment rentals into the illegal underground market.  Not surprising Flynn would support such things too. 

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« Reply #152 on: April 06, 2016, 02:33:06 PM »
None of this can be trusted.  Cranley is looking to devalue these homes so that a developer can come in and buy them up cheap and tear them down.  They might use parking as their tool.  For example, a house without off-street parking might only be permitted to have two adult inhabitants in order to reduce the number of cars seeking to park on the street.  Only being able to rent a 3 or 4-bedroom house to 2 adults dramatically lowers the value of the house. 

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« Reply #153 on: April 06, 2016, 02:36:32 PM »
Can you even implement that at all though? That doesn't sound like it would have any legal backing since none of the homes in CUF require on site parking by code. And zoning isn't going to change to suddenly require a bunch of parking and even if it did you can't restrict existing properties based on new code.

It's all questionable, but the fear of restricting already-legal properties isn't one I have.

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« Reply #154 on: April 06, 2016, 02:39:26 PM »
It seems ridiculous.  I mean, are they trying to push development to Corryville?  That's what it sounds like.  This is a bustling area of the city, of course it will be difficult to find parking.

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« Reply #155 on: April 06, 2016, 02:47:30 PM »
Cranley sounds like Cobra Commander in that last quote where he's praising Flynn for agreeing with him. Like,"Yessssssssss, excellent thinking, Zartan."

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« Reply #156 on: April 06, 2016, 02:48:19 PM »
This was initially adopted due to the communities reaction to demolition of Christy's and Clifton Natural Foods for the Verge on Clifton and McMillan. Community members wanted pushed for a form-based code at the time.
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« Reply #157 on: April 06, 2016, 03:08:37 PM »
CUF is one of the best-preserved historic areas in the city.  I would support a moratorium on the replacement of any residential property with a higher-density residential structure.  For example, a 3-bedroom house can only be replaced by a new 3-bedroom structure.  That gets the developers out of the area.  That does not address the shoddy character of so many homes, which is caused by highly leveraged landlords and/or accidental landlords (like ex-wives). 

There is plenty of space for more UC rentals along Calhoun and McMillan and on other under-utilized sites like the CinFed credit union or whatever that is at Auburn.  And of course redevelopment of University Plaza with zero residential was just stupid. 
 

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« Reply #158 on: April 06, 2016, 10:59:11 PM »
Don't forget the old deaconness site, which IMO should be upzoned to allow for more student housing as to take pressure off of further neighborhood encroachment.

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« Reply #159 on: April 07, 2016, 06:10:47 AM »
The Deaconess site could house hundreds of students. It would be a great area for a lot of high density housing. Hopefully that's what comes of it.

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« Reply #160 on: April 14, 2016, 11:00:28 AM »
Big news coming on the former McDonalds/ Primetime site.  Tall and new to the area.

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2016/04/14/75m-mixed-use-project-planned-for-uptown.html

Took a lot longer than I thought for this to break.

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« Reply #161 on: April 14, 2016, 11:58:46 AM »
Agreed, this fits into the category of projects that I have known about for a while and wanted to bring up on the board but couldn't.
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Re: Cincinnati: CUF: Development and News
« Reply #163 on: August 06, 2016, 01:59:27 AM »
Somebody definitely is keeping a rooster behind their house in the 2400 block of W. Clifton.  I heard it several months ago and then I heard it again tonight.  Roosters are illegal within city limits. 

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« Reply #164 on: August 06, 2016, 07:32:26 PM »
Somebody definitely is keeping a rooster behind their house in the 2400 block of W. Clifton.  I heard it several months ago and then I heard it again tonight.  Roosters are illegal within city limits. 

That's not a rooster, it's just a Reds fan from Kentucky.

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« Reply #165 on: August 06, 2016, 11:30:34 PM »
Somebody definitely is keeping a rooster behind their house in the 2400 block of W. Clifton.  I heard it several months ago and then I heard it again tonight.  Roosters are illegal within city limits. 

I was touring a building in the Upper West Side of Manhattan that one of our clients is likely going to buy. While on the roof I was gawking at all the luxurious rooftops, terraces, backyards, etc. And then looked straight down and directly behind the building was a backyard that was all hay, had a wooden barn-like-thing, a pig, a rooster, and a sheep. Right between all this pristine monied environment was a scene straight from the country. Quite a contrast.
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« Reply #166 on: December 28, 2016, 11:41:01 AM »
A few months back someone posted on Nextdoor about the Neighborhood Project Suggestion program. It seems geared towards community councils, but anyone could submit. I decided to ask about the decayed staircase leading from Fairview Ave/Warner to Fairview Park. Wasn't expecting a response, but last week I got this detailed email. Thought other people here might be interested to read it also.

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Thank you for submitting a Neighborhood Project Suggestion to the City of Cincinnati! We received over 150 suggestions from more than 30 neighborhoods.
 
We took those suggestions and coordinated with the appropriate departments to review them. Below you will find your suggestion as well as the response/action from the corresponding department.
 
Your Neighborhood Project Suggestion: Rebuild the stairs leading from Fairview Park up to Fairview Ave. This connection would increase the walkability of the neighborhood and improve the connections between residences on the hilltop and in the basin. Currently there is only one pedestrian-friendly entrance to Fairview Park from the hilltop (the Ravine St. entrance), as the entrance on McMillan requires crossing a busy street with no crosswalk. Cincinnati's stairs are a unique urban feature that should be strengthened and highlighted, not left to crumble!
 
Referred to: Department of Transportation and Engineering
 
Response:  The CUF Community Council also submitted for this project through the official Community Budget Request process.  The stairway between McMicken Avenue and Warner Street were originally constructed in 1915 and were structurally supported stairs. The section of stairway between McMicken Avenue and Fairview Drive was reconstructed on grade in 1994. The section of stairway between Fairview Drive and Warner Street has been closed since at least 1994. Due to the steepness of the hillside the section of stairway between Fairview Park Drive and Warner Street will need to be constructed as a structural stairway. The length of the proposed stairway is approximately 196 ft. and the change in elevation is approximately 72 feet. 2017 Funds for the Hillside Stairway Rehabilitation Program is committed to other repairs and replacement projects.  Funding to this program will need to be increased or a separate Capital Project established and funded to replace the section of the stairs.

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« Reply #167 on: December 28, 2016, 12:32:15 PM »
Those are very cool steps and I personally would love to see them rebuilt. You are very correct about the danger in crossing at McMillan. I used to lie on Clemmer St. very near the park and went there a lot. Every time I crossed that street is was a mad dash hoping not to be hit by a car flying around one of the two blind corners there. Also, near the top of those stairs are remnants of the old incline supports. Along with that is the grade of the old driveway that led to an estate that was on the top of the hill. Very cool stuff that should be highlighted.

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« Reply #168 on: December 28, 2016, 01:14:41 PM »
Interesting how times change.  The other Fairview steps that went from Baymiller, up through Klotter to Fairveiw park were still in use in the 90s but were removed at the request of residents and developers on Conroy. 

The steps are a unique asset to the City and removing them is not the way to fight crime.

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« Reply #169 on: December 28, 2016, 01:33:53 PM »
I'd love those Baymiller steps to be returned, along with the Central Parkway footbridge. Probably won't ever happen though. The Warner steps at least seem to be in the cards, as long as the money is there.

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« Reply #170 on: December 28, 2016, 01:51:55 PM »
That part of McMicken and Central is beautiful, and the buildings too. There should be a small park on Central behind those buildings, and bring back the footbridge.

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« Reply #171 on: April 23, 2017, 01:41:25 PM »
American Apparel has closed and its store has been emptied. 

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« Reply #172 on: April 27, 2017, 07:31:06 AM »
American Apparel has closed and its store has been emptied.

American Apparel filed for bankruptcy and was purchased by Canada-based Gildan:
http://fortune.com/2017/01/10/gildan-activewear-american-apparel-bankruptcy-bid/

I think they're closing all their retail locations over the next month or so.

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« Reply #173 on: July 07, 2017, 07:04:10 AM »
Is there any news on the possible hotel and apartments that are proposed across from the Crossroads church on Calhoun?

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« Reply #174 on: July 07, 2017, 11:37:33 AM »
Yeah not sure either why that chunk of land is being look at with such a cautious and tentative speed.

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« Reply #175 on: July 11, 2017, 09:34:48 AM »
TriHealth / Good Samaritan own most of the parcels in the block by MLK/Riddle/Probasco... and over the last few years they've been demolishing several houses. The large clinic at the corner of MLK and Clifton has been vacant the last few years. There only remains 328 Probasco (owned by Saba Enterprises Ltd). Assuming they're able to acquire 328 Probasco, they would have a large ~4 acre parcel. The fact that they're demolishing houses and leaving them as grass (not even bothering to put up temporary parking lots) suggests they are preparing the site for something new. Anybody know anything about this?



Here is a satellite image from 2001 before the demolitions:




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« Reply #176 on: July 11, 2017, 09:46:37 AM »
328 is a new-construction multifamily.  Probably built around 2000.  Those guys are going to hold out. 

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« Reply #177 on: July 11, 2017, 11:32:48 AM »
Didn't they move all the doctors from that building up the street to the new addition at Good Sam? I wouldn't be surprised if TriHealth is planning to build some sort of big medical center complex at that corner. UC Health has been building all sorts of new facilities around the region, so TriHealth has to do the same to keep up. That's a side effect of our for-profit health care system. Hospitals and doctors have to constantly be building new facilities so they can put out marketing material about having the most advanced, most up-to-date facilities. They are as much in the real estate business as they are in the health care business.

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« Reply #178 on: July 17, 2017, 01:47:09 AM »
The buildings on W. Clifton across from Chipotle are for sale:
https://www.sibcycline.com/Listing/CIN/1545749/2510-W-Clifton-Clifton-OH-45219

https://www.sibcycline.com/Listing/CIN/1545748/2508-W-Clifton-Clifton-OH-45219

It's somewhat miraculous that they survived the onslaught of UC and Towne.  We are lucky that we have that one colorful block still intact.  Tearing these down for who-knows-what would be a disaster. 


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« Reply #179 on: July 17, 2017, 11:39:00 AM »
It seems pretty obvious that U Square was designed in such a way that they could eventually acquire the Krishna building and those buildings on W Clifton and tear them down and build an additional phase of U Square. Then the garage would be in the middle of the block with retail on both sides.

Same thing with the east block of U Square. If they ever acquire the Shell and build another phase there.
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