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Title: Cincinnati: Random Development and News
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 20, 2004, 09:05:18 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


(http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/02/18/0218.c1lincoln.jpg)
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.


E-mail skemme@enquirer.com
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ColDayMan on February 20, 2004, 02:07:44 PM
Ah, the blackest city in the Midwest (stastically).  So so sad story :(.  I'm glad they are atleast thinking of redeveloping Lincoln Heights.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 20, 2004, 02:14:33 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".

[/rant]
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: WhoDey on February 22, 2004, 10:40:48 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?


Hahahaha lmao....
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 21, 2004, 09:52:10 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.


Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on April 21, 2004, 11:05:53 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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 21, 2004, 12:35:38 PM
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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 30, 2004, 08:43:31 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):
(http://www.urbanohio.com/grasscat/finney001042704.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: WhoDey on April 30, 2004, 11:11:28 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?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 30, 2004, 01:38:45 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 (http://www.springfieldtwp.org/zoning/index.htm) 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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: WhoDey on April 30, 2004, 05:22:51 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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 30, 2004, 05:41:04 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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CincyImages on May 03, 2004, 10:43:33 AM
Can I post pictures of all the new sprawly Kings Mills, Deerfield and West Chester subdivisions here?

:D
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on May 17, 2004, 08:49:54 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)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: mark on May 17, 2004, 09:21:41 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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 17, 2004, 09:24:38 AM
Two more that I noticed:

(1) Wrights Summit, Ft. Wright KY
(http://www.wesselsinc.com/images/wright-summit.jpg)
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.  :(
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 19, 2004, 11:12:35 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
See more in archive of The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://www.cincinnati.com/)


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.

E-mail loakes@enquirer.com

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: richNcincy on June 19, 2004, 11:56:04 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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 19, 2004, 01:08:45 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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 16, 2004, 07:23:29 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
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: dfly on December 16, 2004, 07:42:52 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?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 17, 2004, 09:36:23 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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: old edale on December 17, 2004, 01:42:44 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.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on January 19, 2005, 10:59:42 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
Post staff reporter


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 (http://www.kypost.com/2005/01/19/towne011905.html)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 14, 2005, 07:08:21 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 (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=914129&prop=1062154)

Before & After:
(http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/7462/turretyz0.jpg)
(http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/3884/turretbvx0.jpg)



City West

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

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

Montecarloss's City West pics:
http://www.pbase.com/montecarloss/west_end (http://www.pbase.com/montecarloss/west_end)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ColDayMan on February 14, 2005, 08:04:29 PM
That is a wonderful building.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Jeff on February 14, 2005, 08:08:11 PM
those chimneys flanking the dormers...wow...a great example of Cincys exuberant old architecture. 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 15, 2005, 02:08:14 PM
It's a go!  From the 2/15/05 Kentucky Post:


Redevelopment plan approved
Fort Thomas OKs two upgrades

By Denise Wilson
Post staff reporter


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 (http://www.kypost.com/2005/02/15/fttom021505.html)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: X on February 15, 2005, 10:00:02 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!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on February 16, 2005, 10:43:59 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?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Haynesm007 on February 16, 2005, 11:30:45 AM
The site had been market-rate apartments but at some point in the past year the owner decided to go condo. I don't know if they did much to improve them aside from tearing down some walls to increase their size. I would like to see them fix up the exterior a bit. It wouldn't hurt to clean up the roof and masonry work.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on February 17, 2005, 08:07:04 AM
As recently as May 2004 the Turret Building was rental. I looked at 3 different units in the building.  At that time they were large, open, uninspired spaces. About 1500 sq ft as I recall. 

I also believe the movie Artworks actually used one of the building's units for many scenes.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 21, 2005, 06:26:30 PM
A couple of things from today....

Jonathan Meadows (Walnut Hills/Evanston) - Ground was broken (ceremonially) several months ago for a bunch of new townhomes on Jonathan Ave. by Walnut Hills HS.  I drove by there today and not a damn thing has been done.  A map of the site is at the bottom of this post.

Jordan's Crossing (Roselawn/Bond Hill) - Construction is proceeding nicely on the building at the corner of Reading and Langdon Farm.  Sorry, no pics.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: MR.COFFEE on February 21, 2005, 07:40:56 PM
The 1.25million that guy spent on reading road and now he might get a nice view of Family Dollar!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 22, 2005, 04:39:34 PM
Today I noticed that this piece of crap at McMillan and Boone in Walnut Hills was gone.  Good riddance.

The lot is now covered with straw.

It seems this is a Neighborhood Development Corporation Association site.  Unfortunately, their website doesn't work.  Idiots!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 06, 2005, 04:53:53 PM
New construction in the Cincinnati area, 3/6/05:

East Price Hill
Matson Manor
$450,000-$500,000 3 BR townhomes with city views, on the hillside just north of Queens Tower:
http://www.starone.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=909624&mls=cincy (http://www.starone.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=909624&mls=cincy)

Grand Ave.
At the south end of Grand Ave., on a hillside with city and river views.  2-3 BR condos going for $450,000-$500,000:
http://www.starone.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=833976&mls=cincy (http://www.starone.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=833976&mls=cincy)


Avondale
3301 Harvey Ave. (corner of Harvey and Kasota)
$165,000 2 BR townhomes:
http://www.starone.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=859870&mls=cincy (http://www.starone.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=859870&mls=cincy)


Columbia Tusculum
Stanley Cove
430-434 Stanley Ave.

$399,000-$449,000 2 BR townhomes:
http://www.starone.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=906612&mls=cincy (http://www.starone.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=906612&mls=cincy)


Covington
725-731 Crescent Ave.
$280,000 townhomes with river views:
http://www.starone.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=308026&mls=nky (http://www.starone.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=308026&mls=nky)

More to come....
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on March 11, 2005, 04:41:03 PM
It's great to see some investment in neighborhoods that don't get enough.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 18, 2005, 07:13:06 PM
These are projects that are in the works for the city of Covington that haven't been covered anywhere else in this forum.  As any of them begin to see the light of day, I'll split them off and start a new topic.

This list as of January:



Jacob Price Homes: With the need for major renovation in the near future, the Covington Housing Authority is exploring the feasibility of replacing Jacob Price's 163-subdizided apartments with a mix of apartments and single-family homes spread throughout the city. The project mirrors a national move to decentralize public housing. The project would happen in stages. What would be done with the six acres on which Jacob Price sits isn't clear.

Land near I-71/75: The straightening of Death Hill's S-curve in the early '90s freed up 10.6 acres of prime land on the east side of the interstate. Covington rezoned the land for professional office and has been marketing the site since. Two major companies, one of which would bring 750 jobs, are interested, and the state says it would build an access road to the interstate. An announcement could come this year.  (GRASSCAT: One of those companies was Cincinnati Bell, which recently announced that it will be staying in Cincinnati.)

Park Place Square: Restaurants and other businesses were to complement condominiums and a $3.5 million park and public plaza in a design plan unveiled in 1998 for the area around Park and Court streets. Questions surrounding the jail have held up Park Place Square, but the city says a developer is accumulating buildings and may come forward with a presentation soon.  (GRASSCAT: The main holdup is the lack of a means of funding the new Kenton County Jail, which has put this plan in limbo.  As you may also recall, this is the general area of Jack Quinn's, who has threatened to move if the city can't deliver on this project.)

Riverfront Commons: Southbank Partners, the economic development group, is championing the idea of Riverfront Commons, a 10-foot-wide, three-mile-long path connecting the Port Bellevue development on Bellevue's riverfront with Covington Landing at the foot of Madison Avenue in Covington. Estimated cost is in the millions for the project, which was unveiled in 2003 as a way to promote pedestrian traffic in the river cities.  (GRASSCAT: Covington had asked for $4.9M in federal money for the project.)

http://www.covingtonky.com/index.asp?fn=news&id=787 (http://www.covingtonky.com/index.asp?fn=news&id=787)


Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 07, 2005, 03:19:59 PM
Hopple Crossing has finally started to go up.  All of the wood framing work looks nearly completed.

Also, things may be moving on Jonathan Meadows in Evanston.  Excavation and fill work is going to be done at 1527 Jonathan Ave.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 12, 2005, 07:28:29 PM
Perusing the realty websites, here are a few more:


North Avondale
526 Clinton Springs Ave.
3 BR townhomes for $179,900...damn are these ugly
http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=910169&prop=1057313 (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=910169&prop=1057313)
(pictured below)


Mt. Auburn
148 Dorchester Ave. (Williams Pointe)
2 BR condos at top of Sycamore Hill with city views, $200,000
http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=910592&prop=1057993 (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=910592&prop=1057993)
(pictured below)


Walnut Hills
2100 Sinton Ave. (Beethoven Place Townhomes)
Not exactly new, but these apartments from 1880 have been converted to condos - $225,000
http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=897465&prop=1041391 (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=897465&prop=1041391)
(pictured below)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 12, 2005, 07:33:03 PM
Found renderings on a couple of previously mentioned properties.

1) 434 Stanley Ave. (Columbia Tusculum)...actually, a development of 3 townhomes going for nearly half a mil.

2) 725 Crescent Ave. (Covington)...all that stuff being built up the hill from Willie's...$280K.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 12, 2005, 07:37:21 PM
Good news for East Walnut Hills/Woodburn, a place that may be on the upswing!

1406 Locust St. (corner of Woodburn and Locust)
Vacant property
28 2-BR apartments
6 3-BR apartments
6 commercial spaces
$835,000
SALE PENDING!
(photo below)

830 Lincoln Ave. (Melrose Place Townhomes)
7 units on vacant lot
(map below)

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ColDayMan on April 12, 2005, 08:35:51 PM
Thank god for the Woodburn District.  Talk about POTENTIAL!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on April 12, 2005, 10:54:04 PM
^Amen.  Lots of businesses around, easy access to downtown and the freeways, and some great housing stock.  I lived on Hackberry for a while, and it was definitely a street on the upswing - lots of rehabs, some new construction, lots of stuff going right.  I was renting a floor sander at Schulhoff Tool Rental on Friday and saw some guys on the roof of the Krug building, just across the street (just north of Burdett on Woodburn) - just look at this place:

(http://www.pbase.com/reh/image/42013555.jpg)

guy on the roof:
(http://www.pbase.com/reh/image/42013549.jpg)

...that's just one building of many.  That neighborhood is just itching to revitalize.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Weedrose on April 12, 2005, 11:23:45 PM
I live close to those N. Avondale condos and those are a monkeys ass.  I thought they were apartments I hate that look but I hope that they attract good people (with shitty taste probably) and my neighborhood benefits.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 16, 2005, 06:20:16 PM
Jonathan Meadows in Evanston now has two units undergoing excavation and fill: 1524 and 1527 Jonathan Ave.  New housing could be on the way.

Also, hillside stabilization/foundation work is going on at 308-316 Boal St. on Prospect Hill, near Sycamore.  These will have killer views (they're on the north side of the street).
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 18, 2005, 11:40:02 AM
In other useless news, Laurel Homes A-D at Linn and Liberty have been refurbished and renamed the Liberty Street Apartments, according to the CMHA.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 27, 2005, 07:39:56 PM
More planned development....


Downtown
Ninth and Race (Brittany Condos)
15 units, 1-2 BR, 1000-1300 SF...$185,000-$210,000...in pre-redevelopment
(pictured below)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Weedrose on April 27, 2005, 08:26:03 PM
Brittany Condo looks like it has some real potential.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: old edale on April 27, 2005, 08:53:16 PM
With all these "random" developments going on which seem to never end, how is it still estimated that Cincinnati will lose population by the 2010 census? And how are places like Hyde Park and Mt. lookout loosing people when it seems that there is endless demand for houses and apartments there?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on April 27, 2005, 09:35:06 PM
I'll try to keep the 830 Lincoln project documented as it goes...if we're in town, I normally hit Giminetti's every Saturday morning for some breakfast sandwiches and some bread, then I tool around thru Walnut Hills on the way home...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 28, 2005, 10:02:14 AM
That's what I don't get, edale.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 10, 2005, 06:13:53 PM
Re: Jonathan Meadows

* The city is providing Jonathan Meadows LLC a deferred forgivable $881,519 loan to construct 24 housing units on Jonathan Ave. near Walnut Hills HS.  The total cost of the project is around $4.7 million.

* They were to be built as 12 side-by-side townhomes.  Each will be a minimum of 1,992 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a 2-car garage.

* It now appears that it will be 22 townhomes, and they should be completed within 22 months.

If you'd like to read the contract/funding agreement, it's here:
http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/12886.pdf (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/12886.pdf)




Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on May 11, 2005, 07:45:27 AM
As to the 2010 population, if there is a drop in population I suspect it will be coming from the west side. Notice how we almost never hear about development going on over there? It's not because we aren't listening.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 18, 2005, 07:49:59 PM
Did anyone happen to catch the goings-on on Erie Ave.?  They're building next to the mushroom house.  It looks like it's going to be taller, so those of you who got pics while there was no background distractions should consider yourselves lucky!

ALSO:  Those three new attached townhomes by Mt. Lookout Square are looking pretty decent.  They seem to look Italianate in style--the unit on the right even has the curved "inverted U" hood to the windows.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Weedrose on May 20, 2005, 08:57:04 AM
The West Side bleeds not because of lack of potential but because of civic leaders in that part of town that aren't very receptive to development.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on May 21, 2005, 02:09:13 PM
Grasscat, I noticed the guy next to the mushroom house is building out, and you're right, it is rather large and totally blocks the view of the mushroom house.  I am sure the guy was not too pleased when the guy built the mushroom next to his house, which probably prompted the addition.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 21, 2005, 06:03:36 PM
^ I didn't get that great of a view.  Are you saying it's an add-on to the little yellow house that was already there?  I had an obstructed view.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 21, 2005, 06:37:01 PM
MORE:

Mt. Lookout

* Here are the homes on Linwood near the Square that I was talking about (photos below).  They are going for $320-330K:
3220 Linwood (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=905405&prop=1051256)
3216 Linwood (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=902934&prop=1048507)


Downtown

* The red building at Ninth and Main is about to be sold for $365K:
835 Main (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=933363&prop=1086683)

* The vacant 7-story building at 214 E. Ninth is for sale for $795K:
214 E. Ninth (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=930284&prop=1083009)

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 21, 2005, 08:44:13 PM
Someone is actually trying to sell this thing for $15,000.  I believe it should be demolished.  Even an empty lot would look better.

820 Livingston (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=885963&prop=1027274):
(http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/6766/820livingstonhf7.jpg)


All is not lost in the West End, though.  Look at these beauties....

2016 Colerain (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=916943&prop=1065776):
(http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/4301/2016colerainlw6.jpg)

814 Poplar (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=930048&prop=1082803):
(http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/7387/814poplarek3.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CincyImages on May 21, 2005, 09:13:21 PM

820 Livingston is awful and needs to be torn down.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 21, 2005, 09:45:22 PM
Crack smokers need homes too!  :D
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: old edale on May 21, 2005, 11:29:01 PM
Oh i guess Lava nightclub went out of business...dropping like flies.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on May 22, 2005, 09:01:19 AM
I wanted to give an update on 830 Lincoln, but it appears as though I'll have to give a preview instead:

(http://www.pbase.com/reh/image/43689897.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 22, 2005, 06:32:23 PM
Hmm...it's over a month later and the building at 1406 Locust still has sale pending.  What a slow process!  :(
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 23, 2005, 05:20:34 PM
UPDATE:

Some single family homes are being built/are for sale on Taylor Ct., Thomas Ct., Dixie Ave., Dixie Ct. and Chicago Ave.  These are all in the $125K-$200K range and are pretty suburban in style.

These are much needed in a community that is plagued by depressed home values.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 23, 2005, 05:42:57 PM
More Camp Washington work:

Houses on Henshaw and Sidney have been rehabbed by the Camp Washington Community board and already have buyers.  One on Bates should be finished in July and it also has a buyer.

Things are looking up in that neighborhood, for sure, with more homeowners and less destructive property flipping.

http://www.cddcinc.org/CurrentProjects/FilesCampWash/NewsletterMayl2005.pdf (http://www.cddcinc.org/CurrentProjects/FilesCampWash/NewsletterMayl2005.pdf)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 24, 2005, 06:56:03 PM
Hyde Park

A zoning change passed on a parcel at Shaw and Wasson from commercial to residential.  This is the site of that ugly Tricon warehouse.
http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/12858.pdf (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/12858.pdf)

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council gave the zoning change its full support.  Stunningly, only the owners of 3658 Shaw (house pictured below) felt that the zoning change would devalue their property!  WTF?!?

This zoning change passed city council unanimously.

Plans are to build townhomes on this site.  I'm not sure how many and there are no renderings, but I found one for sale:
3660 Shaw (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=936974&prop=1091318)

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 26, 2005, 07:12:48 PM
More news and notes:

East Walnut Hills
* At 1715 E. McMillan, an old home is being converted into 3 condo units, with prices of $899K, $999K, and $2M.
http://www.comey.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=924375&mls=cincy (http://www.comey.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=924375&mls=cincy)

* At 1770 E. McMillan, Dorian Gray is doing a massive rehab of an 1880 multi-unit home/apt building.  This is the white/cream colored house with the boarded windows at the point where McMillan starts to bend upward to join Taft. (pictured below)

Hyde Park
* Teardown: The charming 1920s home at Erie and Paxton (2935 Erie) is being torn down to make way for a new $500,000 home being built by Destefano Custom Homes.

Mt. Lookout
* Teardown: A somewhat charming turn-of-the-century two-story home at 1214 Halpin is being torn down to build a new home by Chrisman Homes. (pictured below

Oakley
* Teardown: The charming but out-of-place 1920s houses across from the Crossroads church on Madison are being razed by BS Madison LLC.  They own the adjacent lots of 3357, 3359 and 3361 (empty) Madison Rd.

East Westwood / Northwest Fairmount
* Locust Creek - Henrianne Ct.
(just off of McHenry)  Seven unit single-family development in distressed part of town.  There will be an open house on June 23rd at 10 AM at 2300 Henrianne.

Clifton
* Parkside Condominiums
- A ribbon-cutting will occur on June 14th  at 10 AM at 3315 Jefferson for the newly converted (25 units) condos.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: moonloop on May 30, 2005, 02:14:52 PM
Some rare new housing planned on the Westside. You know Addyston(Speedtrap USA) is small when this plan would nearly double the population. Westsiders love change.

Addyston condo plan unpopular with some
By Cliff Radel, Enquirer staff writer

ADDYSTON - Their neighbors used to be cows. Soon, they could be condos. Come Tuesday, a hilly 57.6-acre plot on the bluffs above this riverfront village could be on its way to becoming a $30-million condominium project. Some of the 1,000 residents in this West Side community are upset. "It'll ruin our retreat in the woods and cause landslides," said Susan Frede.

Others are delighted. "Our tax base will be infused with new blood," said Addyston mayor Dan Pillow. "No downside looms large in my mind." This is a familiar tale: green space vs. growth. It's being played out from West Chester and Ludlow to Clermont County and Newport.

To read the rest of this story please visit  The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://ww.cincinnati.com) Archives
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 31, 2005, 10:34:34 AM
I honestly don't see much of a market for condos in Addyston.  That area in general is more single-family oriented.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 02, 2005, 06:38:35 PM
More....


Mt. Adams

* The 1887 structure at 1003 St. Gregory St. will be demolished, ostensibly to make way for a new (more upscale) single-family home.  Left side of lot has a view of Ohio River.
(pic below)


University Hts.

* What could possibly have become a quaint little Victorian-era (1892) home for someone at 2738 Enslin St. has deteriorated so badly that the city is tearing it down.  What a shame.
(pic below)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 16, 2005, 12:34:33 PM
Oakley will be tearing down the shelter house at Oakley Park by the end of this summer and will be replacing it with an outdoor ampitheater.

They will also be building a new picnic area near the playground and would eventually like to add a walking trail and new lighting.

http://www.communitypress.com/ColumbiaTwpOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=14695&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=6/15/2005%203:39:51%20AM&RefDate=6/15/2005%203:39:51%20AM (http://www.communitypress.com/ColumbiaTwpOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=14695&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=6/15/2005%203:39:51%20AM&RefDate=6/15/2005%203:39:51%20AM)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on June 16, 2005, 02:35:15 PM
I am rehabbing a house around the corner from that teardown in University Heights.  I neve actually noticed it until this week.  It is in much worse shape than the picture shows.  It is leaning severely and looks like a good wind could knock it over.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 16, 2005, 03:05:30 PM
I'm surprised God hasn't done the job already!

What house are you rehabbing?  (Or is it hush-hush?)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 16, 2005, 03:26:28 PM
More....


Downtown

* Brittany Condo (905 Race) still has major interior work going on, including drywall, cabinets, and countertops - $61,500.


Lower Price Hill

* $89,000 worth of excavation and fill work will be done in the 1900 block of River Rd. (along the river, just opposite of Evans St.).  This site is being put together by an for Hilltop Basic Resources, which deals in concrete and aggregates.  This is the same company that owns and operates the facility near Paul Brown Stadium.  Could it be that they're moving away from prime, developable property?  Or are they just expanding?
(map of parcel below)


Westwood

* A house is actually going to be built in the Brodbeck Park subdivision, which is off of the north side of Westwood Northern between McHenry and Montana.  The site was actually being prepared in 1998, and the groundbreaking took place in 2000!  Since then, no homes have been built in this Glaser & Son development.  Eventually, the site is to have 23 homes ranging in price from $120K-$160K.

(EDIT: I took a closer look by driving back in there today and a handful of homes have been built.  6/17/05)


East Price Hill

* The wonderful old building at Eighth and Elberon is going to be converted from rental apartments to 18 or 19 condos.  The old 35,000 square foot, 4-story building is a little bit rough around the edges.  Wayne Eccard, owner, is looking for some funding help:
Price Hill Press story (http://www.communitypress.com/PriceHillOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=14757&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=6/15/2005%201:43:28%20PM&RefDate=6/15/2005%201:43:28%20PM)
(photos below)


Mt. Lookout

* Teardown: A 3700 square foot home from 1948 is being demolished at 700 Elsinboro Ln.  This will probably be replaced with a bigger house.  The property has a view of Lunken (similar to the view from neighboring Alms Park).
(photo below)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on June 16, 2005, 05:05:38 PM
I am rehabbing 505 Tafel St.

Here is a before pic

(http://www.pbase.com/image/44899416.jpg)



And a current pic


(http://www.pbase.com/csdameron/image/44899421.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: FerrariEnzo on June 16, 2005, 05:23:32 PM
^Not too shabby if I do say so.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on June 16, 2005, 08:37:27 PM
What a great, unique house! You'll have to have an open house when it's finished!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 16, 2005, 09:27:33 PM
It's a shame you had to lose the window pediments.  Were they unsalvageable?

Looks like you've gotten a lot done on it, though.  Good work!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on June 16, 2005, 10:01:18 PM
Those window pediments were nothing more than cheap vinyl and were not really worth saving.  Thanks to everyone for the compliments.

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: moonloop on June 17, 2005, 09:39:19 AM
Again, nice work. This got me wondering how many people on this site are involved with rehabs in our urban areas. Show yourself. :-)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on June 17, 2005, 11:12:09 AM
Very nicely done.  Now it'll look pretty with UC takes it over and demolishes it to make Stratford-Upon-Straight-Street CondoHallDormVillageShoppeCentre!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 19, 2005, 03:53:18 PM
* Buildings with retail are for sale at 1700, 1800 and 1826 Linn St..  It will be interesting to see how much interest those buildings draw, and if retail on Linn St. can turn the corner.

* 1028 Dayton St., built in 1885, has been tastefully rehabbed for a single family.  It's only $95,900 for a 4 BR, 7 room house (2152 square feet)...which is an indicator of how far the West End still has to come.
(http://img216.echo.cx/img216/4381/1028dayton3ta.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 19, 2005, 08:09:50 PM
From the "Downtown Buildings That Need Help Dept.":

* 15 E. Court St. is in the process if being purchased.  This building needs a lot of work.
15 E. Court listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=934783&prop=1088526)

* 37 E. Court St. is on the market for $189.9K.  I believe it's vacant (at least the ground-floor retail is).  Two empty buildings on the same block is no good.
37 E. Court listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=942556&prop=1098380)

* I mentioned 214 E. Ninth St. in a pervious thread.  This building is still for sale, and it's still vacant.

Rehabs:

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* 2523 Ingleside Ave., built in 1890 and selling for $229.9K.
2553 Ingleside listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=931281&prop=1084261)
Before and after:
(http://img162.echo.cx/img162/2936/2523inglesidebefore0pv.jpg)          (http://img162.echo.cx/img162/2776/2523inglesideafter5jj.jpg)

UNIVERSITY HTS.
* Ugly apartment complex at 2996 W. McMicken Ave. made slightly less ugly.  Built in 1949, selling for $149.9K.
2996 W. McMicken listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=940737&prop=1096180)
Before and after:
(http://img162.echo.cx/img162/6831/2996wmcmickenbefore4dy.jpg)          (http://img162.echo.cx/img162/5048/2996wmcmickenafter8jy.jpg)

CLIFTON HTS.
* Two-family/student at 2238 Victor St. cleaned up nicely.  This house was built in 1887 and has a sale pending.
2238 Victor listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=935077&prop=1088789)
Before and after:
(http://img162.echo.cx/img162/5497/2238victorbefore9zz.jpg)          (http://img162.echo.cx/img162/4240/2238victorafter2tc.jpg)

NORTH AVONDALE
* This 11-unit apartment building at 945 Dana Ave. (built as a mansion in 1900) has had work being done for a long time.  It appears that it's done, it's on the market, and it's only $599.5K.
945 Dana listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=923577&prop=1074370)
(http://img162.echo.cx/img162/9505/945dana3zo.jpg)

PRICE HILL
* A 13-unit apartment building from 1926 at 1226 Rutledge Ave. has had a complete overhaul.
Before and after:
(http://img162.echo.cx/img162/9827/1226rutledgebefore1te.jpg)          (http://img162.echo.cx/img162/9007/1226rutledgeafter1to.jpg)

MT. LOOKOUT
* Contributing to the rehabilitation of many of the area's Victorians, 545 Hoge St. has had the works.  Built in 1898 and only about 1100 square feet, it's going for $254K.
545 Hoge listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=939594&prop=1094873)
Before and after:
(http://img162.echo.cx/img162/9153/545hogebefore3sw.jpg)          (http://img162.echo.cx/img162/167/545hogeafter1ag.jpg)

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* Another Victorian (1880), this one at 431 Tusculum Ave. is going for $365.9K but is nearly twice as big as the previous home.
431 Tusculum listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=927751&prop=1080022)
After only ("before" photo obscured by tree)
(http://img246.echo.cx/img246/7533/431tusculumafter2st.jpg)

COVINGTON
* An office building at 218 W. Pike has been rehabbed.
(http://img246.echo.cx/img246/6171/218wpike4en.jpg)

* 337 W. 9th has been rehabbed as a condo.  It's $210K.  And why not, with a view like this?
337 W. 9th listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=303332&prop=1052891)
(http://img246.echo.cx/img246/5267/337w9th4es.jpg)          (http://img246.echo.cx/img246/1041/337w9thview2jr.jpg)

NEWPORT
* 708 Washington Ave. was built in 1887 and was recently rehabbed as a single-family, 4 BR home.  It's going for $178.9K.
708 Washington listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=312780&prop=1098627)
Before and after:
(http://img246.echo.cx/img246/8551/708washingtonbefore7se.jpg)          (http://img246.echo.cx/img246/3227/708washingtonafter7ag.jpg)

New construction:

EAST END
* 3420 Walworth Ave., in the up-and-coming East End.  $380-freaking-K.
3420 Walworth listing (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=947005&prop=1103784)
(http://img246.echo.cx/img246/194/3420walworth6gl.jpg)

Possible future development....:

COLLEGE HILL
* Capri Woods, a single-family development to be built in College Hill, will be built between the end of Capri Dr. and Gray Rd.  Homes will start at $149.9K.  This project is already in pre-sales but I've heard nothing from the city.  They've been pushing dirt in the area for a long time, though.
(http://img236.echo.cx/img236/4753/capriwoodssite0oo.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
* A 3.44 acre parcel is for sale at 1650 Glen Parker Ave.  There is a proposal before city council that would allow for 5 attached townhomes to be built.  I'll have to investigate!  BTW...in the map below, the two plots to the northeast of the shaded area are also part of the deal.
(http://img236.echo.cx/img236/1476/1650glenparker2tt.jpg)

CALIFORNIA
* A former marina along Panama Ave. (5783) is for sale.  Four acres right on the riverfront are going for $444.9K.  It is mentioned that the adjacent 3 acres have approved plans for 20 condos.  I have not heard about this and I will have to investigate.
(http://img236.echo.cx/img236/5616/5783panama4nr.jpg)

DISCLAIMER: This post is not made to sell real estate.  Links are provided for information purposes only.  Only properties that have undergone a major rehab are included, except in the case of downtown buildings, where buildings currently for sale may be included.  Developable land is also sometimes included for those of us who like to see buildings go up.

This post is the result of perusing real estate listings.  Therefore, not all rehabilitation projects may be covered.  :D


Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: PhattyNati on June 19, 2005, 08:21:22 PM
yowsa!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on June 19, 2005, 10:36:46 PM
I think Court St. could be the next housing hot spot.  It is already a very cool area, and just needs a little TLC and some residential on floors  2+.  I know two of the larger apartment buildings (about 10-20 units each) just sold last year.  I assume they are being converted into condos, although I have not noticed any work going on there.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on June 20, 2005, 07:33:14 PM
Very very nice - thank you so for the tour!  That Newport place looks pure Newport, as does the Columbia Tusculum house.  It's great to see rehabbers dedicated to fitting in while they upgrade...

(One correction - Ingleside is in East Walnut Hills...I hate to be a quibbler, but I figured you'd rather it be pointed out!)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 21, 2005, 08:19:19 PM
(One correction - Ingleside is in East Walnut Hills...I hate to be a quibbler, but I figured you'd rather it be pointed out!)
^ Yep, you're right.  I fixed it.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 23, 2005, 07:17:12 PM
More...:


* Crossroads Community Church seemingly doesn't have enough room.  They will be demolishing the 3 homes on Marburg (across from the Millworks site) as well as 11 properties on the southern side of Ibsen (3300-3400 block) all the way to Ridge.  I don't know what the purpose would be (perhaps parking).  Some of these homes are rather charming, many built in the 1920s.  They no longer fit the area, I suppose, as the area has long been hostile to residential uses.  11 properties are still in the control of indvidual owners, but look for them to sell soon or to have their properties taken by eminent domain.  Vandercar holds most of the properties on the north side of Ibsen.

* Structures being lost from inner neighborhoods include 1759 Esmonde St. (1900) in S. Fairmount, 262 Klotter Ave. (1890) in Fairview, 416 Catherine St. (1885) in Avondale, and 612 Straight St. (1890) in University Hts.  The only one I thought might possess any real beauty was the Avondale one.  This 3500 square foot house was occupied by 3 families and was probably beat all to hell:
(http://img297.echo.cx/img297/4931/416catherine5ya.jpg)


Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 25, 2005, 11:03:37 AM
There was a story about Locust Creek (East Westwood) in today's Enquirer.  Here's the link:
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050625/NEWS0105/506250369/1061/NEWS01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050625/NEWS0105/506250369/1061/NEWS01)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on June 25, 2005, 12:39:30 PM
Wow, I am amazed at the Crossroads Church expansion.  They are expanding the Church, but they also bought the old Dodge dealer for additional parking at the same time. 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 25, 2005, 02:01:55 PM
Office buildings on the horizon:

* 1205 Western Ave., 7000 square feet proposed (land currently vacant):
(http://img281.echo.cx/img281/7034/1205westernmap9ef.jpg)

* The Pointe, on Dana Ave. just west of I-71.  Two buildings, 350,000 square feet.  Owned by Dana Residential Investment, LTD, and the site has a couple of industrial structures on it:
(http://img281.echo.cx/img281/4207/thepointemap1sw.jpg)


Other:

* The city of Wyoming is considering a housing development similar to Greenhills' DeWitt Landing infill project, which will most likely go in somewhere along the east side of the city near its border with Lockland.

* The city of Wyoming is looking at a way of "branding" Wyoming Ave., trying to get it to be more well-known outside of the community.  There are problems with Lockland's adjoining section of Wyoming Ave. that need to be addressed as well.  Some members of the ED Commission believe the focus of fixing Wyoming Ave. should not be on "branding", but should be on making sure the street supports the housing in the city.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 01, 2005, 06:17:45 PM
Confirmations on teardowns for new structures:

MT. ADAMS
* 1003 St. Gregory St., new single-family residence.  $520K.

MT. LOOKOUT
* 700 Elsinboro Ln, new single-family residence.  $685K.


Other demolition:

AVONDALE
* The city will lose a three units of housing at 344 Erkenbrecher Ave. as the Ronald McDonald House tears it down.  I'm not sure why.
(http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/9342/344erkenbrecher2to.jpg)


Rehab:

CAMP WASHINGTON
* The Camp Washington Community Board development company has purchased 3066 Henshaw Ave.  They plan to renovate the single-family house and then sell it.  The home was built in 1898.
(http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/8242/3066henshaw4jt.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Weedrose on July 01, 2005, 09:33:20 PM
As a volunteer at Ron Mac I would think that there may be plans in the future to grow the size of the house.  Routinely we are at max so perhaps the lot will extend into where the house stands, freeing up room for an addition to the house.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 05, 2005, 07:38:45 PM
Old News:

OAKLEY/HYDE PARK
* Seven Hills Properties is proposing a condo development called Lofts at 4120.  This will be in the area of Allendale Dr., near the northern part of the Hyde Park Country Club (not sure quite where).  The development would consist of 20 condos, between 2700 and 3000 square feet in size.  The preliminary proposal went before the Oakley Community Council on April 5, and was sent to Community Planning & Development to get a zoning variance due to a sewer line running through the property.  I haven't heard anything on this since.


Nuisance properties:

EAST PRICE HILL
* In May, the East Price Hill Improvement Accociation moved to declare the following properties blighted and to request that they be torn down.  To my knowledge, none of them have.  They are: 3309 Price Ave. (1885), 939 Elberon Ave. (1895), 956 Elberon Ave.(1880) and 1129 Purcell Ave. (1905):
(http://img89.echo.cx/img89/2513/3309price6il.th.jpg) (http://img89.echo.cx/my.php?image=3309price6il.jpg)                     (http://img89.echo.cx/img89/422/939elberon2sa.th.jpg) (http://img89.echo.cx/my.php?image=939elberon2sa.jpg)                     (http://img89.echo.cx/img89/2117/956elberon7ag.th.jpg) (http://img89.echo.cx/my.php?image=956elberon7ag.jpg)                     (http://img89.echo.cx/img89/9138/1129purcell1eh.th.jpg) (http://img89.echo.cx/my.php?image=1129purcell1eh.jpg)


Downtown property purchased:
DOWNTOWN
* 835 Main (former Lava Lounge) was purchased by 9 Main LLC for $360,000 on June 15.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Haynesm007 on July 05, 2005, 08:13:39 PM
^ The Secretary of State's webpage has the 835 Main company listed as "DTK Ninth & Main, LLC" but the articles of incorporation do not state a purpose. I wonder what "DTK" stands for.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 05, 2005, 08:21:09 PM
Are you sure you're not thinking of 830 Main (the Second Natl Bank Bldg)?  Because DTK Ninth & Main LLC comes up as the owner of that.  I think they hold it as an investment property.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 07, 2005, 08:11:00 PM
Downtown news:

DOWNTOWN
* 325 West Fifth Street LLC bought 325 W. Fifth St. in November.  They are doing a $300,000 project to add a partial third floor.  This building should look much, much better.
(http://img270.imageshack.us/img270/9682/325wfifth7rz.jpg)

* Some sort of exterior renovation is supposed to take place at 604 Race St.  The cost is $80,000, but no word on what the changes will be.
(http://img270.imageshack.us/img270/6712/604race1nx.jpg)


Renovations:

CLIFTON HEIGHTS/FAIRVIEW
* A two-family at 439 W. McMicken Ave. (1880) is undergoing a major renovation.
(http://img270.imageshack.us/img270/3373/439wmcmicken2sj.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS (WOODBURN)
* Work has finally started at 2549 Woodburn Ave. (mentioned earlier in this thread).  A windbreak was the first part of the renovation and now drywall repair and other interior work is being done.

WINTON PLACE
* Cincinnati Waldorf School has bought the historic Samuel Hannaford House at 768 Derby Ave. and will convert it to a 3-day nursery, Parents and Tots and Extended Care, office space and a new playground.  The home was bought in April and work is expected to be finished by the upcoming school year.  Samuel Hannaford designed and built this house in 1900 and also lived in it.
http://www.cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org/files/Inreach%2005-31-2005.pdf (http://www.cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org/files/Inreach%2005-31-2005.pdf)
(http://img270.imageshack.us/img270/4944/768derby2de.jpg)


Teardown:

MT. LOOKOUT
* HSC Development is tearing down a large house at 3740 Grandin Rd. to construct a new house.  Cost: $640,000.
(http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/3830/3740grandin8bo.jpg)


New construction:

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
* A two-family dwelling is going to be built over an existing 6-car garage at 396 Probasco St.
(http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/6898/396probasco4gq.jpg)

WESTWOOD
* Two more $150,000 homes by M/I are being built on Oaktree Pl in the Woodcrest Park subdivision.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Haynesm007 on July 07, 2005, 10:27:49 PM
^In regards to your question grasscat, I could be wrong. It's been known to happen before.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 09, 2005, 07:15:46 PM
Here are a couple more:


COVINGTON
* The fire-damaged building at 954-956 Philadelphia St. is currently being rehabbed.

NEWPORT
* At the June 13th Newport commissioners meeting, it was announced that the groundbreaking for a new building at Monmouth and 5th was the first new commercial building built on Monmouth St. in a very long time.  It's going to be a Bank of Kentucky.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on July 11, 2005, 12:40:22 PM
This (in Univ. Hts.)....

(http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=333.0;attach=569;image)


Is now this....

(http://www.pbase.com/image/46064251.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 11, 2005, 06:09:09 PM
The man with the demo pics comes through again!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 15, 2005, 06:48:19 PM
First, some updates:

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* Work continues on the condo project at 1770 E. McMillan St.  Work right now is on a detached garage, interior renovations, and a new porch.

MT. LOOKOUT
* Teardowns and rebuilds are still being done by Chrisman Homes, now at 1212 and 1214 Halpin Ave.  These are replacing turn-of-the-century frame houses and are in the $150K range.  They are doing the same at 1019 Kinmont Ave., building a $190K dwelling there.

* Apparently the name of the 3-townhouse project next to Mt. Lookout Square is Lookout Commons.


New construction:

PRICE HILL
* Building continues in the Woodcrest Park subdivision, with M/I building a $160,000 home at 2381 Oaktree Pl.


Rehabs:

DOWNTOWN (Garfield Place)
* Aekus Properties, owner of Garfield Towers, will be installing awnings, signage, cafe rails and planters.  This should cost about $200K.

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
* 345-347 Probasco St. is going to be converted from a Greek house to a 3-family.  Presumably, the frat/sorority will move to Stratford Heights.  This home was built in 1925.
(http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/1700/345probasco2gq.jpg)


Demolition:

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
* A house that has reverted to nature at 1985 Harrison Ave. is being torn down.  It was built in 1890.
(http://img324.imageshack.us/img324/8459/1985harrison2gk.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 17, 2005, 01:28:54 PM
I won't post the whole article, but there was an article in the 7/17/05 Enquirer about Westwood planning to put a fountain near the Westwood Town Hall, to be the "center point" of the community.  They have also been doing work to clean and repair business facades.  Here's the link about the fountains:

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050717/NEWS01/507170394/1056/rss02 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050717/NEWS01/507170394/1056/rss02)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 18, 2005, 06:23:14 PM
Here are a couple of sketches of the landscaping plan for the Westwood fountain:

(http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/121/westwoodfountaina7zr.jpg)

(http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/4445/westwoodfountainb5rv.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 24, 2005, 06:11:03 PM
What are your thoughts on the proposal to put wrought iron fencing around East Hyde Park Commons (Erie and Marburg)?

You can take a look at the plan here (PDF):
http://www.hydeparkcincinnati.org/files/Proposals/EastHydeParkCommons.pdf (http://www.hydeparkcincinnati.org/files/Proposals/EastHydeParkCommons.pdf)

Here's a story about it that ran in last week's Eastern Hills Journal:
http://www.communitypress.com/ColumbiaTwpOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=15797&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=7/20/2005%203:24:55%20AM&RefDate=7/20/2005%203:24:55%20AM (http://www.communitypress.com/ColumbiaTwpOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=15797&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=7/20/2005%203:24:55%20AM&RefDate=7/20/2005%203:24:55%20AM)


Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on July 24, 2005, 06:25:50 PM
Isn't that where they had to tear down a sculpture because they didn't have the money to keep it in good repair?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 24, 2005, 07:21:02 PM
Yeah...you mean that big "star"-shaped thing?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on July 24, 2005, 08:21:42 PM
Indeed...I guess this money must come from a different budget or something...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 24, 2005, 09:00:40 PM
I haven't been able to track down what happened to it.  It was made out of brick, so I don't know what issues would have led to its removal.  Maybe they just didn't like it anymore!

Apparently the thing was called Double Star: Antares and was built in the 1980s.  Athena Tacha was the sculptor:
http://www.sculpturecenter.org/oosi/sculpture.asp?SID=598 (http://www.sculpturecenter.org/oosi/sculpture.asp?SID=598)

....

Okay...so I tried a little bit harder and this is what I found:

Cincinnati destroys its Double Star!

(See also ART IN AMERICA, December 2003, p. 128)

At an October 14 [2003] meeting, the City of Cincinnati decided to demolish Athena Tacha's sculpture Double Star Antares, an open-brick maze under Observatory Hill, commissioned through a public art competition for Hyde Park, a neighborhood of Cincinnati, in 1986.

It is the second of Tacha's environmental public sculptures being destroyed in three years. The first, Marianthe, commissioned by the University of South Florida in Fort Myers in 1985, was torn down by Edison Community College in 2000 (see Art In America, March 2000, p. 41). Like Double Star, it was a playful "space disorientation" maze. These were the only two such mazes executed by the artist.

A structural engineer licensed in over thirty States, John Bowes of Cleveland, OH, designed the steel structural support of both works (even to resist hurricane-force winds). His drawings, in the artist's possession, were approved by engineers and supervising committees in Cincinnati and Ft. Myers alike. Reputable local contractors built both Double Star and Marianthe, contributing a substantial sum in labor to augment the small budgets of about $30,000. In either case no evidence has been produced that the owners spent a penny on maintaining the works over the course of fifteen years. Yet, for Double Star, the Hyde Park community had donated to the City of Cincinnati a $5,000 maintenance fund, which remained untapped, piling up its interest while the sculpture languished uncared for.

This modest fund's income could have paid a bricklayer to inspect the walls annually, and repair any cracks in the mortar or replace spalled bricks. Inevitably, both sculptures became "unstable" and "unsafe", but that was caused by the neglect of the owning institutions, not by the artist's or engineer's "faulty design", as the owners assert after the fact. Brick structures indeed are vulnerable to weather, as owners of Frank Lloyd Wright houses, for instance, can testify. True, they are unlikely to last for millennia, but they can endure for many decades if properly maintained. Americans know how to care for cars, but unfortunately have scant tradition for or commitment to preservation of their artistic patrimony.

Contracts for Tacha's two condemned public sculptures pre-dated VARA, the federal legislation of 1990 that protects works of art. But even one of her sculptures commissioned in 1991 in Sarasota, FL, Memory Path, was saved only after considerable legal struggle and expense to the artist (saved temporarily, perhaps, because repairs from past damages still have not been made).

Fortunately, among the thirty-some public owners of Tacha's work, there are a number of highly responsible institutions. Her large step sculptures in Norfolk, VA, and Cleveland, OH, owned by GSA and Case Reserve University respectively, have been professionally restored recently by McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation Laboratory. The University of Arizona in Tucson, Miami's Dade Art Council, the University of Minnesota's Weisman Museum and the Connecticut Commission for the Arts, to name more examples, have preserved Tacha's outdoor works in good condition. Unlike Cincinnati, these are exemplary communities that have shown confidence in the democratic selection process of artists and a serious commitment to the conservation of their public art.

P.S. On October 20, Mousa Gargari, a construction engineer and faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, went to look at Double Star Antares and concluded as follows:

"If the city had made repairs at the onset the work would not have reached this state so quickly. The replacement support bars [stainless steel "external" bars added, without the artist's approval, by the initial contractor in 1989, when vandal kids knocked down two of the walls] contributed to the self-destruction of the piece. They probably were hand-tightened where the bar attaches to a metal plate. In some cases they were over-tightened, preventing expansion and contraction in the bricks.

Most major problems occurred at or adjacent to those support bars [see Close-up below]. If rebuilt, as originally planned with the support system inside, hidden in the brick structure (without the pressure plates), there would not be the major problems that we are witnessing now. Though some walls, both high and low, are in fine shape in spite of everything."  Close-up of damaged wall (http://www.oberlin.edu/faculty/atacha/DStarDam.JPG)

http://www.oberlin.edu/faculty/atacha/Cincinnati.html (http://www.oberlin.edu/faculty/atacha/Cincinnati.html)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 25, 2005, 10:50:29 PM
Here's some, umm, stuff....

Updates:

WESTWOOD
* The aforementioned Brodbeck Park...a look at the homes they're building.  I can't say I'm a fan:
(http://img317.imageshack.us/img317/9997/brodbeckpark1ob.jpg)


Buildings sold:

AVONDALE
* This interesting 1920s apartment building at 542 Prospect Pl. has fallen into complete disrepair.  It is being bought for approximately the same price that it was sold for 2 years ago ($189,000).  These photos show how poorly it was maintained in the interim (2nd pic is a pic from now).  Hopefully the new owner(s) will put a little more effort into it:
(http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/6859/542prospectwas3ix.jpg)          (http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/157/542prospectis8jg.jpg)

COVINGTON
* The vacant 115 Park Pl., 4 apartments and 3 offices is being purchased for $750,000:
(http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/781/115parkplcvg0ct.jpg)


Charter school action:

EVANSTON
* The Alliance Academy (a K-5 charter school) is adding a 4500 square foot addition to their building at 3500 Montgomery Rd. (corner of Montgomery and Duck Creek).  This is the old St. Mark Catholic School Building, on this campus:
(http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/4339/3500montgomery9fk.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
* The Orion Academy (a K-5 charter school managed by National Heritage Academies) is renovating the old St. Bonaventure School Building at 1798 Queen City Ave.  They are also adding a 17,000 square foot addition.


Rehabs:

DOWNTOWN
* 639 Main St. was bought by 639 Building on Main LLC about a month ago for $235,000.  Right now they are getting ready for interior demolition.
(http://img321.imageshack.us/img321/3889/639main3bw.jpg)

AVONDALE
* 687 Fred Shuttlesworth Cir has been fully rehabbed and is now on the market for 4 times what it went for a year and a half ago.  This home was built in 1892:
(before and after)
(http://img350.imageshack.us/img350/2949/687shuttlesworthbefore0bp.jpg)          (http://img350.imageshack.us/img350/7718/687shuttlesworthafter0vw.jpg)

CORRYVILLE
* It appears that the only thing that was done at 3251 Bishop St. was the addition of parking on the front lawn and some new steps leading to the second unit.  The inside was also apparently completely rehabbed.  This home was built in 1880:
(before and after)
(http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/2179/3251bishopbefore3oi.jpg)          (http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/5030/3251bishopafter6hm.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* 2603 Moorman Ave. looks a heck of a lot better.  This was built in 1880:
(before and after)
(http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/371/2603moormanbefore6xb.jpg)          (http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/5109/2603moormanafter5ih.jpg)

EVANSTON (O'Bryonville)
* 3028 Lavinia Ave. has been rehabbed and is going for 3 times what it went for just a few months ago.  Its O'Bryonville location certainly has made the property more attarctive to buyers.  This home was built in 1912:
(before and after)
(http://img349.imageshack.us/img349/9311/3028laviniabefore0dc.jpg)          (http://img349.imageshack.us/img349/9423/3028laviniaafter8oa.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* 2830 Rosella Ave. has been rehabbed and is now going for twice what it went for a year ago.  This home was built in 1885:
(before and after)
(http://img332.imageshack.us/img332/4958/2830rosellabefore7ry.jpg)          (http://img332.imageshack.us/img332/7289/2830rosellaafter2qd.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* At 5802 Adelphi St., a two-family has been converted into a single-family and is being solf for more than twice what was paid two years ago.  This home was built in 1910:
(before and after)
(http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/7194/5802adelphibefore6nw.jpg)          (http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/5762/5802adelphiafter8nr.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
* A boarded up home from 1881 at 4237 Williamson Pl. has been fixed up nicely.  It was bought for $28,500 eight months ago and is now on the market for $117,000:
(before and after)
(http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/8562/4237williamsonbefore4ty.jpg)          (http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/2682/4237williamsonafter5vc.jpg)

* Another red brick home from 1893 at 4275 Williamson Pl. has also been cleaned up.  Bought a year ago for $25,000, it's now on the market for $124,900:
(before and after)
(http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/9885/4275williamsonbefore5qg.jpg)          (http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/9277/4275williamsonafter6uu.jpg)

PLEASANT RIDGE
* This 1924 home at 6265 Cortelyou Ave. has been rehabbed and is now selling for twice what was paid for it a year ago:
(before and after)
(http://img296.imageshack.us/img296/2046/6265cortelyoubefore6ye.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)          (http://img296.imageshack.us/img296/1291/6265cortelyouafter6ll.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* The mammoth apartment building at 2521 Kemper Ln. has been rehabbed and is selling for $1.375M, or about $1M more than was paid for it two years ago.
(http://img321.imageshack.us/img321/4112/2521kemper8du.jpg)

COVINGTON
* 719 Garrard St. has been restored as 5 apartments:
(http://img350.imageshack.us/img350/7883/709garrardcvg2nx.jpg)

* I might have read this wrong, but it looks like 1030 Russell Ave. went from a market value of $65,000 to over $324K.  This is on the National Register:
(http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/8843/1030russellcvg6px.jpg)

NORWOOD
* This beautiful 1920s four-unit apartment building at 2135 Hannaford Ave. was rehabbed inside and out:
(http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/5903/2135hannaford5yq.jpg)


New construction:

WALNUT HILLS
* A $160,000 infill house will be built at 1106 Chapel St.

NEWPORT
* Homes are being built "up the hill" on Grandview Ave.  Personally, I don't care for the style one bit:
(http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/5818/35grandviewnpt0yi.jpg)

PARK HILLS
* Another piece of crap will be built soon on Scenic Dr.


Developable land/possible future construction:

DAYTON, KY
* A sale is pending on residential land on the hilltop in Dayton.  It looks like machinery is already there clearing it.
(EDIT: The land they are clearing is along Dayton Pike.  The land referred to above is to the west of that, near the end of Maple Ave.: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=39.104605,-84.469757&spn=0.009317,0.017225&t=h&hl=en (http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=39.104605,-84.469757&spn=0.009317,0.017225&t=h&hl=en))
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CiNYC on July 26, 2005, 12:48:06 AM
Quote
PARK HILLS
* Another piece of crap will be built soon on Scenic Dr.

hehe, i know what you mean.  some good finds in the rest of it though, thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on July 26, 2005, 07:31:58 AM
City's southern entrance to house shops, restaurants
By Maggie Downs
Enquirer staff writer

 
MONTGOMERY - Less than an acre of land might be worth millions to this city.  The southern "triangle property" in Montgomery, called the principal corner of the city, will be developed with restaurants, shops, office space and an underground parking garage, at an estimated cost of $6.5 million.

The triangle property on Montgomery's southern end, where Montgomery Road, Cooper Road and Main Street converge, will be redeveloped by 2006.

"This is the principal corner of our town," said Frank Davis, the city's community development director. "The longer the property sat, the more the city decided we wanted to make something happen here."

MORE: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050726/NEWS01/507260373/1056/news01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050726/NEWS01/507260373/1056/news01)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on July 26, 2005, 09:58:32 PM
A friend of mine who rents in the Queen's Tower in Price Hill (also the location of Primavista Restaurant), told me today that the whole building is going condo.  Should hedge up the homeownership rate a notch, not much, but a notch.


(http://www.rent.com/media/property/450663/553294_w.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on July 27, 2005, 07:55:54 AM
^Wow...all the rage now, I guess - the Edgecliff on the east side, Queen's Tower on the west side...but Prima Vista kicks the Coach and Four's ass!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on July 27, 2005, 11:00:58 AM
Here's more on the Triangle property in Montgomery.  I might split this topic off eventually.  From the 7/27/05 Northeast Suburban Life:


Triangle development about six weeks from starting
By Lindsay Braud
Staff Reporter
   

MONTGOMERY - With development plans in place and approval from the landmarks and planning commissions, Gateway Partners LLC are waiting for the green light from city council to begin development of the now vacant triangle property.

Council will start taking the necessary legislative steps at the next council meeting to get redevelopment of this property under way. Three ordinances need to be read three times and then voted on before construction can begin.

MORE: http://www.communitypress.com/BlueAshOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=15987&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=7/27/2005%202:26:13%20AM&RefDate=7/27/2005%202:26:13%20AM (http://www.communitypress.com/BlueAshOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=15987&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=7/27/2005%202:26:13%20AM&RefDate=7/27/2005%202:26:13%20AM)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 02, 2005, 02:16:59 PM
Facade improvements:

DOWNTOWN
* The Westin Hotel is in the process of a facade improvement project.  No further details available.

NORTHSIDE
* 4027-4031 Hamilton Ave. will be getting new windows and signs.  4031 Hamilton will also have some facade work done:
(4027 and 4031)
(http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/7388/4027hamilton7qa.jpg)        (http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/8617/4031hamilton6kb.jpg)


Business-related:

CAMP WASHINGTON
* Meyer Tool Inc. will be completing a buildout at 3055 Colerain Ave.  A parking lot will be poured at 3024 Colerain Ave. (across from the intersection of Colerain and Elam), ostensibly to provide more parking for the business.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 03, 2005, 06:20:53 PM
Kroger has bought buildings on Warsaw Ave. and is going to expand their Enright Ave. (Price Hill) location.  I'll see if I can track down which properties those are.

Here's a link to the story:
http://www.communitypress.com/PriceHillOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=16213&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=8/3/2005%202:44:23%20AM&RefDate=8/3/2005%202:44:23%20AM (http://www.communitypress.com/PriceHillOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=16213&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=8/3/2005%202:44:23%20AM&RefDate=8/3/2005%202:44:23%20AM)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 04, 2005, 01:14:07 PM
^ Here's a map and the buildings that will be removed.  There's nothing to remarkable on the block.  Most of these buildings are isolated from one another, with empty lots that have been converted to parking in between them.  The "street wall" no longer exists.  My only hope is that Kroger doesn't build a building that presents a blank wall to the street, like the Kroger in Mt. Washington.

These are all in the 3600 block of Warsaw.

(http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/3485/pricehillkrogeraerial3ef.jpg)

(http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/2839/36013641warsaw1rd.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 04, 2005, 07:56:28 PM
New construction:

RIVERSIDE
* A new $275,000 home will be built at 157 Pedretti Ave.  It should have a great view!


Rich people:

HYDE PARK
* A new single-family house is being built at 5 Weebetook Ln.  It will cost $1.1 million.  It's nice to see that they have decided to built within the city.


Rehabs:

CLIFTON HTS.
* The interior is being gutted at 176 W. McMillan Ave.  I have no idea for which tenant this is being done.
(http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/964/176wmcmillan2vn.jpg)

SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE
* Working In Neighborhoods will be doing extensive repairs to its beautiful old church building at 1814 Dreman Ave. that was badly damaged by fire a couple of months ago.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/4315/1814dreman9ka.jpg)


Building lost:

KENNEDY HTS.
* 5854 Wyatt Ave.  This home lasted only 34 years.
(http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/8576/5854wyatt4ad.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 08, 2005, 06:47:22 PM
Cincinnati_Kid, you may know something about this since you're doing work in the area.  A couple of weeks ago 201 Klotter LLC bought the two big apartment buildings on the 600 block of Straight St. as well as 4 properties behind it on the 600 block of Tafel St.  They paid $1.2M for each one.

I wonder why they assembled all of those adjacent parcels.  There are houses on a couple of the Tafel St. lots that look to be from about the same period that the house you renovated was.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on August 08, 2005, 07:38:13 PM
Grasscat, I saw that and saw that a land sale occured in April and was tied to the apartment sale on Straight St., I didn't really dig into it too much, but I assume the land on Tafel is tied to the apartment buildings.  The Tafel St. land is pretty much unbuildable in that the land slopes straight up off the sidewalk and would require major retention walls similar to the stuff going on in Mt. Adams, but there is no way they could sell the units for a high enough price as to offset the earthwork.  I will keep my eyes open though.  Very interesting it sold again between April and July.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 12, 2005, 03:44:16 PM
New construction:

CLIFTON HTS./FAIRVIEW
* Thomas E. Walter will be building 3 $130,000 homes at 544-548 Conroy St.


Rehabs:

MT. LOOKOUT
* The building at 1000 Delta Ave. is having $40,000 worth of interior remodeling done.  The building's owner is the same as who owns GameDay downtown.
(http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/816/1000delta0mq.jpg)


Updates:

CLIFTON HTS.
* The work at 176 W. McMillan St. that I mentioned earlier is for some kind of restaurant.  The people behind the remodel are Restaurant Management Inc., and I believe that's Wendy's.

EVANSTON
* Jonathan Meadows has the land cleared and graded, but no construction work has begun.

MADISONVILLE
* The Sonoma Hill subdivision now has some retaining walls built and foundations poured.


Office:

DOWNTOWN
* Dunnhumby USA is expanding their space in their U.S. HQ building at 302 W. Third St. (the Neyer building).  The work will cost nearly $350K.


New (suburban) housing in the county:

DELHI TWP.
* Victory View will consist of 60 homes in Delhi Twp.  It will be a cul-de-sac extending northward from Foley Rd. just opposite of Overhill Ln.


Odds and ends:

* City council has allocated $225,000 from the Park Board surplus to help pay for a consultant to help develop a new Park Board Master Plan to manage the parks for the next 10 to 20 years.  The prior Master Plan was developed in 1992 and was designed to last for a ten year period.  The ordinance passed unanimously.

* The city has agreed to purchase the Interstate Brands parking lot at Ninth and Cutter in the West End.  The lot had been leased by the city from IBC, who has gone into bankruptcy.  The city paid $75K less than market value ($170,000 total), and will continue to store city vehicles on the lot.  The city is also negotiating with Burke Marketing, a tenant in Centennial Two, to extend their lease.  Parking has always been an issue, and additional parking from this lot may give the city leverage.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 18, 2005, 07:30:15 PM
Rehabs:

CAMP WASHINGTON (all projects of the Camp Washington Community Board)
* 3068 Henshaw Ave. (1926, two-family).  The Board is also working on 3066, which I mentioned in a previous post.  Washington United Church of Christ and Christ in Youth volunteered to clean up the properties and to do a little of the demolition work on these Camp Washington properties.
(I will try to follow up with "after" photos when possible)
(http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/6098/3068henshaw5td.jpg)

* 3059 Sidney Ave. (1889, single-family).
(http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/998/3059sidney5ny.jpg)


Odds and ends:

SAYLER PARK
* A couple of people from Bridgetown have taken over the old vaudeville haunt the Parkland Theatre (1880s) on Gracely Ave. and have renamed it Parkland Family Theatre and Entertainment Center.  They will show movies, sporting events, and will rent the hall out.  I used to have a photo of it, but I can't find it.  Here's a news story about it if you care:
Price Hill Press: Theater making return engagement (8/17/05) (http://www.communitypress.com/PriceHillOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=16672&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=8/17/2005%203:04:19%20AM&RefDate=8/17/2005%203:04:19%20AM)

WALNUT HILLS
* U-Haul from Phoenix, AZ has bought several parcels along Gilbert Ave. at the corner of Gilbert Ave. and Rogers Pl.  Most of it is empty commercial lots.  My guess is that there will be a U-Haul facility built here, which should do wonders for the neighborhood.   :wink:
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on August 19, 2005, 07:07:07 AM
The entire back of that yellow building in Mt. Lookout square collapsed last year.  Hence the $40k rehab.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 24, 2005, 08:05:14 PM
Rehabs:

CLIFTON HTS./FAIRVIEW
* 503 Klotter Ave., a two-family built in 1913.  Selling for nearly $200K.
(before and after)
(http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/7324/503klotterbefore3xq.jpg)    (http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/8207/503klotterafter6fb.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
* 4141 Langland Ave., a home built in 1885 that used to have vegetation growing out of the gutters.  Blazara Properties bought this property for $15,000 last December.  The home is now being sold for $114,900.
(before and after)
(http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/5599/4141langlandbefore0nk.jpg)    (http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/103/4141langlandafter3ed.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* 429 McGregor Ave., a two-family built in 1906.  Sold 15 months ago for $53,000, now going for $149,900
(before and after)
(http://img400.imageshack.us/img400/8163/429mcgregorbefore9fr.jpg)    (http://img400.imageshack.us/img400/2610/429mcgregorafter9qb.jpg)

* This 1880 three-family at 2537 Hackberry St. has been converted to a 3500 square feet single-family.  Bought in January for $95,000, it's now on the market for $239,900.
(before and after)
(http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/7923/2537hackberrybefore4fr.jpg)    (http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/1029/2537hackberryafter9xv.jpg)

CARTHAGE
* 7031 Fairpark Ave., a single-family home built in 1895.  Rehab by Cincinnati Housing Partners.  Sold for $54,000 six months ago, now for sale for $126,000.
(before and after)
(http://img362.imageshack.us/img362/4879/7031fairparkbefore7yq.jpg)     (http://img362.imageshack.us/img362/7909/7031fairparkafter5ku.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* 3530 Larkspur Ave.  Shotgun-styled house from 1904, selling for nearly twice what it was bought for 18 months ago.
(before and after)
(http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/6057/3530larkspurbefore1fv.jpg)    (http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/8404/3530larkspurafter0jy.jpg)

* 3574 Lilac Ave., built in 1899.  Sold for $64,000 two years ago, on the market for $204,000 now.
(before and after)
(http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/7483/3574lilacbefore8dz.jpg)    (http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/3282/3574lilacafter7ip.jpg)

OAKLEY
* 2809 Robertson Ave., built in 1920.  711 square foot home sold for $75,000 in February, $128,900 now.
(before and after)
(http://img378.imageshack.us/img378/6473/2809robertsonbefore5dr.jpg)    (http://img378.imageshack.us/img378/8148/2809robertsonafter7ou.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* 4316 Watterson St., a double built in 1915.  Selling for about 70% more than what it sold for 3 years ago.
(before and after)
(http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/2681/4316wattersonbefore3uw.jpg)    (http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/1995/4316wattersonafter5wh.jpg)

* Rehab is on-going at 5335 Ward St.  The rehab on this 1906 home is being done by the Madisonville Revitalization Alliance.  Bought in February for $31,000, on the market now for $114,900.  This may be a bit optimistic.
(before and after)
(http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/4836/5335wardbefore5vm.jpg)    (http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/778/5335wardafter3gy.jpg)

* 6821 Merwin Ave., built in 1926.  Sold for $73,000 in March, going for $109,000 now.
(before and after)
(http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/7111/6821merwinbefore9cy.jpg)    (http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/9975/6821merwinafter3bt.jpg)

WESTWOOD
* 3479 Stathem Ave., built in 1923.  Bought for $50,000 last October, selling for $115,000 now.
(before and after)
(http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/3073/3479stathembefore9nh.jpg)    (http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/4864/3479stathemafter1kl.jpg)

WINTON PLACE
* 741 McMakin Ave.  Built in 1895, totally rehabbed and doubled in value in 8 months.
(before and after)
(http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/7409/741mcmakinbefore1pn.jpg)    (http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/5544/741mcmakinafter5kz.jpg)

NORWOOD
* 1739 Courtland Ave., a two-family residence that has been converted to a single-family.  Renovation on the 1925 home by HHP Homes.  Selling for $40,000 more than it did in March.
(before and after)
(http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/3812/1739courtlandbefore4nf.jpg)    (http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/2366/1739courtlandafter9zf.jpg)

* 3807 Floral Ave., built in 1909 in the most desirable part of Norwood.  Sold for $92,000 four months ago, $268,000 now.
(before and after)
(http://img359.imageshack.us/img359/5967/3807floralbefore6ad.jpg)    (http://img359.imageshack.us/img359/1202/3807floralafter3rw.jpg)

* 3942 Forest Ave., built in 1901.  Doubled in value in 6 months.
(before and after)
(http://img378.imageshack.us/img378/4711/3942forestbefore5sq.jpg)    (http://img378.imageshack.us/img378/7825/3942forestafter5ms.jpg)

COVINGTON
* This two-family at 521 E. 16th St. has been totally renovated.
(after only)
(http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/7586/521e16thcvgafter0oa.jpg)

COVINGTON (Latonia)
* 209 Rosedale Ct.  Previously valued at $89,900...now selling for $119,900.
(after only)
(http://img378.imageshack.us/img378/1774/209rosedaleafter6oi.jpg)

* 3526 Glenn Ave.  Was valued at $70,000...now going for $105,000.  I believe it is owned by someone in my brother-in-law's family.
(http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/7444/3526glennafter3hy.jpg)

NEWPORT
* Renovation in progress and building for sale ($399,000) for this ASS-UGLY building at 818 Monmouth St.
(http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/6883/818monmouth6sc.jpg)


Update:

EAST PRICE HILL
* Workers are doing something on the hillside on Warsaw Ave.  This is in the general area of the hillside in front of where Matson Manor is supposed to be built.  I don't know if it's related--numerous inquiries into the status of Matson Manor have not been answered.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: PhattyNati on August 24, 2005, 08:43:08 PM
some great looking rehabs there especially 2537 Hackberry St. i dont remember anything about Matson Manor
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Jimmy Skinner on August 25, 2005, 07:40:41 AM
I love this thread.  I am so encouraged by the before / after shots.

I toured that building at 818 Monmouth a few years ago.  It is a 19th century commercial buiding with a bad cover facade, that was last used as a chain drugstore.  The owner at the time wanted to put condos in.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Mr Sparkle on August 25, 2005, 09:14:58 AM
[DELHI TWP.
* Victory View will consist of 60 homes in Delhi Twp.  It will be a cul-de-sac extending northward from Foley Rd. just opposite of Overhill Ln.

Info and site plans:
http://www.hamilton-co.org/hcrpc/meetings/2005/rpc/08-05/5_Delhi%2005-27%20Victory%20View.pdf

BTW the Hamilton County RPC site is a good place to see all kinds of development info
http://www.hamilton-co.org/hcrpc/default.asp

Click on commission agendas/ then agendas and staff reports
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 26, 2005, 06:51:01 PM
New construction:

WESTWOOD
* More homes in Brodbeck Park.  These things look terrible!  The fact that nothing is being built atop the garages makes the garages even more prominent.  The renderings are pics of what two of the newer houses are supposed to look like--it's a slight improvement (the last one is listed at $168,000):
(http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/9329/3brodbeck8zu.jpg)(http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/5350/1brodbeck7eq.jpg)(http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/7094/4brodbeck8is.jpg)

EVANSTON
* A new home by Potterhill Homes at 3059 Hackberry St., $119,000:
(http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/320/3059hackberry8kh.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* New homes being built at 3642 and 3646 Heekin Ave.  The old 3642 Heekin was demolished, while the lot at 3646 was vacant.  $489,900:
(First photo is demolished 3642 Heekin, then new 3642 and 3646 Heekin)
(http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/1797/3642heekingone7zv.jpg)(http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/8122/3642heekinfuture6ha.jpg)(http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/6669/3646heekinfuture9ct.jpg)

MT. LOOKOUT
* A new home at 3538 Handman Ave., $429,000:
(http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/5655/3538handmanafter6ab.jpg)

* New townhouse development in the 500 block of Empress Ave., $489,000:
(http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/6238/530empress1mh.jpg)

* Five new homes being built on Kinmont St. by Chrisman Homes.  $479,000, no renderings.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 29, 2005, 06:07:57 PM
The_Cincinnati_Kid...I moved your last post to the RiversEdge thread:
http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=3036.0 (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=3036.0)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on August 29, 2005, 10:24:53 PM
Here is an example of what you can do with a little vision and a lot of money (interestingly, it looks like they joined the two buildings with new construction on the first floor, must  be very cool and unique)....

This.......

(http://www.pbase.com/csdameron/image/48433742.jpg)


Is now this.......

(http://www.comey.com/propimgs/mls_cincy/full/9526/952638l.jpg)

(http://www.comey.com/propimgs/mls_cincy/full/9526/952638l2.jpg)

(http://www.comey.com/propimgs/mls_cincy/full/9526/952638l4.jpg)

(http://www.comey.com/propimgs/mls_cincy/full/9526/952638l5.jpg)

Here is a link to the listing....
1111 Broadway, $436,900 (don't know if they will get it, there are several new developments adjacent, but this is very much in/on the edge of the hood.)
http://www.comey.com/displaylist.asw?listnum=952638&mls=cincy
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on August 30, 2005, 06:19:49 AM
An update on the building at the corner of McMillan and W Clifton. A sign in the window declares that the remodelling is for an Arby's restaurant.

(http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/964/176wmcmillan2vn.jpg) :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CiNYC on August 30, 2005, 03:15:01 PM
1111 Broadway is jaw-dropping.  wow.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 30, 2005, 08:25:33 PM
This was mentioned in this thread (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=2897.0) regarding ODOT's decision to scrap the Colerain Connector.  It appears that only one developer submitted a plan to build 32 new homes in Northside:

Only 1 developer submits home plan

Cincinnati's choice of a developer to build 32 homes on what was to be the Colerain Connector highway in Northside was easy - only one developer submitted a proposal for the project. North Point Land Co. will have one year to come up with a development plan to build the homes off Virginia and Kirby avenues, on 10 acres that were deeded back to the city from the Ohio Department of Transportation this year. The state scuttled its 46-year-old plans for the highway after decades of opposition from Northside residents.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050830/NEWS01/508300358/1056 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050830/NEWS01/508300358/1056)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on August 31, 2005, 07:30:10 PM
Possible future construction:

KENNEDY HTS.
* Kennedy Hts. is studying making the Montgomery Rd. corridor more pedestrian-friendly, and they're exploring a business complex at Kennedy and Montgomery.  They're also exploring redevelopment of Northdale Pl., a cul-de-sac of half-vacant apartments that's had a lot of drug activity.  That site is on this map:
(http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/2518/northdaleredevmap5dh.jpg)

COLERAIN TWP.
* More housing in the county....Sloneker Reserve, a 72-lot development at the NW corner of Kemper and Pippin, just across Kemper from the cemetery.
http://www.hamilton-co.org/hcrpc/meetings/2005/rpc/09-05/2%20SLONEKER%20RESERVE%20STAFF%20REPORT.pdf (http://www.hamilton-co.org/hcrpc/meetings/2005/rpc/09-05/2%20SLONEKER%20RESERVE%20STAFF%20REPORT.pdf)


Other news:

HYDE PARK
* An application has been submitted to the community council to have a horse-drawn carriage in Hyde Park Square on Fridays and Saturdays.  The route will include Edwards, Observatory, Erie and Stettinius.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 02, 2005, 06:09:23 PM
Rehabs:

MT. AUBURN
* Bluenote Properties picked up the 4-unit 49 E. McMillan St. in June.  They are currently turning this 1900 home into a 3-family.
(http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/2721/49emcmillan8lk.jpg)

PADDOCK HILLS
* 1115 Egan Ct., a 4-flat, was bought in late June and is being totally rebuilt inside.
(http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/9448/1115egan6mm.jpg)


New Construction:

BOND HILL (Jonathan Meadows)
* New homes continue to be constructed at a brisk pace.  Up soon, the following: 1514, 1516, 1518, 1520, 1522, 1524 Jonathan Ave.; 1942 Langdon Farm.

CAMP WASHINGTON
* A new pre-engineered steel building will go up at 3028 Colerain Ave., filling an empty lot.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 02, 2005, 06:42:53 PM
I haven't had much to post in here lately.  I did want to note one thing, though:


* The CMHA has decided to demolish 834 Charlotte St., built around 1875 and severely deteriorated.  The photo doesn't show the front, but it's basically windowless and doorless and boarded up.  As of now, there's very little left of Charlotte St. between Linn and Baymiller.
(http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/5526/834charlotte7gp.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on September 08, 2005, 06:38:39 AM
Cincinnati's high-society past gets a rebirth
Fleischmann estate to be arts center

By Maggie Downs
Enquirer staff writer


The Enquirer/Meggan Booker
 
The property is undergoing a $3 million renovation. Sean Penney (right) of Durable Slate and Kevin Brookover, a sheet metal mechanic, repair an original lead gutter.
 
ON THE WEB
For more information: www.green-acres.org (http://www.green-acres.org)

INDIAN HILL - At one time, the Fleischmann estate was the place to see and be seen.

It was the home of philanthropist Julius Fleischmann, Cincinnati's high society version of a Vanderbilt or Hearst. During the 1920s in Cincinnati, the place was like the elite sprawling resorts of the Hamptons on Long Island.

"This was as close as Cincinnati ever came to café society," said Walter E. Langsam, an architectural historian. "They were all there, the gorgeous people and royalty and the glamorous socialites - and (the Fleischmanns) seemed to know everybody."

Men and women often perched atop horses during fox hunts that rambled through 600 acres of sloping hills, thickets of trees and valleys slathered in green.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050908/NEWS01/509080348/1056 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050908/NEWS01/509080348/1056)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 10, 2005, 02:56:36 PM
Rehabs:

EAST END
* A three-family dwelling at 3910 Feemster St. will be converted into a two-family.  This home was built in 1844.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/2496/3910feemster3di.jpg)

OVER-THE-RHINE
* The county commissioners will be doing some masonry work on the old Alms & Deopke Building.


New construction:

OAKLEY
* A couple of small commercial projects will be built on Wasson Rd. near Hyde Park Plaza.  One if them should be a Valvoline.

FOREST PARK
* More housing in the county...Mill Road Station Phase III, between I-275 and the H sectionof Pleasant Run Farms.
(http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/3680/millrdstatinophaseiii8ui.jpg)

SPRINGDALE
* The Princeton City School District is building a new Springdale Elementary, set to be completed July, 2006.
(http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/1831/springdaleelemrend8dx.jpg)


Teardowns:

EAST END
* A house from 1890 will be demolished at 1927 Eastern Ave.  In its place, a $200,000 home will be built at 1929 Eastern Ave.
(http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/659/1927eastern9og.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* A 1924 home at 3804 Aylesboro Ave. will be demolished to make way for a new $150,000 house.  It is being built by Boulder Construction.
(http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/9329/3804aylesboro3yo.jpg)


Updates:

COLLEGE HILL
* A new home will be going up at 5998 Capri Dr. in the new Capri Woods subdivision.  The price will be somewhere around $120,000.

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* Look for the three-family at 1715 E. McMillan St. to come down soon.  This is the site of a condo project.
(http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/3058/1715emcmillan0ih.jpg)


Buildings lost:

AVONDALE
* This beautiful three-family at 617 and 619 Glenwood Ave., built in 1898, is going to be demolished.  I believe this was a HUD Section 8 building.  This was purchased in August for only $17,000, so it must have been in terrible shape.
(http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/5616/617glenwood8tg.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
* This nondescript building at 1717 Queen City Ave. is being demolished.  It was erected in 1910.
(http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/1015/1717queencity1hb.jpg)


Odds and ends:

GOLF MANOR
* Golf Manor is considering a small-scale residential redevlopment project.  They are looking into contracting with Potterhill Homes to do a redevelopment similar to Greenhills' DeWitt Landing.

FOREST PARK
* The city of Forest Park and ODOT are working on a study to upgrade the Winton Rd./I-275 interchange.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: old edale on September 11, 2005, 12:38:06 AM
wow the buildings in Avodale and East Walnut Hills are beautiful...definitely a shame theyre being demolished.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 11, 2005, 02:15:05 PM
I felt the same way.

BTW...the Enquirer had a background story on the house at 5335 Ward St. in Madisonville that I mentioned in this post (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg46736#msg46736).  Here's the story:
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050911/NEWS01/509110407/1056 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050911/NEWS01/509110407/1056)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on September 13, 2005, 06:00:03 AM
New Mariemont condos boast scenery, nearby attractions

By Marla Matzer Rose
Enquirer staff writer


The developers behind downtown's Crawford Lofts project and the Parkside Condominiums in Clifton's Gaslight district today are unveiling models for a new apartment-to-condo conversion building in Mariemont.

Miami Overlook, located on Wooster Pike, will contain 120 one- and two-bedroom condos in the $120,000-to-$165,000 range.

E-mail mrose@enquirer.com

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050913/BIZ01/509130326/1076/BIZ (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050913/BIZ01/509130326/1076/BIZ)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 15, 2005, 04:59:55 PM
^ Here's what these things are.  They look like standard garden apartments to me:

(http://img321.imageshack.us/img321/3421/miamioverlook1vu.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on September 15, 2005, 05:12:10 PM
Wow, those are ugly!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 15, 2005, 07:59:16 PM
Rehabs:

CORRYVILLE
* A minor renovation is going on at 113 Calhoun St.
(http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/4651/113calhoun4ae.jpg)


Updates:

DOWNTOWN
* Work is ongoing at 835 Main St.  A kitchen is being installed.  The building will most likely continue to be a bar and it looks like they will serve food.

* At 905 Race St., work is continuing on the Brittany Condo project.  If you walk by soon you may see people doing some exterior work.

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* The condo at 1715 E. McMillan Ave. will cost $950,000.  It is supposed to have 3 units.

MADISONVILLE
* Yet another story on the former drug property at 5335 Ward St. appeared in the 9/14/05 Eastern Hills Journal:
http://www.communitypress.com/ColumbiaTwpOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=17768&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=9/14/2005%203:03:52%20AM&RefDate=9/14/2005%203:03:52%20AM (http://www.communitypress.com/ColumbiaTwpOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=17768&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=9/14/2005%203:03:52%20AM&RefDate=9/14/2005%203:03:52%20AM)

OAKLEY
* The city council has expressed its support to the citizens of Oakley/Hyde Park for stopping auto-related businesses from setting up shop in the Wasson/Paxton area.  An emergency ordinance was passed to change the zoning from Commercial General Auto-Oriented District to Commercial Community Pedestrian District.  Other parcels farther to the east are being considered for a shift from Commercial Auto-Oriented to Single-Family.  Not known what's going to come of this...the permits have not yet been approved to build the Valvoline and the other commercial project.
Council's support (PDF) (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/16086.pdf)
Emergency Zone Change (PDF) (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/15379.pdf)
Single-Family Zone Change (PDF) (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/15381.pdf)


New construction:

SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE
* The former St. Pius school will become a senior citizen housing project.  The following appeared in the Local News Briefs section of the 9/13/05 Enquirer:

Senior apartments unveiled today

Plans will be revealed this morning for an 18-unit senior citizen apartment building in the former St. Pius School in South Cumminsville. The $2 million project is the final leg of construction for the $4.4 million Working in Neighborhoods Economic Learning Campus. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the campus, 1814 Dreman Ave.


http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050913/NEWS01/509130371/1077/rss02 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050913/NEWS01/509130371/1077/rss02)


Odds and ends:

CITY-WIDE
* A transfer of money of $100,000 has been made from the Miscellaneous Permanent Improvement Fund to a new DOTE project to study "Public View Corridors".  This study will look at ways to protect views.  This emergency ordinance been passed to the Finance Committee.
http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/15408.pdf (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/15408.pdf)

CLIFTON
* Joining the list of communities wanting arts centers is Clifton.  In the 9/11/05 Enquirer's "On Stage" portion of its Life section, the following blurb came out:

Clifton eager to build arts center

Clifton looks like the latest neighborhood to embark on plans for a cultural arts center - or, being Clifton, a "centre."

Residents are envisioning "a community learning center campus with a strong arts component," says Cindy Herrick, president of the Clifton Cultural Arts Centre board, more or less surrounding the new elementary school on Clifton Avenue. Part of the plan is renovating a stone carriage house behind the school.

It all rose out of Cincinnati Public Schools' community engagement process that invited residents to weigh in on what would be important community components for neighborhood schools - and how to make it happen.

Arts was high on the list of every community conversation, says Darlene Kamine, who led the discussions for Cincinnati Public Schools.

Clifton maintains its artsy, activist rep by convening a crowd of residents who envisioned "a place crazy with creativity," defines Herrick. That includes arts (visual and performing) for kids during and after school and for the entire community in evenings. "Multidisciplinary," Herrick says firmly, "that can bring the diverse community of Uptown together," from arts to ethnic cooking classes.

The arts centre board is ready to embark on a feasibility study for a capital campaign. In addition to estimated $500,000 renovations, Herrick foresees a $350,000 annual operating budget that would include a salaried director.

Herrick hopes to have the study done by January and to be raising dollars by early spring.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050911/ENT/509110321/-1/back01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050911/ENT/509110321/-1/back01)

EAST END
* The Cincinnati Recreation Commission is spending $200,000 for improvements to Schmidt Field.

NORTHSIDE
* Northside recently completed a Comprehensive Land Use Plan and will be submitting it to the city's Planning Commission.  A little bit of a fuss has ensued, including businesses such as Donnellon McCarthy (4141 Turrill St.).  Also submitting a letter to the city was Capozzolo Printing (Hamilton and Spring Grove).  Apparently the businesses are non-conforming uses in the new zoning, so they'll have to seek a variance any time they want to make ANY changes on their property.  They feel that they should have been consulted.  The property is considered a future Chase Cultural Complex, a neighborhood plaza, amateur theater, and music building.  The following are the two letters:
http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/15973.pdf (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/15973.pdf)
http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/15975.pdf (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/15975.pdf)

RIVERSIDE
* The city council unanimously passed an ordinance to rezone property at 5012 River Rd. to allow for a new softball field for the College of Mt. St. Joseph.
http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/15125.pdf (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/15125.pdf)


Demolitions:

WEST PRICE HILL
* The Archbishop of Cincinnati is demolishing a two-family structure at 1123 Iliff Ave. and a single-family at 1136 Iliff Ave.  This is in the area of both Elder and Seton high schools.
(http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/5754/1123iliff8ua.jpg)    (http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/5731/1136iliff7pn.jpg)

WESTWOOD
* A hole is burning in the city's pockets.  They would like to use the abandoned building demolition fund to tear down 2600 Harrison Ave., 2163 Harrison Ave., 2722 Faber Ave., 2728 Faber Ave. and 1206 Dewey Ave.  This money has to be spent by the end of the year.  Most of these didn't look so abandoned to me, but I'm not against anything that thins out these ill-planned apartment projects from otherwise beautiful Westwood.  1206 Dewey is a commercial building in Price Hill, at Dewey and Glenway.
(http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/9374/2600harrison4sy.th.jpg)    (http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/1064/2163harrison8vb.th.jpg)    (http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/5514/2722faber8nl.th.jpg)    (http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/8752/2728faber2xk.th.jpg)    (http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/9845/1206dewey2vx.th.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 19, 2005, 06:31:38 PM
A couple of articles appeared recently about the new homes in Lincoln Hts.  This is an area of town that really need an injection of new construction.  It also appears that some of the homes will be subsidized to allow local residents to be able to purchase them.

Cincinnati Business Courier: Lincoln Heights breaks ground on home project (9/15/05) (http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2005/09/12/daily40.html?from_rss=1)
Cincinnati Enquirer: Lincoln Hts. subdivision adding houses (9/19/05) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050919/BIZ01/509190311/1076/rss01)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 22, 2005, 12:00:24 AM
The townhomes off of Mt. Lookout Square are done, I'm sure you noticed.  They look pretty nice to me--definitely influenced more by the near-city housing stock than the homes surrounding them:

(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/7615/050921006mtle5nj.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on September 22, 2005, 12:34:48 AM
It looks so bear over the porch, otherwise, a lot better than the usual vinyl siding condo I've been seeing.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ColDayMan on September 22, 2005, 02:16:59 PM
It's interesting that they brought a Mt. Auburn-style of house (on the cheap side) to Mt. Lookout.  I do like the contrast.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CiNYC on September 22, 2005, 08:12:35 PM
Now that those things are finished, they are uglier than i could've imagined.  I repeat, suburban builders should NOT attempt an urban style.  It is a forgotten art, at least in Cincinnati.  Everything from the ridiculous proportions to the driveways--which should've never been allowed that close to such a busy pedestrian oriented intersection anyway-- is just pathetic.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 22, 2005, 08:15:24 PM
I think they could be much better, but compared to what could have been built they are not so bad at all.  And I'm usually VERY critical.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CiNYC on September 22, 2005, 08:20:31 PM
^nope, you're wrong.  they're disgusting.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ColDayMan on September 22, 2005, 08:23:57 PM
DAMN!  Bitchslap!!!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on September 23, 2005, 11:11:55 PM
Two things:
1. The builder is not a suburban builder, he has only built stuff in the City of Cincy and Covington, KY.

2.  As far as parking/driveways, there are two sides:  First, it is his land and he has no obligation to provide metered parking for the area.  In fact, it probably added net spaces.  Second, if the City wanted to, they could have denied him a curb cut for the driveway, but that would have added more cars to the area (even assuming one car per unit as t here was only one house there before, and it would have been against the City's goal of adding new homes and homeowners to the City.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on September 24, 2005, 02:05:16 AM
The windows are so plain and cheap too. They could have used the ones with mutton bars at least.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on September 24, 2005, 10:11:23 AM
geeeeezzzz....bitch bitch bitch bitch
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CiNYC on September 24, 2005, 12:21:57 PM
Two things:
1. The builder is not a suburban builder, he has only built stuff in the City of Cincy and Covington, KY.

who is the builder again and do you have examples of other projects?

Quote
2.  As far as parking/driveways, there are two sides:  First, it is his land and he has no obligation to provide metered parking for the area.  In fact, it probably added net spaces.  Second, if the City wanted to, they could have denied him a curb cut for the driveway, but that would have added more cars to the area (even assuming one car per unit as t here was only one house there before, and it would have been against the City's goal of adding new homes and homeowners to the City.

I'm sorry, but if we accept mediocrity, then more mediocrity is what we will get.  Unless there are issues that I am unaware of, a creative developer could have figured out a way to place the parking behind the houses, resulting in 2 fewer curb cuts and greatly improved facades.  If homebuyers absolutely require their own private driveway, then perhaps they should look somewhere besides right in the middle of the neighborhood business district.  This is a prime location in a fairly busy area and the opportunity to set a good example has been lost.

But hey, the builder made his buck, right?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: old edale on September 24, 2005, 12:35:25 PM
^just wondering...have you seen these houses in person? Because really they dont look bad at all.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ColDayMan on September 24, 2005, 01:23:08 PM
The only true beef I have with this project is the idea of the sidewalk not connecting to the door.  You have to walk up the driveway *tsk tsk* to get to the house.  Otherwise, I'm not going to complain about this; Mt. Lookout's done alot worse:  Spencer Hill.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on September 24, 2005, 02:50:37 PM
I don't know how creative you could get, the buildings go all the way to the setback lines on the sideyards and the backyards of all the houses on that side of the street go up at a huge angel, he had to install several terraces of retaining beyond even the foundation wall to make the site work.  The old house that sat there sat at grade about at the top of Million's Cafe just to demonstrate the grade.

I have been through the houses and they are very nice, they were built with relatively high end finishes, and most of the purchasers opted to upgrade even from there.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 24, 2005, 04:23:15 PM
I don't know how creative you could get, the buildings go all the way to the setback lines on the sideyards and the backyards of all the houses on that side of the street go up at a huge angel, he had to install several terraces of retaining beyond even the foundation wall to make the site work.  The old house that sat there sat at grade about at the top of Million's Cafe just to demonstrate the grade.
Yeah, I was wondering how an alley behind the houses for parking access would even work with a hillside so steep behind them.

Quote
I have been through the houses and they are very nice, they were built with relatively high end finishes, and most of the purchasers opted to upgrade even from there.
Yep.  They did go for the mid $300Ks, after all.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 24, 2005, 08:50:34 PM
The following article from the 9/21/05 Eastern Hills Journal expands on the Wasson/Paxton auto-oriented zoning fight I was talking about in this post (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg49527#msg49527).

Apparently it's going to be a Valvoline and a Johnny's Car Wash.  The whole issue is the timing, and can it be stopped.  Here's the link.  There's also some material in the link I provided above.
http://www.communitypress.com/ColumbiaTwpOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=18056&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=9/21/2005%203:25:39%20AM&RefDate=9/21/2005%203:25:39%20AM
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on September 25, 2005, 10:17:16 AM
I agree with inkaelin about the windows (though I think the term is 'muntin' bars) and with CiNYC that the proportions are off.  It seems like any first-year design or architecture student could have done better.  It's really too bad, because these houses are prominently located next to the busy Mt. Lookout square.  An opportunity squandered...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CiNYC on September 25, 2005, 11:32:39 AM
I don't know how creative you could get, the buildings go all the way to the setback lines on the sideyards and the backyards of all the houses on that side of the street go up at a huge angel, he had to install several terraces of retaining beyond even the foundation wall to make the site work.  The old house that sat there sat at grade about at the top of Million's Cafe just to demonstrate the grade.

I have been through the houses and they are very nice, they were built with relatively high end finishes, and most of the purchasers opted to upgrade even from there.


Here are a couple of ideas:

1.  If the buildings had been placed at the sidewalk, the 20' of extra space (given that the buildings remained the same size) would be to the rear, enough for rear garage access.

2.  The houses could've been made smaller and most likely still attract purchasers.  I'm sure there is no shortage of those that fit the demographic that would trade space for convenience of the Mt. Lookout Square location.  There are many ways to reconfigure these things to recoup the space that would be used for a shared entrance on the left or right side if necessary. 

3.  I'm sure the houses are nice inside.  That is exactly what residential developers do these days.  They provide countless interior private amenities with little regard for the exterior.  From the street, these look exactly like what they are; boxes for residents to keep all of their stuff.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on September 25, 2005, 03:51:56 PM
Quote
Here are a couple of ideas:

1.  If the buildings had been placed at the sidewalk, the 20' of extra space (given that the buildings remained the same size) would be to the rear, enough for rear garage access.

2.  The houses could've been made smaller and most likely still attract purchasers.  I'm sure there is no shortage of those that fit the demographic that would trade space for convenience of the Mt. Lookout Square location.  There are many ways to reconfigure these things to recoup the space that would be used for a shared entrance on the left or right side if necessary. 

3.  I'm sure the houses are nice inside.  That is exactly what residential developers do these days.  They provide countless interior private amenities with little regard for the exterior.  From the street, these look exactly like what they are; boxes for residents to keep all of their stuff.

Well, if you took the time to look at the zoning code, you would find that this land is zoned RM 2.0.  This MANDATES a 20 foot frontyard setback with a 5 foot sideyard.  Second, these houses are 20-22 feet wide at best, hacking off 8 feet for a side driveway would have lead to the loss of one unit.  Aside from the 8 feet necessary for a side driveway, the backside garages and turn ins probably would require at least 20 - 25 feet of clearance for turning and access to the garage spaces.  Like I said before, the site slopes up at an incredible rate toward the back.  Doing that kind of earthwork would probably be cost prohibitive. 

I am not saying I like front facing garage doors either, but with Cincinnati's standard 25x100 lots, there are not many other options when you only have one or two parcels to work with.  If you look around at most new construction in the City (especially Mt. Adams and the Mt. Lookout/Columbia-Tusculum area) pretty much all of them have front entrance garages.

CiNYC, as for the comment "There are many ways to recoup the space that would used for a shared entrance....", if I am not seeing what you are talking about, please explain it to me.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 25, 2005, 11:40:21 PM
From the 9/22/05 Kentucky Post:


Fort Thomas plans moving forward
By Denise Wilson
Post staff reporter

 
The city of Fort Thomas' plans for redeveloping the community's Towne Center and Citizen Bank properties off North Fort Thomas Avenue are close to becoming a reality.

The city's administration made a progress report to City Council to update it on the proposed Towne Center Revitalization Plan during its meeting Monday, said Fort Thomas City Administrator Jeff Earlywine.

http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050922/NEWS02/509220365/1014 (http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050922/NEWS02/509220365/1014)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 28, 2005, 12:21:43 AM
Buildings being lost:

* 423 Whiteman St., a single-family home built around 1880.  I believe it is the building that fronts Horace St.  Anyway, I can't find a photo.

* The CMHA is demolishing 832 Findlay St., which was also built around 1880.  It's the one on the left in this photo.  I'm not sure if the others are coming down with it.
(http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/710/832findlay2db.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 28, 2005, 12:36:59 AM
New construction:

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* A new single-family home with a value around $500,000 will be built at 2617 Grandin Rd.

NORTH FAIRMOUNT
* Habitat for Humanity is building a new home at 2623 Beekman St.  The value is estimated at around $83,000.

WALNUT HILLS
* Habitat for Humanity is building a new home at 809 Oak St.

FORT THOMAS
* This might be the ugliest new construction I've ever seen.  This is at 29 Brittany Ln.:
(http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/7527/29brittany4ef.jpg)


Rehabs:

AVONDALE
* 610 Maple Ave. is undergoing a condo conversion by Redman Properties.  The home was built in 1900.
(http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/5614/610maple5wf.jpg)

CLIFTON HEIGHTS/FAIRVIEW
* This single-family home at 548 Klotter Ave. was built around 1885.
(before and after)
(http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/7162/548klotterbefore9iw.jpg)    (http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/1870/548klotterafter1lh.jpg)

COLLEGE HILL
* This 1902 home at 6098 Belmont Ave. was revived from the dead over the past year.  It's now selling for $169,900.
(before and after)
(http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/2336/6098belmontbefore1yz.jpg)    (http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/778/6098belmontafter1rv.jpg)

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* A great rehab of a single-family home at 424 Stanley Ave.  This home was built around 1880.  It was purchased in January for $100,000 and is now on the market for $229,900.
(before and after)
(http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/1756/424stanleybefore5tu.jpg)    (http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/5061/424stanleyafter0oh.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* Mayer Newburgh Historical Properties has converted 2327 Upland Pl into three condo units.  One is on sale for $210,000.  It was originally built around 1885.
(after photo only)
(http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/1876/2327upland2fb.jpg)

EVANSTON
* 1851 Kinney Ave., a single-family home built in 1915.  Purchased just a few months ago for $30,000, it's now listed for $109,900.
(before and after)
(http://img383.imageshack.us/img383/182/1851kinneybefore4fy.jpg)    (http://img383.imageshack.us/img383/2502/1851kinneyafter9jo.jpg)

* Down the street at 1979 Kinney Ave., the owner (Provident Bank) will be fixing this eyesore of a crooked porch.
(http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/4946/1979kinney0ei.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* A truly amazing transformation of this 1914 home at 4511 Lucerne Ave. done by Clifton Investments Properties.  It's now going for $169,900, nearly twice it's former assessed value.
(before and after)
(http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/889/4511lucernebefore3xm.jpg)    (http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/3601/4511lucerneafter9wy.jpg)

MT. AUBURN
* Though it's not that easy to tell, this home at 2346 Highland Ave. was recently rehabbed.  It sold for $50K last year, and it's going for $124,900 now.  It was built in 1905.
(before and after)
(http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/9507/2346highlandbefore5wb.jpg)    (http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/1522/2346highlandafter9dh.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
* 1639 Philomena St., built around 1890.
(before and after)
(http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/4117/1639philomenabefore8hk.jpg)    (http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/4553/1639philomenaafter4kx.jpg)

OAKLEY
* This 1912 home at 3220 Bach Ave. has had a total rehab.  It has been converted from a 2-family to single-family and is selling for 70% more than was paid for it a year ago.
(before and after)
(http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/5870/3220bachbefore8nv.jpg)    (http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/9898/3220bachafter9jr.jpg)

* The home at 3316 Brotherton Rd. is from the same era.
(before and after)
(http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/3490/3316brothertonbefore7an.jpg)    (http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/1928/3316brothertonafter4kk.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* The home at 1124 Yale Ave. was indeed in bad shape.  Built in 1848, it was purchased earlier this year for $11,500.  One complete rehab later, it's now on the market for $149,900 and there's a sale pending.  It's just too bad the home next door is in terrible condition.  Maybe it can be next!
(before and after)
(http://img345.imageshack.us/img345/6320/1124yalebefore6ul.jpg)    (http://img345.imageshack.us/img345/815/1124yaleafter9qj.jpg)

NORWOOD
* This turn-of-the-century home at 4739 Section Ave. has nearly doubled in value over the course of a year.
(before and after)
(http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/2537/4739sectionbefore4ln.jpg)    (http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/1629/4739sectionafter6ux.jpg)

* WHAT THE HELL DID THIS PERSON DO TO THIS HOUSE AT 5200 WARREN AVE.?!?
(before and worse)
(http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/9885/5200warrenbefore7an.jpg)    (http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/5741/5200warrenafter8er.jpg)

COVINGTON (Latonia)
* 3526 Glenn Ave. has gotten a complete rehab.
(after photo only)
(http://img383.imageshack.us/img383/6882/3526glenn7pw.jpg)

SOUTHGATE
* A very nice rehab at 118 Electric Ave. (<--- no jokes, please!):
(before and after)
(http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/3388/118electricbefore7kp.jpg)    (http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/8320/118electricafter8tr.jpg)


Buildings being lost:

NORTHSIDE
* This piece of crap at 1540 West Fork Rd. is going to be demolished.  Thank God.
(http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/43/1540westfork7sk.jpg)


Updates:

WESTWOOD
* Garbage is still being built at Woodcrest Park and it's going for around $200K.
(http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/5358/2447oaktree2fn.jpg)

NEWPORT
* The city is trying to get a grant to tear down blighted buildings along Monmouth St., between 11th and 12th, and replace them with a parking lot.  This is supposed to add jobs to the business district somehow.  They are also going to break ground on a county administration building ($12.2M) at 11th and Monmouth by the end of the year.  The Enquirer ran a story on it on 9/23/05:
Enquirer: Newport, county jointly apply to fund (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050923/NEWS0103/509230413/1059/rss13)


Possible future construction:

CORRYVILLE
* Land is for sale along the south side of Rochelle St. between Vaughn and Eden.  The site has been approved for 6 townhouses.  Two structures currently occupy the land.

SPRINGDALE
* The city of Springdale is going ahead with plans for a Springdale Town Center PUD on city-owned land at the SE corner of Springfield Pike (OH-4) and Kemper Rd.  Unfortunately, it will only be a 46,000 sf retail center.  The city's planning commission will make a decision at their October 11 meeting.


Odds and ends:

CAMP WASHINGTON
* The owner of the Shell station has purchased a few small adjacent parcels between Colerain and Henshaw, including a parking lot and other neglected bits of land.  Could they be expanding?  Hell...adding a car wash?

NORTHSIDE
* The city council voted unanimously to allow NorthPointe Land Company to develop the housing units on land freed up by ODOT's dropping of the Colerain Connector project.  They now have exclusive development rights for the next 12 months.

* It appears that someone is taking care of putting new siding on the "Nick Spencer" building on the corner of Hamilton and Hoffner.  That building has been an eyesore for too long and it makes a bad impression on people coming into the neighborhood from the south.

* Tally up another Northside business upset that they weren't consulted on the Northside Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  This time it's North Side Bank and Trust.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on September 28, 2005, 06:54:50 AM
I was on the Hamilton County Auditor website yesterday and noticed they now plaster their name over all the pics, as seen above.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on September 28, 2005, 01:51:35 PM
It sucks, doesn't it?  Why would they do that?  Do they think people are stealing their photos and making money off of them?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 02, 2005, 06:45:06 PM
Buildings being lost:

EAST END
* This eyesore at 2721 Eastern Ave. will be demolished.  It's a multi-family building built in 1900.
(http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/9199/2721eastern0cg.jpg)

FOREST PARK
* This suburb is now starting to see some blight here and there.  The city council is considering demolishing vacant homes at 949 Waycross Rd., 11765 Elkwood Dr., and 11474 Gresham Pl.  The oldest is from 1959 and the newest is from 1971.  Here's a story about it from the 9/28/05 Hilltop Press:
Hilltop Press: City may tear down three houses (9/28/05) (http://www.communitypress.com/ForestParkOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=18377&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=9/28/2005%203:17:23%20AM&RefDate=9/28/2005%203:17:23%20AM)
(http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/8002/949waycross5jg.jpg)   (http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/936/11765elkwood9pe.jpg)   (http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/3897/11474gresham7xy.jpg)


Updates:

EAST WESTWOOD
* Urban Housing Concepts will be building another home in the Locust Creek subdivision at 2342 Henrianne Ct.  This home will cost around $50K to build.

WESTWOOD
* M/I will start construction of a new home at 1987 Wildoak Ct. and at 2357 Oaktree Pl in the Woodcrest Park subdivision.  These homes will be in the $160K range.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 06, 2005, 09:12:30 PM
New construction:

AVONDALE
* Habitat for Humanity is building a home at 3552 Haven St.  It is expected that 100 UC students will take part in the volunteer work.  You can read more about it here:
UC News Record: Students give helping hand for Habitat (10/3/05) (http://www.newsrecord.org/media/paper693//news/2005/10/03/News/Students.Give.Helping.Hand.For.Habitat-1006553.shtml?mkey=1950797)

EVANSTON (Jonathan Meadows)
* Work should be starting on 1524 Jonathan Ave. soon.


Possible new construction:

CLIFTON HTS.
* The city has committed $61,000 of CDBG money for a pre-development marketing study to construct a parking garage at 2437 Clifton Ave. (just south of Clifton/McMillan).  They are also working on a zoning change to allow the structure.  The parcel is currently a surface parking lot.


Demolition:

AVONDALE
* 3454 Burnet Ave. will be demolished.  The two-family house dates from the 1860s.
(http://img58.imageshack.us/img58/4929/3454burnet6da.jpg)

PRICE HILL
* BP Products North America will demolish the commercial buildings at 5115 and 5119 Glenway Ave. (corner of Glenway and Heuwirth).  A logical guess is that it will be the site of a new gas station.  Both of these buildings date from the 1930s.
(http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/6748/5115glenway9ye.jpg)    (http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/8739/5119glenway7tu.jpg)

SEDAMSVILLE
* This 1898 home at 2537 Galvin Ave. was bought about six weeks ago for $59,900.  The property is owned by the same person who lives in the adjacent lot at 2538 River Rd.  Galvin Ave. is little more than a paper street these days.  This basically doubles the length of this man's lot.
(http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/4516/2538galvin0lg.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* THERE IS A GOD!  This eyesore at 924 Wm. H Taft is going to be demolished.  Some outfit called Grandmark Ltd owns all of the parcels along Taft between Gilbert and Kemper.
(http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/6156/924wmhtaft6mg.jpg)


Possible future demoltion:

WESTWOOD
* Great news for Westwood, a neighborhood that's plagued with far too many poorly run apartment buildings.  Cincinnati city council has approved money for the demoltion of 2600 Harrison Ave., 2569 Talbott Ave. (2163 Harrison Ave.), 2722 and 2728 Faber Ave. and 1206 Dewey Ave.  All of the buildings except the one on Dewey are owned by the same company and are in foreclosure.  The city is looking to buy them, then demolish them.  More in this story:
Western Hills Press: City wants to demolish vacant buildings (9/28/05) (http://www.communitypress.com/CheviotOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=18310&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=9/28/2005%202:15:57%20AM&RefDate=9/28/2005%202:15:57%20AM)
(http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/7296/2600harrison7uy.th.jpg) (http://img396.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2600harrison7uy.jpg)    (http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/5770/2569talbott0an.th.jpg) (http://img355.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2569talbott0an.jpg)     (http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/8043/2722faber6ls.th.jpg) (http://img355.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2722faber6ls.jpg)     (http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/6092/2728faber5vw.th.jpg) (http://img355.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2728faber5vw.jpg)     (http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/5358/1206dewey0xn.th.jpg) (http://img355.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1206dewey0xn.jpg)


Updates:

EAST WALNUT HILLS (Woodburn)
* Work continues at the Bulluck Terrace condos at 1402-1410 Locust Ave.  This project will have a total of 34 units.  No prices or much of anything else yet, though if you go to their website (still under construction) there are a few details there.  Below is a site plan--the building is three stories.
http://www.bulluckterrace.com/index.htm
(http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/246/bulluckterracesiteplan7jm.jpg)

NORTHSIDE (Land Use Plan)
* Due to complaints from businesses such as Donnellon McCarthy and Cappozollo, the city planning commission has decided to table consideration of the Northside Land Use Plan and to send it to the Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee.  Also, he Northside Steering Committee (NSC) was supposed to take it back for further discussion with all local citizen and business groups.  It is requested that the NSC amend the plan and return it back to the planning commission by October 21.

WESTWOOD (Brodbeck Park)
* Phase I of Brodbeck Park is almost built out, with only 8 houses left to build.  Phase II should start very soon.  It will be 8.4 acres and will have 25 lots.  All will front on the cul-de-sac streets of Deercove Ct. and Foxcove Ct.  One lot will remain 4.9 acres of green space.


Odds and ends:

CORRYVILLE
* A proposition from Darnice R. Langford, Chair of the Government Recognition Task Force of the University of Cincinnati 2006 Cooperative Education Centennial Committee, came before the Planning Commission to rename Jefferson Ave. between Calhoun and MLK "Herman Schneider Boulevard".  Herman Schneider was Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (1906-28) and President of the University (1929-32).  The staff of the Community Development and Planning Department sent surveys to all known property owners on that stretch of Jefferson in the spring.  Half of the 176 surveys were returned.  Of those that were returned, opposition to the name change won by a ratio of 5-to-1.  Mr. Tom Dubold from the University of Cincinnati pointed out that the university owned a majority of the property on one side of the street. He said that if the Commission was relying on the survey, the survey was not sufficient enough to make a judgment.  CPC Member Mooney assured the university representative that the Commission was not relying on the survey. He stated that Jefferson Avenue has always been a major thoroughfare in the City of Cincinnati that people are familiar with.
City Manager Valerie Lemmie suggested the university should consider naming a building on campus after Mr. Schneider which could then reflect the involvement of the university.

PRICE HILL
* Iliff Ave. will be renamed Panther Ct. from Glenway Ave. to its southern terminus.  The request was received from a resident and property owner of Iliff Avenue, Cindy Armstrong. A petition was also submitted with six signatures from residents or property owners on Iliff Avenue.
Community Development and Planning Department staff conducted a post card survey of the residents and property owners in the spring of 2005, which saw a majority supporting the name change.  "There is a historical reference for the Iliff Avenue name. Charles Edwin Iliff was a member of a family that settled here in 1815. He started a general contracting business in 1867 and specialized in brick and concrete construction. Charles Iliff went to Chicago in 1872 and helps rebuild that City following the great fire. His firm erected a number of larger buildings in Cincinnati in the late 1800’s. This street was called Second Street until 1874 when it was renamed in Iliff’s honor."  The Committee of Names recommended to the Director of Community Development and Planning to change the name of Iliff Avenue to Panther Court from the intersection of Glenway Avenue to the southern terminus of Iliff Avenue.  The remainder of Iliff Avenue from the Glenway Avenue intersection northward will remain so that the historical reference to Charles Edwin Iliff will not be lost.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Weedrose on October 07, 2005, 09:31:01 PM
But why Panther Ct?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: moonloop on October 07, 2005, 10:38:30 PM
But why Panther Ct?

As in Elder Panther. <gag> I think there was a shooting recently on this street.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 08, 2005, 12:24:20 AM
Yeah...Panther Ct. is just a little dead end street that leads into Elder HS.

The shooting on Iliff was north of Glenway.  I think it was up near Iliff and Liberty.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 11, 2005, 09:41:08 PM
From the 10/10/05 Enquirer:

Grass-roots group works to fix park
By Allen Howard
Enquirer staff writer

 
People looking at Owl's Nest Park from Madison Road in O'Bryonville will see a line of trees, an ornamental gate, a sign, a healthy lawn, and a bronze tablet in a granite boulder reading "Owl's Nest Park, donated in 1905."

View the 10.5-acre park from the Evanston side off Fairfax Avenue and a completely different picture emerges: no signs there is even a park, debris-clogged walking trails, and a shuttered pool house.


E-mail ahoward@enquirer.com

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051010/NEWS01/510100347/1056/rss02 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051010/NEWS01/510100347/1056/rss02)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 14, 2005, 06:52:38 PM
Okay...daily I'm becoming more and more disturbed as I see more and more of the West End getting plowed under and little to no investment coming in.  Outside of City West (a pretty self-contained project) and the Turret, what else is happening?  Not much.  People think OTR is bad, but at least there is SOME investment there.

The next building to go is 515 York St., a two-family dwelling that was built around the time of the Civil War.  The building was purchased in 2003 and the owner did nothing with it.  This building was condemned last December.  By late spring it was being used as a dump site.

The city is doing the demolition, and the residents of the city are paying for it.  Say goodbye:

(http://img430.imageshack.us/img430/3766/515york5nv.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Michael L. Redmond on October 14, 2005, 09:31:55 PM
grasscat,
Personally I believe this is the cities way of solving the vacancy problem and a way to circumvent an uncooperative owner.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Weedrose on October 14, 2005, 11:00:22 PM
Fault the owner for buying a crap building and doing nothing with it.  People who do this are garbage.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 15, 2005, 12:45:06 AM
New construction:

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* Look for big happenings on Strafer St.!  Gary Osterfeld (Cottage Hill Development LLC) owns all of the lots on the nearly empty street.  Nearly all of these were bought in July of 2004.  Both are shotgun-style houses.  410 was built in 1880, 412 was built around 1900.  Both are in the unbearably small 800-900 square foot range.
(410 and 412)
(http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/3748/410strafer7ct.jpg)    (http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/2783/412strafer6hz.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
* A man named Ralph Weis is building two two-family dwellings at the end of Ammon Ave.  Both will be moderately priced.  Here's a Google Map of the area--these should be just above that 90 degree bend in Ammon.
Google Maps: Ammon Ave./Northside map (http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=39.164906,-84.552627&spn=0.004417,0.008174&t=h&hl=en)


Possible new construction:

EAST END
* I noticed some patches of dirt and some equipment in the area of the 2000 block of Eastern Ave.  Almost all of the 1900 block and most of the 2000 block is owned by Gerald and Betty Burns (Alumni Builders).  Could they possibly be starting a project?


Demolition:

BOND HILL
* 5135 Rhode Island Ave., a two-family built in 1915.  This has been condemned for over a year.  It appears that the owner has skipped town and has not responded to the city.  Wells Fargo now holds the mortgage.
(http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/3122/5135rhodeisland0cs.jpg)

EAST PRICE HILL
* As mentioned in this post (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg40032#msg40032), 939 Elberon Ave. (a two-family built in 1895) and 956 Elberon Ave. (multi-family built around 1880) will be torn down.  939 was condemned and is now within the justice system.  956 was just a neighborhood eyesore.  1129 Purcell Ave. (single-family, 1905) was also condemned and will be taken down.  This house has been condemned since the beginning of 2003.

SEDAMSVILLE
* 709 Delhi Ave., a single-family built in 1889.  This was initiated by the community council as the building was falling apart June 2004.  The owner finally replied to the city and cited ill health, financial hardship, and a pending bankruptcy.  The owner was unable to make structural changes, was forced to move out, and here we are.
(http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/9972/709delhi5ja.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
* South Fairmount's housing stock continues to dwindle away.  1692 Waverly Ave. (single-family, 1905) was found faulty in May 2004.  No progress was made, the house was condemned, and the case is in criminal court.
(http://img430.imageshack.us/img430/3631/1692waverly8jm.jpg)

WESTWOOD
* 2520 Talbott Ave. is a single-family built in 1948.  It was purchased in August for $17,500.  I'm not sure what happened here.  First violations were in February.  Then it appears that maybe the bank foreclosed, it was sold to someone in May, and then the bank foreclosed again--then the new owners bought.  Hmm...weird.
(http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/4475/2520talbott9vf.jpg)


Updates:

EVANSTON (Jonathan Meadows)
* Foundations should start soon on 1514, 1516, 1518 and 1520 Jonathan Ave.


Odds and ends:

CITY
* Councilman Smitherman has introduced a motion to produce an inventory of all of the properties owned by the Mill Creek Valley Conservancy District.  The District finds itself with a lot of land and declining cash resources, and is looking at ways of dissolving itself of some of its properties.  The motion has gone into Law Committee and should be revisited in early November.

EAST PRICE HILL
* A Popeye's is moving in at the vacant restaurant at 3725 Warsaw Ave.  I believe that used to be a Burger King.

SYMMES TWP. (Camp Dennison)
* The 304-acre Grand Valley nature preserve is being put together from a former gravel pit between OH-126 and the Little Miami River.  Canoeing and kayaking will also be available.  A developer had wanted to build 450-600 homes on the site, but Indian Hill bought the land to stop it.  You can read more here:
Indian Hill Journal: City shares its Grand plans for Valley (10/6/05) (http://www.communitypress.com/IndianHillOH/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=18611&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=10/6/2005%202:48:26%20AM&RefDate=10/6/2005%202:48:26%20AM)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 15, 2005, 01:00:53 AM
Okay, I change what I said.  The building has been in the family since 1991 (it was sold in 2003 but stayed within the family).  It was bought for $16,000 then.  So basically this building has been in this kind of shape for 14 years.

Michael, I totally agree with you.  This is (sadly) the easy way out.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on October 15, 2005, 11:50:46 AM
Possible new construction:

EAST END
* I noticed some patches of dirt and some equipment in the area of the 2000 block of Eastern Ave.  Almost all of the 1900 block and most of the 2000 block is owned by Gerald and Betty Burns (Alumni Builders).  Could they possibly be starting a project?

I wonder if this includes the houses in this picture?  I took this from a canoe on the river during Paddlefest (thread with pictures here (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=4141.0)!), and I took it mostly because I figured that strip of houses could not possibly be long for this world...

(http://www.pbase.com/reh/image/45944136.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 15, 2005, 01:15:34 PM
I'm not sure.  A couple of those houses look like they're in decent shape.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 21, 2005, 03:41:30 PM
New construction:

HYDE PARK
* A $200,000 home will be built on a vacant lot at 3767 Grovedale Pl.

WESTWOOD
* A $140,000 home is set to begin at 2365 Oaktree Pl. in Woodcrest Park.

COVINGTON (MainStrasse)
* Not really new construction, but the house at 316 W. 6th St. in the MainStrasse are (near the train tracks) is getting a condo makeover.
(http://img482.imageshack.us/img482/5812/villagewalkcvg0cj.jpg)


Possible new construction:

EVANSTON
* As mentioned in this post (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg38643#msg38643), there are plans to build an office building on Dana Ave. just west of I-71.  Called The Pointe, it will be 380,000 square feet and will include a parking deck.  In order to do this, councilman Cranley has proposed extending the Evanston NBD Urban Renewal Plan boundaries west.  This would allow the city to use tax increment financing to fund the project's construction.  This motion has been passed along to the city manager for a report, and will come up again in city council's 11/9/05 meeting.


Updates:

DOWNTOWN
* The Brittany condos will have 15 units.  One is for sale for $213,900.  Take a look:
http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=967889&prop=1129892

* The residential renovation at 815 Elm St. is complete.

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* I don't remember if I've posted renderings of the Core Realty condo project at 1715 E. McMillan Ave.  These are going for $1.25M.
(http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/4833/1715mcmillanrend2ml.jpg)


Rehabs:

EAST PRICE HILL
* This 1880's-built double is at 817 Summit Ave.  The rehab has been ongoing for a year, and units are selling at $129K.
(before and after)
(http://img489.imageshack.us/img489/9009/817summitbefore2fo.jpg)    (http://img489.imageshack.us/img489/2528/817summitafter0yb.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* This run-down house at 1321 Burdett Ave. has had an extensive makeover.  Built in 1910, it is in an area of extensive rehabs and is going for over $150K.
(before and after)
(http://img485.imageshack.us/img485/4969/1321burdettbefore4gq.jpg)    (http://img485.imageshack.us/img485/8398/1321burdettafter7jq.jpg)

EVANSTON
* Of course, this on at 3575 Vista Ave. is listed as "Hyde Park".  This is how they can justify selling a remodeled house that they bought a year ago for $80K for $180K now.  Dig the shocking blue color!  Built in 1923.
(before and after)
(http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/149/3575vistabefore5cx.jpg)    (http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/9263/3575vistaafter0bc.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* A turn-of-the-century two-family dwelling at 2815 Observatory Ave. has been restored as a single-family.  Bought only a few months ago, it's on sale now for twice its assessed value.
(before and after)
(http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/7218/2815observatorybefore6zd.jpg)    (http://img489.imageshack.us/img489/1493/2815observatoryafter7ak.jpg)

* A similar rehab was done at 3312 Monteith Ave.  Most of the work was inside, converting the home back into a single-family.
(after only)
(http://img489.imageshack.us/img489/9746/3312monteith7oy.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* The turn-of-the-century house at 5809 Chandler St. has been greatly improved.  It's on the market for twice what was paid for it a few months ago.
(before and after)
(http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/8035/5809chandlerbefore2hz.jpg)    (http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/7803/5809chandlerafter2bf.jpg)

MT. LOOKOUT
* I don't know what's up with this one at 795 Delta Ave.  It was purchased in July and rehabbed, and now it is going to be auctioned off on November 12.  This house was built in 1895.
(before and after)
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/979/795deltabefore6tk.jpg)    (http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/1651/795deltaafter1jq.jpg)

* 1055 Richwood Ave. has been rehabbed.  This home, built in 1894, was purchased two years ago for $188,000 and is now selling for $599,000.
(before and after)
(http://img475.imageshack.us/img475/7495/1055richwoodbefore8lv.jpg)    (http://img475.imageshack.us/img475/3994/1055richwoodafter1ij.jpg)

* 3527 Kroger Ave. has been rehabbed over the last couple of months.  Purchased a few months ago for $110,000, the seller seeks to make a 50% profit on resale.
(before and after)
(http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/8865/3527krogerbefore0cl.jpg)    (http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/149/3527krogerafter4mh.jpg)

OAKLEY
* This home at 3802 Isabella Ave. is now going for nearly twice its assessed value.
(before and after)
(http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/3521/3802isabellabefore2em.jpg)    (http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/7852/3802isabellaafter1pi.jpg)

* Bought in July for $139,000, 4214 32nd Ave. is now on the market for $229,900.  It has been converted from a two-family to a single-family.
(before and after)
(http://img455.imageshack.us/img455/6743/4214thirtysecondbefore1db.jpg)    (http://img455.imageshack.us/img455/787/4214thirtysecondafter0je.jpg)

PLEASANT RIDGE
* The 94-year-old house at 5615 Abbottsford Ave. has undergone extensive rehab.  Bought last year for $20,000, it's now on the market for $78,400.
(before and after)
(http://img480.imageshack.us/img480/1408/5615abbottsfordbefore8xt.jpg)    (http://img480.imageshack.us/img480/3668/5615abbottsfordafter8bp.jpg)

COVINGTON
* 1052 Banklick St. has been rehabbed to take advantage of its proximity to MainStrasse and the Covington Arts District.
(after only)
(http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/9974/1052banklick7mp.jpg)

* 1916 Howell St. got a much needed rehab.
(after only)
(http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/6408/1916howell4jy.jpg)

COVINGTON (Latonia)
* 209 E. 46th St. has been spruced up.
(after only)
(http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/1154/209efortysixth3ys.jpg)

* 406 W. Southern Ave. has been completely updated.
(after only)
(http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/5136/406wsouthernlat5ys.jpg)

CHEVIOT
* The 1907 house at 3730 Darwin Ave. has been updated throughout.
(before and after)
(http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/4346/3730darwinbefore3fd.jpg)    (http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/5518/3730darwinafter7kz.jpg)

LUDLOW
* 421 Elm St. has been restored.  You can have a 4 BR/2 BA home for only $145,000.
(after only)
(http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/5388/421elmlud7mp.jpg)

NORWOOD
* This home at 1818 Lincoln Ave. was built in 1900.  Bought earlier this year for $62,000, it's now on sale for $119,500.
(before and after)
(http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/3572/1818lincolnbefore2ev.jpg)    (http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/2430/1818lincolnafter0ez.jpg)

SPRINGFIELD TWP. (Hartwell area)
* This 858 square-foot home built in 1898 was completely rehabbed.  It's at 42 Laurel Ave.
(before and after)
(http://img486.imageshack.us/img486/9260/42laurelbefore5mm.jpg)    (http://img486.imageshack.us/img486/3871/42laurelafter7sa.jpg)


Buildings being lost:

OAKLEY
* As planned, the Oakley shelter house will be demolished.  The bid was put out in late September and the CRC has the necessary permits.  It could be any day now.

WALNUT HILLS
* The once-beautiful but now condemned apartment building at 920 William H Taft will be razed.  This 1927 building was condemned nearly two years ago and is owned by the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation.  I wonder what they have planned for that block, since the new school is being built the next block over.
(http://img481.imageshack.us/img481/1513/920wmhtaft1ss.jpg)


Odds and ends:

COLLEGE HILL
* This 4500 square foot, four-family former mansion at 5865 Lathrop Pl. is for sale for ONLY $74,900.  The building has been vacant for a year and needs quite a bit of work.  It was built in 1900.
(http://img489.imageshack.us/img489/7039/5865lathrop0sb.jpg)

NORTH AVONDALE
* A property owner at 3989 Dickson Ave. has written a letter to councilman Smitherman regarding the apartment complex at 427 Mitchell Ave., which he calls a potential hazard.  The communication has been sent along to the city manager for a report, and is expected back in early November.
READ THE LETTER: http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/16618.pdf
(http://img439.imageshack.us/img439/4691/427mitchell8bd.jpg)

LUDLOW
* Ludlow is looking at purchasing the former Ludlow Christian Church building and using it for offices.  They are also looking at taking over the former M.J. Daly chemical manufacturing company, and plan on using that land for a TANK park-and-ride facility.  Below are a couple of stories about that.
Enquirer: Ludlow might buy church building (10/14/05) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051014/NEWS0103/510140407/1059/rss13)
Kentucky Post: Ludlow seeks historic church for offices (10/21/05) (http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051021/NEWS02/510210349/1014)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on October 21, 2005, 05:29:32 PM
Thank you as always!  These threads and updates are just fantastic - a tour of activity across the area - just wonderful!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on October 21, 2005, 10:29:31 PM
Ditto, I am sure it is a lot of work to put those together.  Keep em coming......
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 21, 2005, 11:52:34 PM
First off, does anybody know who/what OFRP Ltd. is?  They bought 1800 Linn St. back in July.  On the same day, they got several residential properties in Avondale and South Fairmount, and a couple of empty residential lots.  They're listed as being located at 10050 Montgomery Rd., which is a strip-mall in Montgomery.

* It is claimed that the three-family apartment at 824 Poplar St. has been rehabbed.  It's selling for $99,900.  I'm guessing the bare minimum was done to keep it above the law.
(http://img480.imageshack.us/img480/2766/824poplar2wk.jpg)

* There was a ribbon-cutting for the completion of a 170-home phase of City West townhomes on Wednesday.  Totally ignored by the local media (well, channel 9 reported it).



 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 22, 2005, 12:04:58 AM
Ditto, I am sure it is a lot of work to put those together.  Keep em coming......
It is a lot of work, but it's interesting work.  It's pretty sad to think that I'd probably do it even if no one else ever looked at it!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: xumelanie on October 22, 2005, 08:22:34 AM
Ditto, I am sure it is a lot of work to put those together.  Keep em coming......
It is a lot of work, but it's interesting work.  It's pretty sad to think that I'd probably do it even if no one else ever looked at it!

I also enjoy looking at these, and I appreciate the work you must do to find this information.  It's very encouraging.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on October 22, 2005, 10:28:37 AM
Montgomery 'Triangle' deal OK'd
Council sells land for 2-story building, parking garage

By Feoshia Henderson
Enquirer staff writer


 
MONTGOMERY - Business owners in Montgomery's historic district will soon get some new neighbors as a years-long effort to privately develop the Montgomery Road "Triangle" site winds down.

The Montgomery City Council voted this week to approve a $450,000 contract with Montgomery Gateway Partners to buy the ¾-acre where Montgomery and Cooper roads and Main Street intersect.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051022/NEWS01/510220425/1056 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051022/NEWS01/510220425/1056)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 22, 2005, 05:45:08 PM
In case anyone is wondering what the "Triangle" is, click on this map and zoom in all the way.  It's the land surrounded by Montgomery, Main and Cooper:
http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=39.225945,-84.354755&spn=0.004414,0.008174&t=h&hl=en
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 28, 2005, 12:42:16 AM
New construction:

BLUE ASH
* Blue Ash is building a new clubhouse at the golf course and a new fitness center as well.  Total project cost is $6.2M.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051026/NEWS01/510260387/1056


Possible new construction:

SPRINGFIELD TWP.
* Vacant residential lots at 520 and 565 North Bend Rd. were purchased in August and are being cleared.  They are nearly 7 acres, adjacent, and could support a small residential development.


Rehabs:

EAST PRICE HILL
* Checkmate Properties is doing some work on the rowhouses at 2813-2817 W. Eighth St.
(http://img421.imageshack.us/img421/4036/ephrowhousesw8th5jk.jpg)


Updates:

CARTHAGE
* The Mills of Carthage continues.  New homes are ready to go up at 142, 157, 161 and 162 Redeagle Way.  Here are a few crappy pics of some of the newer ones:
(http://img480.imageshack.us/img480/9057/051017019carths1cy.jpg)

(http://img480.imageshack.us/img480/915/051017023carths7hi.jpg)

(http://img480.imageshack.us/img480/6489/051017024carths1bd.jpg)

SPRINGDALE
* After 30 years, the Springdale Town Center is going to happen at Kemper and Springfield Pk.  The area is an urban renewal area where many older homes were cleared.  The Community Press has a story on the $4M, 46,000 square foot shopping center.  It also has a terribly uninspired rendering.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051026/NEWS01/510260852/1002/RSS01


Property sale action:

DOWNTOWN
* 804-810 Sycamore St. sold a couple of weeks ago to 810 Sycamore LLC (HQ'd at 601 Main) for $1.45M.


Odds and ends:

CITY
* An ordinance was passed setting the rent at $0 for Hamilton County for their use of the second floor of the Regional Operations Center at 2000 Radcliff Dr.  The county had accepted the offer to merge with the city into the same building, and helped with renovation.  They will also help with maintenance.  What do ya know--the city and county actually working together for a change!

* A motion passed unanimously in city council to get the overgrown lot at the corner of Reading and Paddock cleaned up.  Expect to see that taken care of.


WTF?!?

CARTHAGE
* Construction equipment is grading the land near the 1000 block of Seymour Ave.  Rumpke owns about 25 acres over there.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on October 28, 2005, 12:52:03 AM
New dumb in Carthage?, I'll have to tease my mother, she grew up in Carthage then moved to you guessed it, West Chester Township.

Glad to see something happening in Springdale, where my dad grew up, but I certainly don't call it a downtown. Reminds one of Beavercreek without the big box.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on October 28, 2005, 05:49:55 AM
Those houses in Carthage are ugly. But they are brownfield, owner-occupied, and inside the city limits, so I'll take it.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on October 28, 2005, 10:00:02 AM
^You mean they were on a brownfield? It isn't considered a brownfield forever is it? I sort of like these ranch bungalows, sort of.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Jimmy Skinner on October 30, 2005, 08:03:26 AM
The Mills of Carthage project is pretty interesting.  The houses are very low priced, and are assembled out of modular parts.  The lots are very small, and so are the interior spaces, but the aesthetics are ok and they are selling fast, meaning that they are filling a need in the city. That, plus it is urban re-development makes it a great project.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Haynesm007 on October 30, 2005, 08:15:54 AM
The auditor's page has the wrong picture for 810 Sycamore.  That picture is of 810 Main.  810 Sycamore is a significantly larger office building.  I noticed that they recently began painting it.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on October 30, 2005, 04:11:01 PM
^ You're right.  That one slipped right by me.  I should pay more attention!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on November 01, 2005, 09:55:25 AM
SPRINGDALE
* After 30 years, the Springdale Town Center is going to happen at Kemper and Springfield Pk.  The area is an urban renewal area where many older homes were cleared.  The Community Press has a story on the $4M, 46,000 square foot shopping center.  It also has a terribly uninspired rendering.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051026/NEWS01/510260852/1002/RSS01

At last!  Now the folks in the Tri-County area will finally have access to some retail!

Sorry, a touch o' sarcasm there...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: moonloop on November 01, 2005, 12:16:58 PM
Has anyone heard that the Chop House restaurant in Oakley is closing and the owners bought the Rookwood restaurant in Mount Adams?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on November 01, 2005, 05:57:20 PM
The Rookwood Pottery restaurant has indeed been bought by new owners. I don't know if they owned the Chop House, though.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 01, 2005, 06:25:54 PM
Yep, the Chops guy bought the Rookwood Pottery restaurant and renamed it Porkopolis.  I don't know anything about closing the Oakley restaurant.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 01, 2005, 11:23:07 PM
New construction:

AVONDALE
* The Cross Hill Landominims are under construction at the corner of Harvey Ave. and Kasota St.  Here is a listing for them that shows what they feature:
Huff Realty: 3301 Harvey Ave. (http://www.huff.com/web/search/SearchDetails.asp?mls=970839&prop=1133653)


Possible new construction:

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* Urban Development Group LLC is selling lots along Athens Ave. near Grandin.  They are at 623-629 and on sale for $549,900.  A couple of older homes remain, but there has been a lot of new construction in the area.

EAST PRICE HILL
* San Felice LLC has purchased 4+ acres on the hillside at 578 Mt. Hope Ave.  This land is zoned residential.

FORT THOMAS
* The city, Grand Communities LLC and Fischer Homes want to build a $38M subdivison off of Chesapeake Ave.
Kentucky Post: Hearing likely next month (10/29/05) (http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051029/NEWS02/510290337/1014)


Rehabs:

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* This 1920s home at 3823 Stites Pl. looks much better than before.  It was bought in May for $53,900 and is being sold now for $139,900.
(before and after)
(http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/6762/3823stitesbefore9rq.jpg)    (http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/6389/3823stitesafter4wg.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
* In a neighborhood that rarely sees this sort of thing, the home at 1542 Waverly Ave. has been rehabbed.  This home was built around 1890.  Bought earlier this year for $20,000, it's now on sale for a reasonable $69,900.
(before and after)
(http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/3627/1542waverlybefore4fo.jpg)    (http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/9900/1542waverlyafter9dl.jpg)

NEWPORT
* 821 Park Ave. has been restored.
(before and after)
(http://img354.imageshack.us/img354/6186/821parknptbefore2vh.jpg)    (http://img354.imageshack.us/img354/9578/821parknptafter9hm.jpg)


Odds and ends:

UC
* The student senate an others want more lighting for the neighborhoods around the university, and they want the city to pay for it:
Cincinnati Enquirer: Group: Add lights on streets near UC (10/28/05) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051028/NEWS01/510280424/1056/rss02)

BLUE ASH
* Million dollar homes are being built by Chrisman Homes off of Kenridge Dr.

COLERAIN TWP.
* The township has a sidewalk plan.  The plan allows builders to opt out of building sidewalks for developments that are out of the sidewalk network and instead pay the money that would be used for sidewalks into a township fund.  This fund would be used to build new sidewalks in areas that need them and to maintain the sidewalks township-wide.
Community Press: Colerain sidewalk plan is still on target (10/26/05) (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051026/NEWS01/510260445/1002/RSS01)

DELHI TWP.
* The greenhouse project has begun.  The 3+ acre site is on Greenwell Ave. and will be linked by walking trail to Delhi Township Park.
Community Press: Delhi Township greenhouse project up and growing (10/26/05) (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051026/NEWS01/510260582/1002/RSS01)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on November 01, 2005, 11:25:18 PM
That first house is a clear example why it is worth your wild to invest in those kind of properties if you go the right direction with it.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: unusualfire on November 03, 2005, 11:59:35 AM
 I guess you can add this guy too.


Reported by: Lance Barry
Web produced by: Neil Relyea
Photographed by: Jason Garrison
11/2/2005 11:08:12 PM

Hundreds of occupants of a Lincoln Heights housing complex were told Wednesday that their utilities are going might be shut off.

That's because Valley View Housing Corporation is hundreds of thousands of dollars behind in payments -- and it has the property manager there facing accusations of financial wrongdoing.

With some serious unpaid bills there -- a 70,000 water bill that's late and a $90,000 bill with Cinergy that's late -- 9News went to the complex to find some "answers" -- and went face-to-face with the man surrounded by so many questions.

When 9News posed the question to property manager Charles Willis, asking if money had been misappropriated, Willis responded, "No, not at all."

When 9News asked, "Nothing wrong?," Willis said, "Nothing at all. I've done nothing wrong."

But outside Willis' office, dozens of residents in the Valley Homes housing complex disagree. So strongly that Lincoln Heights police were called in.

"Where is the money going?," asked Valley Homes resident Eva Brewster as she spoke into a megaphone, "in his pocket from what I hear!"

The accusations revolve around $150,000 in unpaid utility bills that have surfaced since Charles Willis took over as property manager at Valley Homes.

So much in fact, that residents are now receiving discontinuation notices from Cinergy effective immediately.

Willis vows that not only is there is a logical explanation, but also that no tenant will be left in the dark.

"I'm not planning on having that happening," said Willis. "I think we'll have enough funds."

Willis says the cash-strapped property came into financial trouble after several of the units were condemned and no longer brought in money.

He doesn't refute the fact that some are in sad shape.

They include Ricky Finnerson, Sr.'s home, with major ceiling and plumbing issues.

Finnerson says Willis can't complain about the condition of homes taking money away from the the group -- because willis does nothing about them.

"They keep telling me they are going to get it out there," said Finnerson. "They never do. I go in there and put in work orders, they never do."

9News has learned it may be too late to prevent an outage at the 350 units.

The utility bills date back months, with a $70,000 water bill and $90,000 outstanding to Cinergy.

As a way to raise money quickly tenants were told of a rent increase -- today.

"Twenty-five dollars rent increase," one resident told 9News, "so my rent has gone up from $405 to $430."

Also of concern, Willis' mother.

As the chair of the board, she is the most powerful member of the part-owned, part-rented property

That relationship has also eroded the faith of those who live there in Willis.

When 9News asked Willis if he saw this as a conflict of interest, he replied simply, "I don't."

Also in question, the sale of a piece of land adjacent to their property.

They made $91,000 in profit through its sale.

Willis says cash has also been spent in an effort to get the utility bills under control.

So, if that is indeed where that money went -- those unpaid bills in the past year actually totaled one-quarter of a million dollars.


Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 04, 2005, 06:47:17 PM
This could turn out to be interesting, seeing what these undergrads come up with in a terribly suburban setting.  From the Community Press, 11/2/05:


Township hires UC for Clough Pike planning
BY LIZ CAREY | COMMUNITY PRESS STAFF WRITER

ANDERSON TWP. -- Anderson Township is negotiating with a University of Cincinnati undergraduate department to help with planning Clough Pike.

Similar in scope to a study of the Beechmont Avenue corridor for which the township has employed KZF Design, the Clough Pike study will look at all aspects of the street -- from aesthetics to economics.

lcarey@communitypress.com

http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051102/NEWS01/511020367/1074/Local (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051102/NEWS01/511020367/1074/Local)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 06, 2005, 01:30:35 AM
DOWNTOWN
* Since 1985, P&G has held the exclusive rights to develop the land bounded by Sixth St., Broadway, the Gilbert Ave. Viaduct and Eggleston Ave. and currently uses it for surface parking.  The city manager has proposed an ordinance which would extend that agreement to 2010.  This has gone to the Finance Committee.  On the positive side, it allows for P&G to be able to expand downtown should they need more room.  The negative aspect is that it effectively takes one block of surface parking off of the development table for another 5 years.


AVONDALE
* Demolition of one or more buildings on the Jewish Hospital site at 3200 Burnet Ave. will take place.  I have no idea what's being torn down.


CAMP WASHINGTON
* Rehab work is being done on the three-family at 2922 Sidney Ave., an Italianate from 1875.


EAST PRICE HILL
* A nicely done rehab at 1217 Blanchard Ave., built in 1885.
(http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/8424/1217blanchardbefore2yt.jpg)    (http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/5332/1217blanchardafter8nx.jpg)

* No news to report here, I just think this building's cool.  It's double built in 1897 at 932 Hawthorne Ave.  Oh, and it's on sale for $26,700...so it needs a lot of work.  I'm going to keep my eye on this one.
(http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/6104/932hawthorne3sk.jpg)


LINWOOD
* A $230,000 custom home is being built at 5061 Shattuc Ave.


MT. AUBURN
* Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity will be building new single-family homes on empty lots at 2227, 2229 and 2231 Symmes St.  The cost to build will be about $82,000 each.

* Graeter's is going to be adding on to their plant at 2145 Reading Rd.


NORTHSIDE
* Harrison Corporation is tearing down an old industrial structure at 3826 Colerain Ave.  Built in 1890, it's pretty run down but I always liked it because it had a certain elegance about it.
(http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/193/3826colerain1yg.jpg)

* Chalk up another business unsatisfied with the draft Northside Land Use Plan.  3-G, Inc., which has done custom design in glass, metal and stone since 1915, is unhappy with the plan to rezone much of the industrial area in the south and east part of the neighborhood.  They argue that the rezoning will actually hurt the neighborhood in the long run because it will drive many local, non-conforming companies away.  You can read the entire letter here:
3-G, Inc. letter to the city (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/16799.pdf)


WESTWOOD
* Woodcrest Park: New homes in the $140,000-$150,000 range will begin at 2353 and 2396 Oaktree Pl.  M/I Homes is the builder.


COVINGTON
* This home at 2205 Sterrett Ave. in the Wallace Woods section of the city has been restored.
(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/2620/2205sterrettcvg3mk.jpg)

* This rehabbed home at 822 Greer St. is near MainStrasse.
(http://img463.imageshack.us/img463/1244/822greercvg2cb.jpg)


FORT THOMAS
* A week or so ago, I mentioned a possible housing development off of Chesapeake Ave.  It would be called Villa Grande and consist of 106 homes on 49 acres.  Here's another article about it, and the possible problems that the nearby Newport Pavilion could cause:
Community Press: Commission visits possible subdivision site (11/3/05) (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051103/NEWS01/511030497/1002/RSS01)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on November 06, 2005, 12:37:40 PM
^3826 Colerain is pretty sweet, too bad is going. Hard to believe it was industrial.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 06, 2005, 05:30:01 PM
The old Citizens' Community on youth building will be sold by the city.  It has been vacant since November 2004.  It's going to be sold at a competitive bid sale with bids starting at $81,000, which is deemed its fair market value.  This will save the city maintenance dollars on a building they never use.  There will also be a stipulation to the sale that the buyer may only renovate the building--not demolish it.

This is very near the old Club Chef property that some churches are trying to turn into a one-stop shop for social services.  It will be interesting to see who buys it.

(http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/8937/2147centralave2oy.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Jimmy Skinner on November 07, 2005, 03:11:06 PM
I had no idea that CCY was no longer located in that building.  Where did they go?

Anyway, I agree with Monte, City West is fantastic.  I love seeing each new building.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 07, 2005, 06:27:50 PM
I had no idea that CCY was no longer located in that building.  Where did they go?

I thought they were on W. Liberty, near Central Parkway.  I might be wrong on that one.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The West End Kid on November 08, 2005, 08:15:38 PM
The old Citizens' Community on youth building will be sold by the city.  It has been vacant since November 2004.  It's going to be sold at a competitive bid sale with bids starting at $81,000, which is deemed its fair market value.  This will save the city maintenance dollars on a building they never use.  There will also be a stipulation to the sale that the buyer may only renovate the building--not demolish it.

This is very near the old Club Chef property that some churches are trying to turn into a one-stop shop for social services.  It will be interesting to see who buys it.

(http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/8937/2147centralave2oy.jpg)

I can't see any business wanting to touch that property if the "one-stop mall for the poor" goes ahead as planned on Bank Street.  I have already spoken with one business owner who says he plans to move if the CityLink Center for the homeless opens up near his business.  We will chase another business right out of Cincinnati.

The great thing for the homeless megashelter is that once they buy one piece of property, all the property surrounding them will lose value, and then it become easier to purchase.  I should sell my house right now before anyone has a clue.  Screw the person who buys it, but what else can you do.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CincyImages on November 08, 2005, 08:42:27 PM
^ Do you live in the new "City West" part of the West End or one of the older sections?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The West End Kid on November 08, 2005, 09:24:40 PM
I am about as far from City West as you can get.  I live in the Dayton Street Historical District.  City West was part of the Hope VI project in the West End, and the original plans called for revitilization for our neck of the woods too.

But that hasn't happened.  And as the projects were demolished the locus of drug dealing and prostitutes has moved north right into my neighborhood.  They can't concentrate down there anymore, so they moved to my place.  Not that I am against City West.  I think it is awesome.  I just want the city to finish what they started in terms of scattered site develeopment in the Dayton Street Historical District.  The government already owns most of the property that they proposed to renovate.  It is time to shit or get off the pot.

I live right next to this future "Mall for the Poor" as well, and if that comes to fruition I am gone forever.  Cincinnati loves to plan, but they don't care to execute any of the plans.  The plan itself serves as a subsitute for action it seems.  We have put 150 million bucks into City West,  if we let the surrounding community get ingulfed in the new Washington Park that whole investment is a blown load.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CincyImages on November 08, 2005, 09:29:11 PM
Sorry to hear the unhappiness.  Keep us posted with your grips & concerns, Dayton Street is a great area and I hope to see it shine again.  Why do you think the drug dealers moved around your house?  Why is it more attractive for that way of life?  Older homes, denser streets?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The West End Kid on November 08, 2005, 10:46:48 PM
The West End was full of government housing that people call "the projects".  CityWest was designed to tear down those projects and put up decent housing.  When you tear down the projects you move the crime that used to locate there. They have to go somewhere.  We got the overflow.

I think that they do it here because that they can.  They can't deal at CityWest anymore.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: moonloop on November 09, 2005, 01:47:40 PM
Maybe the new Mayor and West End resident will be of value and be more understanding of the situation.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on November 09, 2005, 06:20:50 PM
Considering Mallory lives on Dayton St. and his family has been termed the "Dayton Dynasty," I'm sure he will have a keen interest in what happens with the CityLink project.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on November 09, 2005, 06:30:10 PM
Mallory lives on Dayton street? What block? We have some friends down on Dayton street renovating a house that they shot a movie about Harlem in. It used to be the mayors house in the 1800's. Its kind of neat to hear a current day mayor lives on the historic mayor's street.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 10, 2005, 01:47:07 AM
Mallory lives on Dayton street? What block?

Somewhere on the 900 block, I believe.

In other news, the industrial property at 1813-1819 John St. will be demolished.  I have no idea why.  The person who owns the property also owns some other nearby vacant land, mostly on Charlotte St.
(http://img478.imageshack.us/img478/1394/1813john9qk.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 12, 2005, 02:26:59 PM
AVONDALE
* The city is considering selling the vacant lot it owns at 3655 Alaska Ave. for $8,300.  The land, which is part of the city's CLRP, is generally overgrown.  It has been tended to largely by the owner of 3659 Alaska, who seeks to purchase the property to use as a side yard.  The Planning Commission recommends this, even though it takes a developable lot off the table.

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* Okay, so now they're tearing down interesting houses to build mansions--like this one at 607 Tusculum Ave.  This was 1749 square feet on 3.4 acres, and the house was only 45 years old.  This was purchased in August for over $900,000.
(http://img489.imageshack.us/img489/1600/607tusculum0hs.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* In a story you may have missed, read the story of a man who wants to build condos on an unstable hillside, the dangerous driveway that empties out onto Columbia Parkway, and a 64-year-old 20-foot-high mural:
Cincinnati Enquirer: Painted house sits perched with city, owner in dispute (11/7/05) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051107/NEWS01/511070353/1056/rss02)

LOWER PRICE HILL
* The city plans to acquire the Queen City Barrel site for $1.8M by the end of this year.

MADISONVILLE
* All of this time, and only one house to show for it at Sonoma Hill.  I betting that this is the model.
(http://img459.imageshack.us/img459/5189/051109017madisons0qs.jpg)

* Forest Ridge Builders will be building new condos "up the hill" on Indian Hill Rd.  They will take down a couple of properties, starting with 6845 Indian Hill, a former nursing home.
(http://img461.imageshack.us/img461/7423/6845indianhill8ts.jpg)

MT. AUBURN
* The formerly vacant two-family at 402 Dorchester Ave. is being repaired.  This will be mostly cosmetic work.
(http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/7145/402dorchester1gb.jpg)

* The on-again/off-again rehab work going on at the formerly vacant house at 288 McGregor Ave. is back on.  This three-family was built around 1890.
(http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/4387/288mcgregor5lt.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
* GREAT NEWS!!!   Cathy Grace Development Company is having the facade removed and replaced at 4035 Hamilton Ave.  The permit is in route.
(http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/6874/4035hamilton8qq.jpg)

OAKLEY
* The Oakley Community Council is actively petitioning city council for funding for a neighborhood-wide comprehensive land use study for 2006.

PRICE HILL
* Seton High School is planning a $12.5M expansion, including a new gymnasium and computer labs.
Cincinnati Enquirer: Seton High plans $12.5M expansion (11/12/05) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051112/NEWS0102/511120365/1058/NEWS01)

SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE
* working in Neighborhoods is trying to make this 592 sq. ft. shotgun at 3735 Llewellyn Ave. livable again.  It had been condemned.  Contractors began work without a permit, but have since stopped.  The permit is pending.  (NOTE: Working in Neighborhoods is based in South Cumminsville and seems to be the only entity willing to tackle housing in that neighborhood.)
(http://img274.imageshack.us/img274/3185/3735llewellyn9jr.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
* A guy by the name of Reuben Peppers is having this worn out old house at 2019 Harrison Ave. torn down.  It was condemned in August.  This guy owns a lot of property around the 2000 block of Harrison, most of it vacant buildings or vacant land.  He has had most of the parcels for over ten years.  It appears that he's hoarding land and hoping for a payoff.
(http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/8968/2019harrison4wa.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* First Fisher Properties LLC has submitted a subdivision plan to build a two-home townhouse on the private drive that is just north of 2113 Fulton St.  (This is the private drive that goes back to the Fulton Place Landominiums.)  They want to split 2113 Fulton into two lots.  The resulting two lots, however, would be too small under the multi-family medium density zoning--meaning they would need a zoning variance.  The zoning hearing examiner granted the variance with the stipulation that the parcels must be divided before any building permits were issued.  As far as I know, this was all brought up in September.  No permits were issued, and the status is unknown.
(2113 Fulton, which would be torn down to make way for townhouses)
(http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/9810/2113fulton2vk.jpg)

* K&K Renovations LLC is rehabbing the formerly vacant building at 2303 Park Ave.  It's a three-family built around 1870.  They're basically going to tear it down to the studs and re-partition it.  The structure was still in good shape.
(http://img487.imageshack.us/img487/7388/2303park2sx.jpg)

* Cooper Historic Residences LLC is doing extensive work at the apartments at 2324 Park Ave.  They are doing $1.2 million worth of work next, including new kitchens and decks.
(http://img494.imageshack.us/img494/5417/2324park0bq.jpg)

WINTON HILLS
* Procter & Gamble will construct be constructing a new building near its existing building on the 6300 block of Center Hill Ave.  I don't know specifics, but the foundation itself is over $500,000.

CITY
* Millcreek Valley Conservancy District Study: This has been passed to the Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee for deliberation with no timetable for return.


BLUE ASH
* The city of Blue Ash has okayed a 42-unit condominium project called Park Manor despite a neighborhood backlash.  These units will be around 2600 sq. ft. and will cost about $500,000 apiece.
Cincinnati Enquirer: Blue Ash approves 42 condos (11/11/05) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051111/NEWS01/511110405/1056/rss02)
 
COLERAIN TWP.
* The county is looking at selling 15.5 acres on Pippin Rd. near I-275 to an Indiana company that wants to open a, $8 million, 100-bed senior nursing facility.  This money could actually be used to help the sheriff's office pay for patrols in Over-the-Rhine.
Cincinnati Enquirer: County land may be sold for nursing home (11/9/05) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051109/NEWS01/511090387/1056/news01)

* Lake Gloria, which has been near the NW corner of Pippin and Struble since 1948, will be closing for good this winter.  A developer is going to buy the property and develop single-family homes on the site.
Cincinnati Enquirer: Lake Gloria sold for housing (11/12/05) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051112/BIZ01/511120336/1076/rss01)

* Residents are looking for CBDG money from the township to be put into fixing up blighted neighborhoods such as Northbrook.
Community Press: Trustees set priorities for community block grants (11/9/05) (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051109/NEWS01/511090350/1074/Local)

EDGEWOOD
* The developer who wants to build the Shoppes of Edgewood on the current site of a Frito Lay distribution center has hit a zoning snag.
Community Recorder: Plans for Frito-Lay site a no go (11/10/05) (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051110/NEWS01/511100566/1079/Local)

NORTH COLLEGE HILL
* The long-vacant BP station on the SE corner of Hamilton and Galbraith has been sold.  The buyer's intentions are unknown.
Community Press: NCH dealing with shrinking revenues (11/9/05) (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051109/NEWS01/511090335/1074/Local)

SPRINGDALE
* The city is looking at possibly using eminent domain to obtain ownership of the vacant house at 12065 Greencastle Dr.  The home has been vacant for 12 years.  The city has issued 20 notices to the owner and has cited him to mayor's court 4 times for issues regarding the property.
Community Press: Springdale may buy 2nd home (11/9/05) (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051109/NEWS01/511090379/1074/Local)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on November 12, 2005, 04:17:04 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for another in-depth update...these things rock out!

I can't believe that driveway still has access to Columbia Parkway.  I get nervous sitting in the left-hand turn lane to turn onto Kemper - I can't imagine trying to turn left into that driveway from the high speed lane!  And making a right-hand turn involves a super-sharp turn - you definitely cannot do that at speed, you'd have to be nearly stopped...I just don't see how a judge can decide that such a dangerous situation is preferable...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on November 15, 2005, 01:08:13 PM
I just drove through the Walnut Hills/E. Walnut Hills area and noticed this building is getting a fairly complete looking rehab....

Corner of Locust and Woodburn
(http://www.pbase.com/csdameron/image/52309219.jpg)

It's nice to see some of the East Walnut Hills momentum working its way toward the core of Walnut Hills, which really needs it.  The building is "C" shaped and includes the wing sticking out toward the right of the picture.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 17, 2005, 12:41:30 AM
DOWNTOWN
* Hamilton County will be doing a lobby renovation at the Alms and Doepke Building.


CALIFORNIA
* William Schmidter, who also owns property around Charlotte and John in the West End, bought the California Yacht Club property on the 5700 block of Panama Ave. back in August.  He's now having the fuel tanks removed.  He owns a few parcels along Panama Ave. which might be developable, but would require flood mitigation.


CAMP WASHINGTON
* The Camp Washington Community Board has bought the single-family home at 3207 Henshaw Ave. for $15,000.  It was built in 1898.  I'm not sure if it will be a rehab project, as the building looks pretty decent.  They may be looking to split the lot.
(http://img354.imageshack.us/img354/7783/3207henshaw6mc.jpg)


COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* Fritzsch Custom Builders will be building a $258,000 home at 3025 Ononta Ave. (near Anderson Park).  I'm surprised at the conservative price for a place with spectacular river views.


CUF
* Work on the townhomes at 2141-2145 Vine St. seems to have stopped.  A building permit was secured in September, but as of this week no progress had been made.  The building owner wants to turn the multi-family into three single-family townhomes.  This building has been vacant for nearly two years.
(third unit not pictured)
(http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/1977/21412145vine2tf.jpg)


EAST WALNUT HILLS
* The CMHA is going to do extensive renovations to the Riverview, a 110-unit senior complex.  This is at 2538 Hackberry St.
(http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/9301/2538hackberry8hi.jpg)


EVANSTON
* K&K Renovations bought 1502 Lincoln Ave. last month for $33,000.  This 1907 home may be rehabbed, though no permits have been applied for yet.
(http://img487.imageshack.us/img487/9307/1502lincoln4bq.jpg)

* Just down the street, this once beautiful old three-family home at 1508 Lincoln Ave. (1890) will be torn down.  This was condemned in August due to fire damage.  The owner had planned to tear it down and build a new home on the site next year.
(http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/1549/1508lincoln2lv.jpg)


HYDE PARK
* The following rendering is for the new single-family home that will be built on a vacant lot at 3767 Grovedale Pl.  The 9-room home will go for just under $500K.
(http://img473.imageshack.us/img473/9269/3767grovedalerend2xp.jpg)

* Destefano Custom Builders purchased 1135 Rookwood Dr. for $550,000 earlier this month.  This could be a future teardown.
(http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/9294/1135rookwood4nf.jpg)


KENNEDY HEIGHTS
* 3618 Davenant Ave. is a bit run-down, unlike many of the other 1920's era homes that are around it.  It was purchased in June for $38,000.  The owner has applied for permits to tear it down and to build a brand new $110,000 home in its place.
(http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/2001/3618davenant6zh.jpg)


MADISONVILLE
* Sonoma Hill: A second home should be starting soon at 3701 Sonoma Ct.


MT. LOOKOUT
* The new construction by Chrisman Homes on Kinmont St. that I mentioned earlier is at 1019, 1023 and 1029 Kinmont St.


NORTHSIDE
* This 1875 two-family at 1326 Apjones St. will be rehabbed.  Permits have been applied for.  It has been vacant since September 2004.
(http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/5244/1326apjones8uh.jpg)


NORTHWEST FAIRMOUNT/EAST WESTWOOD
* There is the slightest possibility that new construction could be coming to the area between Yoast and Westwood Northern.  Actually, it's just a hunch.  Moonlight Properties LLC has been purchasing many lots on Ehmann Ave., Ninann Ct., Menke Ave. and Randall Ave.  All streets except Ninann and part of Randall are "paper" streets.  So far they have a total of 45 lots in hand.  Other parties have also bought in this area recently.
(http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/8558/moonlightmap6dy.jpg)
 

BELLEVUE
* A rehab is complete at 240 Walnut St.  The home sold a few months back for $44,500 and is now on sale for $104,900.
(http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/4831/240walnutbellbefore0pl.jpg)    (http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/9882/240walnutbellafter5ul.jpg)


COVINGTON
* This renovated 4-family at 1103 Pike St. is looking pretty sharp.
(http://img485.imageshack.us/img485/9099/1106pike5lc.jpg)


NORWOOD
* Circle Development of Cincinnati LLC has bought manufacturing properties at 3736 Regent Ave., 3740 Regent Ave. and 3739 Spencer Ave.  (Along Lexington Ave. between Regent and Spencer.)  These are the same people who bought the Oakley Drive-In site and started demolition there.  The concern in Madisonville is that they might build a large shopping center.  Who knows what might be built in Norwood--retail or office?  It does have decent access to the Dana Rd. interchange.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on November 17, 2005, 07:29:39 AM
I went googling for a story on the Riverview on Hackberry, and ran across this press release (http://www.viscount.com/release49.htm) from last February that CMHA is installing a MESH (http://www.viscount.com/meshinfo.html) system in for controlling its doors - nifty touch-screen, voice prompts, security imaging, etc., etc.  I don't know anything about entry systems, but it appears that CMHA is embracing high-tech on this.

Also ran across this interesting story (http://www.enquirer.com/editions/1999/06/23/loc_seniors_win_city.html) from 1999 about how bad living conditions were in CMHA properties...I wonder if things have turned around?  Are there still problems at the Riverview with "living conditions, security, poor management and drug use"?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CiNYC on November 17, 2005, 12:58:55 PM
(http://img485.imageshack.us/img485/9099/1106pike5lc.jpg)

i know the guy who rehabbed this building.  i haven't seen the inside, but the outside does look good.  it used to be a strip club.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 17, 2005, 06:36:26 PM
Cincinnati_Kid...that building you posted is definitely looking good.  Those are the Bulluck Terrace Condominiums (http://www.bulluckterrace.com/index.htm).

RiverViewer...that makes a lot of sense about the Riverview upgrade.  Their current permit is for something like $380K.

BTW...who stickied this?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on November 18, 2005, 07:13:55 AM
Cool, sweet find on the Bullock Terrace.  Glad to see they are condos rather than apartments (although any investment is good).
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 22, 2005, 10:50:46 AM
AVONDALE
* The sale of the vacant residential lot at 3655 Alaska Ave. to the owner of 3659 Alaska Ave. passed unanimously in council.

BURNET WOODS
* An unnamed donor has provided the Cincinnati Park Board with the $300,000 it needs to renovate the Trailside Nature Center, which has been closed for several years.  This should be completed in spring 2006.

CAMP WASHINGTON
* A recent federal budget bill passed by Congress on November 18 dedicates $350,000 for a firefighters' administrative and community education center.  I am unsure if this will be built near their fire station on Spring Grove Ave.

CUF
* Justin Jeffre has bought the old house/property at 2144 Ohio Ave.  This property is next to his house at 2115 Cliff St. (accessed via Ohio Ave.) and two residential lots he has on the "paper" Cliff St.
(http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/712/2144ohio3nj.jpg)

* Model Management has purchased 441, 467 and 515 W. McMicken Ave.

FAIRVIEW
* This nice rehab at 2457 W. McMicken Ave. was done on a property bought for $14,000.  It will be a three-family.
(http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/4302/2457mcmickenbefore5ce.jpg)    (http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/5348/2457mcmickenafter7bu.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* At the 11/16/05 city council meeting, a motion was unanimously approved to keep the triangle of land at Erie and Victoria avenues (Kilgore Park) as a public greenspace.  Throughout its history, this space has mostly been maintained by residents of the local neighborhood, and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council does not want to see it developed.  Twice in the last ten years a nearby property owner has tried to acquire this property to construct a home.  This motion puts an end to that.

KENNEDY HEIGHTS
* Renovations at this home at 3850 Kirkup Ave. had been going on for about a year.
(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/3236/3850kirkupbefore5bi.jpg)    (http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/1795/3850kirkupafter0dw.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* A nice, mostly cosmetic rehab done at 5503 Tompkins Ave.
(http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/6268/5503tompkinsbefore2zr.jpg)    (http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/5270/5503tompkinsafter1el.jpg)

PRICE HILL
* The federal budget bill passed by Congress on November 18 includes $100,000 to help restore the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.

* Price Hill Will has rehabbed this former problem property at 1002 Seton Ave.
(http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/8394/1002seton3ub.jpg)

SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE
* Someone still loves South Cumminsville.  The rehab of this affordable housing at 3713 Cass Ave. began in March.  The home that was bought for a little over $10,000 is being sold for $80,000.
(http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/5633/3713cassbefore1dy.jpg)    (http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/295/3713cassafter9tm.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* The Peebles Corner NBD has a streetscape under contract with the city DOTE and parking improvements are planned.  Installation of a fiber optic loop is under contract.  Restoration of the Bell Tower is also under contract and has commenced.  Parking improvements to the Curtis St. lot and the lot along McMillan St. between Stanton and Chatham are also planned.

CITY
* P&G development rights: City council unanimously approved extending exclusive development rights to P&G for the area bounded by Sixth, Broadway, Gilbert Ave. Viaduct/Seventh and Eggleston through 2010.  However, attorney representing Rollman and Fine (417 E. Seventh, within the mentioned area) had objected to this agreement as it would give P&G development agreements over Rollman and Fine's property.  In fact, a few years ago Rollman and Fine approached the city with a development plan for the area, which was denied.  They then approached P&G about buying that property, but P&G was unwilling to sell it to them for a fair market price.  Instead, P&G chooses to freeze the Rollman and Fine property by constantly renewing this agreement with the city, which has been done 7 times since 1985.  Attorneys from Wood & Lamping, who are representing Rollman and Fine, believe that this is not only unfair but it is also illegal, claiming that, essentially, P&G has taken Rollman and Fine's property without paying for it.  They urge the city not to renew the deal, and say that if P&G wants exclusive development rights over the Rollman and Fine property, then P&G should have to purchase it.  This has gone to the city manager for a report as well as Community Development and Planning and should be addressed in mid December.  This could be interesting.
 
* City council unanimously approved the release of $1.6 million in CDBG funds for the acquisition and demolition of these blighted apartment complexes in Westwood and Price Hill: 2163 Harrison Ave. (2569 Talbott), 2722-2724 Faber Ave., 2728 Faber Ave. and 1206 Dewey Ave. (4114 Glenway Ave.).

* The report on city-gifted land to the Mill Creek Conservancy District is in.  I'm not even going to attempt to search for all of these parcels.  If you have a few days to kill, take a crack at it:
http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/16967.pdf

COVINGTON
* A well done rehab with skyline views at 1603 Russell St.
(http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/9204/1603russellcvg9ss.jpg)

* This home at 405 Western Ave. has been rehabbed.
(http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/5638/405western8yj.jpg)

FORT THOMAS
* Villa Grande: The Fort Thomas Planning Commission postponed a decision on the $28 million subdivision until December 21.  The plan has already been scaled back but is still meeting with opposition.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051117/NEWS0103/511170389/1059/NEWS01
http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051117/NEWS02/511170361/1014

* The Board of Education plans on renovating Highlands High School.  The cost for the first phase is estimated at $12.4 million.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051117/NEWS01/511170555/1077/Local

GOSHEN
* Check out this God-awful behemoth 128-acre golfing/residential development.  In the future they want to build a 90-acre commercial area and finance it all with TIF:
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051116/NEWS01/511160429/1078/Local

LUDLOW
* The Ludlow city council voted down a proposal to create a historic district on the west side of town.  Residents of the area were against it because it would have imposed guidelines for property maintenance and repair that many residents couldn't meet.  There is a chance it could come up again in the future.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051117/NEWS01/511170497/1079/Local

MONTGOMERY
* Parking is no longer available on the "Triangle" redevelopment site.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051117/NEWS01/511170308/1074/Local

NORTH COLLEGE HILL
* As mentioned in a previous post, a buyer has bought the long-vacant BP station at the (SW) corner of Hamilton and Galbraith.  No plans have been announced, but someone in the city was so exuberant that they put this sign up:
(http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/96/051121013nchs8jq.jpg)

* Also, Walgreens owns the corner (NE) of the vacant PNC branch, and the city is putting pressure on them to move forward with development plans.  NCH is not that far away from again having four functioning corners at the intersection of its two principal streets.

* The city has received a grant Hamilton County Community Business Revitalization program to do a business corridor study along Hamilton Ave. and Galbraith Rd.

SPRINGFIELD TWP.
* The township is hoping for $2 million in Hamilton County CDBG funds.  Among the projects they hope to use the money on are: Street projects in the Seven Hills and Skyline Acres neighborhoods ($730,000), the Winton Rd. streetscape project ($500,000), redevelopment of blighted properties ($500,000) and the hiring of an economic development consultant ($75,000).
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051116/NEWS01/511160342/1074/Local

SYCAMORE TWP.
* The former Frank's Nursery and Crafts building on (7835) Kenwood Rd. could become the site of a two-story retail center, possibly including a furniture store, a jeweler and a high-end outerwear retailer as tenants.  Township trustees are supposed to vote on this December 1.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: somewhereOTR on November 22, 2005, 01:01:59 PM
Thank you for posting this info!  But how in the world do you keep up with all this stuff????
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on November 22, 2005, 01:03:31 PM
Thank you for posting this info!  But how in the world do you keep up with all this stuff????

If he tells you, he'd have to kill you.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 22, 2005, 06:53:42 PM
I hadn't heard of this place. 

232,000 square feet.  Big box retailers.  An office component.  Several outlots.  Parking that will only be necessary maybe 5 days a year. 

More shit, courtesy of Bear Creek Capital.

Location Map:
(http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/1235/crossingsglendalemap3ta.jpg)

Cookie-cutter site plan:
(http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/3072/crossingsglendalesiteplan9oi.jpg)

No renderings yet.  Then again, do you really need to see one?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 22, 2005, 10:06:31 PM
Thank you for posting this info!  But how in the world do you keep up with all this stuff????

I am, in fact, a dork.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: old edale on November 23, 2005, 04:21:01 PM
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Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on November 27, 2005, 12:00:23 AM
DOWNTOWN
* 810 Sycamore St. was bought in October.  Right now they are installing an elevator shaft.  This could possibly be a condo conversion, though I have no information on that.

AVONDALE
* The demolition of 836 Hutchins Ave. is a shame.  This multi-family was built in 1900.  It was condemned two years ago and also had foundation and asbestos issues.
(http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/6107/836hutchins0ld.jpg)

CAMP WASHINGTON
* Washington United Church of Christ is rehabbing 2945 Massachusetts Ave., a two-family from 1890.
(http://img454.imageshack.us/img454/5042/2945massachusetts6kz.jpg)

* The Camp Washington Community Board has purchased and is rehabbing 3073 Henshaw Ave. (single-family, 1923) and 3082 Henshaw Ave. (single-family, 1895).
(http://img478.imageshack.us/img478/57/3073henshaw9yj.jpg)    (http://img478.imageshack.us/img478/4604/3082henshaw3yt.jpg)

COLLEGE HILL
* Twin Towers has bought the 1900 apartment complex at 5467 Hamilton Ave., which had been on the market for a while.  It looks like the owner sold it at a cut rate.  I don't know if this purchase is for Twin Towers to expand or if it's to serve as a community buffer.  I hope they don't tear it down.  It's about the last sign of a small business district at Hamilton and Belmont.
(http://img392.imageshack.us/img392/2862/5467hamilton6xi.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* Episcopal Retirement Homes is expanding the Deupree House for seniors at 3939 Erie Ave.  Included are 60 new apartments, a state-of-the-art wellness center, a larger dining room, renovations of existing apartments and more parking.  This should be completed in summer 2006.
http://www.episcopalretirement.com/communities/deupreeExpansion.htm

* Major reconstruction is going on at 1348 Michigan Ave.  This two-family is likely being converted into a single-family.
(http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/2047/1348michigan0ep.jpg)

* A new custom home is being built by Medallion Properties at 3798 Broadview Dr.

KENNEDY HEIGHTS
* Finally, the condemned house at 3807 Standish Ave. is going to be torn down.  This house has been falling apart for a couple of years.  You can clearly see in the photo that it's an absolute mess.
(http://img466.imageshack.us/img466/8995/3807standish9eh.jpg)

LOWER PRICE HILL
* 1437 Bowman Ave. will be demolished.  Built in 1891, this house is one of the few left on that largely vacated street.
(http://img474.imageshack.us/img474/8691/1437bowman6lb.jpg)

* From the same general area and built in the same year, the two-family at 1209 Neff Ave. will also be demolished.  This four-story building has been vacant and condemned for two years.
(http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/639/1209neff2mv.jpg)

MT. AIRY
* Homebuyers Investment Group has rehabbed this property at 5046 Colerain Ave. and is looking to double their investment.
(http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/7550/5046colerainbefore0ur.jpg)    (http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/1733/5046colerainafter0vb.jpg)

MT. LOOKOUT
* 3628 Heekin Ave. has been rehabbed.
(http://img476.imageshack.us/img476/9937/3628heekinbefore6iu.jpg)    (http://img476.imageshack.us/img476/8414/3628heekinafter8wj.jpg)

* A new $380,000 single-family home will be built at 1073 Tuscany Pl. by Gary Brasch Custom Homes.

NORTHSIDE
* 1623 Otte Ave. is being rehabbed.  It was purchased in October and so far has had electrical and outside deck work.
(http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/8615/1623otte8cj.jpg)

OAKLEY
* Cincinnati Milacron will be building a new building on Disney St.

PRICE HILL
* The Archdiocese is tearing down the home at 1138 Iliff Ave. (Panther Ct.) near Elder High School.  The church bought the property about three weeks ago and also owns a couple of other properties on that street.
(http://img491.imageshack.us/img491/9538/1138iliff4zp.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
* 2053 Queen City Ave. is being rehabbed.
(http://img378.imageshack.us/img378/8361/2053queencity3wg.jpg)

* 1643 Tremont Ave., a two-family built around 1865, will be demolished.  It was fire-damaged in mid-2004, vacated, and secured by the city a year ago.
(http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/2825/1643tremont8uo.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* The condemned commercial/residential property at 2355 May St. will be demolished by the city and the bill sent to the owners.  This has been a problem property for many years and has been condemned for a year and a half.  It has had broken windows for two and a half years.  It was supposed to be demolished in June.  The owners live in a 2300 square foot house in Madeira.  What do they care?
(http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/2707/2355may4dq.jpg)

BELLEVUE
* The city has applied for a $250,000 grant for the rehab of the Marianne Theater.
(http://img459.imageshack.us/img459/7497/mariannetheater0yj.jpg)

* The city will begin a streetscape project in spring 2006.  This will include new street lamps, sidewalks, benches and planters.

NORWOOD
* HHP Homes has rehabbed this home at 2354 Glenside Ave.
(http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/3285/2354glensidebefore8ho.jpg)    (http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/3615/2354glensideafter0ww.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 02, 2005, 02:14:51 PM
AVONDALE
* A new and somewhat large home is being built on the corner of Washington and Greenwood avenues (NE of intersection).  I can't find any information on it.  I was surprised to see it because I wasn't expecting new construction there.

AVONDALE/CLIFTON
* Some residents of the area in Avondale bounded by Vine, West, Beldare and Tower have expressed interest in joining Clifton officially.  They will need to collect signatures, though no number was given.  Some long-time residents believe that this "East Clifton" is really part of Clifton.  They were supposed to form a committee and to do a study of the pros and the cons--I don't know if that's been done yet.

CLIFTON
* Residents on Old Ludlow are asking Clifton Town Meeting and the city to implement resident-only parking on Old Ludlow between Ludlow and McAlpin.  There have been complaints about students from Cincinnati State parking on Old Ludlow and leaving no places for the residents to park, since most of them do not have driveways.

COLLEGE HILL
* Twin Towers:  Well, they went ahead and did it.  They tore down the old apartment building at 5467 Hamilton Ave. just days after they purchased it.  Gone is one of the last remnants of a small NBD in the area of Hamilton and Belmont.  I'm still awaiting word of why they did this.  My guess is that they demolished what could have been 10 units of affordable housing to create come kind of "greenspace" buffer around their site.   :whip:

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* Homes are going to be built on Empress Ave. between Delta and Hoge.  I didn't get back there, but I glimpsed a sign and it looked like something was going on on site.

* A streetscape improvement is going on along Eastern Ave. from about Stanley, past Tusculum and about in the area of Stites.  New concrete sidewalks have been poured, and there are brick sections as well.  Skids of stacked bricks could be seen all along Eastern.

EAST END
* A home is being rehabbed at 3832 Kellogg Ave.  This home, built in 1886, had a collapsing ceiling and other major problems just four years ago.  It is now being brought up to code.  When I drove by, the siding had been removed and it looked like there were new windows.
(http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/9103/3832kellogg1lb.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* 1715 McMillan: The Core Realty luxury condo project is bogged down with permit issues.  The old structure has been demolished and is long gone.

MADISONVILLE
* Habitat for Humanity will be building a new single-family home at 5426 Whetsel Ave.

MT. AIRY
* Channel 9's Michael Flannery, American Legion Post 530 (Greenhills) and the Cincinnati Parks Department are teaming up to build a $200,000, handicapped-accessible treehouse in Mt. Airy Forest.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051123/NEWS01/511230369/1074/Local

MT. AUBURN
* A Kennedy Heights man has purchased 2056 Highland Ave.  He owns a property that he turned around in College Hill and a two-family home in Bond Hill.  The two-family Mt. Auburn home is a former problem property (code violations and foreclosure).
(http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/8948/2056highland1rt.jpg)

MT. WASHINGTON
* The neighborhood's new $5.5 million recreation center officially opens at 11 AM on December 3 at 1715 Beacon St.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051128/NEWS01/511280349/1056/rss02

NORTHSIDE
* A couple purchased 1715 Blue Rock St. (1890, two-family) in mid-October for $19,000.  The building had been kept vacant for over a year and had a history of foreclosure and poor maintenance.  They are now getting started on fixing the crumbling deck.
(http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/7124/1715bluerock4zv.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* If you get a chance, go check out the building on the NW corner of McMillan and Park--the one that looks like it may have been an old fire station.  They recently repainted the outside and it looks fantastic.  Take a moment to admire the job they did on the details (especially the ones right in front).

FORT THOMAS
* Villa Grande: Questions remain over the impact that Fischer Homes' 106-home development will have on the surrounding area, including Newport and Woodlawn.  Public hearings will continue during December's Fort Thomas Planning Commission meeting.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051124/NEWS01/511240644/1077/Local

CRESCENT SPRINGS
* City council approved a development agreement with Bromley-Reese LLC to build 140 condos on Bromley-Crescent Springs Road.  Because it is being built at the bottom of a very steep hill that has homes on top, the agreement stipulates that Bromley-Reese LLC must insure the property on the hill for $10 million during construction, and for two years after construction is completed.
http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051129/NEWS02/511290381/1014

EDGEWOOD
* Shoppes of Edgewood: A zone change request by the developer has been tabled until the next council meeting December 5.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051124/NEWS01/511240546/1079/Local

FAIRFIELD
* The Post Office building will be reclad in a sandstone/faux brick, and will have a mural by Eric Henn painted on.  This mural celebrates Fairfield's 50th anniversary by including pastoral scenes from before the area became a suburban wasteland.
http://www.fairfield-echo.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/11/24/fe1124mural.html

MONTGOMERY
* The city is looking into adopting design standards for lighting, building materials, facades and landscaping along Montgomery Rd.  A second reading of the proposal will take place at the December 7 council meeting.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051124/NEWS01/511240346/1056/rss02

WOODLAWN
* Glendale Place Care Center, a new 122-bed nursing facility, is being constructed on Glendale-Milford Rd. just west of Brown Mackie College.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051202/BIZ01/512020386/1076/rss01
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on December 02, 2005, 02:36:21 PM
Glad to hear they are doing something to the Fairfield Post Office, but the way its being discribed sounds cheap and tacky. We will have to see. I am sick of Eric Henn murals myself, or maybe just hearing his name or driving past his house.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CincyImages on December 03, 2005, 08:05:17 AM
Oil change, carwash eye tiny city parcel

By Steve Kemme
Enquirer staff writer

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/misc?url=/misc/zoom.pbs&Site=AB&Date=20051203&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=512030397&Ref=AR (http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/misc?url=/misc/zoom.pbs&Site=AB&Date=20051203&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=512030397&Ref=AR)

HYDE PARK - Hundreds of people a day drive by the small, oddly-shaped piece of property on the southeast corner of Wasson Road and Paxton Avenue without giving it so much as a glance.

But the narrow, undeveloped lot wedged between Wasson and a railroad track is the focus of a major neighborhood controversy.

E-mail skemme@enquirer.com

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051203/NEWS01/512030397/-1/CINCI (http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051203/NEWS01/512030397/-1/CINCI)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on December 03, 2005, 09:49:07 AM
Seems to me like using that lot for a residence is a hell of a lot more inappropriate than using it for a Valvoline or a car wash.  That's some major traffic rolling through there, and there's a frickin' gas station across the street, and as many joggers as you see in Hyde Park, you don't see them jogging along there in retail/traffic central.  When you're sitting right next to 30 acres of surface parking lots, claims that residential is the only appropriate use ring just a little hollow.

That said, I would much rather see some other type of business in that spot...I don't imagine a foot-traffic business would do very well there, since it's just so right on top of crazy-intersection traffic - but still, a car wash would stick out in that spot...

Say, regarding this:
Quote
"Wasson just isn't wide enough to handle something like that," Joe Schirring said. "Cars slowing down to turn into those businesses would get rear-ended."
Haven't I seen them selling christmas trees in that spot in years past?  Anyone else remember the enormous spike in rear-endings that gets reported around this time of year in Hyde Park?  Anyone?  Beuller?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 07, 2005, 07:58:29 PM
DOWNTOWN
* Deloitte is doing major renovation ($5M) on its space on floors 16-19 in the Chiquita building.

BOND HILL
* The city is tearing down this 1880's house at 1402 Regent Ave.  This house began falling apart in 2003, had the garage condemned in 2004 and was vacated in the middle of this year.  No work was ever done, and criminal charges were the result.
(http://img344.imageshack.us/img344/9525/1402regent9cj.jpg)

CLIFTON
* The "Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike)" house at 3400 Brookline Ave. is going to undergo $250,000 of interior and exterior renovations.  Also known as "Parkview Manor", this was the former home of Boss Cox and is on the National Register.
(http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/5538/3400brookline1ww.jpg)

CORRYVILLE
* Tim Brinker (Brinkco) will be building two single-family units of infill at 2715 Eden Ave.  No word on what they will look like or cost.

EAST END
* David Imboden of DCI Properties, who is developing the 90-acre site across the river in Dayton (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=5980), may have something in mind for the riverfront on the Ohio side.  He is demolishing 2595, 2607 and 2615 Eastern Ave. These were built in 1897, 1885, and 1900.  These are on Eastern Ave. in the area of Gotham Pl.
(http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/4470/25952615eastern8yy.jpg)

EVANSTON
* 3232 Wold Ave. (1900) has been rehabbed inside and out.  Once valued at $44,000, it's now on sale for $119,500.  That may be a tough sell in that neighborhood.
(http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/1855/3232woldbefore6qy.jpg)    (http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/3483/3232woldafter5fi.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* Parliament Properties has rehabbed this 1895 home at 2166 Grandin Rd.  Bought a year ago for $290,000, they're now trying to get $659,000 for it.  This house is across from Summit Country Day.
(http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/4928/2166grandinbefore5if.jpg)    (http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/7443/2166grandinafter5lg.jpg)

* Stephens Building & Construction is going to demolish the detached garage at 1332 Morten St.  They purchased this property in September, and it would appear that the house is probably next.  Built in 1911, the shotgun home is only 704 square feet and is in a prominent part of the neighborhood, which leads me to believe that this might be a teardown.
(http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/803/1332morten4nn.jpg)

KENNEDY HEIGHTS
* The owner of 6308 Tyne Ave. is converting it from a four-family to a three-family.
(http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/659/6308tyne1sk.jpg)

MT. WASHINGTON
* A Gold Star Chili is going in at 2244 Beechmont Ave., just north of Corbly.

WINTON HILLS
* Apparently, the Park Board is building a bike trail around the 6200 block of Este Ave.  It seems an odd place to put one!  That is one of the most unhealthy areas of the city.

WESTWOOD
* Woodcrest Park: M/I will start work on a new home at 2340 Oaktree Pl.

NORWOOD
* This shabby 4-unit building at 5128 Rolston Ave. has been rehabbed over the past 8 months.
(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/4333/5128rolstonbefore7gz.jpg)    (http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/9044/5128rolstonafter5qp.jpg)

ANDERSON TWP.
* Great Midwest Development/Clayton Homes will be building a subdivision off of Eight Mile Rd.  This is the same group that's doing the Renaissance development along I-75 in the Middletown area.  A couple of weeks ago, they picked up 2393, 2401, 2411, 2423, 2437 and 2443 Eight Mile, which is approximately 26 acres.  This will be about halfway between Clough and Batavia Rd. (OH-32) on the western side.

* An Advance Auto Parts will be built at 8234 Beechmont Ave.

BLUE ASH
* A new home is being built in the historic Hazelwood neighborhood at 639 Centennial Ave.
(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/403/639centennial9rx.jpg)

* Halom House, a group home for the mentally disabled, may move from Roselawn to the corner of Hunt and Blue Ash.  A hearing and a vote is scheduled for December 15.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051203/NEWS01/512030396/1056/rss02

COLERAIN
* A 67-lot residential development called Tansing Place will be built literally down the street from me.  Drees is the builder.
(http://img477.imageshack.us/img477/8228/tansingplacemap4dn.jpg)
HCRPC staff report 12-5-05 (PDF) (http://www.hamilton-co.org/hcrpc/meetings/2005/rpc/12-05/Tansing%20Place%20zone%20change.pdf)

* A large nursing home is about half built on vacant land along Springdale Rd., between Niagara and Loralinda.

* Something is happening at the former Thriftway at the Colerain Towne Center.  I thought I saw some large HVAC units.

COLUMBIA TWP.
* 6846 Roe St., built in 1941, has had an extensive rehab with nearly everything replaced.
(http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/8521/6846roebefore6sw.jpg)    (http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/5392/6846roeafter8pj.jpg)

FAIRFIELD
* Two new subdivisions are going in along Mack Rd., just east of Mercy Hospital.  Fairview Hills will have 27 lots and will be north of Mack Rd.  Lunsford Estates will include 14 single-family homes off of the south side of Mack Rd. between Benzing and Stonehill.  All homes will be on 0.4 to 0.5 acre lots.  Lunsford Estates has started construction.
Lunsford Estates site plan (PDF) (http://www.fairfield-city.org/pdf/LunsfordEstates.pdf)

FORT MITCHELL
* A Fort Mitchell man was denied for the fifth time a rezoning that would allow him to build an office building at 318 Beechwood Rd.
http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20051202/NEWS0103/512020429/

LOCKLAND/WYOMING
* As was reported quite some time ago in this thread, Wyoming and Lockland will work together to create a new park along Elm St.  The cost of the project is anout $878,000 and will require the demolition of several homes.  The goal is to finish the park within a year.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051130/NEWS01/511300827/1074/Local

MARIEMONT
* The historic Resthaven Barn will either be demolished or saved.  This barn is part of the planned community's birth.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051202/NEWS01/512020456/1056/rss02
(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/5241/resthavenbarncupola6wy.jpg)

MONFORT HEIGHTS/WHITE OAK
* The vacated Mt. Airy Motel on North Bend Rd. will be demolished for green space.  The motel was shut down due to high criminal activity--100 criminal reports within the year prior to its forced closure.  It will remain green space for the time being, but may be used for an office development in the future.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051130/NEWS01/511300854/1074/Local
(http://img457.imageshack.us/img457/876/mtairymotel9ko.jpg)

MONTGOMERY
* A teardown will occur at 9752 Ross Ave. and Garry Brasch Custom Homes will build a new house.  The neighborhood is full of mid-1950s ranches.

* The same deal at 10620 Deerfield Road, except this time it's Kurlemann Homes.

WOODLAWN
* Glendale Place Care Center, a 122-bed nursing facility, is being built on Glendale-Milford Rd.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051202/BIZ01/512020386/1002/BIZ
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on December 07, 2005, 11:43:27 PM
You rock.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 09, 2005, 12:44:31 AM
I have found out that Bear Creek Capital has obtained an option to buy the land.  As of yet, Bear Creek has not contacted the village of Glendale--they, like I, found out through Bear Creek's website.

The area is currently zoned residential and would have to be changed, and it's being discussed in both the planning commission and council.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 15, 2005, 05:22:11 PM
From the 12/15/05 Enquirer:


PHOTO: Bear Creek's Web site describes the project as a "power center with excellent visibility to I-75 and offers great access to I-75, Sharon Road and Chester Road." It notes that it's one of the last large developable parcels within the I-275 beltway. (http://cmsimg.enquirer.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=AB&Date=20051215&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=512150366&Ref=V2&Profile=1056&MaxW=600&title=1)

Builder wants to buy land from church, erect stores
By Kevin Osborne
Enquirer staff writer

 
GLENDALE - A developer wants to build a major retail project on land that is now green space next to a cemetery along Interstate 75. But Glendale village officials say they haven't received a request for a zoning change and aren't sure that one would be approved.

Bear Creek Capital is negotiating to buy the land from Landmark Baptist Temple.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 16, 2005, 01:07:52 AM
CITY
* Budig Realty LLC, a real estate development affiliate of the George E. Fern Co., has purchased 713 Vine St.  This is the building where the Longhorn Steakhouse was.  I'm not sure what this means.  George E. Fern Co. does expositions and normally requires quite a bit of space for their operations.  This building is 15,000 square feet.  They also hold a lot of industrial warehouse space in the West End, Queensgate, and South Fairmount.

* I still want to know what's going on at 810 Sycamore St.  The people who bought it a couple of months ago are throwing a LOT of money into it.

AVONDALE
* Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity has purchased lots at 3554 and 3570 Haven St.  There are four lots in total.

CAMP WASHINGTON
* HPN Realty (Camp Washington Realty LLC) will be constructing another commercial structure at Hopple Street Crossing.  That's about all I know about it, but I believe it is zoned for retail.
http://www.hpnmls.com/listings/hopple_lease.pdf

COLLEGE HILL
* The house at 6098 Belmont Ave. was an abandoned eyesore for close to ten years.  The weeds were always overgrown and the yard was always full of litter.  A new owner came in this year and cleaned the place up nicely.  This home is back on the market and will soon have occupants.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/8255/6098belmontbefore4vv.jpg)    (http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/5346/6098belmontafter9be.jpg)

FAIRVIEW
* Fortview Properties LLC bought 429 Warner St. in July for $92,500.  After rehabbing it, they have it on the market for $199,900.  That seems kind of high for a 1500 square foot house built in 1890 in Fairview, but at least they're trying!
(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/5687/429warnerbefore7aj.jpg)    (http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/4987/429warnerafter3dk.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* The home at 6334 Desmond St. was kind of run down.  It was purchased in July and rehabbed.  Nothing spectacular, but safe, clean affordable housing for a neighborhood that needs it.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/3771/6334desmondbefore8xo.jpg)    (http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/9800/6334desmondafter8nj.jpg)

ROSELAWN
* Cinfed Federal Credit Union will be moving from their space in the shopping center at Reading and Section to a newly constructed building that will go up on the parking lot at 7661 Reading Rd. (Reading, across from Amberlawn).

WALNUT HILLS
* The former Assumption Elementary School gym is being transformed into residences on the campus of the Tom Geiger Guest House (Gilbert Ave., Across from Yale Ave.).  The result will be 12 2-bedroom, ADA compliant apartments for homeless women with diabilities and their children.  Funding came from HUD, grants, and a capital campaign.  The project should be finished by next September.
(http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/8859/tomgeigerguesthouse5fq.jpg)
http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/tct/dec0905/120905guesthouse.html

WESTWOOD
* Trimark will be building a new single-family home at 2702 Queenswood Dr. in the Queenswood subdivision.  Trimark also owns a couple of adjacant lots.

WINTON HILLS
* The foundation on a new building for P&G on the 6300 block of Center Hill Ave. is coming along, and a building should rise pretty soon.

COVINGTON
* Covington's Public Works Department is working on a new street sign design.  The sign will be larger than the current signs, will be black and white, and will feature upper and lower case lettering as well as block numbers.  There is no indication when these will be completed or installed.

BROMLEY
* Northern Kentucky's first wastewater treatment plant will soon be torn down.  The vacant complex at 212 Pike St. has had problems with vandalism and break-ins.  During its life, the building has also been home to a catfish ranch, a steak and seafood restaurant, and a Chinese restaurant.  It was built in 1954 and has been vacant for 11 years.
(http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/30/bromleytreatmentplant1no.jpg)
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051208/NEWS01/512080650/1079/Local

COLD SPRING
* The Campbell County School District has bought 22 acres within the Cold Spring Crossing development for a new school.  The purchase price was $2.65 million.  Nobody knows where the money to build the school will come from--the levy failed in November.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051210/NEWS0103/512100433/1059/rss13

COLERAIN TWP.
* Walnut Homes/EHP Development is building a 22-lot subdivision called Fay Fields off of Struble Rd., next to I-275 and Bevis Elementary.  Homes start at $174,900.
http://www.walnuthomesltd.com/more.htm

FAIRFAX
* Phase III of the Duck Creek Flood Project is complete.  The four-phase, $41 million project should be complete by 2010.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051207/NEWS01/512070351/1074/Local

INDEPENDENCE
* The city of Independence has put together the Vision of Independence Committee to plan, along with residents, for the city's future growth.  The city is the second fastest-growing in Kentucky and could top out at close to 80,000 residents.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051208/NEWS01/512080642/1079/Local

INDIAN HILL
* The Indian Hill Winter Club is set to open in mid- to late January.  The 50,000 square foot building features a 17,000 square foot ice skating rink.  The $4 million club has already surpassed its goal of 375 members.
(http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/8962/indianhillwinterclub9ld.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051204/NEWS01/512040378/-1/back01

MIAMI TWP. (Clermont)
* Despite public outcry, a permit was issued for a wastewater treatment plant at 458 Loveland-Miamiville Rd.  This can be appealed until December 30.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051207/NEWS01/512070371/1078/Local

MONTGOMERY
* Montgomery may be the lastest community to build a dog park.  The city approved $40,000 for the project at Pioneer Park in its five-year capital improvement budget.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051209/NEWS01/512090396/1056/rss02

ST. LEON
* Maplestreet Homes will be building a 105-home project called Harvest Ridge off of Dog Ridge Rd.  Homes will cost between $140,000 and $180,000.  Construction should begin in March and be completed by 2010.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051210/BIZ01/512100351/1076/rss01

UNION
* The Boone County Planning Commission has approved Union Pointe Centre, a complex of five commercial buildings and 39 duplexes at US-42 and Frogtown Rd.  It now must be approved by the Union City Commission, which has already indicated that it would support the plan.
http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20051208/NEWS0103/512080378/

WYOMING
* The city of Wyoming is considering a new use for the Municipool site.  All possible uses have to be recreation-based.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051207/NEWS01/512070437/1074/Local
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: xumelanie on December 16, 2005, 07:30:49 AM
CITY
* Budig Realty LLC, a real estate development affiliate of the George E. Fern Co., has purchased 713 Vine St.  This is the building where the Longhorn Steakhouse was.  I'm not sure what this means.  George E. Fern Co. does expositions and normally requires quite a bit of space for their operations.  This building is 15,000 square feet.  They also hold a lot of industrial warehouse space in the West End, Queensgate, and South Fairmount.


Isn't there a Thai restaurant in the old Longhorn Steakhouse space?  It's a pretty good one, too.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Maximillian on December 16, 2005, 09:59:00 AM
Quote
Isn't there a Thai restaurant in the old Longhorn Steakhouse space?  It's a pretty good one, too.
 
  Yes this is the same location. The same family owns the thai restraunt in mt adams. I hope they are doing ok, I would hate to see them go.
 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CincyImages on December 21, 2005, 11:46:35 AM
Amazing work putting this all together Grasscat.  Keep up the great work.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 24, 2005, 11:47:44 PM
DOWNTOWN
* P&G development rights: The matter of P&G's development rights on the area north of its downtown buildings has been closed by city council.

BOND HILL
* This home at 5108 Lillian Ave. in the Sheridan Park subdivision was rehabbed inside and out.
(http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/2842/5108lillianbefore1zr.jpg)    (http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/610/5108lillianafter7ei.jpg)

CALIFORNIA
* A commercial project is being built at the 470 block of Sutton Ave., though I'm unsure what it could be.  It's not near a major intersection.

CLIFTON
* A small subdivision is being laid out around the 530 block of McAlpin Ave.  Up to 6 houses will be built off of a road leading off of McAlpin with detached garages.

COLLEGE HILL
* Twin Towers demolition: I came across this image of the apartment building that Twin Towers tore down (5467 Hamilton), with the building in the midst of demolition.
(http://img477.imageshack.us/img477/9047/5467hamilton1pp.jpg)

EAST END
* The LeBlond Recreation Center is getting a $2.6 million facelift, which will add 4,800 square feet.  The project will be complete by November 2006.

EAST PRICE HILL
* The 1890's two-family home at 1044 Purcell Ave. has been rehabbed within the past year.  The surrounding jungle has been cleared.  This house is now selling as a single-family.
(http://img461.imageshack.us/img461/3901/1044purcellbefore4gy.jpg)    (http://img461.imageshack.us/img461/6297/1044purcellafter8za.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* Some outfit called "VC Steak LLC" is doing a restaurant remodel on Hyde Park Square in the area of 2722-2726 Erie.  I haven't been able to find out who this is.

* This bizarre turn-of-the-century home on the fringes of Hyde Park at 3574 Lilac Ave. has been updated.
(http://img472.imageshack.us/img472/7002/3574lilacbefore7ja.jpg)    (http://img472.imageshack.us/img472/5621/3574lilacafter0nn.jpg)

LOWER PRICE HILL
* 1407 State Ave. is being rehabbed.  The single-family home from the 1860s was bought at auction in July.  It has been vacant for a long time, and as of now there's a lot of demolition debris on the property.
(http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/1755/1407state2ax.jpg)

* The unsightly disintegrating porch at 735 State Ave. will be repaired soon by order of the city.  The building owner should just pay to have it demolished.
(http://img469.imageshack.us/img469/8451/735state1he.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* After a three-year struggle, St. Paul Village may finally be getting money from HUD.  This money would be used to renovate 63 efficiency units into 42 one-bedroom units, and to bring the facility up to ADA compliance.  This will also address the high vacancy rate.  The proposal should be ready to submit to HUD by April 2006 and work could begin in summer 2006.

MT. AIRY
* The 1920s bungalow at 2611 Kipling Ave. has been rehabbed and doubled in value.
(http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/9083/2611kiplingbefore0dr.jpg)    (http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/8261/2611kiplingafter4oj.jpg)

NORTH AVONDALE
* The run-down home at 3572 Warwick Ave. has been improved greatly.  The home was built in 1935.
(http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/4867/3972warwickbefore4sd.jpg)    (http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/1951/3972warwickafter8cq.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
* Rehab work is being done at 1326 Apjones St. and should be completed by spring.  This had been a bank-owned property until it was purchased in November.  This home will be re-sold.
(http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/3724/1326apjones8ul.jpg)

* This cool house at 4261 Williamson Pl is being shored up and rehabbed.  It was built in 1896.
(http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/3342/4261williamson5ni.jpg)

PRICE HILL
* Once a troubled property, 4024 Heyward St. has been updated.
(http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/6965/4024heywardbefore1rt.jpg)    (http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/2508/4024heywardafter6fj.jpg)

* Price Hill Will has purchased the foreclosed house at 3824 W. Eighth St. for rehabilitation.
(http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/2999/3824weighth8is.jpg)

* Bloc Ministries has purchased the property at 4017 W. Liberty St. (Liberty and Iliff)  This has been a problem property for years, and may become the site of a new church.
(http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/6318/4017wliberty5ai.jpg)

QUEENSGATE
* Norfolk Southern will be erecting a building near its offices on Gest St.

WALNUT HILLS
* 2352 Kenton St. suffered heavy fire damage in early 2002, and has sat that way since.  The new owner is now working to repair the damage, though it may just be enough to keep the building standing.  I really don't see the need to save this house.
(http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/3064/2352kenton2oy.jpg)

WINTON HILLS
* The Cincinnati Board of Health for the fifth time voted down (7-1) a proposal for a waste transfer station on Este Ave., and now the city is thinking about passing an environmental justice ordinance that would require the city to consider health risks when issuing or denying zoning/permits.  However, the Cincinnati Health Department went ahead and issued a license for the station.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051214/NEWS01/312140016/-1/rss
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051223/NEWS01/512230390/1056/rss02

COVINGTON
* The former Fifth District School in the Peaselburg neighborhood will be converted into 30 apartments for low- to moderate-income senior citizens.  This $4.3 million project is a project of the Model Group, and it will take nine months to complete.  The vacant building is on the National Register.
(http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/870/academyflats7ix.jpg)
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051215/NEWS01/512150464/1079/Local

* An Erlanger woman is exploring the idea of turning the former St. Aloysius Church rectory into a holistic health mall called the "Tree of Life Haus".  The mall will feature a retail store, a juice bar, and a small restaurant, as well as a fitness facility.  This will require a zoning change.  The Covington City Commission will examine the plans within the next three months.  This could be open by spring.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051212/NEWS0103/512120362/1059/rss13

* 1052 Banklick St. has undergone a very nice rehab.
(http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/2584/1052banklickcvg0it.jpg)

NORWOOD
* It's hard to tell, but the home at 2611 Marsh Ave. has had a lot of work done.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/1869/2611marshbefore2bj.jpg)    (http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/2880/2611marshafter8ly.jpg)

ALEXANDRIA
* The city is trying to annex land for a 193-home development called Summerlake.  The site is on 74 acres near US-27 and Lickert Rd. and is being developed by Bray Properties LLC.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051215/NEWS0103/512150390/1059/rss13

ALEXANDRIA/COLD SPRING
* An annexation dispute is ongoing regarding properties along Low Gap Rd.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051219/NEWS0103/512190345/1059/rss13

ANDERSON TWP.
* Five Mile Corridor Beautification: The township received a $592,000 federal grant through OKI to improve landscaping, signage, and other issues.  The project will cost around $700,000 and should begin in early spring 2006.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051214/NEWS01/512140345/1074/Local

* Turpin High School is considering installing synthetic turf in their football stadium, which will cost around $600,000.  They plan to raise this money privately.  To have it ready for 2006, they need to collect $480,000 by December 31, or all donations will be returned.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051214/NEWS01/512140347/1074/Local

* Throughout Anderson Twp., business owners are seeking an identity--especially along Clough Pike.  Some are relying on planned events to make it happen.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051214/NEWS01/512140344/1074/Local

BLUE ASH
* Halom House: Some random idiots had been speaking out against a group home for the developmentally disabled, citing "protection of property values".  Residents are aged 40 to 60 and are supervised 24/7.  The city of Blue Ash wisely approved it.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051214/NEWS01/512140372/1074/Local
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051216/NEWS01/512160420/1056

CHILO
* Citizens for Chilo are restoring the former school house--and later town hall--that was damaged in the 1997 flood.  Parts of the building date from 1870.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051215/NEWS01/512150312/1078/Local

FLORENCE
* By next baseball season, there will be a number of improvements to Champion Window Field.  The upper level will have air-conditioned suites, and the bar will feature bistro tables and televisions.  They have also announced their promotional nights.
http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20051216/NEWS0103/512160400/

FT. THOMAS
* Villa Grande: The Fort Thomas Planning and Zoning Commission approved Fisher's 106-home development by a 7-0 vote.  The neighboring city opposes the plan due to hillside stability/runoff issues.  The Ft. Thomas city council still has to approve the plan before it can go forward.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051221/NEWS0103/512210348/1059/rss13
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051222/NEWS0103/512220365/1059/rss13

* The school board is looking to renovate or replace Woodfill Elementary.  The cost would be about $12.4 million and could start as soon as April 2006, with completion by December 2007.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051215/NEWS01/512150570/1077/Local

FT. WRIGHT
* The city is applying for an ICTEA grant to build sidewalks along Highland Ave.  The three-phase project would cost $160,000.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051215/NEWS01/512150483/1079/Local

INDEPENDENCE
* City council has voted against Cingular's proposal to put a 150-ft. cell tower in Sterling Staggs Park.  The tower was to double as a flagpole.
http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20051216/NEWS0103/512160390/

INDIAN HILL
* Winter Club: Update:
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051214/NEWS01/512140359/1078/Local

MONFORT HTS.
* Resident Home Corp. is planning a $50 million redevelopment of its 37-acre campus.  This will be one of the nation's first life care centers for aging mentally retarded and developmentally disabled people.  They will soon begin a marketing study to determine demand.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051216/BIZ01/512160367/1076/rss01

MONFORT HTS./WHITE OAK
* Mt. Airy Motel: An update on the plans for Green Twp. to buy the property, raze the old motel and turn it into greenspace.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051213/NEWS01/512130357/1056/rss02

"OAKBROOK" (Boone County)
* A commercial development that was okayed 17 years ago will likely happen soon.  The Oakbrook Towne Centre, a 25,000 square foot strip center, will be built on 3.7 acres at the corner of Oakbrook and Pleasant Valley roads.  The proposal still needs approval from the Boone County Planning Commission, and could break ground in fall 2006.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051216/NEWS0103/512160404/1059/rss13

SYCAMORE TWP. (Rossmoyne)
* This attractive little home at 8407 St. Clair Ave. was rehabbed by Rosa Brothers Properties.  (Yes, there was a house beyond that jungle.)
(http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/8732/8407stclairbefore4qg.jpg)    (http://img272.imageshack.us/img272/1411/8407stclairafter8ro.jpg)

UNION
* The Boone County Planning Commission approved zoning changes to allow development at US-42 and Frogtown Rd.  The development will include 5 commercial buildings and 39 residential units.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051222/NEWS01/512220392/1076/Local

WYOMING
* The plan for the new Aquatic Center has come in with a price tag of $3.4 million, about $1.4 million above budget.  The Wyoming Pool Task Force will take the plan to the Recreation Commission January 5 and to City Council January 17.
(http://img467.imageshack.us/img467/6396/wyomingaquaticcenter5cr.jpg)
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051221/NEWS01/512210386/1074/Local
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 25, 2005, 09:57:37 PM
Other potentially interesting news that I forgot to put in the last post:


(http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/2103/752delta5sa.jpg)

Delta MBMH will be tearing down this house at 752 Delta Ave. and will be using the land to build 10 condos.   This is not too far from Mt. Lookout Square, just a bit south of Spencerhill.

The demolition permit has been issued but the building permit has not.

No renderings.

The home will not be missed.


Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on December 26, 2005, 03:19:59 PM
^good riddance.  As always, thanks for the thorough updates!!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: OTRFAN on December 27, 2005, 10:57:23 PM
brand new to UrbanOhio and to this type of communication, so forgive any mis-steps.  I am a suburbanist by birth, by an urbanist by faith. Now a downtown worker, able to feed my urban habit. I have a fair knowledge of OTR and Cincy history and architecture.  Walking today and noticed that 1221 Jackson St. (across of Art Academy) is being gutted and "Bank Cafe" building on SWC of Vine & 12th also being gutted. 

I am impressed (encouraged?) by continuing rehab activity in OTR and downtown environs. Too old and too married to move, but would if I could.

Not sure if this is the forum or topic, (see above!), but where is best place to find out if anyone knows anything about "Convent of the Good Shepherd".  I found a gate header stone with this imbedded in retaining wall (gate is bricked over) along Kilgour/Van Meter streets at base of Mt. Adams.  Building is missing, some foundation stone seems to be there.

It seems to me that some folks (mostly suburban types) seek a simple, single magic solution to OTR and downtown Cincy issues. There is, of course, no one solution, but maybe a hundred, or a thousand solutions, which in total might get us to that critical mass.. only then will it seem suddenly magical.    Thanks
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CiNYC on December 27, 2005, 11:19:23 PM
Hi OTRFAN, and welcome to the forum!  You'll find plenty of like-minded individuals here.

Quote
Too old and too married to move

No such thing on both counts.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 27, 2005, 11:35:03 PM
OTRFAN, welcome to UrbanOhio.

You'll find plenty of people who want to talk about Over-the-Rhine.  Here are the links to a couple of threads about OTR:
http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=2344.0 (For OTR development)
http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=2568.0 (For 3CDC/Washington Park talk, including SCPA and the new Washington School)
http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=5059.0 ("Is Over-the-Rhine as bad as they say?"...regarding crime)
http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=3248.0 (A thread about Vine St.)

There are many more, but those have been the major ones.  The new Gateway condos also has a thread.

Regarding the Convent of the Good Shepherd, I don't know anything about that.  I haven't noticed that.  I'm not sure if anyone here can answer that but the Cincinnati Historical Society is always a good last resort.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: OTRFAN on December 29, 2005, 12:22:04 PM
thanks for the welcome all.  I look forward to learning more about OTR and contributing where I can.  BTW, here are two photos of the Convent of the Good Shepherd gate header stone that I stumbled upon during a recent sojourn.  you can see the Highland Towers on top of Mt. Adams above the stone in the 2nd shot.  This is found on Kilgour St. at the base of Mt. Adams.

thx again..
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on December 29, 2005, 01:21:07 PM
Wow, cool find on the pics!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: OTRFAN on December 29, 2005, 02:02:52 PM
Thx "Kid", but now I'm on a quest to find out what this was.  Google searches have yielded nothing, and no reference to it in some of the Cincy books I have or have read.  Guess I'll have to approach the Historical Society like grasscat said.  There seems to be some of the foundation left, but mostly the area above this stone is a landscaped grassy field. 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on December 29, 2005, 07:54:59 PM
This page has a narrative involving the Convent of the Good Shepherd, though in the story it is located in Price Hill:
http://www.geocities.com/visplace/godsmith3.htm
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: OTRFAN on December 29, 2005, 09:13:33 PM
thx kendall - that was certainly interesting...  it starts to paint a picture for me, but those references to Price Hill instead of Mt. Adams deepens the mystery as well! I'm going to keep digging and if anyone is interested I will report the results.

thanks again for you helpl! 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 30, 2005, 06:13:18 PM
Could you post the OTR stuff in the OTR thread please?  If it would be easier for you if I just moved them over there, please let me know.

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=2344.0
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: OTRFAN on December 30, 2005, 06:23:54 PM
Sorry!  sure you can move them.  I don't yet know how that's done. still learning my way around. (obviously)  thx grasscat
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on December 30, 2005, 11:37:59 PM
I went ahead and moved them over for you.

P.S> Don't worry about learning how to move posts around from topic to topic.  Only admins or moderators are allowed to do that.  Otherwise it would be total chaos!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on January 02, 2006, 02:22:52 PM
AVONDALE
* The condemned two-family house at 834 Cleveland Ave. has been purchased by a Georgia man.  The building became unsafe in 2004 and was barricaded for good in October 2005.
(http://img456.imageshack.us/img456/7817/834cleveland6pp.jpg)

CLIFTON HEIGHTS
* Interior demolition as well as siding removal has started on the condemned house at 2217 Stratford Ave.
(http://img469.imageshack.us/img469/5958/2217stratford4sk.jpg)

EAST PRICE HILL
* On December 15, A couple by the name of Gregg and Katie Eichhorn closed on vacant residential land at 3611-3617 W. Eighth St. and 754 Terry St.  This could be an area of redevelopment.

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* Spruce-up work continues on the building at 2733 Woodburn Ave.
(http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/2596/2733woodburn0wv.jpg)

EAST WESTWOOD/NORTHWEST FAIRMOUNT
* Ninann Woods Development Company LLC has purchased 5 more lots on Randall and Ehmann avenues.  They (and Moonlight Properties LLC, same PO Box) now have dozens of lots on that subdivided, "paper" area.  They also have vacant lots on Ninann Ct. that could provide access to the lots I mentioned.  I still have a feeling that something is imminent.

* Brodbeck Park: Construction will begin on single-family homes at 3328 Brodbeck Pl and at 2500 Foxcove Ct.

EVANSTON
* Dana Avenue office project: The city is looking to extend the boundaries of the Evanston NBD Urban Renewal Plan to include the area bounded by Evanston and Dana Avenues and I-71.  This will allow for a TIF to pay for the long-discussed 380,000 square foot office building and parking deck.  This has been passed along to the Vibrant Neighborhoods.... Committee and is due back before council by January 19, 2006.

MT. AUBURN
* The home at 322 Dorchester Ave. is being gutted and rebuilt.  This is two properties east of the proposed Car Barn Lofts project.
(http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/5807/322dorchester4hj.jpg)

NORTH AVONDALE
* The rehab at 3985 Glencross Ave. has been going on slowly but steadily since 2003.  The whole area around this house looks a little rough, but with a little help the homes would be fantastic.
(http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/4066/3985glencross9lh.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
* The home at 1410 Apjones St. and the home at 4104 Fergus St. will become projects of Excel Development Company, which provides affordable, independent housing for those with mental illness who qualify for rent assistance.  Housing is purchased through Ohio Department of Mental Health capital funds.  Excel Development operates 300 scattered-site apartments throughout the county.
(1410 Apjones and 4104 Fergus)
(http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/4209/1410apjones2jb.jpg)    (http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/2249/4104fergus2nn.jpg)

* Someone is doing work at this shack at 4678 Hamilton Ave. (near Hamilton and Springlawn) for some reason.  It's a commercial building.
(http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/3442/4678hamilton3yq.jpg)

* Someone has purchased the sometimes vacant, often bank-owned house at 4126 Fergus St.  This single-family property built around 1870 has been cited various times for code violations.  The new owner has no track record of rehab work that I can find.
(http://img351.imageshack.us/img351/161/4126fergus8ra.jpg)

COVINGTON/TAYLOR MILL
* City commissioners of both cities are pushing Frankfort for a new east-west connector road between the two communities (KY-16 and KY-17), as well as upgrades to Hands Pike.
http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=38.979428,-84.515848&spn=0.035433,0.065394&t=h&hl=en
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051223/NEWS0103/512230431/1059/rss13

FORT THOMAS
* Villa Grande: On the third try, the city passed Fisher Homes' plan for the 106-home subdivision.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051229/NEWS01/512290555/1077/Local

ALEXANDRIA
* Summer Lake subdivision: The city is looking to annex 213 acres, 83 of which will be Bray Development's Summer Lake subdivision.  A second reading and vote will come at their next council meeting, January 5.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051222/NEWS01/512220537/1077/Local

ANDERSON TWP.
* Zicka Walker Homes proposes to build a 20-lot subdivision, along a ridge, as an extension of Ayers Rd.  The project will be called Riverview Estates at Coldstream.  This will be heard by the HCRPC on January 5, and approval is expected.
(http://img424.imageshack.us/img424/7600/riverviewestatesmap7ox.jpg)
http://www.hamilton-co.org/hcrpc/meetings/2006/RPC/01-06/4_Riverview%20Estates%20at%20Coldstream.pdf

COLUMBIA TWP.
* Indian Hill Builders LLC/Forrest Ridge Builders is proposing to construct a 5-unit condominium building on Indian Hill Ave., known as Indian Hill Place Phase III.  The development is part of a larger townhome/condo plan.  This will be heard by the HCRPC on January 5 and by the HCRZC on January 19.  Approval is expected.
(http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/6127/indianhillplace3map0wm.jpg)
(http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/8311/indianhillplace3elev1kf.jpg)
http://www.hamilton-co.org/hcrpc/meetings/2006/RPC/01-06/6_Columbia%202006-01%20Indian%20Hill%20Place%20III%20V2.pdf

DEERFIELD TWP.
* Deerfield Honors Veterans, Inc. has collected $250,000 of the $600,000 it needs to build a veterans memorial at Cottell Park.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051221/NEWS01/512210454/1075/Local

GREENHILLS
* The village is seeking input from residents on the possibility of a walking trail along Sharon Rd.  This trail would create a 5.25 mile loop around the eastern side of the village.  They are collecting input until January 20.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051228/NEWS01/512280364/1074/Local

INDEPENDENCE
* The $16 million dollar, state-of-the-art Twenhofel Middle School will open after Christmas break.  Three-fourths of the school is lit by natural light, toilets flush with collected rainwater, and a geothermal HVAC system heats and cools the rooms.
(http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/3632/twenhofelmiddleschool3yf.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051228/NEWS0103/512280349/1059/rss13

LOVELAND
* The $1.9 million safety center, the roof of which collapsed in December 2004, has been repaired and is now open again.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051221/NEWS01/512210311/1078/Local

MARIEMONT
* The Mariemont Municipal Building, built in 1962, is severely undersized.  Though it could be expanded, village officials are leaning towards building a new one.  This would cost around $3 million, and would be payed for by as many grants and donations as possible.  The village hopes to have plans by the summer of 2006.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060102/NEWS01/601020331/1056/rss02

MONFORT HEIGHTS
* Green Township wants to build more athletic fields, and it intends to acquire 6 acres of Vincent Rack's property by eminent domain.  Rack calls the money offered "insulting".
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051221/NEWS01/512210609/1074/Local

* C Roumani Development, a Fairfield developer, has purchased 10.2 acres of residential vacant land at 3348 Kleeman Rd., just east of North Bend Rd.

SYCAMORE TWP.
* McGill Smith Punshon, Inc. and others are looking to develop a 30,000 square foot office building and 124-space parking lot at 8119 Cornell Rd. called NorthPointe Office Park.  (Don't ask me how one two-story building constitutes an "office park"!)  This would sit on approximately 2.6 acres and would require the demolition of three single-family homes.  Two of the homes are owned by the developer, with only 8119 Cornell Rd. still privately owned.  This will go before the HCRPC January 5, where it's expected to pass.  It will then go before the Sycamore Twp. Zoning Commission on January 13.
(http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/6746/northpointeofficeparkmap3ug.jpg)
(http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/8811/northpointeofficeparksiteplan3.jpg)
(http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/4952/northpointeofficeparkelev9xx.jpg)
(http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/6594/northpointeofficeparkdoomedhou.jpg)
http://www.hamilton-co.org/hcrpc/meetings/2006/RPC/01-06/7_Sycamore%202006-01%20Northpoint%20Office.pdf

* People in the township don't realize what an asset Moeller High School is to the community.  First, they were complaining about lights for the football stadium.  Now they're bitching about a parking lot.  It now appears that the plan is on hold while they try to alter the plan to include more screening/buffering.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051228/NEWS01/512280543/1074/Local

VILLA HILLS
* Check out this home they're building at 1928 Winesap Way.  $675,000.
(http://img439.imageshack.us/img439/9784/1928winesapway7rj.jpg)

WHITE OAK
* This garbage is being built at 6701 Cheviot Rd.
(http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/3976/6701cheviot3jl.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on January 06, 2006, 07:41:36 AM
Firm fills retail/housing niche
Developer lining up tenants for Independence Village


By Scott Wartman
Enquirer staff writer

 
INDEPENDENCE - The developers of a strip mall, 102 town homes and several retail buildings under way here seek to satisfy the needs of the city's growing population.

One Eleven Developers of Independence has cleared much of a large parcel across Ky. 17 from the Independence Town Center to build the residential and retail development dubbed Independence Village.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060106/NEWS0103/601060477/1059/NEWS01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060106/NEWS0103/601060477/1059/NEWS01)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on January 06, 2006, 07:42:23 AM
Final plans for Summerlake development approved
193 houses slated; planners also OK rezoning for Classic Printing move

By Ryan Clark
Enquirer staff writer

 
ALEXANDRIA - The Alexandria Planning and Zoning Commission approved the final plans for two projects this week - one allowing a business to move, and another allowing a controversial neighborhood to move forward.

City Clerk Susie Clark said the commission approved the 193-house Summerlake development on 74 acres just east of U.S. 27 north of Lickert Road.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060106/NEWS0103/601060473/1059/NEWS01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060106/NEWS0103/601060473/1059/NEWS01)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on January 09, 2006, 10:15:59 PM
More demolition, no positive action....

* 519 and 521 York St.  519 York was condemned over a year ago and is being razed by the city, with criminal charges against owner Kenyatta McCants.  You will be footing the bill for this demo.  521 York had a fire in early 2003 and was condemned later that same year.  Part of it was demolished in 2004.  The owner died earlier this year and the estate neglected its poor condition.  Both buildings were from the 1880s.
(http://img369.imageshack.us/img369/9595/519york4xz.jpg)    (http://img369.imageshack.us/img369/8360/521york8lj.jpg)

Okay, possibly some positive action....

* C A R Construction of Dayton, KY has purchased 1814 Freeman Ave. (empty lot) and 1818 Freeman Ave. (derelict warehouse).  This is a guy named Christopher Reckman.  I know nothing about his track record or his plans.  This seems to be the only land he has in the city.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on January 12, 2006, 01:45:53 AM
AVONDALE
* This strange, square-shaped ranch at 3578 Purdue St. has been rehabbed.  This is in an area of massive disinvestment and countless vacant lots, and is only going for $59,000.
(http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/6500/3578purduebefore3ji.jpg)    (http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/2843/3578purdueafter7ur.jpg)

COLLEGE HILL
* Capri Woods subdivision: Construction of homes has begun in earnest.  Two are already for sale, and a total of five lots are available.
(http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/924/1capriwoods2fx.jpg)

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* It appears that Alexus Properties LLC (John Tieman) will be developing 623-629 Athens Ave.  A couple of structures remain, but I wouldn't be surprised if they're torn down for townhomes.  Tieman has a history of developing in this part of town.

EAST PRICE HILL
* The single-family home at 2597 Ring Pl. will be demolished.  The home was totally destroyed by a fire in November.
(http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/2516/2597ring6ep.jpg)

* Talbert House has purchased 347 (vacant land) and 365 Purcell Ave., a single-family house.  Ostensibly this will be used as a sort of "halfway house" for addicts to re-enter productive society.  They also have a house in operation not too far away on Grand Ave.

* Major grading work is underway at the location of the new Panther Athletic Complex off of Quebec Ave.

EVANSTON
* The office development I mentioned in this post (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg68264#msg68264) is called The Pointe.  On this map, you can see the site.  The goal is to add the area bounded by Evanston and Dana avenues and I-71 to the NBD Urban Renewal Plan.
(http://img281.echo.cx/img281/4207/thepointemap1sw.jpg)

* The problem property at 3327 Evanston Ave. is in new hands and is being cleaned up.  Currently work is going on on the front deck and porch.
(http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/9056/3327evanston9ox.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* The Ramsey Hill Corporation/Medallion Properties is building 2 very large homes around the area of 3796 Broadview Dr. (S of Brotherton at the end of Leesburg Ln.).  One currently under construction is on the market for $798,000.

* Knox Presbyterian Church is planning a $5.9 million expansion, and this time it doesn't appear that the neighbors will object.  The project will involve a single-story addition and landscaped parking lot on its eastern side as well as renovation to the existing space.  Construction is expected to begin in the summer and be completed in 14 months.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060101/NEWS01/601010350/1056/rss02

LOWER PRICE HILL
* Kroger will be demolishing one of its industrial buildings at 1212 State Ave.

NORTHSIDE
* The Northside Business Association has closed on 3926, 3928 and 3930 Spring Grove Ave.  These properties are in the Knowlton's Corner area on the south side of Spring Grove.  I think the goal is to redevelop the area as a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented block.  A small garage on the property will be demolished.  On this aerial of the "South Block", you can see the properties they bought.  Look for the Ludlow Viaduct, find Spring Grove, and then look for the empty, grassy lot.  That and the two buildings to its left are the properties.
(http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/4570/northsidesouthblockaerial4cj.jpg)

* The new owners of 4526 Innes Ave. are doing an extensive rehab, including an all new exterior with a new roof and siding.
(http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/1953/4526innes6vl.jpg)

* Industrial property at 1769 Elmore St./1770 Weber St. has been transferred to Cuni, Ferguson and Levay, LPA.  This firm does handle real estate litigation, but I'm unsure why they have this property.

* The BP property at 3949 Spring Grove Ave., Knowlton's Corner, was purchased for $469,000.  The buyer was from In-Line Development Company in the Hamilton area.  I can find no more information on this company or this person.

RIVERSIDE
* The home at 4572 River Rd. was condemned early in 2005.  The bank foreclosed and the property was purchased in December.  The new owners have decided to tear it down.  They live out of state, but they do own several parcels along the 4500 block of River Rd. and of Hillside Ave, much of which is vacant.  Who knows what they're planning to do with this property?
(http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/3311/4572river9hf.jpg)

SEDAMSVILLE
* Vacant residential land at 624 and 626 Steiner Ave. and 924 Striker Ave. has been bought by OAA Properties out of Lexington, KY.  This is the only land they currently own in the city, and the trail to track down who they are went nowhere.

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
* New owners are trying to bring the condemned single-family home at 2240 Margaret St. (also listed as 2240 Ives St.) up to code.
(http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/8383/2240ives9ef.jpg)

* Destiny Ventures: I think I may have mentioned in a previous post that an outfit called Destiny Ventures was buying up quite a few properties in the North and South Fairmount areas.  I did a little digging, and it appears that Destiny Ventures may actually be part of a mortgage company (possibly Homeland Federal Mortgage) out of Tulsa.  So they may be foreclosures.  However, about half of the properties are vacant land, and they've had most of them for up to a year and have made no attempt to sell them.

FT. THOMAS
* Villa Grande subdivision: Construction on the 106-home subdivision by Fischer Homes could start this fall, but the city staff still must review detailed improvement plans.  The revised plans will probably be submitted by Fischer in FEbruary.
http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060104/NEWS02/601040374/1014

* 75 Sheridan St. has been renovated and reclad.
(http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/2391/75sheridanbefore4db.jpg)    (http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/2353/75sheridanafter0vn.jpg)

NORWOOD
* Thurner Investments has purchased the parking lot at 1687 Sherman Ave.  While Thurner usually manages apartment complexes, they have been known to build houses.  Pro new construction: The property is very close to Lower Millcrest Park.  Con: The lot is separated from the park by an active railroad line.

ALEXANDRIA
* The delayed (Shaun) Alexander Community Center should begin cnstruction in the spring.  It was supposed to begin construction in the fall, but unspecified snags have held it back.  The community center will include athletic facilities and meeting rooms.
(http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/9173/alexandercommctr6ko.jpg)
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060105/NEWS01/601050515/1076/Local

COLERAIN TWP.
* Colerain Towne Center: The vacant Thriftway building, which I mentioned in a previous post was undergoing some sort of renovation, will be a Hobby Lobby.  It's expected to open soon.

DELHI TWP.
* A new football/soccer field is being built at Delhi Township Park.  It will require 29,000 cubic yards of fill dirt, and will be completed in 2007.
(http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/1448/delhitwpparkathfieldconst1cc.jpg)
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060104/NEWS01/601040419/1074/Local

FOREST PARK
* A new subdivision, Deer Run Estates, is being built on some of the last remaining developable acreage in the city.  The streets will be put in by summer, and lots (half-acre) for custom-built homes are in pre-sales now.
(http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/1848/deerrunestatesmap7sa.jpg)

GREEN TWP.
* Prexus Health Partners will be building an outpatient surgery center around the 3600 block of Edgewood Dr.  This street is off of North Bend Rd., approximately halfway between Boomer and Kleeman.

INDEPENDENCE
* Independence Village is being built by One Eleven Developers across KY-17 from the Independence Town (no "e"!) Center.  It will feature a strip mall with 10 service/retail tenants (including Walgreens and National City) as well as 102 two-story townhomes.  There will also be two "lakes" (retention ponds) as well as 3 acres of walking trails and greenspace.  Construction on the retail will begin in June or July, as will sales of the first townhome lots.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060106/NEWS0103/601060477/1059/rss13

* Twenhofel Middle School: The new, state-of-the-art school opened to rave reviews.  The building cost $26 million and incorporates many "green" features.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060104/NEWS0103/601040419/1059/rss13

* Northern Kentucky's first indoor pistol and rifle range will be built at KY-1829 and Old Richardson Rd.  The 10,000 square foot store will also feature retailing of firearms.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060103/NEWS0103/601030339/1059/rss13

MT. HEALTHY
* Bittner Construction (Mt. Healthy resident Todd Bittner) has purchased land at 7400 and 7404 Elizabeth St.  Some of the land is behind the house at 7400 and would probably require demolition of the existing house to be developable.

SPRINGDALE
* 12065 Greencastle Dr.: The debate over what to do with this home that's been vacant for 12 years goes on.  The owner claims he's holding the property as an investment, and the city is threatening eminent domain.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060104/NEWS01/601040359/1056/news01

SYCAMORE TWP.
* Trustees will hold a public meeting February 7 about a proposed park on Blong Rd., near the intersection of Montgomery and Kemper.  Most of Blong Rd. would be closed, and some of it would become parking for the new park.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060104/NEWS01/601040370/1056/rss02

SYMMES TWP.
* The township wants to build sidewalks along Lebanon Rd. that would connect to Somerset subdivision to Symmes Park.  To build the two-mile sidewalks, the township trustees may resort to eminent domain--to force homeowners to allow the construction crews building the sidewalk to stand in their yards.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060108/NEWS01/601080400/1056/rss02

WINTON WOODS
* The $1.5 million expansion of the Hamilton County Park District's headquarters will include a holding cell, interview rooms, office space and extra room for the dispatcher.  The project will be completed by late spring.
http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060105/NEWS01/601050351

WALTON
* $3 million is needed for a new wing at the high school.  However, funding could be tricky.  The school system has been unable to control the out-of-control, unplanned growth.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060107/NEWS0103/601070390/1059/rss13
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: dglenn on January 12, 2006, 07:09:11 PM
wonderful, two more historic buildings representative of our city's early industrial past going down the tubes...I wonder if we'll have much of anything left in the West End when it's all said and done.

yes, I am bitter.  I take it this is a buildings and inspections demo, for which there was a public hearing?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on January 12, 2006, 11:33:58 PM
^ It looks like there was a public hearing for 519 York last June.  I don't know about 521 York--I can't find anything outside of the building being condemned.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Weedrose on January 14, 2006, 01:17:17 PM
Who cares?  Really, who cares? I don't care about tearing down two buildings who haven't had any use in decades.  It sucks when history leaves but I'm focusing on the move forward.
Is there a reason that I should care about those two buildings on York.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on January 14, 2006, 09:42:05 PM
^ One was probably unsafe and should have been demolished.  The other was viable for housing.

What you should be alarmed at is not two particular buildings, but the fact that buildings are being torn down weekly and that there is no investment being channeled into the West End, outside of City West and a select few spot projects, ever.

You mention moving forward.  How does the demolition of buildings with no plans for their replacement or redevelopment of their vacant lots "moving forward"?

You're not troubled at all by this?

And if you don't care, then why reply in the thread?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Quimbob on January 16, 2006, 08:02:08 PM
A couple articles in the Cinti Enquirer about a house on Hamilton Ave in Northside that is getting restored a little bit at a time
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060114/LIFE08/601140305/1089
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060114/LIFE08/601140304/1089

(http://cmsimg.enquirer.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=AB&Date=20060114&Category=LIFE08&ArtNo=601140305&Ref=V4&Profile=1089&MaxW=300&MaxH=700&border=0)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on January 16, 2006, 11:38:44 PM
Okay, a bit of good news from the West End--though it should have never gotten this out of hand:

* Model Management manages the multi-family building at 850 Dayton St.  This property accepts a lot of Section 8 tenants and is generally a low-rent, low-maintenance building.  The building had gotten really bad by 2004, when Model Management took it over.  They still had code complaince issues and it even got so far as to go to court.  Now they're going to remodel the whole thing, top to bottom.  I don't know the outcome of the criminal charges and if they're being forced to do this.  All I care about is that they're doing it.

The building has not been condemned and currently has tenants, I believe.  I'll be interested to see if Model Management looks to upgrade their tenants given a $600,000+ investment.  There is still not as high of a demand for housing by people who have a choice in the West End, so I'm thinking not much will change.  Still, it will be a clean and safe building with tenants.
(http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/9707/850dayton8gn.jpg)

The same goes for 1916 Colerain Ave., minus the code issues.  It's getting some work as well.
(http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/2554/1916colerain2pa.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on January 18, 2006, 11:32:47 PM
AVONDALE
* Uptown Rental Properties has purchased these 1920s beauties at the corner of Burnet Ave. and Catherine St.  They have a pretty good track record of keeping up properties.
(http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/8058/3338burnet1sy.jpg)

* 14 Glenwood Ave. was purchased last July and rehabbed by Charles Stuart Homes LLC.
(http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/4517/14glenwoodbefore3dy.jpg)    (http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/9271/14glenwoodafter9vs.jpg)

EAST END
* Modern Modular Dwellings LLC is building this portion of their "Eco-House" series on a vacant lot at 2344 Eastern Ave., across from the soon-to-be rehabbed LeBlond Recreation Center.
(http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/5313/2344eastern3mb.jpg)

* Mark Greene (not the character from ER) is building a single-family home on the vacant lot at 1929 Eastern Ave.  This is the same man who built the house at 1931 Eastern Ave. in 2004 and was stripping 1927 Eastern Ave. to demo.

EAST PRICE HILL
* 1217 Blanchard Ave., spruced up to sell.
(http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/6242/1217blanchardbefore7fu.jpg)    (http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/6347/1217blanchardafter8fp.jpg)

EVANSTON
* 1626 Blair Ave., a two-family built in 1875, will be demolished.  The condemned house was purchased in May 2005.  The house was "leaning to the left", meaning severe structural problems that probably were too costly to fix.
(http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/8756/1624blair7sm.jpg)

FAIRVIEW
(NOTE: Some in the area, including Mr. Walter, refer to Klotter/Conroy as part of OTR.  In this thread, I use the strict neighborhood definitions of the Hamilton County Auditor, which is CUF.)
* John Walter's plan to build three new homes at Conroy Lookout has been scaled back due to the existance of a neighbor's pet cemetery.  There will now only be two houses--for the time being.
(one currently under construction)
(http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/787/051219014fairviews3dn.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* Forest Ridge Builders is about to start the construction of single-family homes at 6841 and 6843 Indian Hill Rd.  I believe these are going to be similar to the ones built across the street:
(http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/5458/indianhillplace1ro.jpg)

* 5112 Ward St. (1885) is being reframed, shored-up, and rehabbed.  The property was bought last month.
(http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/7677/5512ward3be.jpg)

MT. AUBURN
* Model Management will be doing a total rehab of 2258 Vine St.
(http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/4634/2258vine2kr.jpg)

* 2346 Highland Ave. has been rehabbed.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/4035/2346highlandbefore8jt.jpg)    (http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/3373/2346highlandafter9im.jpg)

* People in the 1800 block of Walker St. are getting pissed.  Apparently, Mike Kelley owns the last of a string of 6 connected townhouses (the one-story gray ones if you've ever been there), 1843 and 1845 Walker.  A water leak occurred in one of those units, unbeknownst to Mr. Walker, who is an absentee landlord.  The water ran so much that it went to the nearby hillside and compromised it.  So not only are the neighbors suffering for having Kelley's two housing units sitting vacant and in disrepair, but now the city is telling them that they're responsible for any property damage caused by the slipping hillside.  It's an interesting story, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the city handles this.  This has been passed along to the city manager and is due back before council by 2/8/06.

OAKLEY
* Dr. David Dahlman, one of the original challengers in the Rookwood Exchange eminent domain battle, has decided to develop a 3500 square foot office building at 3804 Edwards Rd.  The site currently contains a single-family house.  Dahlman bought the property several years ago in the case that Rookwood Exchange failed.  He has zoning on his side and says it will cost about $800,000 to complete.  There is no timetable for demolition of the house or for the beginning of new construction.
(http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/6707/3804edwardsofficerend7bi.jpg)    (http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/7461/3804edwards6iy.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060111/BIZ01/601110309/1076/rss01

ROSELAWN
* 7750 Reading Rd. is being renovated for something.  Possibly a restaurant?
(http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/9418/7750reading9xw.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
* Hiawatha St. has been sold off, and no longer remains as a developable entity.

WESTWOOD
* The Westwood CURC will soon be purchasing the site of the Habig's restaurant at 3081 Harrison Ave.  The restaurant has been closed since 2004.  Westwood CURC plans to raze the building and use the space as a parking lot for the time being, with hopes for redevelopment of the site--possibly as a new restaurant--in the future.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060111/NEWS01/601110756/1074/Local

* 3746 Boudinot Ave. had been vacant and partially boarded up, but has since been remodeled with new roof, floors, windows, kitchen, you name it.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/2138/3746boudinotbefore5am.jpg)    (http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/5435/3746boudinotafter5xu.jpg)

METRO
* Resident Home Corp. (RHC) is getting a $923,500 HUD grant to build two 4-bedroom homes--one in Green Twp. and another in an undisclosed location on the West Side.  These buildings will house residents with mental retardation and developmental disabilites.  No sites have been selected yet.  Construction is expected to begin late this year. Construction also is expected to begin soon on two other homes, one in Forest Park and one in Green Township, under a HUD grant won in 2004. The 43-year-old Resident Home Corp. operates more than 50 residences for MR/DD individuals, including 37 homes acquired late last year from Hamilton County.
http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/01/09/daily13.html?from_rss=1
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060110/NEWS01/601100361/1056/rss02

LUDLOW
* The former M.J. Daly chemical plant at Oak and Elm streets is well on the way to cleaning up the hazardous site, which city officials plan to "redevelop" as a park-and-ride lot.  This "anchor to downtown" is on one of the city's main gateways.
http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060112/NEWS02/601120361/1014

NEWPORT
* 821 Park Ave. has been restored to its former look.
(http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/4265/821parkbefore6wc.jpg)    (http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/9711/821parkafter5db.jpg)

ANDERSON TWP.
* Clough Pike Market, a higher-end specialty food store, is opening in the former space of Silverglades Specialty Foods at 6660 Clough Pike after months of remodeling.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060111/NEWS01/601110438/1078/Local

COLD SPRING
* The Campbell County School District is going ahead with plans to construct a $2.65 million elementary school on part of the site of Cold Spring Crossings, despite a levy defeat and uncertainty about state funding.
http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060110/NEWS02/601100369/1014

EDGEWOOD
* The city will move into a new $67 million combined municipal/fire building at 385 Dudley Rd. in March.  The 39,000+ square foot facility was designed by Cole + Russell Architects.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060112/NEWS01/601120487/1079/Local
http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060114/NEWS02/601140332/1011/RSS02

FT. MITCHELL
* Plans for Expressway Plaza include an expanded Kroger store and possibly one new retail tenant.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060112/NEWS01/601120495/1079/Local

GREEN TWP.
* Pine Meer Estates is being developed around the small lake around 5336 Cleves Warsaw.  This is the property in front of the Pine Meer estate that was featured on the TBS reality show "The Mansion".

* LaSalle High School is holding a raffle fundraiser to raise money for improvements to their athletic facilities.  Phase One ($750,000) of the improvements include new field turf and track and field areas, and Phase Two ($200,000) will include five tennis courts.  The school hopes to begin the project this spring.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060111/NEWS01/601110382/1074/Local

WYOMING
* A group of neighbors near the Oliver Rd. water tower are fighting Cincinnati Bell Wireless' planned installation of a cell phone antenna atop the structure, citing health reasons as the main concern.  The city has specifically legislated the water tower as a possible cell tower site.  The plans are currently being viewed by the Wyoming Planning Commission, and so far there are no dates set for public hearings.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060111/NEWS01/601110736/1074/Local
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on January 19, 2006, 07:42:07 AM
As always, thank you, thank you...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Weedrose on January 19, 2006, 11:27:06 AM
^I was limiting my "Who cares" to those two buildings in particular not the West End in general.  If the buildings aren't getting use then demolishing them instead of retaining a fire/collapse/drug den/de facto homeless shelter hazard (which could be the case) is preferable in my eyes than leaving them up.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Jimmy Skinner on January 19, 2006, 11:43:23 AM
The pet cemetary is hilarious.

Boy, Model seems to be doing alot in the basin.   Hope they are good for us longterm.

I really think they should rethink this design.  I think it is awful:
(http://cmsimg.enquirer.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=AB&Date=20060111&Category=BIZ01&ArtNo=601110309&Ref=AR&Profile=1076&MaxW=300&MaxH=700&border=0)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Maximillian on January 19, 2006, 12:25:49 PM
Quote
Who cares?  Really, who cares? I don't care about tearing down two buildings who haven't had any use in decades.  It sucks when history leaves but I'm focusing on the move forward.
Is there a reason that I should care about those two buildings on York.
I care! it's sad to see any 19th century building go I don't care how big or small in the west end or OTR The only infill those lots will ever  get is trash.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Jimmy Skinner on January 19, 2006, 12:42:25 PM
I agree with Max.  The urban fabric is a weave of many pieces.  Parts of our city are threadbare.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: UncleRando on January 25, 2006, 11:23:23 AM
I like it....always like new design in a old neighborhood (for the most part).  It is what I call revolutionary :roll:
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on January 29, 2006, 12:21:16 AM
Evanston: The Keystone

Apparently, "The Pointe" is actually "The Keystone".  Neyer proposes to develop 446,000 square feet of Class A office space on top of a three-story garage, with an outparcel for a restaurant.  This would be near the intersection of Dana and Realistic avenues.

Therefore, the city needed to look at amending the Evanston NBD Urban Renewal Plan to allow this land use.  It was contended that the office could possibly bring as many as 2,000 employees to the region, and that their need for services could be provided by new businesses springing up in the immediate area.

Neyer would also help the community by aiding in improvements to the adjacent Evanston Playfield.  This would include new play equipment, restoration of the swimming pool and historic pool house, a walking trail, and parking.

The Evanston Community Council approved this on October 20, 2005, after only one meeting with Neyer, feeling that it would be of great benefit to the immediate area and that it wouldn't use eminent domain, which was one of their fears.

The city should let this rezoning go through, no problem.  There is no timetable for when this project may get off the ground.

(http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/6820/evanstonnbdboundarymap1nd.jpg)

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
* Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity will be building two single-family houses at 688 and 696 Glenwood Ave.

CLIFTON
* Construction should begin soon on Elizabeth Durban's three-home project off of McAlpin Ave.  (The auditor's site lists it as McAlpin Ave., though I've also seen it referred to as 3628, 3632 and 3636 Durban.)

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* A teardown will be occurring at 624 Athens Ave.  This is directly across the street from a three-lot development.
(http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/4710/624athens8ej.jpg)

EAST END
* Merivale Station LLC has bought land from the city at 2050 Eastern Ave. via the Cincinnati Land Reutilization Program.  The purchase price was $16,000.  Merivale Station LLC plans to build a single-family home on the site.

EAST PRICE HILL
* The condemned two-family at 1104 Carson Ave. might be finally getting cleaned up.  The property is under new ownership and it looks like their might be an attempt being made to make the structure inhabitable.
(http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/9274/1104carson6fb.jpg)

* 1313 Purcell Ave. is being demolished for some reason.  It's being demolished by the owners of 1311 Purcell Ave.  Wha?  Anyway, it will be gone.
(http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/7918/1313purcell2gq.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* 1371 Burdette Ave. is being rehabbed by Quarra Properties Ltd.
(http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/2767/1371burdette2ad.jpg)

EAST WESTWOOD
* Brodbeck Park: Construction should begin soon on a new market-rate single-family home at 3321 Brodbeck Pl.

HYDE PARK
* Walter Ellis has completed construction of the new single-family home at 3571 Potomac Ave.  This house is listed for $299,900.
(http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/3921/3571potomac2md.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* A new single-family home ($160,000) is being built by Young's Home Remedies at 4813 Jameson St.  I'm not sure how much demand there will be for this home in a part of the neighborhood that kind of struggles.  He is also building a new single-family house at 6001 Chandler St.  Ditto on the price, and ditto on the comments.

* 5212 Ebersole Ave. is being rehabbed for resale.
(http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/6263/5212ebersole9zs.jpg)

* 5405 Owasco St. has been cleaned up and is now a unit of affordable housing on the market.
(http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/8893/5405owascobefore1kg.jpg)    (http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/687/5405owascoafter1hh.jpg)

* Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corp is helping to rehab 4550 Erie Ave.  This place actually has an interesting history.  For the longest time, the owner was running an illegal car repair business out of this property.  Maintenance was never done on the home and it was condemned.  Then the second-story porch fell off.  This isn't a good pic, but the place is pretty bad:
(http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/5844/4550erie7jz.jpg)

* Cornerstone-Kenwood Towers Ltd is planning to convert the Kenwood Towers/Kenwood Bluffs apartment complex on the 5400 block of Kenwood Rd. into congregate housing for seniors and empty nesters.  Currently, the complex of 3 six-story and 2 four-story buildings hold 215 units.  The owner will decrease this number of units.  Most of the concerns by residents of Madeira have been ironed out, and citizens from Madisonville approved the project since it would boost local senior housing options for those who wanted to stay in the area.
(http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/8530/kenwoodtowers9sm.jpg)

MT. AUBURN
* Christ Hospital has bought the multi-family home at 128 Huntington Pl.  They have been buying properties surrounding the hospital for years.

MT. WASHINGTON
* The Mt. Washington Community Council voted against a zone change that would have allowed a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins at the corner of Roxbury and Beechmont.  The property is vacant, but they didn't want a drive-through or a national company.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060118/NEWS01/601180594/1074/Local
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060125/NEWS01/601250475/1074/Local

* McNicholas High School plans on building an auxiliary gymnasium, which will cost $2.5 million.  They also plan a $600,000-$700,000 renovation of the school media center.  Money is being raised through fundraising, with more than $1 million collected so far.  The media center project starts in the spring, while the gymnasium project probably will not start until late summer or early fall.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060118/NEWS01/601180482/1078/Local

NORTHSIDE
* I'm not sure, but something's going on at the dilapidated building at 3925 Spring Grove Ave.  I saw some guys poking around there the other day.  I do know that as recently as 2004, the building owner applied for a building permit for a mixed-use project (probably ground-floor retail with apartments).  It also appears there were problems with the building permits, and the building has remained in a state of condemnation.  The owner also has no VBML, and the case could go criminal, so maybe they're just bringing it up to compliance.  I'd like to see that project start.  The buildings extending westward along Spring Grove Ave. from Knowlton's Corner are starting to fill up with tenants.  This building would be a real key to keeping it going.  Hopefully it's not too far gone, because it looks pretty bad.
(http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/7950/3925springgrove8gl.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* First Fisher Properties is looking to make some changes in Walnut Hills.  First, they announced that they want to build a two-unit townhouse at 2113 Fulton St. (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg60490;topicseen#msg60490)  Now, this month, they've purchased 2220 and 2222 St. James Ave.  It's unclear if they plan to renovate those units or bulldoze them.  Both were built in the late 19th century, and neither of them are in very good shape (though they've never had anything other than minor code violations).  2220 St. James was purchased for $24,000 and 2222 St. James was bought for $44,000.  Both have been subdivided into two-family dwellings.
(http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/457/2220stjames5qd.jpg)    (http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/3997/2222stjames3rm.jpg)

WESTWOOD
* Woodcrest Park: Work should begin soon at 2393 Oaktree Pl.

BELLEVUE
* Yes, Kentucky does learn from Ohio.  Bellevue councilmen went up to Ohio and got the idea that a neighborhood association would be helpful for the city.
http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060113/NEWS0103/601130430/

NORWOOD
* 2420 Lysle Ln. has had a full renovation.
(http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/4633/2420lyslebefore5rk.jpg)    (http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/1518/2420lysleafter0cy.jpg)

* Virtually everything is new at 3922 Catherine Ave.
(http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/6896/3922catherinebefore8ft.jpg)    (http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/9228/3922catherineafter3bv.jpg)

Round-up: Cincinnati suburbs

BLUE ASH
* Halom House: The Halom House has purchased the former Blue Ash Church of the Nazarene at 4680 Hunt Rd. and renovate it into a home for the developmentally disabled.  The city gave them the go ahead over a week ago.

* Kurleman Homes has purchased 5458 Kenridge Dr. for a teardown.
(http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/7134/5458kenridge7nh.jpg)

COLERAIN TWP.
* Inman Developers LLC has purchased nearly 13 acres on the south side of Springdale Rd., between Brehm and Poole.  This is likely the site of new residential development.

COLUMBIA TWP.
* Camden Homes has bought 3590 Lucille Dr. for a teardown.
(http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/4782/3590lucille4eb.jpg)

* Also, Camden Homes has purchased 8.6 acres bounded by Kennedy Ave., Hill and Dale Dr. and I-71.

FLORENCE
* Paul Hemmer Companies and St. Luke Hospital have opened a new 53,000-square-foot medical office building on the hospital's campus.  The ribbon cutting was on January 24.  Seven tenants have leased space, and only 23,000 square feet of available office space remains.
(http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/6752/stlukehospbuilding9kr.jpg)
http://www.challengernky.com/articles/2006/01/22/business/doc43d001c3e5c37237295707.txt

FOREST PARK
* The Cincinnati Real Life Church has purchased property at 11460 Sebring Dr.  This property was once part of Surf Cincinnati and should give the church access for a sign along I-75.  They are moving their church services there from the Northgate Theater.

FORT THOMAS
* The city will apply for a federal TEA21 grant to fund a bike path and pedestrian walkway to Bellevue.  The path would be just short of a mile in length and would stretch from Clover Ridge Ave. to Memorial Parkway.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060118/NEWS0103/601180397/1059/rss13
http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060121/NEWS02/601210340/1011/RSS02

FORT WRIGHT
* Jack/Son Development LLC is seeking to build a 170-unit condo complex on 40 acres of hillside west of KY-17, at the city's southern border.  Prices will range from between $170,000 and $400,000.  The project would be built in phases over four to six years and is estimated to cost $40M-$45M.  A hearing in front of the Kenton County Planning Commission is set for February 2, and it's expected to be approved.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060120/BIZ01/601200363/1076/rss01

* Also along KY-17, United Development Group is doing a demand study for a possible upscale independent living center.  Preliminary plans are for three buildings, three to four stories each.  The group will be holding focus groups January 24-28.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060114/NEWS0103/601140435/1059/rss13

* The poorly planned shopping center that has the Wal-Mart Supercenter is now causing local officials to try to ban restaurants with drive-throughs.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060116/NEWS0103/601160366/1059/rss13

MADEIRA
* Camden Homes is looking to build a 17-lot subdivision called Woodland Reserve on land to the north of Dawson Rd., near the 7200 block.

* After letting the business district run organically for so long, the city council has asked the city manager to explore redeveloping Miami Avenue between Railroad and Laurel avenues.  The Chamber of Commerce president even said that Madeira "could become a downtown to Indian Hill".
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060121/NEWS01/601210430/1056/rss02

MONTGOMERY
* Ireland-May Ltd. is seeking to rehabilitate the historic Crist House on Zig Zag Rd., pending Landmarks Commission approval.  The 1815 farmhouse would take $300,000 to renovate.  It is now vacant and deteriorating.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060113/NEWS01/601130407/1056/rss02
(http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/5637/cristhouse2am.jpg)

NORTH COLLEGE HILL
* The vacant BP station on the SW corner of Hamilton and Galbraith has finally been bulldozed, as well as the other horrible building just south of it.  There is still no word on what the new property owner plans to do with the land, but it looks a hell of a lot better already.

SPRINGDALE
* 12065 Greencastle Dr.: The city has decided to purchase the home (for $160,125) that's been vacant for 12 years, rather than take it by eminent domain.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060120/NEWS01/601200419/1056/rss02
Background:
1/12/06: http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg70162;topicseen#msg70162 
11/12/06: http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg60490;topicseen#msg60490

SYCAMORE TWP.
* After years of being vacant and only used by vandals and arsonists, the former Royal Crown hotel on Reading Rd. near Cross County Hwy. will soon be sold at sheriff's auction.  This came about because the current property owners defaulted on $1.6 million in loans.  Bear Creek Capital had once expressed interest in developing the property with a Wal-Mart and a Home Depot, but both retailers backed out.  Bear Creek Capital has since deleted the proposal from their website.  Township officials hope this auction will bring in a new development for this property, plus the adjacent Carousel Inn property.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060116/NEWS01/601160357/1056/rss02
(http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/1944/royalcrownhotel6il.jpg)

WYOMING
* The city plans to open the $3.4M Wyoming Family Aquatic Center next year next to the recreation center on Springfield Pike.  Bids for construction will be taken in June, followed by a contract in July.  August is the target time for construction to begin.  The city will pay for the new facilities with a 20-year bond.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060119/NEWS01/601190384/1056/rss02
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on February 03, 2006, 04:13:21 PM
Looks like there's some work happening on Martin Drive, by the base of Paradrome and Parkside...I don't know if it's roadwork or prepping for new housing, and didn't see any mention of Martin in the last few months in this thread...anyone know anything about this?  I'll try to get some pictures...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: old edale on February 03, 2006, 06:19:12 PM
There is also a new development going on off of Torrence and near Breen. Close to the Grandin House Apartments. It's called Summit Commons and it has 5 townhouses.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 03, 2006, 07:37:57 PM
RiverViewer...I thought that work you were talking about was related to the work going on on below on Eastern...ERR, "Riverside".  I do know that they had Martin Dr. down to one lane for a little while.  But then Columbia Pkwy is kind of in between, so I don't know.

Thanks for the info, edale.  I hadn't noticed that.  I looked it up and it's at 614 Torrence Ln.  They don't appear to be on the market yet.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on February 03, 2006, 10:34:24 PM
Quote
There is also a new development going on off of Torrence and near Breen. Close to the Grandin House Apartments. It's called Summit Commons and it has 5 townhouses.

These are actually some homes that I am developing.  We have five attached rowhouses and one free standing single family.  We are tearing down one existing house that I have owned for about two years.  Don't worry, it is nothing historically significant and has major structural damage.  There were three houses there years ago, but to the best of my knowledge, they were torn down in the late 80's or early 90's.  We are not listing them on the MLS yet, but do have a contact for presale information.  If anyone is interested, let me know. I will post a rendering soon.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on February 03, 2006, 11:09:16 PM
Here is an early rendering.  They will likely not be this colorful, but the massing and design will be the same.

(http://upload.pbase.com/csdameron/image/55663763.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on February 04, 2006, 06:25:08 AM
Very San Francisco-esque. I like them!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ColDayMan on February 04, 2006, 01:11:02 PM
Agreed.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 04, 2006, 06:48:50 PM
Is that where you've been recently, Cincinnati Kid?  I noticed you haven't been on the forum--you must have been busy!

Those look pretty nice.  Keep us posted.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on February 04, 2006, 08:29:13 PM
Quote
Is that where you've been recently, Cincinnati Kid?  I noticed you haven't been on the forum--you must have been busy!
Those look pretty nice.  Keep us posted.

A couple things actually, the main one being that when I moved, I could not get zoomtown at my new house and had to go back to fuse, so posting pics takes forever.  But also I have the new houses coming and finishing up my rehab in Clifton, plus a baby on the way in about 6 weeks.  But I have been lurking every day.

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 05, 2006, 07:27:10 PM
Baby?  Congrats!  Damn, I guess you are busy....
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on February 05, 2006, 08:36:22 PM
But I wanted a two car garage AND an oval shaped window in my front door.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 06, 2006, 12:14:26 AM
Major news

I think The_Cincinnati_Kid already supplied that....

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

CITY
* The Corryville Economic Development Corporation has changed its name to the Short Vine Development Company.  Also, in the West End, the Miami Purchase Preservation Fund is now the Community Revitalization Agency.

CLIFTON HTS.
* The rehab at 303 Warner St. is complete.  The rehabbers purchased it to fix up and re-sell.
(http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/4821/303warner5ax.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* 1770 E. McMillan Ave.: The condo conversion is going to feature a rooftop deck.

* A man by the name of William Kopf is assembling lots at the corner of Cleinview and Pomona.  This may turn into an infill project.

EVANSTON
* The new owner of 3546 Newton Ave. is already starting to make improvements to the house, including the installation of a new porch and deck.
(http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/3431/3546newton0xs.jpg)

MT. WASHINGTON
* Blackhawk Land Development LLC has been purchasing residential vacant land near the end of Ronaldson Ave., just off of Corbly Rd.

RIVERSIDE
* The Homesteading & Urban Redevelopment Corp. (HURC) will be fixing up the home at 3489 Hillside Ave. for resale.  HURC is a redevelopment program funded by the city to provide affordable housing options.
(http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/4871/3489hillside1vf.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* 3010 Melrose Ave. has had all three units completely rehabbed.
(http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/2498/3010melrose5ez.jpg)

WESTWOOD
* The Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the city are looking into an arrangement where they can lease a portion of the Gamble Junior High School Property from CPS for improvements to Ryan Park/Westwood Commons.  This would be a 15 year, renewable lease, with nominal lease payments of $1.00 per year.  The improvements are five new tennis courts.  The City Planning Commission recommends approval.

* Woodcrest Park: A home will be built soon by M/I Homes near the corner of Queen City and Sunset.

COVINGTON
* This Victorian just south of MainStrasse has been rehabbed.  The address is 134 W. 10th St.
(http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/6791/134w10thcvg0zk.jpg)

* The Kenton County Animal Shelter is trying to raise $1.8 million to fund a 7,780-square-foot addition.  Aiming to make the shelter a "one-stop shop", the addition will include retail space, a training room, a grooming area, 30 additional kennels, and another crematory.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060202/NEWS0103/602020402/1059/rss13

NEWPORT
* Newport is considering applying for a $250,000 Tony Hawk Foundation grant for a new skate park.  This grant would cover about 25% of the cost.  No site has been selected.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060123/NEWS0103/601230372/1059/rss13

Round-up: Outer burbs

ALEXANDRIA
* Alexandria has introduced ordinances to annex 65 acres in the vicinity of the AA Highway.  Parts of the property along the highway will probably have commercial uses, while the rest would be developed as residential.  A second reading on the ordinances has not been scheduled.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060126/NEWS01/601260427/1077/Local

* The city has formed a park board to help plan events and improvements for its 80-acre municipal park.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060127/NEWS0103/601270457/1059/rss13

ANDERSON TWP.
* The Forest Hills School Board approved synthetic turf for Turpin's football field after fund raisers proved that they had 82% of the $533,456 needed for the project.  The surface will be ready by fall 2006.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060125/NEWS01/601250357/1077/NEWS01

BOONE COUNTY
* Damage done by a $25 million marina and condo complex that never really got started has caused more than $1 million in damage to Woolper's Creek, which is about 3 miles south of Petersburg.  After fifteen years, the Northern Kentucky University Center for Applied Ecology is on the project to restore the creek.  It's expected to take 1-2 years and will be done in three phases.
http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060126/NEWS01/601260355

COLUMBIA TWP.
* The township and the county are adopting a Plainville Road Corridor Special Public Interest (SPI) Strategies Plan to update and tighten zoning for the commercial portion of Plainville Rd.  This is both to allow older, small scale retail buildings built up to the sidewalk to continue to meet zoning standards and to be improved, and to set standards for future development that will tie the corridor into a cohesive whole.
http://www.hamilton-co.org/hcrpc/meetings/2006/RPC/02_06/columbia2006-01.pdf
(http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/4505/plainvillerdstrategy7ge.jpg)

DELHI TWP.
* With a 28% vacany rate on its main business district, the Delhi Business Association is going to set up a business district task force.  The concentration will be on Delhi Pike between Anderson Ferry and Greenwell.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060118/NEWS01/601180318/1074/Local
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060127/NEWS01/601270435/1056/rss02
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060201/NEWS01/602010317/1074/Local

EDGEWOOD
* The Edgewood Tavern intends to move into another space in the same complex on Barnwood Dr.  It may take 3 months to get through the NKAPC, and the owner would like to be able to make the move by early summer.  He wants the new space for the outside patio, which will be useful in case a smoking ban is passed some time down the line.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060119/NEWS01/601190395/1079/Local

FLORENCE
* Transitions Inc., a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, has made a $2.5 million bid to purchase Florence Baptist Church (Main St. and US-42) for a residential treatment program.  Neighbor opposition is already occurring.  Transitions needs a zoning change, which may take 4-6 months.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060126/NEWS01/601260556/1076/Local

FORT THOMAS
* Villa Grande: The 106-home Fisher development will have an effect on Campbell County Schools.  Though the subdivision would be within the city limits of Ft. Thomas, it lies outside of the Ft. Thomas School District boundaries.  Campbell County has already purchased land in the Cold Spring area, but has yet to find funding for a new building.  They fear their schools would not be able to handle the influx of new students that such a development may cause.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060126/NEWS01/601260576/1077/Local

* Highlands HS renovations: A fundraising campaign is underway for the $13 million renovation.  Half of the instructional space will be renovated, and the north wing of the school will be rebuilt.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060128/NEWS0103/601280427/1058/NEWS01

FORT WRIGHT
* People are going apeshit over a proposal for a sidewalk!  The sidewalk, costing $160,000, would run along Highland Ave. beginning at Kyles Lane and moving eastward.  The city is now awaiting word on a ICTEA grant.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060202/NEWS01/602020552/1079/Local
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060203/NEWS0103/602030435/1059/rss13

GREEN TWP.
* Jeff Frieze/JF North Properties LLC is seeking to build a 27-lot subdivision on 17.83 acres along the south side of West Fork Rd., just east of Blue Pine Dr.  The subdivision will be an extension of Valley Way, a stub street built within a new subdivision in 1983.  A new access point will be created on West Fork Rd.  The terrain is quite challenging.
(http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/6619/foxridgeestatesplatmap7uh.jpg)

MONTGOMERY
* Inman Developers has bought the vacant residential lot at 7990 Elbrecht Dr.

* Pioneer Park dog park: Who the hell is against a park for dogs?  People who are afraid of dogs, parents of small children, and those who believe that what currently makes the park so special would be compromised.  They even banded together and started the Preserve Pioneer Park website: www.geocities.com/preservepioneerpark
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060125/NEWS01/601250644/1074/Local

NORTH COLLEGE HILL
* St. Margaret Mary K-8 will be closing at the end of this year, with only 123 students currently enrolled.  This will leave a large, vacant building in the middle of the business district at Galbraith and LaBoiteaux.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060125/NEWS01/601250508/1074/Local

SHARONVILLE
* The Holiday Inn I-275 North has been purchased for $6.5 million.  I haven't heard anything about this in the news or who the new ownership group is.  It appears that it will remain business as usual.

SPRINGFIELD TWP.
* Drees will be building Conrad Meadows, a 15-20 lot subdivision that is an extension of Conrad Dr.  Homes will be in the $300,000-$420,000 range.

SYMMES TWP.
* The Hamilton County Engineer's office has announced that a $2.25 million project for Kemper Rd. will begin in 2007.  The project is for E. Kemper between McKinney and Loveland-Madeira roads.  The project includes widening, paving, structural walls for the hillsides along the roads, a new guardrail and a new drainage system.  The project should be completed by December 31, 2007.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060125/NEWS01/601250379/1075/Local

* Blong Memorial Park: Symmes Township Trustee President Eric Minamyer wants to get this project moving.  The park would be about 1 acre and sit near the intersection of Montgomery and Kemper roads.  It would also contain a memorial to the vicitims of the 1999 tornado.  A public hearing is February 7.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060126/NEWS01/601260370/1056/rss02

* Lebanon Road sidewalk project: The township approved by a 2-1 vote to award a $20,500 consulting and design contract for the 1,300-foot segment of sidewalk, to be built from the Somerset subdivision to Symmes Park.  The township has started eminent domain proceedings for a temporary easement allowing crews to use the yards while building the project.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060127/NEWS01/601270433/1056/rss02

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

FOREST PARK
* Being built by Schmidt Builders at Mill Road Station, Phase II.
(http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/8801/11854winston2ut.jpg)

INDEPENDENCE
* The Lexington, at Glenhurst.  By Maple Street Homes.
(http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/1097/maplestreetlexington1be.jpg)

* The Danville, at Meadow Glen.  Also by Maple Street Homes.
(http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/797/10237meadowglen2mk.jpg)

* The Calumet by Marquis Homes.
(http://img480.imageshack.us/img480/5412/10411canberra3nd.jpg)

TAYLOR MILL
* The Riverdale II, by Schmidt Builders.
(http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/5764/10680decoursey2zb.jpg)

UNION
* Being built in the area near Triple Crown Country Club.  I have no idea who the builder is.  $408,000.
(http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/6564/1011spectacularbid0pj.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 06, 2006, 05:55:08 PM
BTW, RiverViewer....

I don't know if you saw the sign at Martin and Parkside, but the work you referred to in an earlier post is a landslide correction project.  I just noticed the sign today.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on February 06, 2006, 08:21:53 PM
Wow...that ain't a spot where hillside slippage would be a very good thing...of course, at this point there's probably not a single hillside in Mt. Adams where slippage wouldn't be well-nigh disasterous...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 12, 2006, 04:17:01 PM
Evanston: The Keystone

Here's the site plan.  I realize it's pretty hard to read since it's a copy of a scanned document:

(http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/3931/keystonesiteplan0zq.jpg)
SUMMARY: 1) Improved access to park, pedestrian crossing with lighting, fencing, signing at Evanston Ave.  2) New and expanded childrens' play area  3) Upgraded pool facilities  4) Potential new bus shelter and plaza with identity signage  5)  Repositioned football/soccer field removes baseball/softball field from field of play  6) New walking/fitness trail  7) New retaining walls providing improved access to basketball courts  8) Future Dana Avenue boulevard/streetscape improvements  9) Community gateway sign  10) Proposed east park entry plaza and kiosk at shared parking area on Realistic Ave. (Keystone Way)  11) Project identity sign

Fugliness, as seen from I-71:
(http://img486.imageshack.us/img486/33/keystonerend7np.jpg)

The ordinance to receive $2500 from Neyer to do a blight study and to amend the Evanston NBD Urban Renewal plan passed unanimously.  The city, the Evanston community, and Neyer are on board on this.  I don't know the scope of the study or the timetable we're looking at, though.

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
* The following buildings will be torn down: 3454, 3458, 3468 Burnet Ave., and 3449 Harvey Ave.  Unfortunately, this looks like an owner who couldn't keep his buildings up to code, so tearing down the buildings is easier.  It does appear that the owner is a trustee.
(http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/254/3434harvey5ba.jpg)    (http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/2005/3458burnet2es.jpg)
(http://img478.imageshack.us/img478/7995/3468harvey1ze.jpg)   (http://img478.imageshack.us/img478/2026/3449harvey9gl.jpg)

CARTHAGE
* Cincinnati Housing Partners has purchased 234 W. 69th St. for rehab and resale to a lower income family.  The foreclosed property cost $40,500.
(http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/452/234w69th3qi.jpg)

COLLEGE HILL
* Capri Woods: Work should begin soon on 5998 Capri Dr.

COVEDALE/PRICE HILL
* The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts will receive $100,000 from the federal government.  Money will go to fix the exterior facade of the building.  The lighted tower will also be restored.  The beginning of the work has not been mentioned.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060208/NEWS01/602080349/1074/Local

EAST PRICE HILL
* 408 Grand Ave. has been rehabbed and is on the market for $585,000.  The price mostly reflects the fact that it has a stunning view.
(http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/7288/408grandbefore0dl.jpg)    (http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/56/408grandafter9df.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* James Knolle plans on building two 3000-square-foot homes at 2310 and 2312 Gladstone Ave.  These will be three-story, upscale homes with three balconies and river views, costing about $675,000.  (A steal for what he's offering!)  Both homes that currently occupy the site are in deteriorated condition (condemned) and will be demolished.  This project has been a long time coming and it has taken Knolle a couple of years to acquire 2312 Gladstone and to finalize plans for the new units.
(http://img133.imageshack.us/img133/3999/2310gladstone5ha.jpg)    (http://img459.imageshack.us/img459/1299/2312gladstone7nt.jpg)

EVANSTON
* 1822 Huron Ave., built in 1891, is receiving structural work and a few other minor fixes.
(http://img317.imageshack.us/img317/2552/1822huron0zy.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* Pretty much all of 6126 Bramble Ave. is new.
(http://img475.imageshack.us/img475/2827/6126bramblebefore6gw.jpg)    (http://img475.imageshack.us/img475/5931/6126brambleafter8vl.jpg)

MT. LOOKOUT
* Two new two-family properties will be built by IJK Properties at 3242 and 3246 Linwood Ave., opposite the intersection of Linwood and Ellison.  This would require the demolition of the existing structures.  No demolition permit has been applied for.
(http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/2779/3242linwood9xi.jpg)    (http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/5175/3246linwood5xc.jpg)

MT. WASHINGTON
* Beechmont and Roxbury: Since the proposal for a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins was turned down.  No plans have been announced, but officials and citizens would prefer something more locally based.  A health care center has been mentioned.  The properties on either side of the vacant lot are for sale.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060208/NEWS01/602080420/1074/Local

NORTHSIDE
* Habitat for Humanity has purchased this old (1885), condemned shotgun house at 4222 Kirby Rd.  The home is in frighteningly bad shape, so I expect it's likely that there will be a teardown.
(http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/3874/4222kirby6ge.jpg)

OAKLEY
* The city has given Oakley $50,000 for improvements.  Improvements may include a redo of the pedestrian and train bridges across Madison Rd., renovation of the Oakley Esplanade along with signage and possibly a fountain, and a traffic study of Madison Rd.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060201/NEWS01/602010342/1074/Local

UNIVERSITY HTS.
* Much progress is being made on the two-family being built atop the six-car garage at 396 Probasco St.
(http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/1213/060201031univhtss6iv.jpg)

WESTWOOD
* Ryan Park: The ordinance for the city to lease a portion of the Gamble Junior High School property from CPS passed in council unanimously.  The city will construct 5 new tennis courts, will pay CPS $1 per year for 15 years (and for three additional terms of five years each), and will allow CPS schools/teams priority use of the Ryan Park facilities.

WINTON PLACE
* The Winton Place Development Association has purchased 4646 N. Edgewood Ave. (built 1894) for $20,000, presumably to rehab it.  It doesn't really look so bad from the outside.
(http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/5954/4646nedgewood2sf.jpg)

NEWPORT
* 839 Overton St. has been rehabbed.
(http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/9274/839overtonbefore9wr.jpg)    (http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/527/839overtonafter6dv.jpg)

Round-up:  Outer burbs

COLD SPRING
* The staff of the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services has moved into the former Cold Spring School at US-27 and East Alexandria Pike.  Renovations to the 83-year-old school cost $500,000.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060202/NEWS01/602020504/1077/Local

COLERAIN TWP.
* Soon, the township will be conducting a Hamilton Avenue Corridor Study for the portion of Hamilton Ave. between I-275 and John Gray Rd.

COLUMBIA TWP.
* Genesis Redevelopment Group, which has a spotty track record of redevelopment, has acquired 6210 Grace Ave. for rehabilitation.
(http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/7169/6210grace1vj.jpg)

* Plainville Road Corridor Study: The following article gives some background on the study I mentioned last week.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060201/NEWS01/602010340/1074/Local

ERLANGER
* Construction of the city's largest park will begin this summer.  Lakemont Park will be built on a 32-acre area in the Lakemont subdivision off of Richardson Rd.  Phase one calls for playground equipment, picnic tables and grills, and two multi-purpose play fields.  Later phases will include a fishing dock and two-acre pond, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and walking trails.  They are even considering a small splash park in the future.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060203/NEWS0103/602030425/1059/NEWS01

FLORENCE
* Transitions Inc. treatment center: The possible movement of a substance abuse treatment center into the Florence Baptist Church site at Main St. and US-42 may be the most contentious issue in the city in years.  Residents are voicing their disapproval, zoning issues are being discussed, and the whole thing might end up in court.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090628/1076/Local

FORT THOMAS
* Fort Thomas Overlook: Center Line Development is proposing a condo complex near Hghland Country Club, and has asked the city to annex the 3.7 acres of the 14.9 acre site which lies outside of the city limits.  While the Law-Labor-License committee studies the annexation, the developer will submit his proposal to the Planning and Zoning Commission to get a zoning change.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090652/1077/Local

* Fort Thomas Schools: Needing $6.4 million to build a new school building to replace the deteriorating Woodfill Elementary School, the Fort Thomas School Board must consider merging its two elementary schools to become eligible for the state funds.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060204/NEWS0103/602040368/1077/NEWS01

GREEN TWP.
* The township has purchased 49.7 acres from the Marge and Charles J. Schott foundation for $1.9 million.  The property, which adjoins Mt. Airy Forest on Diehl Rd., will be the site of new ball fields and walking trails.  One other reason cited was the desire "not to lose one square inch of Green Twp." to Cincinnati in annexation.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060208/NEWS01/602080365/1056/rss02

INDEPENDENCE
* Hickory Valley: Center Line Developers will be developing about 200 homes on 100 acres between KY-16 and KY-17 near Fowler Creek.  Homes will range from $180,000-$200,000.  Keystone Home Builders, Ryan Homes and S.L. Williams Homes will be the builders.  Construction should begin in the spring.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060206/NEWS0103/602060353/1059/rss13

MADEIRA
* Madeira business district: The following story gives some perspectives on where the business district of the city should head in the future.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060202/NEWS01/602020351/1074/Local

MILFORD
* Steve Early and Dale Roe are looking to rebuild downtown's cornerstone building in an ongoing effort to bring downtown Milford back to life.  The building, at Garfield and Main, was built in the 1870s.  It suffered major damage from an electrical fire a couple of years ago.  The duo hope to restore the building, at a cost of at least $1 million, into a mixed-use building with retail, office, and apartments.
(http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/8813/milforddtbuilding9pc.jpg)

NORTH COLLEGE HILL
* Hamilton and Galbraith: Groundbreaking for a new Greater Cincinnati Credit Union branch will take place on February 14.  The 4300-square-foot building will take the place of the recently demolished BP station.

SPRINGDALE
* 12065 Greencastle Dr.: The city closed on this property and paid $160,125.  The city considered eminent domain, but chose to purchase the home instead.  It had been vacant for 12 years.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060208/NEWS01/602080747/1074/Local

SPRINGFIELD TWP.
* Winton Rd. streetscape project: State money has been secured for the $3.6 million project, which includes widening, a continuous turn lane, paving, curbs, sidewalks and bus stops.  The project will be along Winton Rd. between Reynard Ave. and Fleming Rd.  The county still must acquire rights-of-way, so work will not begin until next year.  The project will finish in 2008.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060201/NEWS01/602010591/1074/Local

SYMMES TWP.
* Blong Park: Residents have been weighing in on the park proposal, and some have worried about a proposed 40-space parking lot.  Only two people in a crowd of 45 officially raised their hands to disapprove of the project.  The next meeting of the committee will be February 21, with a possible final proposal to go to the trustees some time in March.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060208/NEWS01/602080381/1056/rss02

* The Hamilton County Commissioners' vote on widening Kemper Rd. from McKinley Rd. to Loveland-Madeira Rd. has been delayed.  Due to resident complaints, the county has asked that the township administrator gather more comments from more residents.  The vote for the $2.5 million project will now be March 15.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060208/NEWS01/602080370/1056/rss02

UNION
* TANK will be building a park-and-ride facility at Investment Way and Mount Zion Rd.  The facility will have 75 parking spaces.  Design work is starting and TANK is hoping to get the construction done and the facility open by late summer or early fall.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090614/1076/Local

The're building such CRAAAAP!!!

BURLINGTON
* WTF?!?  It almost looks like the front door was an afterthought.
(http://img472.imageshack.us/img472/1158/4455hackberry6zc.jpg)

COLD SPRING
* What's with the false gables?  This is the "St. Moritz" design in the Cascades at Granite Spring.  Home by Fischer Homes.  $292K.
(http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/8177/686silverledge0th.jpg)

COVINGTON
* ON A SAFE CUL-DE-SAC!!!!!!!!!!  Built by Kramer Gieske Construction.
(http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/278/4427bresser0uk.jpg)

INDEPENDENCE
* Blah.
(http://img458.imageshack.us/img458/2678/1837freedomtrail2cz.jpg)

* Built with the idea that the garage will be the main entry into the home.  Plan by Structures.
(http://img466.imageshack.us/img466/7405/10197chestnutoak7oo.jpg)

* Deerfield II plan, Noll Construction.  Garage takes up 1/3 of facade.  $209K?
(http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/9937/855steviestrl6wh.jpg)

MAINEVILLE
* I have no idea what this is.  Northgate Estates, $245K.
(http://img438.imageshack.us/img438/5131/7277northgate4ca.jpg)

MASON
* The Canterbury II by John Henry Homes.  $370K.
(http://img475.imageshack.us/img475/5213/6471evergreen8qf.jpg)

UNION
* The Winchester A at Treme at Orleans, by Maple Street Homes.  The garage door takes up 1/4 of the facade!
(http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/7739/11024carnival5ca.jpg)

* Same development, Trenton B floor plan.  The garage is the feature.
(http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/9146/11028carnival6fb.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on February 12, 2006, 05:50:31 PM
EAST WALNUT HILLS
* James Knolle plans on building two 3000-square-foot homes at 2310 and 2312 Gladstone Ave.  These will be three-story, upscale homes with three balconies and river views, costing about $675,000.  (A steal for what he's offering!)  Both homes that currently occupy the site are in deteriorated condition (condemned) and will be demolished.  This project has been a long time coming and it has taken Knolle a couple of years to acquire 2312 Gladstone and to finalize plans for the new units.
(http://img133.imageshack.us/img133/3999/2310gladstone5ha.jpg)    (http://img459.imageshack.us/img459/1299/2312gladstone7nt.jpg)

I'm surprised those are considered East Walnut Hills - the maps I've seen all draw the East End/East Walnut Hills line at Columbia Parkway, and Gladstone is definitely south of that.  Here's a link (http://cagis.hamilton-co.org/scripts/esrimap.dll?name=CAGIS&Left=1406624.17574179&Bottom=413616.608112374&Right=1413232.059738&Top=418409.139362374&Template=Planimetric&Scale=1157&LastLayer=Neighborhoods&LabelText=&ImagePath=http%3A%2F%2Fcagis.hamilton-co.org%2Ftemp%2F5191slh14869.jpg&Cmd=ZoomIn&DIdLayer=County+Boundary&TScale=1157&BackLayer=Neighborhoods&click.x=269&click.y=205) to the CAGIS map of the area...but the assessor's page agrees with you!  Maybe the dividing line is actually the railroad tracks...

Regardless, that spot will rock out.  I had some friends who lived in the first house on Collins up the hill from Gladstone - here's a shot I took during Paddlefest last summer, with my friends' house circled:
(http://www.pbase.com/reh/image/46052449.jpg)

Those places will have a fantastic river view...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on February 12, 2006, 07:51:26 PM
Wow, some of those suburban house designs are really ugly.  They mix architectural styles willy-nilly, most lack porches, and the front elevations highlight the garage instead of the door.  It's a wonder anyone is attracted to their schizophrenic, inhuman designs.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on February 12, 2006, 08:16:10 PM
Yeah, I forgot to mention, I really dig the new "They're building such CRAAAAP!!!" feature of your posts!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 12, 2006, 09:27:38 PM
RiverViewer...I totally agree with you about Gladstone being more East End than EWH, but I always stick to the auditor info.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: David on February 13, 2006, 12:20:22 AM
Wow grasscat that first house is pathetic lol! Talk about a ridiculous place for a door. 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Wally on February 14, 2006, 12:37:27 PM
Thanks, Grasscat- as always, I enjoy your updates. 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on February 14, 2006, 12:49:50 PM
Here is an early rendering.  They will likely not be this colorful, but the massing and design will be the same.

(http://upload.pbase.com/csdameron/image/55663763.jpg)

Who doesn't want to be Cincinnati Kid?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Cincinnatus on February 14, 2006, 10:57:13 PM
Here is an early rendering.  They will likely not be this colorful, but the massing and design will be the same.

(http://upload.pbase.com/csdameron/image/55663763.jpg)

Who doesn't want to be Cincinnati Kid?




Cincinnati Gay Pride to the fullest! ;)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on February 14, 2006, 11:49:23 PM
That East Price Hill location on Grand Avenue doesnt even look like the same house.  Amazing. 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: old edale on February 17, 2006, 11:16:49 PM
I don't know if this has been mentioned or not but there are some very nice looking row houses on Jefferson that are just now nearing completion.  Looks like a great development.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 18, 2006, 06:43:26 PM
Yeah, I think you're talking about Charlton Place.  I'm pretty sure they're mentioned in the University Village thread, though that thread hasn't been active in a while.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Jimmy Skinner on February 19, 2006, 09:21:24 AM
there are some very nice looking row houses on Jefferson ...
You've got to be kidding.  Those are the ugliest things I have ever seen!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on February 19, 2006, 01:37:53 PM
Here is an updated rendering of my project in Hyde Park.....

(http://www.pbase.com/csdameron/image/56262907.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on February 19, 2006, 07:04:44 PM
Quality finishes!

Any reason why the sixth one's not attached?

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: David on February 19, 2006, 07:09:32 PM
400s.. people will pay anything to live in Hyde Park. I bet those rowhouses have an interesting floorplan.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 20, 2006, 01:19:24 AM
Something may be happening in the "triangle" of Gilbert/Nassau/Sinton

Gilbert Avenue Development LLC has purchased properties at 2202, 2204, 2208, 2210, 2212 and 2220 Gilbert Ave., as well as the parking lot behind then on Sinton, for $1.275 million. 

This area is zoned commercial-mixed, meaning both auto-oriented and pedestrian-oriented uses. 

I do not know if they plan to redevelop the buildings or if they plan on tearing them down. 

Their address is 4500 Lake Forest Dr., which is in Blue Ash.  I haven't been able to nail down who they are just yet.

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=39.121288,-84.493403&spn=0.004678,0.008605&t=h

T.J. Houshmandzadeh and wife move to Wyoming

T.J. Houshmandzadeh recently closed on a landominium in the Wyoming Glen development, purchasing a 1938-square-foot unit for just over $403,000.  Wyoming Glen is located near the intersection of Springfield Pike and Bonham Rd.

Surrey Square redevelopment plan on tap

Owners of Norwood's Surrey Square Mall will present preliminary plans for redevelopment of the 176,433-square-foot shopping center at tonight's Norwood City Council meeting.
 
The center will be anchored by a new Kroger, expanded from 37,000 square feet to 76,000 square feet and occupy the space that Media Play recently vacated. The plans also call for a new facade for the center, redevelopment of the current Kroger space and construction of two new buildings.

New York-based New Plan Excel Realty Trust purchased the center for $10.45 million in September from the Belvedere Corp. The company owns several other centers in the Greater Cincinnati area.

© 2006 American City Business Journals Inc.

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/02/13/daily26.html

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

CITY
Cincinnati firefighters can expand their downtown memorial on land controlled by the state, after the Ohio Department of Transportation relinquished an easement along Interstate 75 on Wednesday. The move marked a temporary cease-fire in a five-year battle between the state and the city over the $1.5 million Third Street "ramp to nowhere," which the city built as part of the Fort Washington Way project in 2001. The state never allowed the city to connect the ramp to I-75 north, and made the demolition of the ramp a condition for expansion of the memorial. An ODOT permit manager told firefighters last year they would have to stand in the street for their annual memorial observance rather than congregate on state property. ODOT District 8 Director Michael C. Flynn said that decision was a misunderstanding. Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48 President Joseph W. Diebold credited U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood, with pressuring ODOT.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090382/1056/rss02

CALIFORNIA
* 547 Sutton Ave. is looking pretty sharp....
(http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/1345/547suttonbefore2nu.jpg)    (http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/6683/547suttonafter6wk.jpg)

CARTHAGE
* The new owner of 221 W. 70th St. has begun the task of making the house livable.  The auditor has valued the property at $46,000, but it was purchased for only $12,000 last month.
(http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/3077/221w70th9fm.jpg)

CLIFTON HTS.
* 53 Parker St. now looks as good as it did 100 years ago.
(http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9997/53parkerbefore7lb.jpg)    (http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/1263/53parkerafter4xg.jpg)

CORRYVILLE
* The renovation of 2635 Bellevue Ave. is complete, and it's on the market for $234K--pretty steep for that neighborhood.
(http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/6479/2635bellevuebefore4ok.jpg)    (http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/4590/2635bellevueafter7to.jpg)

EAST END
* 260 Corbin St. and 2901 Eastern Ave. will be demolished.  Those two lots, plus two adjacent vacant lots, are owned by Mark Kalb (dba Revolution Property LLC).  Kalb runs an auto body shop at 2201 Losantiville Ave.  God, I hope an auto shop doesn't open here (current zoning is commercial).  (As an aside, 260 Corbin was formerly the Phillips Chapel CME Church.)
(260 Corbin and 2901 Eastern)
(http://img354.imageshack.us/img354/3848/260corbin7re.jpg)    (http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/155/2901eastern3sk.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* Light Valley Properties has picked up the two-family at 1336 Wm H Taft Rd.  They usually do rehab work.
(http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/6803/1336wmhtaft7fv.jpg)

EVANSTON
* The nuisance property at 3319 Bonaparte Ave. has a new owner and is being cleaned up.
(http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/3890/3319bonaparte2xm.jpg)

FAIRVIEW (Klotter-Conroy)
* The three-family at 610 Klotter Ave. is being converted to a single-family.  I expect the finished 2000-square-foot+ house to command a high price.
(http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/9483/610klotter8lw.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* In place of the teardown at 3804 Aylesboro Ave., Boulder Construction is building a new $448,000 home in its place.  The value of the previous house was somewhere around $135,000.
(http://img462.imageshack.us/img462/4028/3804aylesboro5sy.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* Erie Station LLC has purchased the condemned multi-family property at 4553 Erie Ave.  They paid $100,000 for the property, probably more than it was worth.  Look for this site (Erie and Roe) to be a possible redevelopment site.
(http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/6033/4553erie3gw.jpg)

* Young's Home Remedies (Eric Young) recently bought the vacant lot at 6700 E. Ledge St. and plans to build a $170,000 house on the property.  This is one of a few Madisonville infill projects!

* 4605 Whetsel Ave. has been converted from a two-family to a single-family.
(http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/8128/4605whetselbefore5zb.jpg)    (http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/1659/4605whetselafter1qn.jpg)

MT. AUBURN
* 2140 Loth St. is looking much better.  In fact, there's a stretch of Loth there that's in really good shape.  This home is estimated to have been built around 1865.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/7226/2140lothbefore2iu.jpg)    (http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9575/2140lothafter3ks.jpg)

PLEASANT RIDGE
* A new single-family home is being built on the empty lot at 3142 Parkview Ave.  Most of the homes on this street are part of the Parkview subdivision, developed in the mid- to late-1920s.
(http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/5484/3142parkview6om.jpg)

PRICE HILL
* Seton H.S. expansion: The Sisters of Charity/Seton are going to demolish 3901 Glenway Ave. to make way for their $12.5 million expansion project.
(http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/5227/3901glenway6mb.jpg)

* 4802 Prosperity Pl. is no longer scary.
(http://img47.imageshack.us/img47/7610/4802prosperitybefore6fc.jpg)    (http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/5186/4802prosperityafter2vh.jpg)

* The owners of 1211 Manss Ave. are converting the three-family into a two-family, and doing an interior rehab.
(http://img133.imageshack.us/img133/3348/1211manss7kn.jpg)

SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE
* Work to repair fire damage and to build an addition to 3732 Borden St. will start soon.  The condemned house was purchased for $2,000, and it may have been saved from demolition.
(http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/6342/3732borden1oh.jpg)

* Down the street, 3809 Borden St. is getting some attention from its new owners as well.
(http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/4742/3809borden5rc.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
* The owner of the condemned home at 1993 State Ave. purchased it a year ago, and has since made the building vacant and secure and as cleaned up the lot.  Now he's getting around to rehabbing it as a single-family residence.  He's lived next door to this house for 24 years.  I guess if you want something done, you have to do it yourself....
(http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/3473/1993state6uz.jpg)

UNIVERSITY HTS.
* 2966 W. McMicken Ave. has been updated and cleaned up for resale.
("After" photo only)
(http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/1446/2966mcmicken1hb.jpg)

COVINGTON
* Gayle Wynn has completed a duplex at 115-117 Martin St.  The project was designed to save energy.  The Energy Star-rated duplex is being sold with both units together for $286,200.
(http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/4404/gaylewynn9qr.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060211/NEWS0103/602110383/1059/rss13

DAYTON
* 928 6th Ave. has been cleaned up for resale.
(http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/2830/9286thdaybefore4wa.jpg)    (http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/4856/9286thdayafter8fp.jpg)

LUDLOW
* 540 Church St. has been completely overhauled.
(http://img500.imageshack.us/img500/6272/540churchlud2wg.jpg)

* 816 Laurel St. has also been redeveloped.
(http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/1761/816laurellud0to.jpg)

NEWPORT
* The city has turned over 1006 Central Ave. to Tim and Thelma Kiser, who plan to spend at least $75,000 rehabbing it into a 3000-square-foot single-family home.
(http://img116.imageshack.us/img116/3356/1006centralnpt1vg.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS0103/602090401/1059/rss13

* The homes on Wiedemann Hill are featured in a 60-page spread in American Dream Homes magazine.  Photos and blueprints can be found at http://www.eplans.com .
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060210/NEWS0103/602100449/1059/rss13

NORWOOD
* Bush Properties has completed a rehab of 2145 Hannaford Ave.
(http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/2919/2145hannafordbefore0ly.jpg)    (http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/8683/2145hannafordafter8kc.jpg)

* Wow.  Doubled in value.  4734 Woodlawn Ave.
(http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/7775/4734woodlawnbefore0ep.jpg)   (http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/5728/4734woodlawnafter0lb.jpg)

Round-up: Outer burbs

COLD SPRING
* Cold Spring Crossing: The VP of the company that owns Cold Spring Crossing is accusing judge-executive candidate Lloyd Rodgers of financially benefitting from a road that he is lobbying the state to have built.  Rogers has had difficulty having land that he owns developed, and now the county schools are involved and it's all just a big mess.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090594/1077/Local

COLERAIN TWP.
* The township's 126-acre Heritage Park, on East Miami River Rd., will have a formal dedication in June.  Township residents are already using the parts that are completed.  When finished, the park will include a canoe/kayak ramp, walking trails, river bank fishing spots, four baseball fields, a Frisbee golf course, a National Wetlands overlook outdoor archaeological lab, an interpretive center, a shelter house and landscaping.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060212/NEWS01/602120357/1056/rss02

DELHI TWP.
* Delhi Road business survey: Several amendments have been made to the survey.  The vacancy rate between Greenwell and Anderson Ferry is 27.4%.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060215/NEWS01/602150335/1074/Local

ERLANGER
* The Fun Center at Pleasure Isle should be ready to host events by May.  The 37,000-square-foot, $2.5 million center provides space for indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, tae kwon do and gymnastics.  It will also include concessions, arcade areas and two party rooms.  The facility will be located at the former Pleasure Isle site on KY-17, near Hands Pike.
(http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/3553/erlangerfuncenter6hr.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060213/NEWS0103/602130357/1059/rss13

FAIRFIELD
* Resident and business owner Nick Dabado is looking into whether or not enough money can be raised privately to fund a new football stadium for Fairfield High School.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060210/NEWS01/602100418/1056

FT. THOMAS
* Villa Grande: Dan Shannon, a representative of Fischer, has asked the city council if there is any way that the company can burn trees on the land off of Chesapeake to facilitate the new housing development.  The issue has been sent to the Law-Labor-License committee for further review.  Fisher hopes to begin clearing the site in April.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090483/1077/Local

FT. WRIGHT
* The city announced it will propose a form district plan to streamline future development along KY-17.  The 48-page proposal will go to the NKAPC for recommendations.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090528/1079/Local

INDIAN HILL
* Camden Homes has purchased a $550,000 house at 7440 Demar Rd. for a teardown and a rebuild.
(http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/3612/7440demar8zq.jpg)

* Three $1,000,000 homes are currently being built, all by Kurleman: 7925 Graves Rd. ($2,699,900), 6 Twin Fences ($1,989,900), 18 Twin Fences ($1,849,900...must be where the help sleeps).

KENTON COUNTY
* The Kenton County Planning Commission recommended approval of a new development called The Village of Mills Creek, which will contain 218 residential units on 93 acres.  The development, which will consist of three smaller "villages", will be built on unincorporated land south of Independence off of Marshall Rd., between Petty and Pruett roads.  The plan now goes to the county for approval, and the developer plans to break ground within the next year.  The next planning commission meeting is March 2.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090677/1079/Local

SYCAMORE TWP. (Dillonvale)
* One more unit of clean and safe affordable housing out there, this one at 8315 Lake Ave.  Though it had better be a small family--this shotgun's only 720 square feet.
(http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/7659/8315lakebefore5ky.jpg)    (http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/5843/8315lakeafter4qh.jpg)

VILLA HILLS
* Villa Hills is getting a 140-foot Cincinnati Bell Wireless cell tower near Villa Madonna Academy, and of course people are complaining.  For some reason they're worried about kids getting into it somehow.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090526/1079/Local

WYOMING
* State environmental workers soon will begin cleaning up the former Jerry's Trackside site in Wyoming. The property, a former gas station, was contaminated by leaking underground gas tanks. The state's plan calls for digging up and removing the contaminated soil, then replacing that with clean dirt. This should happen late this month or early next, according to the city manager's office. After that, any groundwater contaminants will be removed by vacuum extraction, a process expected to take two to three years. The state is paying for the cleanup because the site is part of its Petroleum Storage Tank Removal fund. The city leased the Wyoming Avenue property in December and demolished the building. Once the site is declared clean by the state fire marshal, city officials hope to make it a public parking lot, with the possibility of other redevelopment in the future.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090382/1056/rss02

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

I went a little out of control last week with the houses in here.  From now on, I'm going to limit myself to three.

HAMILTON
* CFM Builders.  The Arlington plan.  Space devoted to the garages appears larger than the living space.
(http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/6208/7857furrowct1vn.jpg)

INDEPENDENCE
* Just bloody awful.
(http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/7497/128friartuck4jb.jpg)

MAINEVILLE
* Again, garage takes up half of the building mass.  I wouldn't pay $319,000 for this house.
(http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/3530/1402tecumseh5zu.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: David on February 20, 2006, 07:40:41 AM
Why are houses these days so basic, and what exactly is so great about siding? I'd rather pay a little more and not ever have to look at it
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on February 20, 2006, 10:29:12 AM
Quote
Any reason why the sixth one's not attached?

Yes, the single house lot is zoned single family, and the others are zoned RM (residential mixed use).  As a matter of fact the far left attached house is zoned SF as well, just pushed to the far side of the lot.

P.S. the house above in Independence is the most god awful thing I have ever seen!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on February 20, 2006, 05:15:22 PM
Hey grasscat, where is that house in Hamilton? Off Millville?

Personally, I'd hate to lose any of the buildings RV posted, but someone will throw the breaking eggs thing at me again, so I'll shut up...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on February 20, 2006, 05:36:02 PM
No, Ink, I'd agree with you - well, not 100% - I could give up the second and third blue ones (the first is kind of cool from behind), but the brick ones are cool, and that pink one is fantastic - really gives that corner its character.  But then it ain't my decision...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 20, 2006, 06:36:42 PM
INK...the address of the Hamilton house is 7857 Furrow Ct.  I had no idea where that was, so I looked it up on the Butler County GIS.  It appears it's part of a CFM Builders subdivision southeast of the intersection of Tylersville and OH-747.  So it's listed as Hamilton although it's slightly outside of Hamilton.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on February 20, 2006, 06:50:44 PM
Butler County has GIS? Would you mind to share the link?

I think that is part of the area of WCT that will be changed from 45011 to 45069, which will save me a lot of hassel. I'd ask you to change it, but Hamilton is getting plenty of this crap with 3 garage stalls off Millville and in Hamilton West Estates.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 20, 2006, 07:18:19 PM
It's the GIS mapping off of their auditor's site:
http://maps.butlercountyohio.org/
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: xumelanie on February 25, 2006, 10:59:09 PM
PLEASANT RIDGE
* A new single-family home is being built on the empty lot at 3142 Parkview Ave.  Most of the homes on this street are part of the Parkview subdivision, developed in the mid- to late-1920s.
(http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/5484/3142parkview6om.jpg)

Very interesting.  I know exactly where that lot is located.  It's a tiny lot, so I have a hard time picturing this house being built here.

Grasscat, I always enjoy reading your updates to this thread.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CincyImages on February 26, 2006, 07:30:19 PM
I have been adding many of the recent renderings to an online gallery where they can all be accessed quickly.  I also have separate pages for QCS, Fountain Square & Millworks.  Here is the link below:

http://www.pbase.com/montecarloss/renderings_developments
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 27, 2006, 10:12:49 PM
From the 2/13/06 Kentucky Post:

Fort Thomas selects an architect for center
By Denise Wilson
Post staff reporter

 
Fort Thomas officials and two private property owners have selected a Wilder architect to complete the design work for the city's Towne Center project off North Fort Thomas Avenue.

Fort Thomas Enterprises, which represents tenants that lease space at the location, Citizens Bank of Northern Kentucky, a tenant with a long-term lease there and the city have contracted with Cardinal Engineering Architecture Land Surveying for $84,050 to complete the design work and to bid the Towne Center Revitalization Plan, said City Administrator Jeff Earlywine.

http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060213/NEWS02/602130386/1014 (http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060213/NEWS02/602130386/1014)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 28, 2006, 02:13:57 PM
Camp Washington apartment building to be demolished

Lamar Advertising has owned this apartment building at 1009 Marshall Ave. since 1998.
(http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9725/1009marshall2dd.jpg)

Apparently, Lamar wanted to tear down the building years ago to erect a free-standing advertising sign, but had trouble getting their plan through Zoning.

Meanwhile, the building was condemned, and Lamar failed to keep it up to VBML snuff. 

I have no idea what has happened since then, other than the fact that they did eventually apply for a VBML and did the bare minimum to keep the building standing.

Big deal.  The eyesore has been there right next to I-75 for everyone to see for years.

Expect to see that lot on Marshall become a trashy looking assortment of billboards.

Thanks, assholes.

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

CLIFTON
* The Light Valley Properties rehab of 33 Juergens Ave. is now complete.
(http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/3160/33juergensbefore9ah.jpg)    (http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/8316/33juergensafter3tg.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* 1715 E. McMillan condos: This project should be completed by late summer or early fall.

FAIRVIEW
* The rehab at 2626 Halstead St. is now complete.
(http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/7581/2626halsteadbefore9dr.jpg)    (http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/8418/2626halsteadafter0qr.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* Construction will begin soon on a teardown/rebuild at 2601 Handasyde Ave.  A $1.25 million home will replace a $655,000 one.

KENNEDY HTS.
* A new single-family home will be built on the vacant lot at 6215 Tyne Ave.

MT. LOOKOUT
* 752 Delta Ave.: A retaining wall will soon start for the teardown/rebuild project.

OAKLEY
* Someone dba STK Realty LLC has purchased lots 5 lots at the corner of Madison and Markbreit, which is the half-timbered building.  I do not know if they intend to act as landlord, tenant the building, or redevelop the property.

PENDLETON
* Ohio Check Cashers is moving into 702 Reading Rd., formerly an auto lot.

WESTWOOD
* Woodcrest Park: Work should begin soon on 2384 Oaktree Pl.

CHEVIOT
* The Cheviot Memorial Building, commonly known as "The Fieldhouse", will turn 70 this year.  The building on Robb Ave. was a project of the WPA.  It's now undergoing a $30,000 paint job and brick touch-up in the hope that it will get listed on the National Register.  Read the history:
(http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/7947/cheviotmemorialbuilding7wc.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060223/NEWS01/602230348/-1/back01

COVINGTON
* 412 W. 9th St. has been wonderfully restored.
(http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/8805/412w9thcvg9ny.jpg)

* 2217 Howell St. in the Peaselburg neighborhood has been rehabbed.
(http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/994/2217howellcvg1qb.jpg)

LINCOLN HTS.
* A teardown has resulted in a cleaned up lot and new construction of a market-rate home at 867 Byrd Ave.
(http://img119.imageshack.us/img119/5134/867byrdbefore6re.jpg)    (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/246/867byrdafter2yi.jpg)

Round-up: Outer burbs

BLUE ASH
* Kurleman is building a new, $600,000 custom home on land cleared via teardown.  The property is at 4980 Myerdale Dr., in a neighborhood of 1950s-era ranches.

BRIDGETOWN
* May Construction is building a condo development near the 5600 block of Bridgetown Rd., roughly in the area of Bridgetown and Virginia.  I believe it will be called Virginia Square, and the prices start at $126,500.

COLERAIN TWP.
* New $300K+ homes are being built off of Clovercrest Dr.  These homes will be in the middle of an area bounded by Clovercrest Dr. on the south, Pippin Rd. on the west, Golf Dr. on the north, and the Clovernook Country Club on the east.
(http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/4682/2456clovercrest6vo.jpg)

* Welsh Excavation out of Cleves has purchased 64.4 acres of agricultral land between Forfeit Run and Althaus roads for $1.5 million.  I don't have a good feeling about that.

ELSMERE
* A developer is kicking around the idea of building single-family or multi-family homes along Shaw Rd., depending on council's willingness to grant a zone change.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060216/NEWS01/602160407/1079/Local

FAIRFIELD
* The former Thriftway on OH-4 will become home to Goodwill by this summer.  Goodwill will use 30,000 square feet (roughly 3/4) of the building, which has been vacant since 2004.
http://www.journal-news.com/hp/content/news/stories/2006/02/20/HJN022106GOODWILL.html

FT. THOMAS
* Centerline Development condos: A public hearing on the proposed condo development off of Blossom Lane near the Highland Country Club will occur March 15.  Tim Reese of Centerline Development wants to buy 14.9 acres of land for the project, most of which is in unincorporated Campbell County.  His purchase is contingent upon getting a zoning change and Ft. Thomas' annexing of the unincorporated land.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060223/NEWS01/602230454/1077/Local

* Highlands High School renovation: This project will go out for bid on March 1.  $1.8 million has already been pledged to start phase one.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060223/NEWS01/602230606/1077/Local

HEBRON
* The Kentucky National Guard may build an armory near the airport.  The facility would be on 13 acres off of Bullitsville Rd.  Most of this land is owned by the airport, who purchased it from homeowners who were in the airport's noise pattern.  For this plan to advance, a judge would have to lift the deed restrictions on the properties, which are deeded residential.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060223/NEWS01/602230434/1076/Local

HIGHLAND HTS.
* Cornerstone Montessori School is mulling a move from Dayton to 2048 Alexandria Pike, the former Fares J. Radel Funeral Home.  The sale of the building is pending approval from state and local agencies.  The building will also have to be inspected and renovated.  The school hopes to be able to move in by this fall.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060216/NEWS01/602160488/1077/Local

LOVELAND
* Design work has begun on a project to shore up 2,200 square feet of OH-48 from O'Bannon Creek northward to the corporation line.  Construction will begin in early 2007, and it's anticipated that the road will remain open during the work.
(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/9608/oh48slipping9id.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060221/NEWS01/602210349/1056/rss02

MONTGOMERY
* After a teardown at 10629 Weil Dr., Chrisman will be building this new, $799,000 custom home.
(http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/8764/10629weil7mu.jpg)

SHARONVILLE
* Summit Wood III, the third of as many as five office buildings planned for a 49-acre site, is due to be completed in the fall.  The four-story, 106,000-square-foot building is off of Kemper Rd. and just north of I-275.  Multi-Color Corp. will be the building's major tenant.
(http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/2940/summitwoodsiii3oc.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060219/BIZ01/602190345/1076/rss01

SPRINGFIELD TWP. (Hartwell near)
* This hideous building at 8205 Springfield Pk./Vine St. has been purchased by Cincinnati Renovations and will hopefully be upgraded.  (Demolition would be better.)
(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/9091/8205springfield1zm.jpg)

SPRINGDALE
* Guardian Savings Bank is planning its eighth Tri-State branch for the empty Cooker Restaurant site near Tri-County, at 11333 Princeton Rd.  The office will employ 25 and will open in April.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060219/BIZ01/602190344/1076/rss01

SYCAMORE TWP.
* The township is looking to build a new fire station in the northern part of the township, and it will need to pass a 6.95-mill levy on May 2 to do so.  If the levy passes, the fire station would be build on an 18-acre piece of property that the township recently bought from the Jewish Community Center on Deerfield Rd.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060215/NEWS01/602150403/1074/Local

* Bechtold Lodge, which caught fire last September, will be demolished.  The 30-year-old community center at 4312 Sycamore Rd. will be demolished this spring, and township officials are already discussing a replacement.
(http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/7122/bechtoldlodge5ei.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060222/NEWS01/602220335/1056

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

CLEVES
* The garage is twice as big as the house, or so it appears.
(http://img467.imageshack.us/img467/2747/4730greenbeltclv3nr.jpg)

LEBANON
* Awful.  Just awful.
(http://img467.imageshack.us/img467/7277/922evergreenparkleb1dd.jpg)

LIBERTY TWP.
* Beazer Homes' Englewood design.
(http://img467.imageshack.us/img467/4917/5285oakcreektrllib1on.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on February 28, 2006, 03:06:12 PM
Shouldn't that Fairfield article go in the thread about Fairfield wanting to fill vacant storefronts, namely the Thriftway?

Anyway, thanks for the updates as always. That city building looks like some kind of mix between Hamilton's art deco city hall and Mason's city hall, both 1930's era, except this has a more Spanish styling like St. Mary's.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on February 28, 2006, 04:19:30 PM
I really love the "They're building such CRAAAAP!!!" feature!

Regarding the Cheviot Memorial Building, it sounded like you had a link to its history, but the link didn't make the post...I can google it if you don't have it handy, though...I love WPA stuff, so it sounded interesting...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on February 28, 2006, 05:24:35 PM
INK, feel free to post that in there if you want.

RiverViewer, thanks for the catch.  Here's the link for that Cheviot story:
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060223/NEWS01/602230348/-1/back01
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: David on February 28, 2006, 05:40:52 PM
Those 3 subdivision houses are uglier than sin!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: CincyImages on March 01, 2006, 12:34:58 PM
Is there a thread that discusses the land clearing south of Union Centre BLVD off I-75?  Anyone know anything about that land?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on March 01, 2006, 01:41:36 PM
I guess if we have anything it would be in the West Chester/Liberty Township thread that you started. Is it on the east side, south of The Streets? That might be the urban condo development.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 01, 2006, 05:52:09 PM
Yeah, probably the residential portion of the Streets of West Chester.  Are you talking east of I-75?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on March 01, 2006, 08:16:07 PM
I do know they are extending the street that takes you back to The Streets treets off UC (Civic Center maybe?) down to Allen road, so that may be it also.

I just realized, Union Center Blvd is no longer in Union and The Streets is only one street!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: David on March 01, 2006, 08:26:43 PM
Yeah, Union Center isn't that great at all...their streets of westchester thing is just a little tiny strip. They have a PF Chang though. I love that place.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 02, 2006, 03:01:37 PM
Okay...no more ruining this thread with West Chester talk!  ;)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on March 02, 2006, 04:42:15 PM
I think you started it with the Fairfield talk. ;)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 03, 2006, 01:55:27 PM
Fairfield isn't West Chester.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: unusualfire on March 04, 2006, 06:19:10 PM
Here is a site or a PDF i should say,that shows the state of downtown Cincinnati. It even has a couple of towers i never knew about being proposed.


http://www.downtowncincinnati.com/PDFs/2Q-3Q_2005_State_of_Downtown_Cincinnati.pdf (http://www.downtowncincinnati.com/PDFs/2Q-3Q_2005_State_of_Downtown_Cincinnati.pdf)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: UncleRando on March 04, 2006, 06:35:44 PM
Here is a site or a PDF i should say,that shows the state of downtown Cincinnati. It even has a couple of towers i never knew about being proposed.


Just curious as to what towers were in the PDF that you had never heard of.  Did I somehow miss some interesting stuff in there or have I already heard of it?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: unusualfire on March 05, 2006, 12:33:39 AM
Broadway Tower Proposed condo tower atop existing Broadway Garage. news Seventh & Broadway $22.0 million

Court Street Center I II and III Court St. & Elm St.

RiverCrossing (MillerValentine/Greiwe Development Group) Development groups partnering with Gregory Family for proposed mixed-use retail/office project. 140 riverview condos, 50,000-70,000 sf of commercial space for two upscale restaurants. $75.0 million

many other projects too. Near the bottom of that PDF file.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on March 05, 2006, 08:21:21 AM
Fairfield isn't West Chester.

I just meant you went into Butler Co.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 05, 2006, 09:51:47 AM
unusualfire, there are threads for all of those, I believe.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 10, 2006, 11:48:32 PM
* As mentioned in the OTR thread, Community Revitalization Agency (formerly Miami Purchase Preservation Fund) and Baymiller Manor Limited Partnership (Model Management) will be repairing and rehabbing low-income apartments at 850 Dayton St. and 1916 Colerain Ave.  I'm not sure how many units will be created in these two buildings specifically.
(850 Dayton and 1916 Colerain)
(http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/5370/850dayton1mj.jpg)    (http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/4564/1916colerain8yy.jpg)

* The vacant building at 913 Dayton St. is having work done and may eventually be re-tenanted.
(http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/1884/913dayton2ds.jpg)

* The city is finally forcing property owner Keith Blake to clean up the public nuisance at 2015 Colerain Ave.  The sad part is, this guy is a West End resident.
(http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/8897/2015colerain0ac.jpg)

* The condemned property at 1119 Dayton St. was purchased last month by a guy in Maryland, and so far it looks like he's done nothing to bring the property up to VBML standards.  I'm going to keep an eye on this one.
(http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/3756/1119dayton0ul.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 12, 2006, 06:47:39 PM
From the 3/12/06 Enquirer:


Glendale ordinance would give city some control if church property sold
BY JANE PRENDERGAST | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

GLENDALE - Officials here still aren't sure what, if anything, might happen with the possible sale of a 40-acre chunk of Landmark Baptist Church property, but they're preparing anyway.

To make sure they have some control over what happens to the land along Interstate 75, village officials are working on a new ordinance that would place several restrictions on any development involving 20 acres or more.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: OTRFAN on March 12, 2006, 08:44:22 PM
I am very familiar with this area.  I have family buried in that cemetery in fact. Landmark Baptist has been there many years, but has seen better times. They closed their school last year and have LOTS of property and buildings that are pretty under utilized.  I know nothing about their financial position, but guessing they may be in a position to sell off some of what they have.  Glendale also closed their fire department recently.

Glendale has been fiercely 'anti-growth' in many ways and strives hard to perserve their old character.  I hope they don't cave in now.  Some of that land is a little trickey geographically.  The old Matthews Mansion sits on top of the rise there, you can see it from I-75 if you know where to look, but it in part burned last year too.  Roads will have to be widened and accesses built.    :cry:

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on March 19, 2006, 07:44:55 AM
Condo builder seeks success on high ground
BY JAMES MCNAIR | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NEWPORT - To sell high-end homes, sometimes it helps to be on high ground.



River View Townhomes, a new 12-unit condominium project under development by Cutter Construction of Cold Spring, is above the rooftops of downtown Newport. Halfway up a hill that starts at the foot of Patterson Street, the homes offer a sweeping panorama from Kenton Hills to Walnut Hills. With a telescope, owners will be able to see games at Great American Ball Park.

"You're on an elevation high enough where you can look directly over the whole city from the second and third floors," president Jim Cutter said.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060319/BIZ01/603190377/1076/BIZ (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060319/BIZ01/603190377/1076/BIZ)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 20, 2006, 12:09:37 AM
Model Management getting to work rehabbing units

Model Management, already working on units in OTR and in the West End, is getting busy in other parts of the city.  (Never mind that some of the projects are due to years of their own neglect.)

They're creating the Navarre Garrone Limited Partnership for the rehabilitation of 1618 Hewitt Ave., 2200 Vine St., and 2651 and 2663 Gilbert Ave.  These buildings contain 63 units, and the cost will be a little over $1 million.  The city council voted to support this, meaning that when this is presented to the state in the application for Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the city's endorsement will give the project extra "points" on the evaluation scale that the state used to award this money.
(Buildings pictured in order described above)
(http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/6128/1618hewitt1rf.jpg)    (http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/9059/2200vine5ct.jpg)
(http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/40/2651gilbert1ia.jpg)    (http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/2789/2663gilbert1hc.jpg)

They're also creating the Walker Estates Limited Partnership in the same way and for the same reasons as described above.  They will rehab 49 units at 2346-2350 Boone St., 3100 Woodburn Ave. and 3598 Washington Ave.  The cost will be about $6.5 million.
(Buildings pictured in order described above)
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/3127/2346boonest2ui.jpg)    (http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/9600/3100woodburn3jh.jpg)
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/8273/3598washington0wx.jpg)

In North Fairmount, they're creating 2 units out of 4 at 2532 Beekman St.  This property was vacated by the city not too long ago.
(http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/4197/2532beekman3uk.jpg)

In South Fairmount, they're completely renovating 1560 Tremont Ave., changing a 6-unit building into a 5-unit.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/2695/1560tremont3ln.jpg)

Also in South Fairmount, they're fully renovating 2558 St. Leo Pl., converting it from 7 units to 5 units.  This building was also ordered vacant by the city.
(http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/9689/2558stleo6gq.jpg)

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
* 3312 Perkins Ave. has been converted from a three-family to a single-family, has been renovated, and is on the market.
(http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/8645/3312perkinsbefore5bz.jpg)    (http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/7725/3312perkinsafter5qe.jpg)

* The Habitat for Humanity house at 3552 Haven St. mentioned in this post (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg52895;topicseen#msg52895)--for which many UC students are volunteering--should be finished in early May.
http://www.newsrecord.org/media/paper693/news/2006/03/01/News/Students.Help.Build.For.Habitat.For.Humanity-1641452.shtml?norewrite&sourcedomain=www.newsrecord.org

BOND HILL
* Work has been completed on 1428 California Ave., a formerly vacant property that's now on the market for $89,900.
(http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/4707/1428californiabefore2ni.jpg)    (http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/9793/1428californiaafter0id.jpg)

CARTHAGE
* Cincinnati Housing Partners, which does a lot of property rehab in the Carthage area, is going to work on 234 W. 69th St.  They bought the property for $40,000 a few weeks ago.
(http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/5162/234w69th8gr.jpg)

CLIFTON HEIGHTS
* 315 Warner St. will go up for auction March 29 at 9 AM at 592 Lowell Ave.  The opening bid is $10,000.  This property has been vacant for a while and has also seen drug activity.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/8454/315warner0as.jpg)

COLLEGE HILL
* The House of Joy Christian Ministries has bought the properties at 5919 and 5921 Hamilton Ave.  I'm not so sure I like the idea of a church owning so many buildings within one block of a business district.  We'll have to wait and see what the plans are.
(http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/3862/5919hamilton6mu.jpg)

* The former shoe store on the SE corner of Hamilton and Cedar will be the home of American Heritage Flooring Company.  The business is expected to open around April 1.

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
* A total remodel of 471 Stanley Ave. is in the works.
(http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/9638/471stanley7mz.jpg)

* A rehab is also underway at 405 McDowell St.  This shotgun home was built in 1890.
(http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/8599/405mcdowell6kg.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
* 1715 McMillan Ave.: Here's the progress on the condo project as of March 14.
(http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/4721/060314001ewhs9lr.jpg)

EVANSTON
* 1966 Fairfax Ave. was rehabbed and sold.
(before only)
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/8210/1966fairfax6iw.jpg)

* The remodeling work that's been ongoing at the apartment building at 3217 Gilbert Ave. is complete.
(after only)
(http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/8387/3217gilbert9ic.jpg)

* 3041 Lavinia Ave. will be demolished.  This shotgun house from the 1880s has been a problem for years.
(http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/3484/3041lavinia2sx.jpg)

FAIRVIEW
* The owner of 532 Conroy St. is building a large residential addition.  I would assume that this would have to be on the adjacent lot (530).

HARTWELL (near)
* The long-vacant Hardee's restaurant at the corner of Vine and Compton is the new home of Jimmy's BBQ.
http://www.cincybbq.com/

MADISONVILLE
* Madisonville is finally getting their arts center.  Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the city, the neighborhood center/theater will be in business by this fall.  Building permits are forthcoming.  The new center was designed--pro-bono--by GBBN.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060219/ENT07/602190302/1025/rss05

* Kenwood Towers/Kenwood Bluffs: A public hearing on the rezoning to allow the buildings to become congregate housing for seniors will take place in front of the Economic Development Committee March 27 at 2 PM.

MT. WASHINGTON
* A new home was built by Rosa Brothers Properties on an existing foundation at 6053 Stanhill Ct.  The previous structure had been vacant and was demolished in 2005.  This house could use some more windows, cosmetic adornments, etc.  What's with the blank wall of siding?  I wouldn't pay $179,900 for a house that looked like this!
(http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/9453/6053stanhill3ky.jpg)

NORTH FAIRMOUNT
* Some guy named George Boyd is collecting properties (mostly vacant land and deteriorated homes) on the cheap on Denham St., mostly in the 1700 block.  This may be another guy assembling his fiefdom and/or holding property hostage.

NORTHSIDE
* The new owner of 4211 Williamson Pl. has already begun to clean the place out and is also starting some structural work.
(http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/4497/4211williamson6wu.jpg)

OAKLEY
* HHP Homes renovated this home at 4117 Thirty-Third St.
(Before only)
(http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/915/4117thirtythird3wf.jpg)

PLEASANT RIDGE
* 3332 Woodford Rd. has been remodeled for resale.
(Before only)
(http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/6839/3332woodford2ld.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
* Walnut Hills Preservation, L.P. will apply for tax credits from Ohio's Low Income Housing Tax Credits program to rehabilitate 197 units at the Walnut Hills Apartments, 849 Beecher St.  The project is expected to cost $3.5 million.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/1993/849beecher5ra.jpg)

* Excavation and fill work is supposed to begin at 635-637 E McMillan Ave. (McMillan and Boone) where some old commercial buildings were torn down a few months ago.  Still no ideas yet as to what they will be, how they will look, or who the tenants are.  However, the tax bill address if for Dan Druffel, Inc., a landscaping/nursery company that operates out of Maineville.  That wouldn't really make sense for the area, though.

WESTWOOD
* Steve & Barry's will open their third local store by the end of May at Glenway Crossing.  The store will employ around 100.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060309/BIZ01/603090324/1076/rss01

WINTON HILLS
* There are rumors that a big-box development may be coming to the area bewteem Winton and Gray roads.  Vandercar is interested in acquiring the lower landfill property located there.  Neighbors are concerned about eminent domain and the neighborhood is looking into starting a community council in case they need to fight.

BELLEVUE
* 157 Foote Ave. has been rehabbed and is on the market for twice its assessed value.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/8646/157footebellbefore6jw.jpg)    (http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/6071/157footebellafter0kp.jpg)

CVG
* The Radisson Inn at the airport will undergo a $10 million renovation and will become a Sheraton Hotel.  Among the changes will be a reduction in the number of rooms (from 244 to 177), elimination of the inner atrium, and changing the rooms to face outside rather than towards the atrium.  The work is expected to be completed by December.
http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060216/NEWS02/602160383/1011/RSS02

DEVOU PARK
* Yes, the Port-A-John is out and Devou Park will again have public restrooms.  The restrooms will be funded by revenue from the Drees Pavilion, which amounts to about $200,000.  The balance of that money will be spent to update the 1998 park master plan and to study the park's road system.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060217/NEWS0103/602170443/1059/rss13

NORWOOD
* 2218 Drex Ave. has had an upgrade.
(http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/2477/2218drexbefore6dh.jpg)    (http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/56/2218drexafter9bc.jpg)

NORWOOD
* 2310 Kenilworth Ave. has had an extensive rehab.
(http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/1086/2310kenilworthbefore3gt.jpg)    (http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/4972/2310kenilworthafter0nb.jpg)

* 5011 Forest Ave. has been converted to a single-family and rehabbed extensively.
(http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/1291/5011forestbefore4og.jpg)    (http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/765/5011forestafter9dw.jpg)

Round-up: Outer burbs

BLUE ASH
* Volunteers of America Ohio River Valley, Inc., has moved from Over-the-Rhine to 4460 Lake Forest Dr. in Blue Ash.  The non-profit, which provides services to the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled, serves Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060217/NEWS01/602170430/1056/rss02

COLD SPRING
* American Village Properties is proposing to build 303 apartments in 17 buildings off of the AA Highway.  They hope to start construction before late spring or early summer and have the first phase (236 units) finished within a year.
(http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5277/sycamorevalleyaptsrend6sv.jpg)
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060309/NEWS01/603090601/1077/Local

* Developer Phil Souza is building 4 office buildings on 9.5 acres along US-27, near its intersection with Ripple Creek.  Now, Cold Spring wants to annex that land to help protect the area from out-of-control growth that occurs in the surrounding unincorporated areas.  Construction is set to begin in late April or early May.
http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060226/NEWS0103/602260368

COLERAIN TWP.
* On May 16 the Ohio Department of Health will decide if Trilogy Real Estate Ohio, LLC can build an 80-bed nursing home at 11230 Pippin Rd.

ERLANGER
* Tappan Properties has purchased 18 acres of land along Donaldson Rd. for $2.2 million.  They plan to develop an office/warehouse complex, which will consist of two buildings and will total 259,800 square feet.  Construction will begin soon and should be completed late 2006.
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=39.029652,-84.621077&spn=0.015535,0.028925&t=h
http://www.challengernky.com/articles/2006/02/19/business/doc43f5e519ea5a0481193939.txt

FLORENCE
* The St. Elizabeth Medical Center will open its second Business Health Center on March 13.  The 5,000-square-foot facility is located at 10095 Investment Way.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060225/NEWS0103/602250434/1059/rss13

FOREST PARK
* The city is finally going to knock down 11474 Gresham Pl, a longtime drug house.
(http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/3897/11474gresham7xy.jpg)

FORT WRIGHT
* Jack/Son condo project: The $40M-$45M condo project received preliminary go-ahead from the Fort Wright City Council.  Now the developer must submit a final development to council.  It's expected to be approved.  Jack/Son hopes to begin the 170-unit project by April.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060309/NEWS0103/603090368/1059/rss13

GREEN TWP. (Monfort Heights)
* Schneller Homes is beginning the Eckart Woods subdivision off of West Fork Rd.  The entrance will be on West Fork opposite of the intersection with Race Rd.  The subdivision will include 40 lots and home prices look like they'll be in the high $400's.
MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=39.196243,-84.628179&spn=0.007749,0.014462&t=h

INDEPENDENCE
* The re-routing of KY-17 has allowed a 1.5 acres of land in front of Simon Kenton High School to become available, and the school district might try to buy it.  The city also has ideas, and, of course, neighbors are worried about what might be built there.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060310/NEWS0103/603100471/1059/rss13

LOVELAND
* Construction is expected to begin this summer in Loveland on a new residential development called Butterworth Glen that will include 119 single-family homes off Butterworth Road north of OH-48.  The homes are expected to start at $250,000 and will be built by several builders, including Drees.  No timetable has been given for the project's completion.

* JPC Properties is proposing a 26-unit condominium complex at 800 W. Loveland Ave., which would replace a dilapidated house.  Preliminary plans call for 4 structures two stories high.  Units would cost $175,000-$200,000.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060308/NEWS01/603080483/1078/Local

MADEIRA
* Greenview Homes has purchased the single-family home at 6940 Dawson Rd. and also owns an adjacent parcel.  This could be the site of a teardown and one or two newly-constructed homes.
(http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/1741/6940dawson6vc.jpg)

MARIEMONT
* Resthaven Barn building: According to two surveys done by the village, most residents of Mariemont favor rezoning which would allow for its sale and renovation to an architectural firm and an art club.  The building, formerly Mariemont's maintenance department building, is in the middle of a residential area.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060219/NEWS01/602190373/1056/rss02

MONTGOMERY
* Pioneer Park dog park: The plan to add a dog park to Pioneer Park has local residents split.  The mayor is unsure when the council will rule on this issue.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060310/NEWS01/603100420/1056/rss02

SPRINGFIELD TWP. (Finneytown/Brentwood)
* Winton Rd. streetscape project: The Hamilton County Engineers office will receive State Capital Improvement Program funds to begin phase on of the project.  Phase one, which will run from Reynard Ave. north to Fleming Rd., should start around February 2007 and end spring 2008.  Phase two, which will run from Reynard Ave. south to Galbraith Rd., will begin thereafter.  The project includes stamped/colored sidewalks, street lighting, benches and landscaping.  The entire length will be expanded to five lanes.

SPRINGFIELD TWP. (West College Hill)
* An all-female construction crew is building a home at 2129 Garfield Ave.  This is Millcreek Valley Habitat for Humanity's second Women Build, and it's expected that between 200 and 300 women will do some work on the house.  The home should be completed by Mother's Day.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060226/NEWS01/602260357/1056/rss02

SYCAMORE TWP.
* HHP Homes has purchased 8525 Deerway Dr. for a teardown.
(http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/4513/8525deerway7lo.jpg)

WYOMING
* Family Aquatic Center: The city is nearly finished with plans for the $3.4 million center, but residents are unhappy with the center's location and the lack of public input into the project.  Officals plan on hiring a builder in July and would like to have the pool open by Memorial Day 2007.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060227/NEWS01/602270336/1056/rss02

* Crescent Park expansion: The city has closed on the office building at 503 Worthington Ave.  They plan to demolish the building, close off Worthington Ave. at Crescent Ave., and extend the park to the other side of the street.  This will also eliminate an ungated railroad crossing.  The cost of this project is approximately $244,727.
MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=39.225654,-84.464715&spn=0.007613,0.014291&t=h
(http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/5527/503worthingtonwyo5iw.jpg)

CRAAAAP!!! will return next time.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: OTRFAN on March 20, 2006, 10:23:01 AM
grasscat - I really like these 'auditor' threads - thx for putting these together.  Good to see the new construction in East Walnut Hills.   
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 26, 2006, 11:40:29 PM
The Merchants Lot/Clifton posts have been moved over to the Ludlow Ave. thread:
http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=2885.0
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on March 27, 2006, 06:18:37 PM
Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
* The Cross Hill project on Harvey Ave. near the hospital looks like it has one completed (or close to) unit.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/7718/060221003avons2et.jpg)

* For some reason, the owners of 609 Maple Ave. (S&S Properties) are repairing the two-family that was heavily damaged by fire and condemned by the city.  Even B&I itself said that the building would have to be gutted and rebuilt and that repair was probably not a very likely option.
(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/7656/609maple3bt.jpg)

BOND HILL
* 1336 Ryland Ave., which was a total mess in 2005, has been fixed up nicely by CAMJ LLC.
(after only)
(http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/7389/1336ryland1yd.jpg)

CLIFTON
* The rehab of 918 Ludlow Ave. is now over and the property is on the market.
(after only)
(http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/3691/918ludlow7pe.jpg)

HYDE PARK
* 1268 E Rookwood Dr. will be torn down.  I can't find a history on the house, but my bet is that it's going to be a teardown/rebuild.
(http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/3701/1268rookwood5ub.jpg)

KENNEDY HEIGHTS
* The vacant lot at 3717 Standish Ave. was purchased by Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity for a new home.

MADISONVILLE
* The three-family at 4527 Whetsel Ave. had been causing problems for years, then work started on cleaning it up.  Then it burned down, displacing a few people.  Now it will be torn down, if it hasn't been already.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/6483/4527whetsel8et.jpg)

MT. WASHINGTON
* Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins: The Cincinnati Planning Commission has yet to rule on a zoning change that would allow for a drive-thru on the vacant property along the 2300 block of Beechmont Ave.  The Mt. Washington Community Council voted against the proposal, which they felt would damage the character of the area.  The Cincinnati Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Economic Development Committee, who will in turn make a recommendation to City Council.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060301/NEWS01/603010474/1058/Local

PRICE HILL AND WESTWOOD
* Demolitions: 1206 Dewey Ave. was demolished.  The photo below shows the site the afternoon after the demolition.  (To see a photo of it still standing, click on the story link.)  Due to come down soon are 2722-2728 Faber, 2163 Harrison and 2600 Harrison, all problem properties.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/7123/060322023phs8qu.jpg)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060322/NEWS01/603220350/1056

QUEENSGATE
* Myron Johnson & Sons, which is relocating from Northside, is putting together its new digs at 1528 Gest St.

CITY
* Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Cincinnati, through the help of the Port Authority, will issue $6 million in Economic Development Revenue Bonds to finance the improvements at McAuley High School in College Hill and at Mother of Mercy High School in Westwood.  They also plan some work at their administrative offices at 2335 Grandview Ave. in East Walnut Hills as well as their retirement facility at 1768 Cedar Ave. in College Hill.

DAYTON
* After two years and $75,000 spent, the improved Gil Lynn Park will be rededicated May 13 at 8 PM.
http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060317/NEWS0103/603170432

Round-up: Outer burbs

BOONE COUNTY
* Florence has decided not to be a part of the $3.2 million firefighter training center.  The training center was to be on 20 acres along Conrad Ln in Burlington.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060302/NEWS0103/603020395/-1/back01

CAMPBELL COUNTY
* The Campbell County and Municipal Planning and Zoning Commission has embarked on the creation of a 20-year comprehensive plan.  The project should take about 14 months.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060302/NEWS01/603020576/1077/Local

COLERAIN TWP.
* The township and the county are considering an update to the outdated zoning code (1961) in an effort to remove a lot of the clutter from Colerain Ave.  Public meetings have begun.  The process should take two years.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060302/NEWS01/603020337/-1/back01

COLUMBIA TWP.
* K&K Renovations has purchased 6738 Murray Ave.  This looks like a new rehab project.
(http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/4734/6738murray7rq.jpg)

EVENDALE
* The village is pursuing the idea of reconstructing the Civic Building at the corner of Reading and Glendale-Milford roads as an Arts Center.

FORT THOMAS
* Centerline Development Blossom Ln condo project: The Fort Thomas City Council unanimously approved possible annexation of 3.7 acres of vacant land near the Highland Country Club, which is part of a 14-acre site on which Centerline Development wants to build 62 attached single-family homes.  The annexation is contingent upon the city's planning commission and city council approving a zoning change.  This probably won't be resolved until April 19 at the earliest, as the commission did not have a quorum at the last meeting.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS0103/603160407/1059/rss13
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060315/NEWS0103/603150396/1059/rss13
http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060311/NEWS02/603110342/1011/RSS02
http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060310/NEWS02/603100382/1014

* Fort Thomas H.S. renovation: The Board of Education voted to award the construction bid to Danis Building for $12.2 million, the lowest among the four bidders.  Construction could end up topping out over $14 million.  The project should start this summer.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS01/603160493/1077/Local

GLENDALE
* Phase Two of the Carruthers Pond subdivision is getting going.  These expensive custom homes are being built on a cul-de-sac off of Glendale Ave.

INDEPENDENCE
* Although improvements to KY-17 won't be finished for two years, politicians, residents and the business community are already thinking about future development.  Many believe the result will be big box retailers along KY-17 with smaller businesses in the historic center of town.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060317/NEWS0103/603170423/-1/rss

INDIAN HILL
* The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District has approved $1.2 million in facilities upgrades.  Work should begin over the summer.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060302/NEWS01/603020331/1106/Local

MIAMI TWP.
* Vista View LLC is proposing to build a 106-home subdivision called Vista View on 60 acres along the 9500 block of Mt. Nebo Rd (roughly between Mt. Nebo, Rittenhouse and Cliff roads).  Access would be from Mt. Nebo Rd, with two public streets and one private one.
MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=39.151163,-84.758019&spn=0.015509,0.028925&t=h

MONTGOMERY
* Chrisman Homes is building a new 3,500-square-foot home at 10631 Weil Rd.  The site is currently occupied by a home valued over $200K.  This home lasted a whopping 36 years.  The new home will cost $799,900.
(current home)
(http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/9482/10631weil6hn.jpg)

NORTHERN KENTUCKY
* Transitions drug rehab center: Transitions still has not found a home for its $3.5 million, 100-bed facility.  After being turned down by Covington, Florence, and the Latonia area, they are now looking at Alexandria and Erlanger.  They must have a site by March 31 or the funding for the center will dry up.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060324/NEWS0103/603240442/1059/rss13
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060322/NEWS0103/603220393/1059/rss13
http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060318/NEWS02/603180335/1011/RSS02
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060302/NEWS01/603020599/1076/Local

SYCAMORE TWP.
* Moeller parking lot: The Sycamore Township Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3-2 in favor of a proposal that would allow Moeller to expand its parking lot onto two lots owned by Neyer Properties at 7745 and 7755 Kennedy Lane.  Neighbors are pissed.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060301/NEWS01/603010575/1062/Local

SYMMES TWP.
* Kemper widening: Hamilton County Commissioners approved the project to widen Kemper Rd. between Loveland Madeira and McKinney roads.  The project will involve widening the lanes from 9 feet to 11-12 feet, adding shoulders and upgrading drainage.  Bids will be taken in November or December of this year and construction should begin January 2007.  The road will remain open during the 12-18 month project.  The cost is around $2.25 million.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS01/603160383/1056

TAYLOR MILL
* The city has commissioned Woolpert, Inc. to produce a land use study, and that study will be shared with the public at hearings on April 4-5.  In the meantime, the city has established a six-month subdivision moratorium that will last until August 31, 2006.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS01/603160664/1079/Local

WYOMING
* Wyoming Aquatic Center: Fearing that the citizens of Wyoming are being shut out of the process, a local resident has asked city council to set up "community nights" where residents can meet with pool task force members and the designers of the $3.4 million project.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060301/NEWS01/603010680/1165/Local

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

INDEPENDENCE
* From Maple Street Homes, a take on the Cape Cod.  Half of the facade is garage door.
(http://img234.imageshack.us/img234/2608/9746cloveridge0xl.jpg)

MAINEVILLE
* Umm...okay.
(http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/6067/7523haverhill4bk.jpg)

SPRINGBORO
* Where the fuck is the front door?
(http://img234.imageshack.us/img234/1014/10royalhighlands9oc.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Leroy on March 27, 2006, 07:06:53 PM
Do any of you in the know have any idea what happened to 440 W McMicken? Even though it was abandoned it still had a stately look about it, and when it was recently cleared of vegetation I was hoping that it would be renovated. Last night i noticed it was gone! Unless it wasn't possible to save it, seems that it could have been as nice as some of the hundreds of thousand dollar homes behind it on Klotter/Conroy someday. I dint not the situation here, but I wonder if we will see more owner teardowns as an unintentional consequence of raising the price of owning abandoned buildings in Cincinnati?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: oakiehigh on March 28, 2006, 02:29:32 AM
I especially love the PRICE HILL update!! :shoot:
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on March 28, 2006, 10:48:11 PM
* Where the fuck is the front door?
(http://img234.imageshack.us/img234/1014/10royalhighlands9oc.jpg)

LMAO...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 03, 2006, 12:04:45 AM
Downtown condos coming to Blue Ash
BY JEFF MCKINNEY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

BLUE ASH - Work will begin in May on 26 condominiums along Towne Square Avenue here.

The project, to be called Towne Square Lofts, will be one of the largest residential developments built near this city's downtown in about 10 years, said David Waltz, Blue Ash's assistant city manager.

The project's developer initially planned for the site to be a business office complex but changed it to residential at the city's request.

E-mail jmckinney@equirer.com

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060402/BIZ01/604020414/1076/rss01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060402/BIZ01/604020414/1076/rss01)

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

BOND HILL
* K&K Renovations purchased 1333 Carolina Ave. for $30,000, and is likely planning a rehab.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/4316/1333carolina2nm.jpg)

CALIFORNIA
* The University of Cincinnati women's rowing team, which sued UC in November claiming sex discrimination in part because of its "inadequate" temporary practice facilities, might soon have a permanent home along the Little Miami River.  UC trustees on Tuesday approved the $650,000 purchase of six acres at 5001 Kellogg Ave., an area in the California neighborhood known as the Shelter Cove Marina, for the varsity sport to use as a boat launch and storage and training facility.  The deal still must be approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. In the meantime, UC is renting the property and its buildings for the 2006 season for $20,000, and the women have been practicing there since mid-February.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060329/NEWS01/603290343/1056/rss02 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060329/NEWS01/603290343/1056/rss02)

COLLEGE HILL
* At 5802 Saranac Ave., a house that was in pretty bad shape has been restored.  The home has been vacant for over a year.
(http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/5420/5802saranacbefore9lc.jpg)    (http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/9040/5802saranacafter4uw.jpg)

EAST PRICE HILL
* Say goodbye to 808 Chateau Ave., a two-family built in 1912.  This home sustained heavy fire damage last November and the insurance company totalled it.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/9215/808chateau2ay.jpg)

* Work is beginning on this condemned shack at 1239 Considine Ave.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/1060/1239considine5gg.jpg)

EAST WESTWOOD
* The condemned house at 2115 Faraday Rd. will be torn down.
(no photo)

LINWOOD
* 4855-4857 Eastern Ave. is an eyesore, and it's been bad for a long time.  The building has been falling apart for several years and was finally condemned.  The owners planned to demolish it, but are apparently now fixing it up instead.  It remains to be seen if they will get it up to code or if they're going to do just enough to keep out of court.
(http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7449/4855eastern1ss.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
* The Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities hopes to move its headquarters and the roughly 200 employees who work there from Blue Ash to Madisonville. If a resolution is approved by Hamilton County commissioners today, the MRDD will pay $2.5 million to buy the former Cincinnati Federation of Teachers building at 1520 Madison Road. MRDD, which provides services for 6,000 Hamilton County residents who are retarded or have developmental disabilities, receives $67.6 million annually from a five-year levy adopted in 2004 by voters.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060308/NEWS01/603080352/1056/rss02 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060308/NEWS01/603080352/1056/rss02)

MT. LOOKOUT
* The deer that used to nibble grasses on the hillside behind Dave Montello's home now find themselves in his back yard.  Montello wonders how long it will be before he, like them, sees his home destroyed.  "My biggest concern is that my house is going to slide down the hill," he said.  Montello lives on Nancy Lane in Mount Lookout. Below his home's yard, what was once a wooded hillside, is now a clear cut stretch of proposed development.
(http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/5703/mtlookouthillside0ss.jpg)
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060308/NEWS01/603080322/1074/Local (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060308/NEWS01/603080322/1074/Local)

MT. WASHINGTON
* McNicholas H.S. renovation: McNicholas High School hasn't undertaken a major construction project since it built a gymnasium in 1970, so the Catholic high school is raising money for a makeover.  Knowing that atmosphere, amenities and extra-curricular activities are important as students shop for high schools, McNick has launched a $3.5 million capital campaign to stay competitive with other Catholic high schools and area public schools.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060305/NEWS0102/603050308/-1/back01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060305/NEWS0102/603050308/-1/back01)

NORTHSIDE
* 4127 Apple St. will be demolished by an adjacent owner.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/4602/4127apple5on.jpg)

OAKLEY
* 2696 Romana Pl. is the latest rehab in the hot Oakley market.  These people are selling this for $249,900--nearly twice its assessed value.
(http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/3770/2896romanabefore1wj.jpg)    (http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/4856/2895romanaafter9dn.jpg)

PRICE HILL
* Elder High School/The Archdiocese has purchased 1132 Panther Ct. (formerly Iliff Ave.) and will demolish it.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/1005/1132panther6fu.jpg)

COVINGTON
* One of the city's premier meeting and reception halls has closed its doors --but probably not for good.  The Sapphire Room went on the market in early January.  The four-story, 3,000 square-foot building was completely renovated in 2003 by its owners, Sapphire Partners, LLC.
(http://img55.imageshack.us/img55/8149/cvgsapphireroom2do.jpg)
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060323/NEWS01/603230550/1079/Local (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060323/NEWS01/603230550/1079/Local)

NEWPORT
* Newport city commissioners voted 4-0 Monday night to apply for a grant to improve the city's entranceways.  The federal TEA 21 grant - or Transportation Enhancement Act Renaissance funds - is paid through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and could provide as much as $15 million for state projects.  Newport will ask for $640,800 and, if approved, will have to match 20 percent of the total, or $160,200, said Ryan Wyrick, the city's business development officer.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060321/NEWS0103/603210356/1059/rss13 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060321/NEWS0103/603210356/1059/rss13)

NORWOOD
* A proposal to place a scrap metal recycling business in Norwood has sparked opposition from some property owners.  Cohen Brothers Inc., which operates 10 scrap metal recycling operations in southern Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, wants to build a recycling center on property owned by King Wrecking, a demolition company, at Highland Avenue and Beech Street.  King Wrecking would keep its business on the site, but would lease to the Cohen Brothers the part of the site that contains an outbuilding and a warehouse. Both of those buildings would be torn down to create space for the scrap metal operation.  The Norwood Board of Zoning Appeals recently ruled that a scrap metal recycling center would be permitted. Cohen Brothers, however, can't build the facility until Dan Bly, city building commissioner, approves its final site plan.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060310/NEWS01/603100429/1056/rss02 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060310/NEWS01/603100429/1056/rss02)

Round-up: Outer burbs

ANDERSON TWP.
With the first stage dedicated, the goal for firefighters now is to add to their memorial in Beech Acres Park.  Anderson Township Firefighters Memorial Committee members and the Anderson Township Firefighters Association hope to raise more than $75,000 to finish walkways, complete concrete work and install special granite pieces.  The Firefighter's Memorial was initiated in 2001, and dedicated after the first phase was completed on June 11, 2005.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060329/NEWS01/603290351/1074/Local (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060329/NEWS01/603290351/1074/Local)

AURORA
* A request to build 48 condominiums on the Aurora riverfront will come before Aurora Historic Preservation Commission at its next meeting, according to the developer Doug Anderson, Aurora.  The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Aurora City Building, 235 Main St.  Anderson showed plans and drawings to the commission at its March meeting, and condo plans have been discussed several other times in various forms.  As Anderson envisions it, the 48-unit condominium project would incorporate the entire block bordered by Main, Second, Importing and Judiciary streets except for the existing Aurora Lions Building and Aurora VFW.
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16359171&BRD=2075&PAG=461&dept_id=386538&rfi=6 (http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16359171&BRD=2075&PAG=461&dept_id=386538&rfi=6)

BLUE ASH
* Timberland Custom Homes is building this $400K house at 5470 Pfeiifer Rd., the site of a teardown.  The doomed home was built in 1952.
(http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/5536/5470oldpfeifferbefore8ju.jpg)    (http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/4920/5470oldpfeiiferafter1ca.jpg)

* Ursuline Academy construction: Ursuline Academy President Sharon Redmond will go to great lengths for her students. She'll even drive a backhoe.  Redmond is proud of the school's $10.1 million campus construction project. However, she said the reaction of students watching her drive a backhoe to the June 2005 groundbreaking was one of her most enjoyable moments.  The project has been called "Expanding Space, Expanding Minds."
(http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/310/ursulineacadentrance7ts.jpg)
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060323/NEWS01/603230623/1074/Local (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060323/NEWS01/603230623/1074/Local)

CAMPBELL COUNTY
* Campbell County officials know the most important part of making a comprehensive plan is getting input.  That's why residents are being asked their opinions from the very beginning of this year's effort to transform the county's comprehensive plan.  Campbell County officials began the yearlong process in February. And, for the first time, they included input from the county's 15 cities.  Now, residents from across the county are being asked to participate in an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. April 4 at the Southgate Community Center.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060327/NEWS0103/603270384/1059/rss13 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060327/NEWS0103/603270384/1059/rss13)

COLD SPRING
* Indianapolis developer and Councilman Michael Speedy was impressed by Northern Kentucky.  For several years, he looked for an area to build a housing development in the high-growth area. He's set to build a 303-unit apartment complex off the AA Highway.  "I have been looking for years in Northern Kentucky," Speedy said. "It is the job growth. Northern Kentucky leads the Cincinnati area."
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060303/NEWS0103/603030413/-1/back01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060303/NEWS0103/603030413/-1/back01)

* A Northern Kentucky developer plans to bring more residents and commerce to the growing U.S. 27-AA Highway interchange in Cold Spring.  Gallenstein Co., of Crestview Hills, will develop commercial buildings and condominiums across from Meijer on U.S. 27. A new building for Cold Spring's growing Immanuel Baptist Church also will go on the site.  The developer hasn't decided on a design and types of tenants for the 80-plus acres. The number of condos also hasn't been decided upon, said Paul Gallenstein, co-owner of the development firm.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS0103/603300360/1059/rss13 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS0103/603300360/1059/rss13)

* The small, white farmhouse with a tiny bell tower atop its roof easily housed the 21 members of the Immanuel Baptist Church four years ago.  Now for every Sunday service, 200 worshipers squeeze into the tiny house across from Cold Spring's city hall, taking up the chapel and lobby.  The prayers of Immanuel Baptist's members for a larger church have been answered. Next spring, construction will begin on a $1.4 million building that will give the congregation four times its current space.
http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060331/NEWS0103/603310417 (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060331/NEWS0103/603310417)

COLERAIN TWP.
* After years of complaining about the condition of roads in the Charles Fath subdivision, there is good news for residents of the neighborhood.  Colerain Township, in partnership with Hamilton County and thanks to a big hand from the Ohio Public Works Commission, is fixing their streets.  In the next nine months, all of Jonrose Avenue, Longwood Court and Memory Lane will be torn up as the township rebuilds the roads and the bridge.
(http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/8609/fathsubdivision4kx.jpg)
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ELSMERE
* The city agreed to look into the possibility of condominiums being built near the southern end of Turkeyfoot Road, after hearing a request by homebuilder Shawn Egan at the March 28 council meeting.  Egan addressed the council with preliminary plans for the condos, which would cover nine acres out of about 24 in the area, all of which is currently zoned for industrial use. The land lies in parts of Elsmere, Erlanger and Independence, all of whom would have to collaborate on any decisions.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS01/603300521/1079/Local (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS01/603300521/1079/Local)

ERLANGER
* Lakemont Park: If everything goes according to plan, Lakemont Park will be open in a year, city officials say.  Construction will begin this summer on the first phase of the park. The city will begin accepting bids for grading sometime during the next six weeks, after Cinergy finishes relocating electric poles and power lines.  Most of the park is set to open next spring, with the final phase of construction to begin next summer.
http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS01/603300530/1079/Local (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS01/603300530/1079/Local)
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* Transitions drug rehab center: A drug and alcohol recovery center is one step closer to being built in Erlanger.  Transitions Inc., a Bellevue-based recovery program, presented plans last week to Erlanger and Alexandria city councils to build a center for men.  Transitions had to make a choice by Friday.  Erlanger has been selected, Karen Hargett, Transitions assistant executive director, said Wednesday.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS0103/603300369/1059/rss13 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS0103/603300369/1059/rss13)

* Construction crews began tearing down Peel's Palace on Tuesday, March 7 after a fire damaged the vacant building last weekend.  "We just want to make sure that no more fires develop," said Captain Tim Deye, the Erlanger Fire Marshal.  Crews from Martin Excavation in Union will tear the building down during the next 10 days. The building was already scheduled to be demolished this summer.  Peel's Palace is a former nightclub that also hosted wrestling and boxing matches.
(http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/5130/peelspalace5ug.jpg)
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FAIRFIELD
* A $1.5 million plan to build a new clubhouse for Fairfield's two municipal golf courses may get bigger.  Initially, officials proposed replacing the 35-year-old, 12,000-square-foot, multi-level clubhouse with a modern, single-story, 8,000-square-foot center. But now, officials are wondering whether an even bigger clubhouse could generate more money for the city.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060305/NEWS01/603050317/-1/back01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060305/NEWS01/603050317/-1/back01)

FAIRFIELD TWP.
* A water park for all ages is planned for a summer opening in Fairfield Township.  The Great Miami Valley YMCA’s Capital Campaign is constructing the GMV YMCA Family Water Park at the East Butler County YMCA Branch, 6645 Morris Road.  So far, 25 Butler County residents have contributed a total of $755,000 to the $1.3 million project, said Kimberly Munafo, vice president of development.
http://www.journal-news.com/hp/content/news/stories/2006/03/06/hjn030706pool_s.html (http://www.journal-news.com/hp/content/news/stories/2006/03/06/hjn030706pool_s.html)

GREEN TWP. (Monfort Heights)
* Mt. Airy Motel: The no-tell motel is no more. To the cheers of onlookers and the honking of horns from passing cars Friday, workers demolished the old Mount Airy Motel.  The court-declared public nuisance - it was a haven for drug use and prostitution - was leveled to make way for a half-acre park.  Bart West, Green Township police chief, gave the demolition a standing ovation. He grinned as heavy equipment operator John Linneman raised the arm of a trackhoe. While bringing the arm down with great force and dexterity, Linneman slightly lifted its bucket. Steel teeth on the bucket's rim savagely bit into the motel's roof and flattened room A-11.
(http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/295/mtairymoteldemo3me.jpg)
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http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060329/NEWS01/603290409/1074/Local (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060329/NEWS01/603290409/1074/Local)

INDEPENDENCE
* Sidewalks have crumbled and some buildings sit empty in the center of Independence, near the Kenton County Courthouse.  But some residents and city officials can see its potential....Mayor Chris Moriconi said he hopes state grants and corporate funds become available for the city to improve the town center.
(http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/6180/dtindependence8ur.jpg)
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* In a few years, Independence residents may be able to walk from Summit View Middle and Elementary schools to Kenton Elementary School on a new sidewalk along Madison Pike/Ky. 17.  The city has pursued federal grants in recent years to extend and rebuild sidewalks along that busy highway. On Monday, City Council unanimously approved a resolution to apply for a $188,075 federal transportation grant to repair and build sidewalks along both sides of Ky. 17 between 5220 Madison Pike and U.S. Bank in the center of downtown, a 0.3-mile stretch.  The city will learn this summer whether the grant will be approved. The city would have to match 20 percent of the grant - or about $37,000.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060321/NEWS0103/603210355/1059/rss13 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060321/NEWS0103/603210355/1059/rss13)

INDIAN HILL
* Stewart & Jervis Builders are building this 6000+ square-foot home at 4620 Burley Hills Dr.  The asking price is $2.75 million.  This home will replace a shack that was only worth $865K and will dwarf every home on the street.
(http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/395/4620burleyhills8va.jpg)

* In another part of the village, Stewart & Jervis are part of another teardown project of a $585K home at 6155 Shadyglen Rd.  It will be replaced with a $2.2 million behemoth.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/1752/6155shadyglen1ih.jpg)

LEBANON
*  A historic 14-room house that has stood for more than a century at 23 W. Main St. needs to be moved so a library next door can expand its parking lot.  But a controversy over the plan may leave the historic home with nowhere to go - and some people worry the structure might be torn down.  A public hearing on a relocation proposal that had been set for Wednesday was canceled after developer Tim McGarity withdrew his plan to pay to move the house.  The rub: preservationists support moving the house but oppose the plan for its future. They object to putting the house on city-owned land at Broadway and South street and transferring ownership to McGarity.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060402/NEWS01/604020450/1056/rss02 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060402/NEWS01/604020450/1056/rss02)
http://www.western-star.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/03/30/ws0330civilwarhospital.html (http://www.western-star.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/03/30/ws0330civilwarhospital.html)
http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/03/26/mj032606civilwarhospital.html (http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/03/26/mj032606civilwarhospital.html)
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MIDDLETOWN
* Concerns about the quantity of subsidized housing in the city prompted the council to reject a recommendation for a new low-income senior housing development in the East End. After weeks of discussion about whether to endorse it, the issue came to a halt Tuesday with a 4-2 vote against the development. But, the council vote doesn’t necessarily bring the entire project to a halt, however.  Representatives of LW Associates, who propose to build 70 to 80 ranch-style rental apartments on about 16 acres off Dubois Court, which is zoned for multi-family use, still may present their case to the state. By doing so, they would be applying for special tax credits to keep the cost of rent for low-income residents affordable.
http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/03/08/mj030806middcouncil.html (http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/03/08/mj030806middcouncil.html)

MILFORD
* Milford is considering building a community center.
http://www.clermontsun.com/main.asp?SectionID=6&SubSectionID=6&ArticleID=755 (http://www.clermontsun.com/main.asp?SectionID=6&SubSectionID=6&ArticleID=755)

SHARONVILLE
* Champion Window and Patio Room Co. will spend $3.5 million this year to expand its space and operations on its Sharonville campus.  The company said in a news release that it will increase capacity by 28 percent at its 500,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, which will allow the company to install recently purchased glass handling and vinyl welding equipment.  Champion's door division also purchased new paint line equipment and will relocate to a new, 50,000-square-foot facility on the company's campus.
http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/03/06/daily47.html (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/03/06/daily47.html)

SYCAMORE TWP.
* Royal Crown hotel: The former Royal Crown hotel, vacant for years and the target of vandals and arsonists, was sold at a sheriff's sale Thursday to the bank that held the mortgage. Citizens Bank bought the property, at the edge of the township on Reading Road near the Ronald Reagan Highway, for $280,000, the opening bid. The property had been appraised at $420,000. It was sold at sheriff's auction because the owner, Royal Vale Hospitality of Cincinnati, defaulted on more than $1 million in loans from the bank and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Built in 1961, the six-story hotel and conference center was bought by Royal Vale in 2000 for $764,000.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060310/NEWS01/603100425/1056/rss02 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060310/NEWS01/603100425/1056/rss02)

SYMMES TWP.
* Blong Memorial Park: Exactly seven years after a tornado ripped through the township, officials will hold a groundbreaking for a memorial park remembering victims.  The ceremony will be 2 p.m. April 9 at Blong Memorial Park site, at Blong Road off Montgomery Road. The nearly 1-acre park will sit near the Kemper Road intersection where the 1999 tornado did major damage.  Several buildings, including an apartment complex, were destroyed or severely damaged that morning. Four people died.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS01/603300354/1056 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS01/603300354/1056)

TAYLOR MILL
* With the planned realignment of Ky. 16, Taylor Mill officials want to know how local property owners and other stakeholders think an area south of the Interstate 275/Ky. 16 interchange should be developed.  The site in question extends to the entrance of the Taylor Creek Subdivision and includes the Shoppes of Taylor Mill and the southern side of Walnut Drive.  Woolpert Inc., the Cincinnati engineering and planning firm that's serving as the city's planning consultant, is preparing the land use plan for the 200-plus acres that are often referred to as Taylor Mill's "gateway." Much of that is undeveloped farm land, so the Taylor Mill City Commission approved a six-month moratorium on its development that expires Aug. 31. The deadline for the completion of Woolpert's study is June 30.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060326/NEWS0103/603260439/1059/rss13 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060326/NEWS0103/603260439/1059/rss13)

* It was a lucky weekend for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Taylor Mill.  Bishop Roger Foys and a crowd of approximately 200 parishioners attended the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday for the church's $2 million expansion.  The expansion will make the church handicap accessible, add sanctuary and classroom space and include a Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, which will be open to the public 24 hours a day for prayer.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060321/NEWS0103/603210354/1059/rss13 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060321/NEWS0103/603210354/1059/rss13)

WALTON
* The city of Walton obtained the first option to buy the historic Abner Gaines house from the Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation on March 16. If purchased, the 1814 house will be restored as a tavern and become a public transportation museum.  The Abner Gaines house, which is listed on the national register of historic places, was recently put up for sale by Stephanie and Alan Gjerde, who have owned and taken care of the house since 1990.  Now that the city of Walton has the option to buy the Abner Gaines house, which it has long been interested in, it will submit an application to the state transportation department on April 6 for a grant to buy and restore the building. The building, on 7.6 acres of land, is listed at $325,000.   
(http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/5323/abnergaineshouse5gk.jpg)
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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060303/NEWS0103/603030437/-1/back01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060303/NEWS0103/603030437/-1/back01)

WOODLAWN
* General Advertising Products said Monday that it's building a new headquarters at the former Grueninger Oldsmobile and Sutherland Lumber sites in Woodlawn.  The company, which sells promotional products to businesses, schools and community organizations, has been at its Springdale site for 12 years. The new building, to be completed by late summer, will have 14,200 square feet, compared to 8,500 at its current offices. Bascon Architects is the general contractor for the building, and the land was purchased from the village of Woodlawn.
http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/03/20/daily8.html?from_rss=1 (http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/03/20/daily8.html?from_rss=1)

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

BURLINGTON
* Perhaps one of the most boring designs I've ever seen, which is pretty common when you get to the lower end of the new construction price scale ($165K).
(http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/7789/3221mitchellburl4qc.jpg)

FRANKLIN
* The Huntington, by Cristo Homes, on Oleander Dr.  It almost looks as though that extra garage space was an afterthought, which I'm sure it was.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/9995/85oleanderfrnk5dr.jpg)

MONROE
* Another one of those "Where the f$&k is the front door?" houses.  Is that a two-tone garage door?
(http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/4108/120gatehousemonroe3ds.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on April 03, 2006, 12:19:46 AM
Thanks for the update, but we need to come up with a long term solutions Butler County. I just don't think it should be in here because then the Liberty/WC/FFtwp developement thread will have to be merged, and I don't think any of this crap belongs with Cincy.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on April 03, 2006, 12:24:01 AM
Need more cowbell garage!!!

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Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 03, 2006, 07:22:20 PM
Thanks for the update, but we need to come up with a long term solutions Butler County. I just don't think it should be in here because then the Liberty/WC/FFtwp developement thread will have to be merged, and I don't think any of this crap belongs with Cincy.

That thread is growth-related, meaning subdivisions and growth/infrastructure issues.  Outside of subdivisions, it is not a projects/construction-related thread.  Therefore, a new clubhouse in Fairfield doesn't belong in there, etc.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on April 03, 2006, 07:54:42 PM
^Thats a fine line you are walking. As far as the Middletown item, we have numerous smaller threads for Middletown projects which makes it odd to now hide this here. Also, the Lebanon item seems important enough for its own thread. If we are going to change policy, we should go back and consolidate everything, starting now seems strange.

And still, I don't think stuff in Warren/Butler County belongs here, the thread is going to be worse than the Enquirer soon.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on April 03, 2006, 08:06:38 PM
so should harrison stuff be in here?  afterall, it is IN the county.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on April 03, 2006, 08:34:43 PM
^Thats a fine line you are walking. As far as the Middletown item, we have numerous smaller threads for Middletown projects which makes it odd to now hide this here. Also, the Lebanon item seems important enough for its own thread. If we are going to change policy, we should go back and consolidate everything, starting now seems strange.

And still, I don't think stuff in Warren/Butler County belongs here, the thread is going to be worse than the Enquirer soon.

Dude, chill...I'm sure if you want to start hosting a Butler/Warren random developments thread, you'll get nothing but support and encouragement.  But this is a bit rude, biting the hand that feeds you and all that - he goes out and researches it all, and tosses it in this thread for easy perusal, and you're complaining?  Chill, man...


Edit: Sorry, I'm not a moderator, I probably shouldn't be telling anyone to do anything...how about, "you might consider chilling, dude..."  Apologies all around...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on April 03, 2006, 09:13:35 PM
Oh, I hope I didn't come off rude, I just want this website to be the best it can and user friendly. I certainly appreciate grasscat's efforts, but that is not going to stop me from making suggestions. I don't really think Butler/Warren is deserving of its own random developments thread since we are kind of doing a city/metro thing with them, which is why I'd like to discuss a long term solution. Maybe this is the best way, but one problem I see is that he links to articles, not displaying the whole thing, which is fine for papers that archive on their site, but cox papers delete their pages after a few weeks and make you pay to go into archives.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 03, 2006, 09:30:05 PM
Must you complain about everything?  Seriously, chill.

The "Random" threads are regional in nature.  Butler County is part of Cincinnati's metro.  Minor projects from the metro counties will go in here.  That's not too difficult to understand, is it? 

Why aren't you complaining about the Kentucky stuff in this thread?

As for there being threads about Middletown projects, yes there are seperate threads for projects in Middletown that deserve it, like the Middletown hospital thread, etc.  I am not going to start a new thread for a minor project, however.

You are free to start threads, you know.  I didn't happen to think the Lebanon thing was important enough to open a new thread that few would likely read.  Nobody really knows the historic credentials of the house.  It is simply old.  Any user on this site is free to start a thread on something.  None of our 600+ users started one on that subject.  You could have started one if you wanted to.

I am sorry if you don't like things the way they are.  Maybe I should quit wasting my time.  And perhaps you should try offering some actual constructive suggestions instead of just complaints.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on April 03, 2006, 10:18:13 PM
Point taken.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: prolix on April 05, 2006, 12:42:58 PM
some work has recently started on this building next to the rivercenter and ascent project. its been vacant for the past couple years but in the past week they've been removing parts of the roof and workers have been working on the inside of it. sorry i don't have more info. the building is at the very end of the covington side of the roebling, on your left as you come off the bridge.

took a pic with my treo, not the best quality

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on April 06, 2006, 12:54:14 PM
The sitework is moving right along at the project on Eastern Avenue at the intersection of Foster Rd. (across from the little coffee place).

(http://www.pbase.com/csdameron/image/58277724.jpg)

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Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on April 06, 2006, 04:45:11 PM
I've dug that coffee place when I've been there...cool little teeny tiny shack, but a decent cuppa joe...I'm sure they'll be thrilled to have some residential across the street...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on April 06, 2006, 06:56:43 PM
I believe there are some more details further back in this thread, not much though if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 10, 2006, 12:40:57 AM
Top story
From the 4/8/06 Enquirer:


Milford wants to shore up riverbank for development
Little Miami has 'scenic' tag

BY FEOSHIA HENDERSON | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

MILFORD - The riverfront can be a prime dwelling spot, offering peaceful and scenic views for people who live alongside it.

But as Milford officials have found, a river can also present building challenges when nature - and erosion - takes its course.

The city, along with a private developer and landowner, has hired a consultant for $22,000 to find the best way to shore up a crumbling riverbank along the Little Miami River.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060408/NEWS01/604080378/1056 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060408/NEWS01/604080378/1056)

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

CLIFTON HEIGHTS
The vacant property at 218 Bosley St. has been purchased by an investor who owns a couple of functioning multi-family properties.
(http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/4539/218bosley4yq.jpg)

COLLEGE HILL
Senior housing awarded millions for improvements (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/03/13/daily49.html)
Cincinnati Business Courier, 3/16/06

The Salvation Army Booth Residence LP received more than $11.3 million in awards Wednesday from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency Board to renovate its low-income housing project.

The eight-story, 150-unit housing project for low-income seniors will receive more than $7.3 million in tax-exempt and tax-series bonds and more than $3.7 million in non-competitive tax credits for its rehabilitation, according to a release. The project will cost $12.7 million in total.

EAST WALNUT HILLS
DMW Construction and Remodeling Services LLC is listed as the new owner of 1715 Wm H Taft.  I believe that they are prepping the house for resale by Washington Mutual Bank.
(http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/8571/1715wmhtaft3df.jpg)

EVANSTON
Doug Spitz (developer who lives on Boal) has purchased 1608 Brewster Ave., which was foreclosed on in February.
(http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/7571/1608brewster7bo.jpg)

HYDE PARK
Stephens Building and Construction is going to build a 3-story, 3000-square-foot home on a newly-created lot at 1334 Morten St.  The home is listed at $599,900.

KENNEDY HEIGHTS
A two-unit townhouse is being built at 3759 Woodford Rd. (near Red Bank).  It will be two-story construction and will go for around $189,900 per unit.  Surrounding structures are small ranch houses and boxy, 1940s-era quads.

KENNEDY HEIGHTS
All I can say about the rehab job at 3660 Zinsle Ave. is "Wow."
(http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/9356/3660zinslebefore7bs.jpg)    (http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/6194/3660zinsleafter0jb.jpg)

MOUNT AUBURN
293 Dorchester Ave. has been purchased from HUD by an investor/landlord who owns several properties throughout the metro.
(http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/889/293dorchester3ru.jpg)

MOUNT LOOKOUT
Restaurant to open (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060317/BIZ/603170312/1001/RSS04)
Cincinnati Post, 3/17/06

Jason Druso, former general manager of Jeff Ruby's Carlo and Johnny restaurant, and Han Lin, chef-owner of MEI Japanese restaurant, have teamed up and plan to open a restaurant later this spring at 1020 Delta Ave. in Mt. Lookout Square. The restaurant, to be called AQUA will feature a French-American menu with a Japanese flair. The menu will focus on fresh fish and will include sushi.

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
Urban Sites has picked up 3041 Clifton Ave. for $300K.  I believe this property has been used as an office building.  Urban Sites is now offering it as a first-floor (plus basement) office space, a second-floor two-bedroom and a third floor studio.  This is their first property outside of Over-the-Rhine.
http://www.urbansitesproperty.com/index.lasso?pgID=97&pfID=453 (http://www.urbansitesproperty.com/index.lasso?pgID=97&pfID=453)

WESTWOOD
Owner staying quiet about plaza's future (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060315/NEWS01/603150692/1074/Local)
Western Hills Press, 3/15/06

Rumors are circulating about the future of the Western Hills Plaza, but the shopping center's owner has not announced any plans.

Lynn Harris, a Green Township resident who works at the Nationwide Insurance office near the plaza, said she heard from a client that the shopping center will be torn down and rebuilt.

Some folks may have heard a Lowe's home improvement store is moving in. Others could have heard Furniture Fair is opening a store at the plaza.

"There are a lot of things people are saying, but you never know what's true," Harris said.

WESTWOOD
3315 Gamble Ave. has been rehabbed and is being sold as either a two-family or a single-family.  The home was built in 1886.
(http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/563/3315gamblebefore3xb.jpg)    (http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/9625/3315gambleafter6ae.jpg)

WESTWOOD
Here are a couple of shots of Woodcrest Park, which is quickly nearing completion.  This subdivision is off of Queen City Ave., between Sunset and LaFeuille.
(http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/9158/060317010wwoods3lj.jpg)
(http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/9439/060317011wwoods4no.jpg)

BELLEVUE
Bellevue hopes for more corner stores (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS01/603160485/1077/Local)
Campbell County Recorder, 3/16/06

City officials hope to see residents and businesses mingle a little more.

At the Wednesday, March 8 city council meeting, council asked the city's planning commission to create some language in zoning ordinances that would allow certain buildings to be reborn as office and business space.

The conditional use would apply mainly to the historic district in buildings that were first built as store fronts then converted to apartments.

The hope is this would bring more corner stores and small businesses into neighborhoods.

COVINGTON
Pedestrian safety highlighted (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060407/NEWS0103/604070416/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/7/06

Concerns about pedestrian safety along several blocks of Winston Avenue - a busy state route - have prompted a neighborhood meeting on the topic, which will be held Thursday.

The Ritte's East Neighborhood Group and the city of Covington will host the meeting at Latonia Elementary School.

Among those invited to the meeting are Mike Yeager, a traffic engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; a representative of the Covington Police Department; and Covington's public services director, Jim Eggemeier.

CVG
COVINGTON EAGLE COMPLETES HILTON RENOVATION (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060402/BIZ01/604020417/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/2/06

Eagle Hospitality Properties Trust of Covington has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of the Hilton Cincinnati Airport hotel. All 306 rooms have been redone and equipped with free high-speed Internet access, and beds have been outfitted with pillow-top mattresses and down comforters. Its restaurant, the Grand Café, has undergone a full makeover, complete with martini bar.

DAYTON
915 Thornton St. is in MUCH better shape.
(http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/8360/915thorntondaybefore1fy.jpg)    (http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/318/915thorntondayafter8ca.jpg)

NEWPORT
Historic zone expansion (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060404/NEWS02/604040394/1014)
Kentucky Post, 4/4/06

Newport is looking to expand one its most successful historic districts.

The Newport Historic Preservation Commission is pushing the plan to expand the East Row Historic District, now bounded by Washington Avenue on the west, Oak Street and Linden Avenue on the east, Second Street on the north and 10th Street on the south.

The proposed expansion would extend the district to the 900 block of Monroe Street and Park Avenue and include an additional 52 properties, most of them residential, said Emily Jarzen, Newport's historic preservation officer.

NEWPORT
The rehab at 828 Maple Ave. is almost complete.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/4706/828maplenptbefore2kj.jpg)    (http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/2394/828maplenptafter4nk.jpg)

Round-up: Outer burbs

ALEXANDRIA
Homebuilder seeking annexation (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060406/NEWS0103/604060359)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/6/06

Fischer Homes plans to ask Alexandria City Council tonight to annex property for a new 74-unit single-family subdivision east of Persimmon Grove Pike and south of the Country Grove neighborhood.

"Fischer Homes came to us and asked if we would consider annexing that property," City Clerk Karen Barto said. "Basically, we just wanted to get it out for the public to hear."

Though the project would sit on many more acres, Fischer wants Alexandria to annex 15.6 acres into the city because part of the subdivision overlaps land not in the city limits.

ANDERSON TWP.
Great Traditions Homes is beginning the Whispers of Eagle's Watch subdivision, roughly in the middle of a square formed by Little Dry Run Rd., Wolfangel Rd., Clough Pike and Eight Mile Rd.  I believe this is part of the Eagle's Watch at Ingrams Ridge development.  Prices start in the low $400K range.
MAP (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=39.094497,-84.33423&spn=0.014921,0.029268&t=h)
http://www.greattraditionshomes.com/eagles.asp (http://www.greattraditionshomes.com/eagles.asp)

BLUE ASH
This commercial building is being built at the 5700 block of Cornell Rd. (Cornell and Kemper Ave.)  It appears that there will be as many as 9 units of office space.  The top range appears to be 3200 square feet with a 1600-square-foot basement.  The bottom end is 1600 square feet with an 800-square-foot basement.
(http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/6861/5738cornellbash0tp.jpg)

BLUE ASH
Sycamore OK's stadium renovation (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060405/NEWS01/304050013/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/5/06

Sycamore’s athletic stadium is on track to be renovated by Sept. 15.

The Sycamore School Board this morning approved a plan for funding the $1.4 million project and agreed to seek bids, to be opened May 11.

“It’ll be a real showcase for Sycamore,” Assistant Superintendent Keith Kelly said. “We’re very excited about it. The kids will love this.”

To pay for the project, the district will contribute $850,000. About $250,000 will come from money left from a 1998 bond issue. The rest will be borrowed.

BURLINGTON
Dinsmore rehab work progressing (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS01/603160430/1076/Local)
Boone County Recorder, 3/16/06

(http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/8343/dinsmoreburl1ko.jpg)
To Marty McDonald, executive director of the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation, 2005 "was the year of restoration for us."

More work still needs to be done on the collection of 19th and 20th century buildings that comprise the historic homestead in a rural section of Burlington.

But the homestead has several events for this year, beginning with its fourth annual Derby Day at Dinsmore on May 6, the day of the Kentucky Derby.

The homestead's foundation has a $76,000 grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation to help pay for renovation work. Phase one of the estimated $200,000 renovation project should be completed by Sept. 30.

BURLINGTON
Library construction gets official start (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060406/NEWS01/604060401/1076/Local)
Boone County Recorder, 4/6/06

Boone County's largest library should be completed near the end of next year.

On Monday, the Boone County Public Library hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility that's being built at the former Flick's Foods location on Ky. 18 in Burlington. Work had begun earlier at the site.

The facility is costing $10.5 million to construct.

CAMPBELL CO.
Residents invited to offer ideas (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060403/NEWS02/604030365/1011/RSS02)
Kentucky Post, 4/3/06

If you were king or queen of Campbell County for a day, what would you do?

It may sound like question out of a fairy tale, but that is exactly what Campbell County officials will be asking residents at two public hearings this week to help prepare for an update of the county's comprehensive plan, a document used to guide growth and development for the next 20 years.

Campbell County Planning Director Peter Klear said officials wanted to begin the process of updating the plan, which should take about a year, to begin with the people who would be most affected: county residents.
(Kentucky Post update: 4/5/06 (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060405/NEWS02/604050368/1011/RSS02))

CRESTVIEW HILLS
Construction progressing (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS01/603160545/1079/Local)
Community Recorder, 3/16/06

Construction crews took advantage of some spring-like weather recently to work on the new Crestview Hills City Building, which is due to be finished this summer.
(includes image)

EDGEWOOD
Edgewood shows off new facility (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060406/NEWS01/604060501/1079/Local)
Community Recorder, 4/6/06

There's no place like home for the Edgewood city officials.

The city council held their April 3 meeting in the chambers of the new city building, showing off the spacious new facility that will house the administrative offices, as well as the city fire and police departments. The building, although much larger, is built close to where the original city building stood.

ERLANGER
Outdoor fields planned at Pleasure Isle (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060404/NEWS0103/604040369/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/4/06

The man planning to bring indoor soccer and other sports to Erlanger also plans to take some sports outside.

Jeffrey "John" Schwartz of Morning View and his partners intend to open the Fun Center at Pleasure Isle the first week of May on the once-popular Pleasure Isle pool property.

But now, plans call for outdoor sports this fall, beginning with two fields on high-quality artificial turf: one for soccer and one for baseball. The facility will be called Ballfields at Banklick Creek.

They will be between the park and ride and Pleasure Isle Drive, on the west side of Ky. 17, opposite the highway from the Fun Center.

ERLANGER
Housing Development Corp. is restructured (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060317/NEWS0103/603170425)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/17/06

City Council restructured the housing development corporation this month, establishing a new board of directors and finance plan.

The changes are a result of the city's recent split with the corporation's co-founder, Brighton Properties Inc., said David Hahn, Erlanger's codes and public works director.

The split came last fall after City Council decided against a proposed senior living facility considered in partnership with Brighton.

Because Brighton appointed 50 percent of the board and provided staff support under the original agreement, the corporation had to be restructured after the split in order to allow the city to gain full control, according to City Attorney Frank Wichmann.

FOREST PARK
Promenade center slated for a facelift (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060405/NEWS01/604050566/1074/Local)
Hilltop Press, 4/5/06

In the coming months, Promenade Shopping Center on Kemper Road will begin a transformation.

The center's owner, R and B Investment Co., proposed a project to Forest Park officials that includes tearing down the Wild Birds Unlimited store and the building that now houses Subway.

The Subway store will move 100 feet away and Wild Birds will move in to the shopping center. A small addition is also planned for the Fitworks building. A 6,000 square-foot retail building is planned for the space that Wild Birds Unlimited and Subway currently stand.

FORT MITCHELL
Plaza plans go forward (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS01/603160531/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 3/16/06

The City of Fort Mitchell and the Beechwood Independent School District have cleared one more hurdle in the expansion project of Expressway Plaza on Dixie Highway.

In Monday's regular school board meeting, the school board unanimously approved a letter to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet stating that the school district is waiving its right to the property needed for the expansion.

The property was transferred to the city by the state when the ramp from Interstate 7 1/75 to Dixie Highway was redone.

The next step is for the city of Fort Mitchell to transfer the land back to the state, at which point the city can apply to purchase the land from the state, and then sell it to the developers, the Town Center Company, owners of Expressway Plaza.

FORT MITCHELL
Redwood seeks more funds to finish expansion (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS01/603160508/1077/Local)
The Community Recorder, 3/16/06

A $6.3 million expansion last year doubled the space at Redwood Rehabilitation Center -- but a funding shortfall left nearly 3,000 square feet vacant.

Now, Redwood staff are trying to raise $25,000 to take advantage of a matching grant and finish the space.

FORT MITCHELL
Road projects shift into full swing (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060406/NEWS01/604060500/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 4/6/06

City council approved unanimously on April 3 a resolution to re-allocate $107,000 from one road project to another.

Public Works Director Bob Zerhusen said the East Drive project is taking longer than expected because utilities have to be relocated. The project was funded with Municipal Road Aid funds, which the city will lose if they aren't used by July 1.

"We're not gonna be able to complete East Drive by July 1, which we have to do in order to get this money," said Mayor Tom Holocher.

The funds will be diverted to the reconstruction of Iris Road instead. The project will begin in four weeks, Zerhusen said, and should be finished in early June. The road will be torn out and rebuilt in sections.

FORT THOMAS
Street more costly than thought for city (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060406/NEWS01/604060600/1077/Local)
Fort Thomas Recorder, 4/6/06

City council voted at its regular meeting Monday, April 3, to express intent to proceed with 2006 street improvements, but the project may not be as smooth as the city had once hoped.

Included in the plan is the resurfacing of Covert Place, however a portion of that street has started to slide. City Administrative Officer Jeff Earlywine said that slide is worse than first estimated.

"The slip area has migrated up and down the street," Earlywine said.

GREEN TWP. (Monfort Heights)
Group rallies to Monfort Hts. (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060403/NEWS01/604030336/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/3/06

One nuisance down. More to go. Things will improve.

That's the thinking of the newly formed North Bend Road/Cheviot Road Revitalization Committee.

The 23-member group saw citizens band together to rid Monfort Heights of the crime-infested Mount Airy Motel. Wreckers demolished the court-declared public nuisance a week ago.

Now, the committee wants to improve the Monfort Heights-White Oak business district along North Bend and Cheviot roads.

HARRISON
The Legacy subdivision is getting going on an undeveloped area off of West Rd.  This is a project by Fischer and by Grand Communities.
(http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/8811/449lynessharr0hx.jpg)

INDIAN HILL
Indian Hill buckles up, fixing Remington (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060406/NEWS01/604060349/1074/Local)
Indian Hill Press, 4/6/06

If they haven't already done so, those who frequently use the stretch of Remington Road between the Loveland-Madeira Road intersection and the Montgomery city limits should be scoping out alternative routes.

"There's a lot going on in that area," said George Kipp, project manager for the city of Indian Hill. "For the next year to a year and a half, that area's going to be quite congested."

That's due to four projects in the works on Remington, also known Ohio 126. The Ohio Department of Transportation will do two of those projects. The other two are coming, at least in part, via Indian Hill funds (public works and water works).

LINCOLN HEIGHTS
Valley Homes cleanup day is a start (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060314/NEWS01/603140354/1056)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/14/06

Supporters of the apartment complex here where utilities nearly were turned off in January are looking for some help Saturday to board up windows and pick up trash.

After tenants faced being left in the dark and cold when they learned their landlord had not paid Cinergy, the Valley Homes complex was ordered into receivership by Common Pleas Judge Dennis Helmick. Residents who sought that action said in court documents that they only averted Cinergy's cutting the power by paying their rent to the utility directly.

They said at least 88 of the 340 units were vacant as of the end of January. Those vacancies are a big part of the problem, said Ernie McCowan, acting village manager, because they draw squatters, vagrants and vandals.

MADEIRA
New school has St. Gertrude parish excited (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060406/NEWS01/604060346/1074/Local)
Suburban Life, 4/6/06

Whether talking about the new art room, the elevator or the fish-shaped hallway, "exciting" is the word used by faculty, students and parents as the new St. Gertrude School nears completion.

"Throughout the years it was becoming clear that this building (the old school), which was built during the depression, was in need of help," said Sister Bernadette, principal at St. Gertrude. "We just don't have a lot of the basics."

After being cited by the fire department, because the algebra class was being taught in the hallway, a call for help went out to the building committee, according to Caroline Melson, director of stewardship and development.

MARIEMONT
Parking could be taken off West Street (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060405/NEWS01/604050474/1074/Local)
Eastern Hills Journal, 4/5/06

Street parking could be at a minimum near Mariemont Elementary School beginning this summer if village council passes an ordinance to restrict parking on West Street.

As part of a plan to expand the Mariemont Inn, Councilman Bill Ebelhar said council approved a plan last year by Spinnenweber Builders to expand a parking lot with an entrance on West Street.

To prepare for that expansion, village council has been working with Mariemont City School District board officials and the village engineer to ease congestion, especially from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., the hours students are going to and leaving school, Ebelhar said.

METRO
Builders focus on homes friendly to the Earth (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060317/BIZ01/603170369/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/17/06

Is Cincinnati ready to go green?

Cincinnati architect Steven Evans, 35, has embarked on a speculative building project to find out whether there's a market here for energy-efficient and environmentally friendly "green" homes, that he calls eco-homes.

His company, Green City Builders LLC, is constructing a small two-bedroom, two-story home in Anderson Township, priced about $150,000.

The factory-built 1,100-square-foot house on Shirmer Avenue - a neighborhood of similar small one-and two-bedroom homes - is designed to be energy- and water-efficient with little construction waste.

...

But to test the higher end of the market, Evans is also planning two larger, three-story townhomes with Ohio River views on Eastern Avenue in East End, priced in the $350,000 range.

NEWTOWN
New home on the Horizon for church (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS01/603160367/1074/Local)
Forest Hills Journal, 3/16/06

As far as they are concerned, it's a "whole"-in-one.

Horizon Community Church announced March 9 that they have entered into an agreement to purchase the 154-acre Indian Valley Golf Course in Newtown. The church plans to build a church on the property.

SOUTHGATE
At last, it's Tree City USA (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060407/NEWS0103/604070422/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/7/06

After more than a decade of work, the city of Southgate has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

"It says that we truly do support the love of trees, and that we're doing lots of good things in this teeny-tiny town," said Joyce Hamberg, chairwoman of the Park and Tree Board.

Since 1993, the city has tried to receive recognition for the work it does with its trees.

SPRINGFIELD TWP. (West College Hill)
This little bungalow at 2047 Third St. has been cleaned up considerably after a total rehab.
(http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/5043/2047thirdwchbefore0po.jpg)    (http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/6185/2047thirdwchafter7tm.jpg)

VILLA HILLS
Villa Hills expansion plan gets started (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060403/NEWS0103/604030345/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/3/06

Villa Hills is bursting at the seams.

City officials recently addressed the need for more space for city and police operations. Council took action Thursday by approving a motion 6-0 recommending the mayor use $10,000 to get geotechnical work and to obtain drawings and specifications for an addition to the city/police building. The money is already allocated in the city budget for such projects.

City and police officials say they have outgrown the Rogers Road building - a former three-bedroom ranch home with garage. The city has occupied the building for 30 years, said City Clerk Sue Kramer.

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

INDEPENDENCE
* This one is just wrong.  What an odd place to put that window--and then to draw more attention to it by surrounding it with siding.  Just brutal.  This is a Drees product called the "Brantly", located at 708 Lakefield Dr.
(http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/2304/708lakefieldind7jv.jpg)

LEBANON
* This is being built on Franklin Rd.  I think it speaks for itself.
(http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/5659/905franklinleb2lq.jpg)

MASON
* I'm all for hiding the garage doors, but who are we kidding here?  3954 Magma Ct.
(http://img437.imageshack.us/img437/2610/3954magmamason9ke.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on April 10, 2006, 01:06:57 AM
Wow, thats the worse crap you've ever posted, especially the first house, ugh!

The news from Milford is most interesting, I have never even realized it was on the Little Miami. I really should do a thread on Milford.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on April 10, 2006, 09:27:59 AM
Bartlett Building remodel will include restaurant (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/04/10/story5.html)
Chicago firm that paid $8.2M to invest $4M more
Cincinnati Business Courier - April 7, 2006by Laura BavermanStaff Reporter[/b]


A Chicago real estate investment firm has paid $8.2 million for the Bartlett Building downtown, and will invest up to $4 million on renovations to the 18-story building.

Plans include a $500,000 upgrade to the lobby and transformation of the vacant grand ballroom on the building's mezzanine level to an upscale chain restaurant.

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on April 10, 2006, 09:36:40 AM
Dear god, the "Brantly" is awful.  One of the ugliest houses I've ever seen.  How can that possibly be the same company that's building these:
(http://www.urbanohio.com/kendall/citywest/IMG_0113.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: David on April 10, 2006, 01:21:52 PM
I wouldn't exactly call City West architecturally innovative.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on April 10, 2006, 01:34:19 PM
Nor would I.  The City West designs are intended to evoke the Italianate architecture of the historic buildings in the West End, many of which were torn down for the projects that City West is replacing.  My point was they are much more aesthetically pleasing than that nasty "Brantly" tract house.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Jimmy Skinner on April 10, 2006, 03:34:37 PM
Good design does not equal innovative ... and vice versa. 
Don't go citicizing City West, you will make enemies quick on this board!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: David on April 10, 2006, 03:55:59 PM
I know it doesn't equal innovative but I just think they could have done better with the design. City West looks bland compared to a lot of the buildings in OTR and the West End. I'd definitely prefer City West buildings over subdivision houses with siding, I'm just bitter because sometimes I wish I was an architect and developer that could design everything my way but believe me I appreciate what they've done to that area, it's a big improvement from what it was.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 18, 2006, 12:16:52 AM
Top story
From the 4/17/06 Cincinnati Business Courier:


Insider
Price Hill boosts proposal to get bigger, better Kroger

Cincinnati Business Courier - April 14, 2006
by Dan Monk

 
You can't fault their effort, those Price Hill boosters.

Neighborhood leaders are pulling out all the stops to persuade the Kroger Co. to build a larger and prettier replacement store for its aging Enright Avenue facility. Last summer, Kroger spent $713,000 to acquire seven properties for the project. Kroger spokesman Art Wulfeck said the company plans to double the size of its East Price Hill store and add a gas station at the corner of Enright and Warsaw avenues.

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/04/17/tidbits1.html (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/04/17/tidbits1.html)

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
Demolition of 31 Landon Ct. is supposed to happen soon.  It may have happened already.  (I haven't been in the area recently.)  The structure was condemned in January but has had problems for even longer.
(http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/671/31landon3ev.jpg)

AVONDALE
The Cincinnati Recreation Commission has approved a request from the Victory Neighborhood Services Agency, Inc. organization to rename the Avon Center Building located at 870 Blair Avenue the C. Kenneth Davidson Language and Arts Academy. A letter of support from the Avondale Community Council was received prior to the Commission meeting. This name change will honor a former President CEO, whose vision and hard work led to the transformation of the Avon Center Building which benefits Avondale and surrounding communities.  This will be considered by the City Planning Commission and will also require approval by council.

CITY
City Council voted unanimously (minus Berding, who was absent) to move $95,000 extra dollars into the Greenspace Program.  The following nine gateway sites will now get attention from the Parks Department.  These will expand the total number to 37.

* Columbia Pw and Tusculum Ave
* New Queen City median, between White St and Sunset Ave
* Queen City Ave at State Ave (two triangles)
* Remainder of Queen City Ave (not sure what this means)
* FWW trench and downtown street grid
* FWW at Third St
* Broadway at Pete Rose Way
* Morton Triangle/North Bend Rd

List of all Cincinnati gateways, funding, and maintenance (http://city-egov.rcc.org/BASISCGI/BASIS/council/public/child/DDD/17778.pdf)

DOWNTOWN
Red Cross seeking bigger new home (http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060318/NEWS02/603180336/1014)
Kentucky Post, 3/18/06

The Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking to move from its home of 55 years in downtown Cincinnati.

Red Cross officials say its current 35,000 square-foot location at 720 Sycamore St. has become too small for its operations, which include 55 full-time and 35 part-time employees.

Sara Peller, CEO of the Cincinnati Red Cross, said the agency is looking for property on which to build a 60,000 square-foot disaster operations center, which could serve as a hub for relief operations during disasters. She estimated the cost at $10 million to $11 million.

The new center would need 200 parking spaces, which could limit the options in downtown Cincinnati.
(See also: Cincinnati Enquirer: Red Cross wants bigger building (3/20/06) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060320/NEWS01/603200327/1056/rss02) )

EAST END
As mentioned in this post (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg73575;topicseen#msg73575) Merivale Station LLC (Gerald Burns) plans to build a new single-family structure on the lot at 2050 Eastern Ave.  I don't know if those plans are still going to happen.  What I do know is that the home on the property has been condemned, and Burns has applied for a demolition permit.
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EAST WALNUT HILLS
2523 Ingleside Ave, a single-family home built around 1890, has been rehabbed for sale.  I know, these photos suck.
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HYDE PARK
A new restaurant is going in that little strip in East Hyde Park, on the 3500 block of Erie Ave.  I'm not sure what it will be.

MADISONVILLE
The city is demolishing these blighted 1890s commercial buildings at 4821-4823 Whetsel Ave.
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MADISONVILLE
The ordinance changing the zoning at Kenwood Towers and Kenwood Bluffs passed unanimously in city council, with Berding absent.  This zoning change allows Cornerstone-Kenwood Towers, LLC, to renovate the buildings at 5445 Kenwood Rd into congregate housing for seniors and empty nesters.

MT. AUBURN
I'd say that 126 Valencia St has improved quite a bit over the last couple of years.  Most of the heavy work was done by K&K Renovations.
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MT. LOOKOUT
Fritzsch Custom Builders is doing a project at the end of Krogervalley Dr.

NORTHSIDE
The foreclosed property at 4116 Kirby Ave., which has been vacant for a year and a half, has been purchased by an out-of-town investor.
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NORTHSIDE
Another foreclosed property, 4331 Beech Hill Ave., has been purchased by an out-of-town investor after being vacant for 16 months.
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PRICE HILL
Price Hill Chili planning to expand its lounge (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060412/NEWS01/604120367/1074/Local)
Price Hill Press, 4/12/06

A Cincinnati landmark is reinforcing its roots in Price Hill.

The Beltsos family, owners of Price Hill Chili, 4290 Glenway Ave., is adding on to the restaurant that began nearly four and half decades ago as a small chili parlor with 12 stools and four tables.

"Just investing in the neighborhood," said Sam Beltsos, who co-founded Price Hill Chili with is father-in-law, Lazaros Nourtsis, in 1962.

RIVERSIDE
Work is beginning to repair the back portion of 3545 Wisconsin Ave., which suffered severe fire damage last June.  Work will involve demo and reframing of the entire back of the house.
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COVINGTON
Children Inc. gets new space (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060412/NEWS0103/604120382/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/12/06

Northern Kentucky's largest child-care provider is moving its headquarters to a larger building in June with the help of $1 million in industrial revenue bonds.

The new building will enable Children Inc. to provide staff training and other programs in-house instead of leasing space.

Covington City Commission approved issuance of the bonds Tuesday night.
...

Children Inc. is spending $1.5 million to purchase, renovate and equip a two-story building at Fourth Street and Madison Avenue now occupied by doctors' offices, Hulefeld said. The agency will do a capital campaign to raise the money for payoff.

The 10,000-square-foot building would become Children Inc.'s central offices, and the agency would keep its headquarters at 11th Street and Madison Avenue, Hulefeld said.

DAYTON
Rebuilt church will open Sunday (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060415/NEWS01/604150351/1010/RSS01)
Cincinnati Post, 4/15/06

Exactly 27 months after fire gutted its historic building, the First Baptist Church in Dayton, Ky., is opening its rebuilt sanctuary Sunday.

The fact that the day is Easter and that the project has been completed debt free should make the homecoming all the sweeter, said church leaders.

A sunrise service will be held at 7:30 a.m. and an Easter musical will follow at 10:45 a.m., the first service in the new sanctuary, which has a capacity of 300, five times the size of the current congregation.

LINCOLN HEIGHTS
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Valley Home residents think cleanup is sign of out with the old, in with the new (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060319/NEWS01/603190410/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/19/06

Longtime Valley Homes resident Rhonda Barry was one of more than 60 people Saturday clearing trash, beer bottles and dead animals from the World War II era, wood-frame apartment complex.

"It looks so much better. It was horrible, and if you look down the street now you don't see trash," Barry said.

The apartment complex along Medosch Avenue, owned by a cooperative of residents, is in need of repair. Water and sewer pipes often back up and electricity sometimes goes out, residents said.

NEWPORT
City moving very close to expanding East Row (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060414/NEWS0103/604140417)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/14/06

Newport is one step away from expanding the East Row Historic District.

After zoning meetings and public hearings last year, the first step of a possible three-step expansion could be voted on at the city's next commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Newport City Building, 998 Monmouth St.

"This is something the Preservation Commission and the Board of Commissioners have wanted to look at for a long time," said Emily Jarzen, Newport's historic preservation officer. "The city, as well as those in the area, are very interested."

First in line are the 900 blocks of Park Avenue and Monroe Street.

NEWPORT
Historic sidewalk 'lights' restored (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060414/NEWS0103/604140419/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/14/06

Walking through historic parts of Newport, it's easy to get a feel for what the older homes looked like and how they must have appeared. Sometimes smaller details tell more about how the people lived in late 19th century Newport - such as how dark it could be.

That's the case with the sidewalk outside 530 Washington Ave.

It's closed for renovation; when it's finished a series of small glass rounds will twinkle up from the sidewalk. They are vault lights.

NEWPORT
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House becomes TV star (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060320/NEWS0103/603200389/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/20/06

In 2005, the city of Newport issued 521 building permits - 401 for residential housing - and the results of the work at one house are garnering national attention.

The restoration of 543 E. Fourth St., bought and rehabbed by married architects Deanna Heil and Jim Guthrie, has been featured on HGTV's Generation Renovation and will be featured on the DIY network this summer.

"Any time the city receives favorable media attention, especially for a project like this, it's a great thing for everyone. It showcases the fact that the city is dedicated to revitalizing its housing stock and that we are fortunate enough to have people like Jim and Deanna and countless others who are renovating Newport property," said Brian Steffen of the city's code enforcement department. Steffen added that the permits throughout the city represent about $14.3 million in construction spending.

The building at 543 E. Fourth had been used in the past as a 10-unit apartment building. In 2002, the structure caught fire and sustained extensive damage. It sat vacant and exposed for 18 months until Heil and Guthrie bought it. They were familiar with the lot because they had rehabbed the home across the street and lived there since 1991.

NORWOOD
Shepherd Chemical Company has been buying houses near the intersection of Orchard and Highland.  Presumably, this would be for them to expand their facility now, or later in the future.

Round-up: Outer burbs and metro counties

ALEXANDRIA
Neighbors concerned over nearby Fischer Homes development's quality (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130394/1077/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 4/13/06

Some residents of Country Grove subdivision in Alexandria are aggravated over a developer's plans to build 74 houses next to theirs in an area off Persimmon Grove Pike.

About 15 residents from the Country Grove subdivision showed up at the Thursday, April 6 council meeting to ask about Fischer Homes' plans to build a subdivision behind their homes.Ken Sanker, of 40 Bittersweet Drive, said he was concerned of the quality of the houses, and that some of the homes could be built on concrete slabs.

He said he would like the homes to be on more land and start upwards of $200,000, which would be closer in price to many of the homes in Country Grove.

The Alexandria area already has enough moderately priced homes like the ones being planned by Fischer, Sanker said.

ALEXANDRIA
Campbell development raises concerns (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130600/1077/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 4/13/06

Residents along Moock Road are concerned about what the addition of 230 units of rental housing would mean to traffic, water runoff and sewers in the areas of Southgate and Wilder.

Residents of the existing housing on the road told the Campbell County and Municipal Planning and Zoning Commission about their concerns at a public hearing Tuesday, April 11.

The purpose of the hearing was for a request to change the zone for a 13-acre portion of 30 acres where an Indianapolis-based development company wants to build multi-family housing. The 13-acre portion in question is now zoned for single family residential use. The 30 acre development would be located between Evergreen Cemetery and Moock Road near the intersection of Moock Road with U.S. 27.

Rent on the proposed units would range from $580 per month for one bedroom, up to $855 per month for three bedrooms, said Mike Roderer, development associate for Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc. There would be 64 one-bedroom units, 104 two-bedroom units, and 62 three bedroom units.

BETHEL
New ordinance to help rundown buildings (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130313/1078/Local)
Community Journal Clermont, 4/13/06

Officials are taking steps to make sure what is just a nuisance today, doesn't become something more tomorrow.

Bethel council's planning commission is currently looking into putting a nuisance ordinance into effect for structures in the village.

"This is part of preparing for growth in the village," said Mike Shiverski, village administrator. "Before developers come in, we need to have a plan of attack for handling new growth."

BURLINGTON
Fire training center will cost less (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130437/1076/Local)
Boone County Recorder, 4/13/06

Plans for Boone County's proposed fire training center have been scaled back.

The project will now cost an estimated $2.4 million, down from about $3 million.

"I still think it's going to fill a need that we currently do not have, without question, with the burn building and the tower," Point Pleasant Fire Chief Mike Giordano said.

BURLINGTON
Library construction gets official start (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130580/1076/Local)
Boone County Recorder, 4/13/06

Boone County's largest library should be completed near the end of next year.

On Monday, the Boone County Public Library hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility that's being built at the former Flick's Foods location on Ky. 18 in Burlington. Work had begun earlier at the site.

The facility is costing $10.5 million to construct.

"We truly are blessed here in Boone County to have the tax base that can provide revenue for outstanding facilities," Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore said.

CAMPBELL COUNTY
Residents want green space protected (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130387/1077/Local)
Campbell Community Recorder, 4/13/06

Campbell County residents sent a message to planning officials that they don't want to see development ruin the rural character of the southern portion of the county.

People penned hundreds of their thoughts on how the county should manage its future onto poster-sized sheets of paper in the cafeteria at Campbell County High School Thursday, April 6, the second of two meetings to gather public comment on the Campbell County Comprehensive Plan update.

The input will be used to help planners update the recommended plan of action for the next 20 years.

Controlling the affects and locations of development and protecting green space was at the top of most people's wish list.

COLD SPRING
City considers take over of streets (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130468/1077/Local)
Campbell Community Recorder, 4/13/06

Residents of the condominiums off Chardonnay Drive will have to wait for the Monday, April 24 Cold Spring City Council meeting to find out if the city will take over maintenance of their streets.

The development was built with private streets, and residents have to arrange and pay for their own street maintenance including snow removal and repairs.They have asked the city to take over maintenance.

The results of a geotechnical report previously asked for by council on the thickness and integrity of the roads in the development were revealed at the Monday, April 10 council meeting.

DELHI TWP.
Township adds rugged park property (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060412/NEWS01/604120369/1074/Local)
Delhi Press, 4/12/06

Only the most dedicated hikers likely will enjoy the latest addition to the Delhi Township Park District.

Township trustees approved the purchase of almost 40 acres along Bender Road. The purchase price is $1 and the seller is the Hamilton County Park District.

Jack Sutton, park district director, said his agency bought the land in 2003 with help from a Clean Ohio grant. The county park district paid $145,295 for one 28.9-acre tract and $55,400 for the adjacent 11 acres, Sutton said.

With the grant proceeds, the park district share was $57,125 and $20,678 respectively.

FT. THOMAS
A new home is being built at 109 Hawthorne Ave and will be sold for $477,000.  I'm not sure if the drawing is a stock image or if the house will look something like this.
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FT. THOMAS
Highlands renovation begins, change orders in (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130596/1077/Local)
Fort Thomas Recorder, 4/13/06

Construction for the first phase of the Highlands High School renovation is underway. That's the good news.

The bad news is just a week into the project architect Mark Isbell of Tate Hill Jacobs: Architects has brought up the topic of change orders, which means the price of the project is more than first anticipated, to the Fort Thomas Independent Schools Board of Education.

Change orders come from unforeseen issues with construction. Isbell said the cable and telecommunication lines run underground from the high school to the middle school and construction teams need to separate those lines.

FT. MITCHELL
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Spring brings construction (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130623/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 4/13/06

Construction crews are working to repave Brice Avenue in Fort Mitchell. Public Works Director Bob Zerhusen expects the project to be finished by the end of the month, weather permitting. The repaving is one of many road construction projects in the works now that temperatures have warmed up.

FT. WRIGHT
Planning commission delays form district decision (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130500/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 4/13/06

After months of land use studies and document preparation, the city will have to wait a little longer for the decision on their proposed Town Center Form District plans.

The Kenton County Planning Commission voted at their April 6 meeting to recess the applications until a special meeting, saying the issue was too large to discuss during a normal meeting, especially with other items on the agenda.

"I had a list of questions before tonight, and now I have even more," said commissioner Paul Darpel after the presentations. "I just feel that this is such a large issue, and so unique, that it deserves to be looked at more closely, and that is something that may not be afforded to us tonight."

GREEN TWP. (Dent)
Three stores coming to Manchester Plaza (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060412/NEWS01/604120372/1074/Local)
Western Hills Press, 4/12/06

Eventually shoppers will have three new retail stores to patron in the Manchester Plaza.

Michael Boeckermann, the fire prevention officer and building inspector for the Green Township Department of Fire & EMS, said the old Kroger building is being sub-divided into three new stores.

Two tenants have signed leases with the H.L. Libby Corp., the Pennsylvania-based owner of the strip mall, and the third tenant has not yet been determined.

Boeckermann said an Aldi food store is expected to open in one of the three spaces sometime in the early fall, and a Dollar Tree is scheduled to open there in July.

HAMILTON
Main Street building demolished (http://www.journal-news.com/hp/content/news/stories/2006/04/11/HJN041206THEATER.html)
Hamilton JournalNews, 4/12/06

The Cinema Lounge at 515 Main St. was demolished Tuesday in a cloud of dust and splintering wood.

Several sources, including the Vickers Wrecking crew tearing down the old bar, said the property is in the process of being transferred to Dr. Louis Barich, who keeps an office several doors down. Barich, however, could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Tony Traub, the owner of the Old Moose Event Center at 333 S. Second St., said he partnered with Barich on the project.

“He’s more interested in cleaning up the area,” Traub said about the partnership. “That place was a blight on the area. His incentive was to get it down. My incentive was to take the liquor license and transfer that to the Old Moose Center.”

HAMILTON
Veteran's home picked for renovation (http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/03/19/MJ031906HERO.html)
Hamilton JournalNews, 3/19/06

A Hamilton resident has been tapped as the first to be assisted as part of a nationwide program to help disabled veterans remodel their homes for easier accessibility.

The home of Shelby Bowling, a 69-year-old Cleveland Avenue resident, will be one of the first two pilot sites across the nation to be part of Homes Eliminated of Restrictions and Obstacles.

Project HERO is a joint venture of the International Code Council Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Disabled American Veterans.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS
Bluegrass Center may get new tenant (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130458/1077/Local)
Campbell Community Recorder, 4/13/06

It's may be the ideal location for the Family Life Vision Center and the ideal business for the Bluegrass Center, but the perfect couple doesn't make for an easy move.

At the Tuesday, April 11 Highland Heights Planning Commission meeting David Zimmer, owner of The Zimmer Construction Company, received the commission's approval to continue working with city administration to possibly build a new office building for the Family Vision Center in the Bluegrass Center on U.S. 27. No paperwork has been filed with the city.

INDEPENDENCE
Debated use of land continues along Ky.17 in Independence (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130612/1079/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 4/13/06

The future of a small parcel of land across from Simon Kenton High School is still undecided, even after the Kenton County Planning Commission approved a zone change from residential to neighborhood commercial.

The 2.4 acre area, nestled between the current Ky. 17 and the planned new Ky. 17, is still the subject of speculation between the five property owners and the Kenton County School Board. The board would eventually like to use the land to accommodate the growth of Simon Kenton, including additional parking.

The owners of the property hope to use the zone change to build two small offices on the site. The Independence city council will have final approval of any zone change.

INDIAN HILL
Remington wait almost over (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130339/1074/Local)
Indian Hill Journal, 4/13/06

If it's not clear yet just what's going to snarl Remington Road traffic this spring, it will be clarified significantly April 20.

That's when Sunesis, the firm contracted by the Ohio Department of Transportation to replace aging box culverts on Remington Road, has its pre-construction meeting with ODOT officials.

"We'll schedule the job at that meeting," said Carl Fritschi, a Sunesis vice president for estimation. Fritschi couldn't think of any potential snags that could arise at the pre-construction meeting that would cause a delay in the firm's projected late-April, early-May starting date.

LEBANON
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Center of History (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060323/NEWS01/603230336/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/23/06

A post office that has been unused for more than a decade is being reincarnated into a hub of art, history and community activity.

"Because Lebanon is known for being historic, we would like to make our museum a focal point ... and it will give real meaning to the term, 'Historic Lebanon,'" said Bill Duning, president of the Warren County Historical Society.

The 70-year-old post office is next door to the society's headquarters and museum along South Broadway Street near Ohio 63 in the heart of the downtown historic district. The group already has raised and spent $1.8 million in local donations to acquire, renovate and connect the buildings.

If the society secures an additional $225,000 from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission this spring, the society would be able to house administrative offices, its growing art collection and other artifacts in the extra 4,375 square feet the post office provides. Public meetings, art galleries and traveling exhibits also would be held.

MIDDLETOWN
MIDDLETOWN 220 HOMES PLANNED ON 150-ACRE SITE (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060416/BIZ01/604160365/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/16/06

Maple Street Homes, a division of the Fischer Group, has opened a new community on 150 acres at Manchester Road and South Dixie Highway, northeast of Middletown.

Called Sawyer's Mill, the subdivision, developed jointly with Beazer Homes, calls for up to 220 homes priced from $140,000.

...

Maple Street is planning to build from two different home plan collections. Its Hometown Collection, starting at $140,000, with three and four bedrooms and up to 2,400 square feet, and its Parkside Collection, which includes ranch and two-story designs, priced into the $200,000s with up to five bedrooms and 3,000 square feet.

Amenities include a waterfall and stone entry, walking trails, playgrounds, boulevard streets and wooded home sites. Build-out of the development is expected to take five to eight years.

MONROE
Council puts trail on right path (http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/04/12/mj041206moncouncil.html)
Middletown Journal, 4/12/06

Residents can look forward to more space to enjoy the great outdoors in the future.

City Council Tuesday authorized the development of 13 acres of land for a park that will feature walking trails and possibly an arboretum and community gardens.

Monroe will lease the park — located on Ohio 4 near a city fire station — for $1 a year from the Butler County MetroParks.

MONROE
BMX track may kick up dust in Monroe (http://www.journal-news.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/04/13/HJN041306bmx.html)
Hamilton JournalNews, 4/13/06

Dirt mounds and bikes could become the focal point of one community park if the city decides to play host to an increasingly popular extreme sport.

For years, Monroe residents have expressed an interest in operating a Bicycle Motocross track in the city. Now, with the development of a 28-acre sports park under way, that may finally happen.

If approved, 3 acres of land and 4,000 cubic yards of dirt at the Monroe Crossings park will come together to form a BMX track that would be operated by local parents.

The track — which also would feature a starting gate, audio system and fencing — would be an added amenity to the city’s recreation options, said Jay Stewart, Monroe’s development director.

MT. HEALTHY
School's courtyard getting makeover (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060412/NEWS0102/604120367/1058/NEWS01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/12/06

What was once an eyesore at Mount Healthy High School could become a point of pride.

The Kull Courtyard at the center of the U-shaped high school was overgrown with weeds, its walls crumbling, for several years.

Dozens of students, teachers and community volunteers more than a year ago began clearing it out, tearing up old bricks and walls and yanking out the weeds. But money wasn't available for much else.

"It's a big mud ball," says Brian McFee, assistant principal.

That's about to change.

On Saturday, Harrison Concrete Inc., in Harrison, will pour donated concrete in much of the courtyard. And volunteers and others will build a new, 35-foot outdoor stage, walkways and a picnic area with tables.

SPRINGDALE
SPRINGDALE 5.3 ACRES ACQUIRED FOR $5M RETAIL CENTER (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060319/BIZ01/603190379/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/19/06

Developer Myers Y. Cooper Co. has acquired 5.3 acres along Springfield Pike from the city of Springdale for a $5 million neighborhood retail center called Springdale Town Center.

The 45,000-square-foot retail center, along the east side of Springfield Pike between Kemper Road and Peach Street, will include restaurants and neighborhood businesses, said Jeff Baumgarth of Myers Y. Cooper. The project, which will include off-street parking for 250 vehicles, will use brick and wood materials and shingle roofs to tie in with the brick sidewalks and period street lighting. Plans call for three existing businesses, Domino's Pizza, Tri-City Cleaners and Springdale Laundry, to remain and relocate.

SYCAMORE TWP.
Chrisman Homes has completed this project at 8485 Wilton Ave.  THIS is $449,900?!?!?
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SYCAMORE TWP.
Levy OK may mean a new firehouse (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060412/NEWS01/604120373/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/12/06

Proceeds from the proposed Sycamore Township fire services levy could help build a new firehouse on the township's north end, Acting Administrator Rob Molloy said Tuesday.

The new building would sit on part of an 18-acre site trustees bought last year for athletic fields on Deerfield Road.

It would replace another firehouse on Solzman Road that is falling apart and has a crumbling roof, Molloy said.

SYMMES TWP.
SYMMES TOWNSHIP 2 OFFICE COMPLEXES UNDER DEVELOPMENT (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060409/BIZ01/604090313/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/9/06

Robert Lucke Interests Inc., a division of Robert Lucke Homes, is developing two office complexes.

The first, which will consist of seven office buildings, is in Sycamore Township off Cornell Road. The single-story development will eventually house at least 30 companies.

The second, Greenbrier, is on Thornberry Court off Tylersville Road in Mason. Also a single-story complex, it has four buildings.

All the office spaces can be customized to the purchaser's requirements.

SYMMES TWP.
Park dedicated to '99 tornado victims (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060412/NEWS01/604120534/1074/Local)
Northeast Suburban Life, 4/12/06

State, county and local officials gathered Sunday at the corner of Montgomery and East Kemper roads to mark April 9, 1999.

That's the date a tornado roared across the area at dawn, killing four people.

On its anniversary seven years later, with the sun shining brightly, officials dedicated the memorial park that will remember them.

TAYLOR MILL
Residents respond to land use study (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS01/604130615/1079/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 4/13/06

If the public forums are any indicator, the responses to the city's land use study for Taylor Mill Road are as varied as the plans themselves.

Woolpert Inc., the Ohio-based company hired by the city to conduct the land use study, held public forums on Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5 to get public input on the three main plans. The study, which was split into three phases, focused on the area south of the I-275/Taylor Mill Road interchange down to Walnut Drive, including the Shoppes of Taylor Mill.

Over a hundred residents attended both days of the forum, and were encouraged to ask questions of the Woolpert representatives, and leave comment sheets, which will help to guide the process.

"You can't really develop in a community without getting to know the community," said Katie Bower of Woolpert. "We have a wide range of plans here, and hopefully everyone can find something they like, which will help us as we move forward."

WEST UNION
Dedication ceremony held for Satterfield Park (http://www.peoplesdefender.com/main.asp?SectionID=13&SubSectionID=83&ArticleID=123319&TM=48206.85)
West Union People's Defender, 4/12/06

A dedication ceremony was held on March 31 at 1 p.m. for the Martha J. Satterfield Memorial Park, a project of the West Union Beautification Committee and the Village of West Union. The park site is located on state Route 247, across from Rock Springs, and the ceremony will be held next to Timber Ridge Apartments.

“We are having the dedication at this time, hoping that Mr. Satterfield will be able to attend,” said Judy Kirker, of the committee. Bob Satterfield donated approximately 12 acres for the park in memory of his wife, Martha, a former long-time Girl Scout leader and noted member of the community.

Initial funding for development of the park has been obtained through a NatureWorks grant. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Real Estate and Land Management (REALM) will coordinate the grant activity and work with the village throughout the project.

The funding so far obtained will finance roadways and picnic areas. A new street called Jane Street is being developed north of William Street, off of Logan’s Lane. The street will continue through the park to join state Route 247.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: David on April 18, 2006, 12:20:48 AM
For 449,999 that house better have a revolving book case that leads to a secret room where you take a mine cart to an underground facility that houses the batmobile!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on April 18, 2006, 01:57:27 AM
I'm guessing the new subdivision in Middletown will technically be in Franklin Township, right? The article is too vague.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on April 18, 2006, 07:47:19 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the update - these things are fantastic!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Mr Sparkle on April 18, 2006, 07:53:56 AM
For 449,999 that house better have a revolving book case that leads to a secret room where you take a mine cart to an underground facility that houses the batmobile!

Kenwood-Symmes-Montgomery are priced very affordably (insert sarcasm smiley here)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 18, 2006, 06:15:24 PM
I'm guessing the new subdivision in Middletown will technically be in Franklin Township, right? The article is too vague.

I think so.  It says "northeast of Middletown", so I guess it would probably be Franklin Twp.  You're definitely more familiar with the area than me.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on April 19, 2006, 10:06:33 AM
that Norwood house story is pretty interesting.  Hopefully I will be able to catch that show. 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on April 19, 2006, 10:07:14 AM
^ *Newport.  sorry!!!!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Jimmy Skinner on April 19, 2006, 10:13:50 AM
^ I know the owners, Deanna and Jim.  They are really great people.  They saw the promise of Newport before many others did.  Newport is very fortunate to have them as caring residents and as talented architects and rehabbers ... although I wish they had chosen OTR instead! :)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: UncleRando on April 19, 2006, 03:13:07 PM
Very true  but why pass up an opportunity where a state government (KY) is throwing all kinds of money at you to boot.  KY seems to have nothing better to do with their money (like school systems) than to push all of their state funds into Nky and Louisville.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on April 20, 2006, 04:31:55 PM
(we cant let random cleveland developments thread pass this one up in size.  keep posting!!!!!)  dont act like you dont know what i am talking about. :box:
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on April 23, 2006, 02:06:46 AM
I thought I'd provide some crap this time since grasscat has taken on so much more.

This is infill in Hamilton, I have to say I would have preferred the vacant lot:
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h268/appletreesare1010221/uglyhouse.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on April 23, 2006, 10:15:50 AM
it wouldnt be near as bad if it had proper window placement above the garage.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: OTRFAN on April 23, 2006, 10:38:35 AM
that already looks like it is 120 years old with siding
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 23, 2006, 12:36:11 PM
Where is that, Ink?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 23, 2006, 12:38:21 PM
After a two-year wait, the Uptown Towers are going to undergo a MAJOR renovation, for which they are currently seeking RFPs.  The renovation includes 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and a 25,000 square foot four story office building. The project includes a 100-space underground parking garage for use by the tenants and a 155-space surface parking lot used primarily by City employees.  The city is chipping in with a $1.8 million loan.  This renovation will retain affordable and low-income housing.

The city is still trying to sell 2147 Central Ave, the former Citizens' Committee on Youth building that was mentioned earlier in this thread.  Recently, council repealed the first ordinance that put the property on competitive bid sale for a minimum price of $81,000.  They repealed this ordinance due to heavy vandalism on the structure that has lowered its fair market value to $35,000.  The vandalism included two burglaries during which 85 percent of the plumbing was removed.  (This according to Chris Bortz.)  A new ordinance authorizing a competitive bid sale, starting at this price, was passed unanimously by council.
(http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/8937/2147centralave2oy.jpg)

Also, the Horace Street Stairway will be closed down and removed.  These steps go from the Bank/Linn intersection down to Horace St.  The reason for the closure is a request from the Dayton Street Neighborhood Association.  Their claim, in a May 2005 letter to the DOTE, was that Horace St is basically just a glorified alley which allows Dayton St. residents to access their garages.  They felt the steps were inviting drug dealers and prostitutes to come down into that area and ply their wares with inpunity.  While considering the effects of such a closure, the city posted a sign for three months alerting users to the possible closure, with a telephone number for feedback.  DOTE received two calls, both requesting closure.  The city also sent out 332 mailers, receiving 15 replies with only 1 supporting keeping the steps open.  The Dayton Street Neighborhood Association voted unanimously to support closure in September 2005.  In February 2006, the West End Community Council voiced their support.  And from the various city departments, the recommendation is that closure will cause no significant harm.  This is currently in the Vibrant Neighborhoods committee, with no timetable for a decision.

417 Hopkins and 434 Elizabeth have new owners.  There is no evidence of rehab.  417 Hopkins looks like it could fall over in a stiff wind.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on April 23, 2006, 12:42:58 PM
^Glad you asked, it is in Verlyn Place. The seventh home down is the red brick house on the right of the above picture: http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=8424.0
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Maximillian on April 23, 2006, 09:56:57 PM
Quote
Also, the Horace Street Stairway will be closed down and removed.  These steps go from the Bank/Linn intersection down to Horace St.  The reason for the closure is a request from the Dayton Street Neighborhood Association
Bust the people that use the steps for illegal purposes, not the steps!!  :x
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 24, 2006, 01:26:13 AM
Top story

No top story this week.

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
Southern Baptist Church has purchased 810 Mann Pl and is in the process of fixing it up.  This property has been vacant for at least a year.  The church owns several properties in the vicinity of its building at 3556 Reading, including many on Lexington Ave.
(http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/9533/810mann7jh.jpg)

AVONDALE
3006 Reading Rd is getting a new facade and windows.
(http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/1258/3006reading0ze.jpg)

AVONDALE
Charles Stuart Homes has rehabbed 18 Glenwood Ave into clean and safe affordable housing.
(after only)
(http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/3979/18glenwood5wq.jpg)

AVONDALE
TBGB LLC is currently rehabbing this cool structure at 658-660 Crown St.
(http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/1968/658crown0iw.jpg)

COLLEGE HILL
1447 Aster Pl has had a complete overhaul.
(http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/3277/1447asterbefore9lf.jpg)    (http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/655/1447asterafter4ic.jpg)

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
A new single-family home will be built at 485 Stanley Ave (corner of Stanley and Handman).

DOWNTOWN
STUDIO BUILDING SOLD FOR $1.2M TO MARSH (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060423/BIZ01/604230320/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/23/06

The Studio Building at 333 E. Eighth St. has been sold for $1.2 million to advertising/branding consulting company Marsh Inc., which plans to occupy all three floors of the 12,480-square-foot structure built in 1913.

Studio Building Realty LLP was the seller; the transaction was brokered by Grubb & Ellis/West Shell Commercial.

EAST PRICE HILL
356 Elberon Ave was flipped.  It was purchased from Fannie Mae on March 17 for $14,000, and then resold three days later for $20,000.  The seller is a known property hoarder.
(http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/9437/356elberon1qb.jpg)

FAIRVIEW
2557 W McMicken Ave has been purchased after having been foreclosed on three months ago.  The building has been vacant for a year or more and was condemned by the city after evidence of squatters was found there.  The buildup of trash has been unbelievable.
(http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/5043/2557wmcmicken9th.jpg)

HYDE PARK
Traffic concerns part of city funding request (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060419/NEWS01/604190412/1074/Local)
Eastern Hills Journal, 4/19/06

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council paved the way for traffic improvements at its April 11 meeting.

Council selected the following three projects for Community Priority Requests funding:
 
* Installation of a traffic light at Observatory and Michigan avenues.
* A traffic study to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Edwards, Wasson and Madison roads.
* Replacement of the curb on Monteith Avenue between Wasson Road and Victoria Avenue and the installation of a curb on the south side of Grandin Road east of Edwards.

Funding for the Community Priority Requests comes from the city of Cincinnati.

NORTHSIDE
A man who also owns a couple of Mt. Healthy apartment buildings has purchased 4423 Ammon Ave, which has been vacant for nearly a year.  The property was purchased for $14,000.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9655/4423ammon9ll.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
Working in Neighborhoods is continuing to rehab 4235 Fergus St.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/2904/4235fergus9iq.jpg)

PRICE HILL
1707 Iliff Ave now has an owner after being lender-owned and vacant for 8 months.  This (potential) beauty was purchased for $10,100.
(http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/8946/1707iliff7qh.jpg)

QUEENSGATE
Kao awarded state R&D loan (http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/03/27/daily10.html?from_rss=1)
Cincinnati Business Courier, 3/27/06

Kao Brands has been awarded a $1.35 million Ohio research and development loan to expand its R&D facility in Queensgate.

The company plans to spend more than $1.8 million to build an 8,600-square-foot addition to its 60,000-square-foot R&D center, and spend another $5 million to $6 million on machinery and equipment. The 10-year loan has an interest rate of 2 percent, and Kao expects to create two new jobs and retain 372. The personal care products manufacturer, formerly Andrew Jergens Co., is a subsidiary of Japan-based Kao Corp.

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
The owner of 1549 Fairmount Ave is being forced to make some repairs to bring the derelict property up to VBML standards.  This two-family has been condemned and vacant since November 2004.
(http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/2669/1549fairmount9zk.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
Rather than fix the two-family at 1705 Westwood Ave or bother with a VBML, the owner will demolish it.  It's been condemned for a year.  Ahh, the slow death of South Fairmount continues....
(http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/5563/1705westwood2ht.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
Calbre LLC has purchased a portion of Marquis St from the city for $3,600.  They plan to use it as green space for now, but they do own a pretty large tract adjacent to it (fronting on Florence Ave) on which they may construct an office building in the future.  This parcel ties in with those plans.

WALNUT HILLS
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity has bought the residential vacant land at 2329 May St for $5,000.

COVINGTON
1805 Euclid Ave has been rehabbed inside and out.
(after photo only)
(http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/623/1805euclidcvg7np.jpg)

COVINGTON
Children Inc. ready to expand (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060417/NEWS02/604170359/1011/RSS02)
Kentucky Post, 4/17/06

The largest early education and child-care provider in Northern Kentucky is about to get even larger.

Children Inc., a Covington-based nonprofit that specializes in education-based child development, child care and after-school programs, is moving its central offices into a two-story building at Fourth Street and Madison Avenue.

The Covington City Commission approved a $1 million industrial revenue bond issue last week to help with the $1.5 million cost of purchasing and renovating the building.

COVINGTON (Latonia)
Melvin: Neighborhoods play key role in city's economic success (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEWS01/604200680/1079/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 4/20/06

Although Covington's major economic development projects focus on the riverfront and downtown, city officials haven't forgotten about the neighborhoods' economic needs.

"We look at the city of Covington as a whole," said Economic Development and Community Relations Director Gail Melvin. "It's not just downtown.

"Even though a lot focuses on downtown, there is a lot of interest in this area as well as the residential area in South Covington," she told Latonia residents at an April 12 community meeting.

She touted the development opportunities at the southern ends of KY 16 and KY 17, and the upcoming expansion of Fidelity Investments' Latonia campus.

COVINGTON (Latonia)
Residents ask officials to fix dangerous road (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEWS01/604200674/1079/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 4/20/06

The Winston Avenue corridor is dangerous for pedestrians, residents say, and they're afraid that more people will get hurt if changes aren't made.

Four pedestrians have been hit on that stretch of Ky. 16 during the past three years.

One driver ran a stoplight, and the others hit pedestrians while turning onto the busy five-lane state route.

"Something needs to be done before someone is killed on that stretch," said Debbie Stuart, 42.

LUDLOW
Talks on Ludlow plant cleanup (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060417/NEWS02/604170360/1011/RSS02)
Kentucky Post, 4/17/06

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has spent $1.9 million cleaning up the former M.J. Daly chemical processing plant in Ludlow.

And the job's not finished.

EPA officials plan to meet with Ludlow city officials this week to talk about finishing the cleanup, City Administrative Officer Brian Dehner said.

They will review drawings of a parking lot for 20 to 30 vehicles and a small park the city wants to create on the industrial site.

NEWPORT
607 E 9th St has had major work done.  Bexar IX LLC did the rehab on this property formerly valued at $61,100.
(http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/7532/607e9thnptbefore9lt.jpg)    (http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/9822/607e9thnptafter1je.jpg)

NEWPORT
839 Overton St has been rehabbed and now fits in nicely with the surrounding neighborhood.
(http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/714/839overtonnptbefore0oz.jpg)    (http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/2771/839overtonnptafter8gj.jpg)

NEWPORT
Newport gives green light to expand district (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060418/NEWS02/604180348/1014)
Kentucky Post, 4/18/06

Newport commissioners have given preliminary approval to expand one of the city's most successful historic districts.

The city commission voted Monday to expand the East Row Historic District, which is now bounded by Washington Avenue on the west, Oak Street and Linden Avenue on the east, Second Street on the north and 10th Street on the south.

The proposed expansion would extend the district to the 900 block of Monroe Street and Park Avenue and include an additional 52 properties, most of them residential, said Emily Jarzen, Newport's historic preservation officer.

The Newport Historic Preservation Board wants to expand the district to ensure that any remodeling of homes or new construction is subject to review by the board.

Round-up: Outer burbs and metro

ALEXANDRIA
Annexations considered (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060421/NEWS0103/604210392)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/21/06

Alexandria City Council approved an intent-to-annex order Thursday, which could enable a 74-unit Fischer Homes subdivision to be built.

The single-family-home subdivision would be east of Persimmon Grove Pike, south of the Country Grove neighborhood. Though the project would sit on many more acres, Fischer wants Alexandria to annex 15.6 acres because part of the subdivision overlaps land outside city limits. Now the matter will go before the city planning commission, which will make a recommendation to council.

Mark Lehmann, project planner for Fischer, said houses in the development would range from 1,700 to 3,000 square feet, with prices starting in the $160,000 to $175,000 range.

The next City Council meeting will be 7 p.m., May 4 at the city building at 8236 W. Main St.

BATAVIA TWP.
Township makes plans for new park (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060419/NEWS01/604190627/1078/Local)
Community Journal Clermont, 4/19/06

What's a park without a playground?

With the opening of the new administration building a little more than a month away, officials in Batavia Township are looking to start the next phase of the park land with help from a community development block grant.

BLUE ASH
Here's a small rendering of the Towne Square Lofts.
(Background article (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg88604#msg88604))
(http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/3429/blueashtownesquare1vg.jpg)

BURLINGTON
Drug treatment center progressing in Boone (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEWS01/604200612/1076/Local)
Boone County Recorder, 4/20/06

Newport-based Brighton Center Inc.'s drug treatment facility for women in Boone County should open by March 2007.

The facility is being built on land in Florence that's owned by Gateway Community Technical and Community College where the school has a campus. The treatment center's main entrance will be off of Weaver Road.

"Everything is ready to go. ... We should close in May and we should have a groundbreaking very soon after that," Bob Brewster, Brighton Center's executive director, told the Boone County Fiscal Court on Tuesday.

CAMPBELL COUNTY
Preserving farmland a key (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060419/NEWS0103/604190394/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/19/06

After nearly 60 years of continual loss of farmland, Campbell County's land and farming economy is "surprisingly stable," farmers learned Tuesday.

Hoping to keep it that way, farmers urged county government Tuesday to include land preservation in the county's updated five-year comprehensive plan.

About 40 Campbell County farmers gathered Tuesday night in the cafeteria of the Campbell County High School to hear the results of a survey study conducted in 2005.

What they heard left them feeling good, but also has them eyeing the future.

CLEVES
3 Rivers considers building to downsize (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060421/NEWS0102/604210390/1058/NEWS01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/21/06

Leaders in the Three Rivers School District want to shrink the system from five schools to two by building two larger schools over the next few years.

It'll take voter approval to make it happen.

The school board is considering putting a question on the ballot in August or November to permit the district to issue bonds for the new buildings. Constructing two new schools may cost between $50 million and $53 million.

COLD SPRING
District looks for ways to fund school (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEWS01/604200491/1077/Local)
Campbell Community Recorder, 4/20/06

Campbell County School District leaders expect to break ground this July on an elementary school in the Cold Spring Crossing shopping center area.

The district is pinning its hopes for funding the 700-student school through an expected increase in state assessment money because of expected growth in the county, said Superintendent Anthony Strong.

Strong estimated the school will cost $18-$19 million, and the bidding process for the project won't be advertised until mid-May.

COLERAIN TWP.
Developer John Allen will be building an 88-home subdivision called Blue Meadow Farms on an extension of Blue Meadow Ln.  This street could eventually be extended to meet up with a street in the recently approved Summercrest subdivision, being built by Inman Developers off of Springdale Rd, approximately across from its intersection with Sheits Rd.
(Summercrest in red)
(http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/4594/bluemeadowfarmsctwp1fs.jpg)

Also, George Thomas Homes is going to be building 2 single-family landominiums on 7.18 acres called Whispering Pines.  This development will have a private street with access from Blue Rock Rd and will cater to the elderly and empty nesters.
(http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/7220/whisperingpinesctwpsite4di.jpg)
(http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/6556/whisperingpinesctwpsiteplan6kz.jpg)

ERLANGER
Erlanger to approve zone change (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEWS01/604200577/1079/Local)
Erlanger Recorder, 4/20/06

After three years in business, Airport Towing is finally making it legal.

City council will likely approve a zone change from Industrial Park-1 to Industrial Park-4 for the company's 6.7-acre site on Kenton Lands Road.

Airport Towing repairs and tows tractor trailers, trucks and automobiles.

But the current IP-1 zone doesn't permit automobile towing, which neither the city nor the company realized until a competing towing company in Crescent Springs complained two years ago.

ERLANGER
Turkeyfoot contractors fined (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060423/NEWS0103/604230416/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/23/06

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials plan to assess at least $280,800 in delay penalties to the highway contractors responsible for the first two phases of widening Turkeyfoot Road.

Elmo Greer & Sons of London faces $224,800 in penalties for the $8.1 million Phase 1, a 0.36-mile stretch from Linden Woods Drive to Autumn Road, which the Transportation Cabinet considers essentially complete. Greer's work was finished 281 days late, according to the Cabinet.

Through today, Fort Wright-based Eaton Asphalt faces $56,000 in penalties for the $7.6 million, 1.5-mile Phase II between Dudley and Autumn roads. That penalty amount will click upward at a rate of $800 per day. It resumed April 1, when the construction season officially resumed after the winter

ERLANGER
Developer builds for the future (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060423/BIZ01/604230321/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/23/06

With a $14 million bet on the table, Chip Tappan is rolling the dice on warehouses.

Building them, that is, side by side next to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Donaldson Road in Erlanger. His company, Tappan Properties, broke ground the week before last. He expects the buildings to be finished in the winter.

The gamble lies in the fact that, so far, Tappan doesn't know who will be taking out leases on the 259,800 square feet of space projected for the Donaldson Road Center II. Projects like this put the "spec" in speculative.

"You build the shell first and talk to your prospective tenants later," Chip Tappan said last week. "Hopefully, when you finish you'll have a certain percentage of the space leased."

ERLANGER
Rehab center decision due Monday (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060421/NEWS0103/604210406/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/21/06

Transitions Inc. hopes to learn Monday whether its 15-month search for a place to build a drug and alcohol recovery center for men is finished.

On Monday, the Erlanger Board of Adjustments will consider a variance that would clear the way for construction. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the city building, 505 Commonwealth Ave.

Transitions, a Bellevue-based recovery program, wants to build the center on a 5-acre site at 306 Pleasure Island Drive off Ky. 17 and south of Interstate 275. It is across Ky. 17 from the Fun Center at Pleasure Isle, an indoor soccer and gymnastics facility scheduled to open next month.

The nonprofit agency is facing an April 30 deadline to find a place to build the center or lose state funding for it.
Cincinnati Enquirer: Sports field or rehab center? (4/21/06) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEWS0103/604200368/1059/rss13)
Erlanger Recorder: Transitions forum leaves more questions (4/20/06) (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEWS01/604200579/1079/Local)
Kentucky Post: Center meets more resistance (4/19/06) (http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060419/NEWS02/604190371/1014)
Cincinnati Enquirer: Rehab center meeting is tonight (4/18/06) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060418/NEWS0103/604180364/1059/rss13)


FAIRFIELD
Fairfield would raze 11 flood-prone homes (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEWS01/604200377/1056)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/20/06

This city wants to spend at least $1.3 million to buy and demolish 11 more flood-prone homes near Pleasant Run Creek.

Meanwhile, city leaders are planning a flood wall in the area that could cost millions more.

The projects would be the latest efforts by a city where more than $26 million, mostly in federal money, has been spent on flood control since August 1979. That's when flash flooding affected more than 300 homes and businesses near the creek. Another, smaller wave of flooding damaged 100 homes during Father's Day weekend in 2003.

FORT THOMAS
93 Taylor Ave has been restored.
(http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/7513/93taylorfttbefore4wn.jpg)    (http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/894/93taylorfttafter2df.jpg)

FORT THOMAS
The Carriage House apartments (off of Newman Ave near Hunteman) are being converted to condos.

FORT THOMAS
Zoning panel OKs change for condos (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEWS0103/604200360/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/20/06

The Fort Thomas Commission approved a zone overlay Wednesday for a new 65-unit condominium project off Blossom Lane.

In March, City Council unanimously approved an intent-to-annex ordinance for 3.7 vacant acres next to Highland Country Club. That land is part of the overall 14 acres south of Blossom Lane where Centerline Development has planned the project. But the development required an overlay change from single-family zone to residential cluster.

...  The commission's recommendation will go to City Council, which will have the final say on the zone change.

FORT THOMAS
Officials hoping governor supports Highlands project (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060422/NEWS02/604220335/1011/RSS02)
Kentucky Post, 4/22/06

Fort Thomas school officials are cautiously optimistic that the $1.4 million in state funds earmarked for renovations of the Highlands High School auditorium will escape Gov. Fletcher's line-item veto.

Fletcher is expected to make veto decisions on the state's $18.1 billion budget on Monday.

Either way, the district will break ground May 17 on phase one of what could be a total $17.8 million in improvements to the high school. Of that, $14.1 million is already approved. The auditorium is in phase two, but its funding is tentative.

FORT WRIGHT
These townhomes are being built on Lookout Heights Dr and appear to be in the $150K-$200K range.
(http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/4180/10lookoutheightsftw1bd.jpg)

FRANKLIN
Stadium project seeking federal grants (http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/04/19/mj041906frankstadiumcdbg.html)
Middletown Journal, 4/19/06

If state officials give the green light, the Franklin City School District may be on its way to renovating the bleachers at its stadium.

At Monday’s work session, the Board of Education discussed preparing a resolution in which the district, in partnership with the city of Franklin and Franklin Township, would seek to receive between $250,000 and $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding from the Warren County Commission for the project.

The project, which would entail renovating the bleachers and moving the press box in the school stadium in Community Park, is estimated to cost about $600,000, according to Interim Superintendent Steve Buerschen.

GEORGETOWN
Out with the old on Kenwood (http://www.newsdemocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=121311&TM=47278.85)
Georgetown News Democrat

Dale Bonar, of Georgetown, has purchased the land at the corner of North and Kenwood streets.

The two old buildings standing there will be demolished and removed from the property as soon as possible.

Bonar is planning to build four new apartment buildings on the lot. He said, “Council sure was happy to hear my plans for this property.”

The apartments will be geared toward middle income residents. They will be what Bonar describes as “user friendly.”

GREEN TWP. (Monfort Heights)
Condominiums will not be developed on North Bend Rd across from Ridgewood Ave as originally planned.  Instead, some sort of church facility is going to be built there.

HANOVER TWP. (Butler Co.)
Want to buy a drive-in movie theater? (http://www.daytondailynews.com/business/content/business/daily/0326drivein.html)
Dayton Daily News, 3/26/06

Butler County's last drive-in movie theater, one of only a handful in the country open all year long, is up for sale. Its owner says it's not likely a buyer will continue the operation.

The Holiday Auto Theatre has been open on Old Oxford Road since 1948. But, after fighting with the county for seven years to add more screens needed to make the business viable, it's likely this will be the end of an era, owner Fred Baum said.

The property is listed for $650,000 with Re/Max Alpha of Oxford.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS
New firm may get Lakeside (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060421/NEWS0103/604210403/-1/rss)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/21/06

A Villa Hills-based company hopes to purchase the rights to operate Lakeside Heights Nursing Center and start anew.

Tower Holdings LLC filed a notice of intent with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to acquire the 286-bed facility.

The notice lists the address as 943 Apple Blossom Dr. in Villa Hills and George Hagan as the manager. Business filings with the state show Cincinnati lawyer R. Keith Frederick as the registered agent.

INDEPENDENCE
Audit reveals homes avoided sewer fees (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060419/NEWS0103/604190398/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/19/06

This fall, 269 homes in Independence may receive a $280 annual sewer bill for the first time.

An audit conducted by City Attorney Jed Deters found that for the past 10 years some homes in Cherokee Acres and Independence Ridge have not been billed for the Fowler Creek sewer system installed in the mid-1990s to service the east side of town.

Some City Council members say the homes should be charged retroactively as far back as the law allows; others say they should be billed only for future years.

Officials can't explain why the city didn't assess and start billing these homes in the 1990s like the other 1,700 homes on the system.

INDEPENDENCE
Simon Kenton, neighbors at odds (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060421/NEWS0103/604210395)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/21/06

Whether a 2.4-acre parcel on Ky. 17 across from Simon Kenton High School will become part of the school's campus or house businesses will depend on the court system and the property owners.

The Kenton County School Board wants to add the property to Simon Kenton's campus. The property's owners submitted a development plan that calls for the two houses on the property to become office space.

The school board has filed lawsuits against one of the property owners, asking that part of the property be condemned and acquired through eminent domain. Gailen Bridges, who owns part of the land, said he plans to open a branch of his Covington law firm in one of the houses. The other would be used for a home design company, he said.

LEBANON
Groundbreaking a dream come true for Bethany UCC congregation (http://www.western-star.com/life/content/features/stories/2006/04/20/ws0420bethanyucc.html)
The Western Star, 4/20/06

Turning over a couple of shovels of dirt signaled the beginning of a four-year dream for the congregation of Bethany United Church of Christ in Lebanon.

In February 2002 the church contracted with an architect to develop plans for preserving and modernizing the Rock School House on Ohio 123 near Interstate 71 in Lebanon.

Their dream is finally beginning to become a reality with the anticipation of the county issuing the final building permit this week for construction to begin.

MARIEMONT
Hope for greener village grows with tree farm (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060419/NEWS01/604190410/1074/Local)
Eastern Hills Journal, 4/19/06

Next to the new Mariemont Maintenance Department building is an unused plot of ground.

This land was set aside for residents to plant saplings, said Sue Singleton, staff assistant at the village office.

She said this is one way for children to get involved with the village tree program and understand the village's desire to be part of Tree City USA.

MT. ORAB
X-Mil breaks ground on new facility (http://www.newsdemocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=121265&TM=47278.85)
Georgetown News Democrat

Brown County officials, Mt. Orab village officials and the staff of X-Mil Inc. gathered in Mt. Orab on the morning of April 13, to take part in the ground breaking ceremony for the new X-Mil facility.

The new facility will be located on Homan Way, a new access road being developed off of Brooks Malott Road in the village of Mt. Orab.

Construction on the new facility is slated to begin May 1 and X-Mil hopes to have the new facility complete by the end of September.

RIPLEY
Logan’s Gap still unoccupied (http://www.newsdemocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=121303&TM=47278.85)
Georgetown News Democrat

(http://img119.imageshack.us/img119/6497/logansgapripley8lv.gif)
Chief Logan’s Gap, a once popular camp site and recreational area on Scoffield Road just outside of Ripley, continues to catch the eye of developers who have expressed interest in restoring the site.

Despite the interest shown over the past several years, Chief Logan’s Gap remains unoccupied and for sale.

More than five years ago, Chief Logan’s Gap attracted hundreds of people every year, drawing campers from other states who scheduled their summer vacations to enjoy the recreations at the campground along Eagle Creek.

Faced with financial difficulties and lack of adequate raw sewage removal, Chief Logan’s Gap was foreclosed on more than five years ago and is now owned by Capital Crossing Bank in Boston, Mass.

RIPLEY
Ripley River Walk on hold (http://www.newsdemocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=121269&TM=47278.85)
Georgetown News Democrat

Construction of the River Walk project that is expected to solve erosion problems caused by the Ohio River, as well as improve the view of Front Street in Ripley, has been put on hold due to the concerns of a U.S. taxpayer, according to Ripley Administrator Charles Ashmore.

Ashmore said the taxpayer who objected to the River Walk project does not reside in the village of Ripley. However, any U.S. citizen does have the right to contest a project being funded by state or federal tax dollars, such as the River Walk project which was approved for a federal grant in the amount of $1,650,907 that was to be administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“We’ve had a concerned citizen, not of Ripley, with concerns about the River Walk project and the damage (it will cause) to the history of Ripley,” said Ashmore.

The concerned taxpayer’s objections were said to have been received by the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio Department of Transportation and have been successful in threatening the completion of the River Walk project.

SHARONVILLE
Photo: Hotel opens in July (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060423/BIZ01/604230318/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/23/06

(http://img296.imageshack.us/img296/6082/druryinnsharonville3vg.jpg)
Construction on the 180-room Drury Inn & Suites hotel at East Sharon Road and Interstate 75, Sharonville, is moving toward completion this summer. A spokesman for the St. Louis-based hotel chain said the seven-story hotel, employing 30, is slated for a late July opening. Cracker Barrel and Ruby Tuesday restaurants planned as part of the Drury Inn project are already open.

Drury, which has two hotels in Columbus, one in Dayton and another opening later this summer in suburban Columbus, features a number of free services aimed at business travelers, including free high-speed Internet, free daily hot breakfast, rooms and suites equipped with refrigerators and microwaves, and nightly manager's receptions.

SYCAMORE TWP. (Kenwood)
Eagle Land Development will be building a 10-lot subdivision called Asbury Place on 3.55 acres off of Galbraith Rd.
(http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/5048/asburyplacesyc8ms.jpg)

SYCAMORE TWP.
Neighbors back in front of zoning board (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEWS01/604200354/1074/Local)
Northeast Suburban Life, 4/20/06

Neyer Properties, a development company, was scheduled to appear before the township's Zoning Board of Appeals Monday, April 17, to request a conditional use permit that would increase parking for Moeller High School.

Neyer wants to begin clearing two lots on Kennedy Lane that abut Moeller's property line and give them to the school.

Moeller officials have said the much-needed parking area will add to the safety of students forced to park throughout the neighborhood and Montgomery Road, as well as cut down over flow parking that spills over onto the community streets.

SYCAMORE TWP.
Carstar adding space in Sycamore (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/03/27/daily6.html)
Cincinnati Business Courier, 3/27/06

The Carstar Automotive outlet in Sycamore Township is adding a 3,500-square-foot addition at its Kemper Road site. The expansion will allow the collision repair shop to move from the space it currently shares with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Enterprise will then expand into the vacated space.

The Sycamore Township outlet is one of three locations operated by franchisee Sanfillipo Collision Group. The other two sites are in Western Hills and Harrison.

Joe Sanfillipo III, director of store operations, said in a news release that the group purchased the site, formerly the Bob Williams Dealer Group body shop, in 2005 after leasing it for two years. The new building will include an estimating bay, training room and upgraded customer waiting area.

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

AMELIA
This home is on Whispering Trees Dr.  Where the fuck are the trees?
(http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/1674/3322whisperingtreesamel1sx.jpg)

INDEPENDENCE
3301 Summitrun Dr.  Just clumsy and wrong.
(http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/5600/3301summitrunind5um.jpg)

LEBANON
538 Lookout Ridge.  What's the deal with all of the dead space between the second-story windows.  (Most current builders address this by adding 35 gables.)
(http://img240.imageshack.us/img240/450/538lookoutridgeleb7yi.jpg)

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on April 24, 2006, 01:43:58 AM
Talk about an update, thanks.

I sure hope the Holiday Drive-In can survive, only a mile out of town, its mainly a Hamilton attraction.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: jmecklenborg on April 24, 2006, 03:02:05 AM
>Also, George Thomas Homes is going to be building 2 single-family landominiums on 7.18 acres called Whispering Pines.  This development will have a private street with access from Blue Rock Rd and will cater to the elderly and empty nesters.

That's where my grandmother grew up, on that farm.  It looks like her house is toast. 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: David on April 24, 2006, 03:24:39 AM
"Wispering Pines" sounds so much better than "Wispering vinyl siding" I guess.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on April 25, 2006, 11:24:08 AM
who lives in that crap anyway?  I really am curious.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 25, 2006, 11:22:04 PM
^ Aren't you the same person who was in favor of the 13th St drug barricade?

One note I forgot to add....bids on 2147 Central are due 5/26 at noon.  So we should know an owner shortly thereafter.  I honestly don't see this property drawing much interest.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on April 26, 2006, 11:33:56 AM
^Folks to whom the outside of a house isn't very important...folks who pretty much want to be left alone, like to drive into their house and be surrounded by nice stuff, not have to walk through the rain or cold...folks who don't like the noise from neighbors, don't really care about neighborhoods one way or another, just like to go to their jobs in the morning, come home at night, and have a safe place to raise a family.

Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, as it were.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on April 26, 2006, 06:11:15 PM
gotcha. 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on April 27, 2006, 04:10:10 PM
I drove through Walnut Hills today and noticed that the land on the north side of W.H. Taft, across from the Alexandria Apts. has all been graded (that crappy beeper store is still there).  Does anyone know what is going to go there?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 27, 2006, 05:48:58 PM
^ The new Douglass school.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on April 27, 2006, 06:26:39 PM
Thanks.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on April 28, 2006, 04:34:23 PM
Quote
^ The new Douglass school.

Grasscat, in doing more research, the new Douglass school is going to be built on the block kitty-corner from the Alexandria, bounded by Taft, Kemper, Park and Yale Sts.

The block I was talking about was the one to the west of that between Kemper and Gilbert.  The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation owns the parcel on which the old apt. building in the picture used to sit (it was torn down recently).  Private entities still own the piece of crap garage and the old beeper store.

Any insight as to what might be happening there?  I hope the WHRF is trying to get the other two sites


(http://www.pbase.com/csdameron/image/59338246.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on April 28, 2006, 05:07:59 PM
^ Oh...those sites?  I have no idea.  I knew they tore those down (the apt. building, I will miss), but I haven't heard about anything as far as that site goes.  I have the feeling they just tore them down because they were blighted.  They might try to put the land on the market.  With the new school and the proximity to Gilbert Ave, it may be attractive for some sort of development.

It's all zoned commercial.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on April 28, 2006, 06:50:33 PM
Hopefully we'll get a Dollar store and someplace to pawn stuff for money...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: OTRFAN on April 28, 2006, 07:11:47 PM
a LENGTHY six foot chain link fence is being put up around the entire Over The Rhine block bounded by Race, 14th and Pleasant Sts.  I asked the fella doing the work about it and he said he didn't know. The block is mostly empty, a couple of abandoned buildings.  Security or new construction site, anyone know? 

I don't know how to research stuff like that.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on April 28, 2006, 07:25:10 PM
^richNcincy is constructing a pavillion for the Cincy meet.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Jimmy Skinner on April 28, 2006, 08:39:46 PM
a LENGTHY six foot chain link fence is being put up around the entire Over The Rhine block bounded by Race, 14th and Pleasant Sts.  I asked the fella doing the work about it and he said he didn't know. The block is mostly empty, a couple of abandoned buildings.  Security or new construction site, anyone know? 
3CDC is hiring contractors to secure their sites, boarding windows, putting up fencing and installing glaring lights.  Among their properties, they have almost this entire block.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: OTRFAN on April 28, 2006, 10:44:12 PM
very good indeed...  thx Mr. Skinner
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 01, 2006, 12:43:24 AM
Top story
The real one was the story about the Lewisburg condos a couple of days ago.  This one's, well, the biggest remaining.  From the 4/30/06 Enquirer:


Plans come in for sports spot
City is seeking redevelopment ideas for its aging 64-acre site

BY BRENNA R. KELLY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

FLORENCE - By Monday, city officials will know whether anyone wants to develop the World of Sports site into a new residential, shopping or office complex that will include recreation.

Thirty-six developers received copies of the city's guidelines for redeveloping the 64-acre complex near Interstate 75. However, only five attended a mandatory meeting last month, said Rick Lunnemann, the city's community development director.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060430/NEWS0103/604300369/1059/rss13 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060430/NEWS0103/604300369/1059/rss13)

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity has purchased the vacant lot at 215 Northern Ave.

CAMP WASHINGTON
Land in the vicinity of Spring Grove Ave and Brashears St has been purchased for $1,000,000.  This is the area around the Harvey Brothers metalworking business.  Currently, this site looks like it holds a lot of "junk".  I don't know if this is a plant expansion or if some new business is coming.

CLIFTON HEIGHTS
Friars Club leaves Clifton building due to high costs, space constraints (http://www.newsrecord.org/media/storage/paper693/news/2006/04/26/News/Friars.Club.Leaves.Clifton.Building.Due.To.High.Costs.Space.Constraints-1876986.shtml?norewrite200604300158&sourcedomain=www.newsrecord.org)
The (UC) News Record, 4/26/06

They've occupied the 60,000-square-foot building for more than 76 years and now the Friars Club has decided to move by June 30, according to Mike Besl, executive director for the club.

The organization has operated from its location at 65 W. McMillan St., near the University of Cincinnati, since 1930.

High maintenance costs and inadequate space have become an undeniable burden for the Friars Club, a non-profit organization that offers sports and educational programs for at-risk children, Besl said.

DOWNTOWN
Streamline for success (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060424/BIZ/604240335/1001/RSS04)
Cincinnati Post, 4/24/06

From the City of Cincinnati's point of view, providing financial assistance to Manna Vegetarian Deli was a perfect use for part of the $2.4 million the city had set aside to help small businesses.

Manna owner Eric Lusain had moved his business from Hyde Park to Seventh and Walnut in downtown Cincinnati in early 2002 and was looking for more space to accommodate a growing business a couple of years later.

At that point, Lusain contacted the city and began the process of securing a $175,000 loan from the Grow Cincinnati Fund that allowed him to purchase the building at 633 Main St., where he renovated what had been the old Acres of Books building into an inviting little restaurant with a kitchen that is better suited to handle his daily food preparation for four pre-schools that are customers of his Healthy School Catering operation.

EAST PRICE HILL
A man who owns rundown properties all over town has purchased 2912 Warsaw Ave for $26,900.  The single-family had been in foreclosure and unoccupied for several months.
(http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/7570/2912warsaw8ti.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
2715 Hackberry St is in the middle of a transformation that will see it converted from a two-family to a single-family home.  This house was built around 1875.
(http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/1691/2715hackberry3kl.jpg)

EVANSTON
3555 Evanston Ave has an owner after being bank-owned for 9 months.  This was a bargain--assessed at nearly $100,000 and purchased for $37,500.
(http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/9374/3555evanston8su.jpg)

HYDE PARK
Leader's goal: Improve Hyde Park Square (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060426/NEWS01/604260380/1074/Local)
Eastern Hills Journal, 4/26/06

Lori Wellinghoff is no stranger to Hyde Park Square. She can frequently be seen walking her Labrador retriever, Stoli, in the business district.

She is now taking an active role in promoting this district. She was recently elected the new president of the Hyde Park Square Business Association.

The owner of DIGS, which specializes in real estate, design and renovation, Wellinghoff said she wants to create an enthusiasm for the Square through events and cooperation among the business owners.

MADISONVILLE
The rehab on 5112 Ward St is complete, bringing one more unit of affordable homeownership units on line.
(http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/2923/5112wardbefore9lw.jpg)    (http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/4341/5112wardafter2ki.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
5721 Whitney Ave has been upgraded.  Once valued around $64,000, its owners are now trying to get $159,900 out of it.  I'm not so sure they will.
(http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/5338/5721whitneybefore4df.jpg)    (http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8686/5721whitneyafter5xo.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
The RMD Investments rehab of 6014 Clephane Ave. is complete.
(no photo)

OAKLEY
Seven Hills Properties is tearing down the apartment building at 4120 Allendale Dr.  Apparently there were just too many problems with the structure and they plan on building from scratch.  They are also going to take down 4131 Allendale, but I don't know why or what their plans are for the site.
(4120 and 4131 Allendale)
(http://img78.imageshack.us/img78/8895/4120allendale3lc.jpg)    (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/6739/4131allendale1ip.jpg)

OAKLEY
Oakley Park to have picnic area (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060426/NEWS01/604260384/1074/Local)
Eastern Hills Journal, 4/26/06

Q. What are the plans for Oakley Park now that the shelter house has been torn down.

A. A new picnic shelter may be up before the beginning of the summer, Cincinnati Recreation Commission employee Greg Pierson said.

"It will be a shelter with several picnic tables that could host a family gathering," said Pierson, who is a service area coordinator for Oakley.

The picnic shelter will be built close to the fenced in area near Paxton Avenue near the pool, Pierson said.

PRICE HILL
The new owners of 1278 Quebec Rd have started work on the property.  They're starting on the exterior with the porch.  They have a lot ahead of them.
(http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/8505/1278quebec7df.jpg)

ROSELAWN
New Birth Christian Center is renovating the 8000-square-foot building at 7648 Reading Rd.  They have a location in Glendale.  I have no idea what they plan to do here.
(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/203/7648reading7wx.jpg)

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
Demolition permits have been issues for 2813 and 2817 W McMicken Ave.  They may even be demolished by now.  I can find no reason for their demolition.  The owner owns office buildings and apartments in the area on Central Parkway, Marshall, W McMicken and Enslin.
(http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/8084/2813wmcmicken2zi.jpg)    (http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/7527/2817wmcmicken3wq.jpg)

WESTWOOD
Woodcrest Park: A building permit to begin 2389 Oaktree Pl is in route.

COVINGTON
Home Investors 101 LLC has rehabbed this house near MainStrasse at 314 W 7th.
(after photo only)
(http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/764/314w7thcvg5da.jpg)

COVINGTON
City wants higher fines for property violations (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060428/NEWS0103/604280427/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/28/06

City officials here want to increase the penalties for persistent offenders of Covington's property maintenance code.

Violators now pay a fine of $100 a day for each violation up to a maximum of $5,000. On May 9, Covington City Commission will consider an ordinance that would double that maximum to $10,000. The penalty for violators who incur two or more citations for the same property within a 12-month period would be $20,000.

"Where this comes from is the CSX hearing where some might argue that CSX has decided that perhaps it's more economically feasible to pay a $5,000 fine instead of remedying the problem," said City Solicitor Frank Warnock.

DAYTON
Not the most thrilling rehab, but 221 Lindsey St does look a hell of a lot better.
(http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/3941/221lindseydaybefore5rn.jpg)    (http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/596/221lindseydayafter6zz.jpg)

DEVOU PARK
Exciting times for museum (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060429/LIFE/604290305/1036/RSS06)
Cincinnati Post, 4/29/06

There is big news from the home of the two-headed calf. But this time, instead of preserving Northern Kentucky history, Devou Park's Behringer-Crawford Museum is making it.

With the successful acquisition of major grants from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Department of Transportation (totaling approximately $2.5 million) to go along with corporate and individual donations, the museum now has the funding to complete its displays building - already under way.

The new addition, featuring exhibits designed by Murphy-Catton (based in Walton, Ky.), will explore Greater Cincinnati's growth via its transportation history - from footpaths through the foothills to the area's current superhighways and bridges.

NEWPORT
1026 Washington Ave was actually more visually interesting before the remodel.
(http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/573/1026washingtonnptbefore9dv.jpg)    (http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/4936/1026washingtonnptafter6pa.jpg)

NEWPORT
City sought skater input; they oblige (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060428/NEWS0103/604280431/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/28/06

Julian Maney, a 14-year-old freshman at Newport High School, perched his skateboard atop a wall outside the Newport City Building on Thursday. Then he tried to ride along the edge of the wall as if it were a rail, the board diagonal to the ground, Julian grinning all the while.

Brandon Warrick, 15, watched and laughed.

"This is what they want to get rid of," Brandon said. "They don't want skateboarding on the streets anymore."

That's the message Newport city officials sent out at an informational meeting Thursday, where kids like Julian and Brandon were invited to share their thoughts on what kind of skatepark the city needs.
Cincinnati Enquirer: Skaters invited to help design park (4/27/06) (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS0103/604270377/1059/rss13)

NORWOOD
Lindner gives $1.2M for Norwood park (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060426/NEWS01/604260357/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/26/06

Cincinnati financier Carl Lindner has once again opened his wallet to help Norwood, the city where his family moved when he was a boy.

Lindner and his wife, Edyth, have donated $1.2 million to the city to improve Waterworks Park and maintain it in the future.

Mayor Tom Williams announced the donation at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

In gratitude, City Council voted Tuesday to rename the Harris Avenue park Carl H. and Edyth Lindner Park.

Round-up: Outer burbs and metro

ALEXANDRIA
City leaders tackle growth questions (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS01/603300446/1077/Local)
Alexandria Recorder, 3/30/06

Growth tied together the list of questions fielded by Alexandria and Cold Spring city officials during a Tuesday, March 28 gathering.

Members of the local business community and other government leaders talked with Alexandria Mayor Dan McGinley and Cold Spring Councilman Rob Moore during an event sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

ANDERSON TWP.
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP PAUL HEMMER OPENS $10M OFFICE PARK (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060430/BIZ01/604300321/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/30/06

Paul Hemmer Companies, one of the region's largest industrial and commercial real estate developers and contractors, last week opened a new $10 million office park along Five Mile Road at the intersection of Beechmont Avenue.

The project, known as the Anderson Professional Centre, includes two buildings with 73,000 square feet on 5 acres. About 39,000 square feet has been leased to Group Health Associates, Dr. Beach Psychiatric Associates, The Urology Group and ReMax Results Plus, said Kathy Groob, Hemmer spokeswoman.

She also said the company is seeking tenants for the remaining 34,000 square feet.

BETHEL
BCRH to construct in Bethel (http://www.newsdemocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=121350&TM=50919.03)
Georgetown News Democrat

Brown County Regional HealthCARE has announced plans to construct a new medical office building in Bethel.

The announcement to construct the new facility came during the April 24 meeting of the BCRH Board of Trustees.

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. And if we don’t grow, we actually aren’t living. We’re growing in Bethel, so we must change,” said Mike Patterson, BCRH CEO, of the plans to construct a new Bethel office.

During the meeting, the board approved the issuance of bonds totaling more than $783,000 for the construction of the new facility.

The building will be the new home of Bethel Regional Family Health on Union Street in Bethel.

BOONE COUNTY
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Farmers market set to upgrade and expand (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060428/NEWS0103/604280426/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/28/06

Customers at the Boone County Farmers Market will find more variety this year and in two months, a whole new market.

For the first time the farmers market will be open to vendors outside Boone County. The farmers market association has decided to accept members from eight Northern Kentucky counties.

"It was largely due to demand," said Coy Wilson, farmer's market manager. "They got so many requests."

The Boone market consistently has the most sales of any farmers market in the state, Wilson said.

The market opens for the season Saturday in its usual location on Ky. 18 between Burger King and the Boone County Cooperative Extension Office. But in July it will move next door to a $1.1 million facility that includes a demonstration building for cooking classes and a formal garden.

BURLINGTON
Library construction gets official start (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270449/1076/Local)
Boone County Recorder, 4/27/06

Boone County's largest library should be completed near the end of next year.

On Monday, the Boone County Public Library hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility that's being built at the former Flick's Foods location on Ky. 18 in Burlington. Work had begun earlier at the site.

The facility is costing $10.5 million to construct.

CAMPBELL COUNTY
Proposed trail possible in Campbell County (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270490/1077/Local)
Campbell County Recorder, 4/27/06

Residents are trying to blaze trails through southern Campbell County with the proposed Stonehouse Trail project.

"The trail would allow families to get out of the house and be together as well as to get people out and exercise," said Craig Chaplin, head coach of cross country and track at Pendleton County High School.

"The proposal started two or three years ago at a meeting and the top priority of the Camp Springs community was to retain the rural character of Camp Springs," said Debbie Buckley, project manager.

In the letter to residents, Buckley outlined the trail. The tentative map indicates a trail that will incorporate the twenty-nine historic stone houses in Camp Springs. Covered bridges are in the plans for Lower Tug Fork and Four Mile roads.

CRESTVIEW HILLS
City building ahead of schedule (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270512/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 4/27/06

The new city building is several weeks ahead of schedule, and officials are hoping for an early August move-in date.

"It will definitely finish on time, and we would be optimistic in saying we could get them in there by the beginning of August," said Valerie Webster, vice president of Endeavor Construction.

The bulk of construction on the 12,000 square-foot building is finished. Electric and plumbing are in, wall partitions are up, the first round of drywall is up, and some walls are already insulated.

Webster said that's due to a combination of factors, including mild winter weather and the efficiency of the construction team and its subcontractors. Construction began in October, and was originally scheduled to end in mid-August. It is now several weeks ahead of schedule.

DEER PARK
Eyer Construction did the rehab on this house at 4167 O'Leary Ave.
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DELHI TWP.
Dirt is moving in the vicinity of the 4400 block of Mt. Alverno Rd, across from its intersection with Paul Rd.  This land consists of three residential-zoned acres.  There are currently no building permits.

DELHI TWP.
Five streets slated for parking bans (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060426/NEWS01/604260358/1074/Local)
Delhi Press, 4/26/06

Residents of five township streets were to have an opportunity to voice any concerns they have about a proposed parking ban at tonight's trustee meeting.

If they couldn't attend the April 26 meeting, residents can call or write township officials with their concerns.

The township is considering restricting parking in the cul-de-sacs of Thunderhill Lane and Woodyhill Drive. Fire lanes also would restrict parking on Eaglepoint, Fairdale and Redstar courts.

ELSMERE
Condos leaves more questions (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270549/1079/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 4/27/06

The city council is expected to reach a preliminary decision on the building of condominiums near the southern end of Turkeyfoot Road within the next month, according to discussion from a council work session on April 25.

The condos, which were originally proposed by homebuilder Shawn Egan of Wedgewood Homes in March, are expected to contain around 230 units, as well as a clubhouse and swimming pool. Egan said the price of the condos would likely range from $90,000 to $150,000, and the total project would cost an estimated $30 million.

"This land has been for sale for ten years, and the city is getting nothing off of it," said Egan, who presented preliminary drawings of the condos at the work session. "With the cost of this project, the city would gain a pretty substantial tax base, and it would be good for the community."

However, the council voiced some concerns, mainly centering around the zone change for the land, which is currently zoned for industrial use.

ERLANGER
Board approves Transitions permit (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060425/NEWS0103/604250371/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/25/06

The city's Board of Adjustments approved a conditional-use permit Monday night that will allow Transitions Inc. to open a drug and alcohol recovery center for men on Pleasure Isle Drive.

The decision comes just days before the April 30 deadline the nonprofit had to find a site for the center or lose state funding.

The board heard from people on both sides of the issue for more than four hours before voting 3-2 to approve the permit.

The board has the final say.
Kentucky Post: Transitions Inc. buys Erlanger site (4/26/06) (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060426/NEWS02/604260369/1011/RSS02)
Erlanger Recorder: Board approves recovery center; some dismayed (4/27/06) (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270644/1079/Local)


ERLANGER
Two-pronged health center to be unveiled (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060429/NEWS0103/604290355)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/29/06

Erlanger-Elsmere Schools' family resource and school-based health centers will show off their new digs at an open house and dedication Tuesday.

The new 900-square-foot building, which was built next to Dorothy Howell Elementary on Buckner Street in Elsmere, will give both centers more secure and usable space, said Superintendent Mike Sander, as well as better visibility and more ample parking.

"A lot of people in the district don't know all the services offered by these centers," Sander said. "With this new space, more people will be able to take advantage of the great things they're doing."
 
Construction of the building was complete early this year. The district paid for the $75,000 site mainly with money it received last year from the sale of Rosella Porterfield Park to the city of Elsmere.

FAIRFIELD
Arts center tries to be welcoming (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270337/1056)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/27/06

There's one message Heidi Schiller wants to get out about the year-old Community Arts Center.

"It's a place where friends can meet, where families can socialize," said Schiller, the center's director since January.

Schiller this week updated council members on the business plan for the center, which will operate for its first full year in 2006.

The community must see the center as an integral part of Fairfield, especially the downtown Village Green campus that includes the center, library and park, Schiller said. People must feel comfortable there and not intimidated by it being a "culture" center.

FLORENCE
Drug treatment center progressing (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270392/1076/Local)
Florence Recorder, 4/27/06

Newport-based Brighton Center Inc.'s drug treatment facility for women in Boone County should open by March 2007.

The facility is being built on land in Florence that's owned by Gateway Community Technical and Community College where the school has a campus. The treatment center's main entrance will be off of Weaver Road.

"Everything is ready to go. ... We should close in May and we should have a groundbreaking very soon after that," Bob Brewster, Brighton Center's executive director, told the Boone County Fiscal Court on Tuesday.

The facility will be one of the state's Recovery Kentucky centers, a program Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced last year that seeks to have such facilities across the state.

FORT MITCHELL
Hemmer to renovate HQ (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060426/BIZ/604260325/1001/RSS04)
Cincinnati Post, 4/26/06

The Paul Hemmer Companies has announced plans to expand and renovate its headquarters on Grandview Drive in Fort Mitchell and break ground for two other projects in Hebron and St. John, Ind.

Once the office expansion and renovation is completed by the latter part of this year, the Hemmer Companies will occupy about 32,000 square feet of the Hemmer/Park 75 office building that has a total of about 100,000 square feet.

Hemmer now occupies about 20,000 square feet in the building, its headquarters since 1988, said Kathy Groob, vice president of Hemmer. The building is just west of I-75 and had been distinctive because of its blue neon sign, which was removed last year.

FORT MITCHELL
Officials pare down plans for new city building (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270518/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 4/27/06

Expanding a city building doesn't come cheap, but city officials say $5 million is too much to spend.

They're redrawing plans for a city building expansion to keep costs in the $3.5 million range.

"I just couldn't justify spending five million dollars," said Mayor Tom Holocher.

Holocher and officials will cut out some planned renovations to the existing building, build smaller council chambers than planned, and make a few other adjustments to keep costs down.

FORT THOMAS
School board, city council discuss James Ave., construction (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS01/603300453/1077/Local)
Fort Thomas Recorder, 3/30/06

Construction was the hot topic at a joint meeting of the Fort Thomas City Council and Fort Thomas Board of Education, Monday, March 27.

One project both the city and the school board hope to work together on in the future is a project that would improve James Ave. The street may be converted into the main automobile entrance to Highland Hills Park. But in order for that to happen the street will need to be drastically improved and lengthened into the park.

Because the street is located next to Ruth Moyer Elementary School, the city would like to work with the school board to add a drop off location for students.

"(This project has been) put on the list with all the other needy, high priority projects," said City Administrative Officer Jeff Earlywine.

FORT THOMAS
Commission OKs condo development (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270618/1077/Local)
Fort Thomas Recorder, 4/27/06

The Planning and Zoning Commissioned OK'd plans for a condo development on property currently owned by the Highland Country Club at its Wednesday April 19 meeting and public hearing.

Commissioners Bob Heil, Dan Gorman and Tim Schneider excused themselves from discussion and voting on the issue because they are members of the country club.

Remaining members Laura Randall, Dan Fehler, Jeffrey Rosenstiel and David Wormald decided the development, The Fort Thomas Overlook Townhome Community proposed by Centerline Development off of Blossom Lane, is consistent with the use decided in the city's comprehensive plan.

GEORGETOWN
Courthouse committee selected (http://www.newsdemocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=121185&TM=45756.44)
Georgetown News Democrat

Should Brown County construct a new courthouse? This is a question Brown County officials have faced for the past several years.

To answer the question, the Brown County Commissioners have selected a Courthouse Steering Committee that will search for grants, review possible building sites and conduct feasibility studies to determine the possibility of constructing a new courthouse in Brown County.

Currently, Brown County’s court system operates from three separate facilities in Georgetown. The Brown County Court of Common Pleas, located 101 So. Main Street, utilizes the historic county-owned facility. Brown County Municipal Court operates from a county-owned facility, located 770 Mt. Orab Pike. The county currently leases space, located on State Street, to house Probate/ Juvenile Court.

A new courthouse would allow all court systems within the county to operate from the same building, which would eliminate confusion for members of the general public who are unfamiliar with the court system and reduce costs currently associated with the leasing of court space.

GOLF MANOR
Someone has purchased this vacant whatever-the-hell-it-is at 2700 Losantiville Ave.  Maybe they intend to open a functioning business.
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GREEN TWP. (Monfort Heights)
Dirt is moving along North Bend Rd, between Rackacres Dr and Crestnoll Dr.  Rack Builders, developer of the adjacent Rack Acres subdivision, have owned this land for quite some time.  It is zoned residential, so they may be getting ready to construct homes.

HANOVER TWP. (Butler County)
Drive-in's last days (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060429/NEWS01/604290374/-1/rss)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/29/06

The sun appears to be setting for the Holiday Auto Theatre near Oxford, one of the region's last surviving drive-in theaters.

The nearly 60-year-old community icon is for sale and probably will not stay open under a new buyer. If it closes, there would be only three drive-ins left within driving distance of Cincinnati - one in Amelia, another in Wilmington, and one in Versailles, Ind.

In 1979, the region had as many as 20 drive-ins.

"I don't want to sell it, but I have no other alternative," said owner Fred Baum. "You can't survive as a single-screen drive-in anymore. It doesn't work."

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS
Nursing home to be emptied by weekend (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS0103/604270369/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/27/06

The final four residents will move out of the beleaguered Lakeside Heights Nursing Center by the end of the week.

Two residents are scheduled to leave today and two on Friday, according to Beth Crace, spokeswoman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Resources.

The nursing home and cabinet social workers have moved about 140 residents from the facility since March 29, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced that funding would be pulled by April 28. State officials have cited the nursing home for neglect of patients.

Most of the residents in the 286-bed facility were on Medicaid and had to find new lodging.

Interim nursing home administrator Al Mollozzi couldn't comment on the efforts to correct Lakeside Heights' problems or the new management company that has expressed interest in buying it.

HILLSBORO
Board seeks input on HHS campus (http://www.timesgazette.com/main.asp?SectionID=18&SubSectionID=175&ArticleID=138489)
Hillsboro Times-Gazette

The Hillsboro City Schools are asking the community to help them with two dilemmas – what to do with the current high school location once the new schools are completed, and whether or not an 1,100-seat gymnasium is sufficient.

A community forum asking local residents to address those issues will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 in the high school auditorium.

School board president Laura Bagshaw said last week that the board has already decided that the current high school will not be left standing vacant.

“We don’t want the community to think that as a board we want to tear the building down,” Bagshaw said at Wednesday’s school board meeting. “We want to keep it, but we have to be able to afford it.” She said she understands the community wants to keep the building, but the board needs answers on what will go in the building if it’s left standing.

INDEPENDENCE
Mayor 'retires' zoning ordinance until next meeting (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270556/1079/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 4/27/06

A proposed ordinance that would establish a retirement community zone in the city was tabled at the request of Mayor Chris Moriconi, after the council members voiced numerous questions and concerns.

The proposed ordinance, which would establish a zone within the city that would allow for retirement communities to be built, has now been tabled twice to address and clarify various areas of the text.

"It's not that I'm against it, but I just want it done right," said council member Donna Yeager, at the April 17 meeting. "This is a new idea to the city, and we need to be thorough and precise before we move forward."

Among the concerns of the council was the vague wording on parking and semi-public uses of buildings within the retirement community. The current text left loopholes for building owners to use the property for semi-public uses without conforming to the parking requirements set forth in other places in the ordinance.

INDIAN HILL
Kurlemann Homes is doing a teardown/rebuild at 8085 Shawnee Run Rd.  The property sold for $630,000 (1.016 acre) in mid-March.  The current home was built in 1956.
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INDIAN HILL
Custom Build is building a new home on a 5-acre lot at 9755 Cunningham Rd.

INDIAN HILL
Natural history in the making (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270331/1074/Local)
Indian Hill Journal, 4/27/06

What it was is much less pleasant than what it will become.

The Indian Hill Historical Society will present a look at Grand Valley, a concrete pit turned park, at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Indian Hill Winter Club, Ohio 126.

Event chairwoman Barb Hauck said the site was selected because of its representation as part of the past, as well as Indian Hill's future.

"We look at the acquisition of this property as history in the making today," Hauck said. "It gives us an opportunity to put our membership, as well as their guests and friends, in front of this wonderful space. We're part of living history today. What a great opportunity to be involved in something today that will be a part of Indian Hill for years to come."

MADISON TWP. (Butler County)
Park project a team play (http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/04/27/mj042706madisonpark.html)
Middletown Journal, 4/27/06

Five tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, a playground, pond, picnic shelter, walking trail and a concession stand — the vision of the Madison Township Community Park is now becoming a reality.

Township trustees have reserved $100,000 for the park, and the Butler County Commissioners granted $225,000 to purchase 32 acres — located directly behind the West Alexandria Road township administration building — from the Madison Local School District, said Township Administrator Bill McGuire.

There still is much money to raise for the $1 million project that was first proposed more than a decade ago, McGuire said.

MASON
MASON ANIMAL HOSPITAL IS BUILDING NEW FACILITY (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060430/BIZ01/604300321/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/30/06

The Mason Animal Hospital, 424 Reading Road, broke ground last week on its new $1 million plus facility, a half-mile south of Tylersville Road also on Reading Road.

Dr. Tim Wolf owns the veterinary hospital.

The new 5,000-square-foot building will have five examination rooms, a larger reception and waiting area and parking for 33 cars. The new facility, to be completed in September, was designed and developed by HiFive Development Services Inc.

MASON
SKILLED CARE PLANS NEW CORPORATE OFFICE (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060430/BIZ01/604300321/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/30/06

Skilled Care Inc., the Mason long-term care pharmacy provider, is planning a new $4 million corporate office in the Tri-Way Industrial Park off of Snider and Western Row roads in Mason.

The privately held company, employing 200, has outgrown its space at Cintas Boulevard and Western Row. The new 40,000-square-foot, one-story building on 8 acres will allow the company to consolidate operations now in Mason and in a smaller Blue Ash building, a spokesman said. Construction by Al Neyer Inc., should begin soon and be completed by year-end.

METRO
Neighborhoods program sprouts big crop of gardeners (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060401/LIFE0803/604010310/1079/rss04)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/1/06

For 25 years, the Civic Garden Center's Neighborhood Gardens program has been growing gardeners. Thousands of children and adults have learned about gardening and or have shared their gardening skills with others.

Today, the garden center is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a spring gardens kickoff. Volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. to help build raised beds and open the gardens for the season. The event will continue until 2 p.m.

Over the years, the program, which started in Over-the-Rhine, has helped create 65 gardens. This year there are 48 active sites stretching from Hamilton to Northern Kentucky. Sites include community gardens, school gardens, beautification projects and children's gardens.

MIAMI TWP. (Hamilton County)
Society to show off new HQ (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060426/LIFE/604260318/1079/rss04)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/26/06

The Cincinnati Astronomical Society has just completed its new Miami Township headquarters and wants to show it off to the public. The society also wants to get people interested in stargazing.

May 6, there's an open house from 8-10 p.m. at the headquarters, 5274 Zion Road. Previously, the society had used a farmhouse on the site.

"Visitors get to look through our telescopes," says Craig Niemi, public relations chairman. "They'll view the first quarter moon and Saturn with its wonderful rings."

Four permanent telescopes in the facility are larger than most home telescopes. So far, light pollution has not been a problem, says Niemi, but as western Hamilton County becomes more developed, residential lighting could become an issue.

NORTH COLLEGE HILL
Street renamed to honor team (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060426/NEWS01/604260399/1074/Local)
Hilltop Press, 4/26/06

Council was expected to include renaming a city street as part of a special session April 25 honoring the high school basketball team.

Kumler Avenue, which is off West Galbraith Road leading back to North College Hill High School, will be Trojan Way if council voted as predicted.

The idea for the name change came from Mayor Dan Brooks.

"It is an honor for our school district to have the North College Hill City Council recognize the accomplishments of our students and staff by renaming the street to the school Trojan Way," said Superintendent Gary Gellert.

PETERSBURG
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Petersburg's new community center, library progressing (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060427/NEWS01/604270444/1076/Local)
Boone County Recorder, 4/27/06

This rural unincorporated Boone County community should have its new community center and library finished by August.

"The majority of the building is under roof at this point in time," Eugene Weber, president of Hub Weber Architects, PLC in Covington, told the Boone County Fiscal Court April 18.

The project is costing an estimated $2.5 million. The Petersburg Fire Protection District, a $500,000 federal grant, the county and Boone County Public Library are paying for the project. A section of the existing firehouse has been torn down.

SHARONVILLE
SHARONVILLE HOLIDAY INN I-275 TO GET $1.5M REMAKE (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060430/BIZ01/604300321/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/30/06

The Holiday Inn Interstate 275 North in Sharonville is about to embark on a more than $1.5 million renovation that could take up to 12 months.

The 275-room hotel at 3855 Hauck Road was recently sold by Sharonville Hotel Corp. to Hauck Hospitality LLC, a private Florida-investment group, for $6.4 million. The new owners expect to release bidding packages soon for renovations, said Reddy Kummetha, general manager for the 30-year-old high-rise hotel.

The renovations are expected to include new window treatments and carpet in rooms, new furnishings, improvements in the lobby and possible upgrades to the on-site pub and grill, he said.

WYOMING
Artisan Estate Homes is building a $749,000 home at 621 Springfield Pk (corner of Springfield and Jewett).  This builder has built at Homearama.

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

INDEPENDENCE
This split-level design was popular around the time that the house I grew in was built.  That house was built in the 1970s, and there are dozens of subdivisions with houses that look just like it.  You don't get daring architecture for $123K.  Cutter Ln.
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LIBERTY TWP.
"We'll design a house around the leftover windows you've got in the back of your truck there."  The Northside, by St. Lawrence Homes, Amberly Ct.
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MAINEVILLE
Attempted Tudor.  This is $240K?  Hunters Cl.
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Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on May 01, 2006, 07:23:22 AM
EAST WALNUT HILLS
2715 Hackberry St is in the middle of a transformation that will see it converted from a two-family to a single-family home.  This house was built around 1875.
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Hackberry's a great street.  In the last ten years it's seen a boatload of rehabs south of Madison...though north of Madison, no so much...but that place has needed a rehab for a long, long time.  I think what held it up was the asking price - I think it was listed for a while, but always in the mid-to-upper $100K range.  Looks like the current owner picked it up for $70K off a foreclosure - that makes it make sense...

Thanks for the update - good lord, it must take you a lot of time to put together!

Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on May 01, 2006, 08:57:13 AM
Mr. Boyer...Holiday is one mile out of Hamilton and 9 miles out of Oxford...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: cramer on May 01, 2006, 06:24:44 PM
I'm sorry to see the Friars Club leaving Clifton Heights. I played basketball for them in 7th and 8th grades and had a lot of good times in that gym. Any word on where they're relocating or what will come of the old building?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 01, 2006, 06:29:42 PM
^ According to the article, they don't currently have a home:

In the mean time, without a facility, Besl said the club plans to offer sports at a neighboring school, St. Joseph, on Ezzard Charles Drive and the St. Francis Sareph Ministry on Vine Street.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: gaslight on May 05, 2006, 10:59:15 AM
I'm sorry to see the Friars Club leaving Clifton Heights. I played basketball for them in 7th and 8th grades and had a lot of good times in that gym. Any word on where they're relocating or what will come of the old building?

I think this will help the redevelopment of clifton hts, wonder what the old building will become i hope they dont just tear it down.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on May 06, 2006, 08:48:59 AM
Newport to get new project
Includes apartments, retail
BY MARLA MATZER ROSE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER


NEWPORT - Forty-one units of new market-rate apartments plus street-level retail space should be coming to Monmouth Street downtown next year under a deal cut among the Newport Housing Authority, the city of Newport and Camp Washington-based Middle Earth Developers.

"This is an important project for the city in an area that was once very vibrant," Newport Chief Financial Officer Greg Engelman said. "There are still a lot of businesses in the area, but they aren't as vibrant as they once were. We're hoping by bringing new residents in and creating newly renovated retail space, this will help the neighborhood overall."

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060506/BIZ01/605060377/1076/BIZ (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060506/BIZ01/605060377/1076/BIZ)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: UncleRando on May 07, 2006, 07:13:54 PM
Hilton Garden Inn to come to Blue Ash
BY JEFF MCKINNEY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

BLUE ASH - A local businessman plans to invest $12 million to build a 118-room hotel along Glendale-Milford Road just west of McKinley Road.

The four-story Hilton Garden Inn will be built by Jiten Patel, a Blue Ash-based hotel operator. Work on the hotel will begin this summer, and the business is expected to open by August 2007.

Patel said the hotel will be geared to business and leisure travelers and will have one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites.

Please visit The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://www.cincinnati.com) Archives for the rest of the story.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on May 07, 2006, 07:24:37 PM
well, im always happy for more hotel space.  wasnt the fact that cincy doesnt have enough hotel space for the olypmics a key reason cincy wasnt considered or something like that. 
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 08, 2006, 12:17:45 AM
Top Story

Oakley: Lofts at 4120 now in pre-sales

I don't know where my mind was, but my post last week (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg95030#msg95030) mentioned the demolition by Seven Hills Properties of an apartment building at 4120 Allendale Dr, near the Hyde Park Country Club.  I failed to mention that it's part of the Lofts at 4120 project that has been mentioned on here a few times.  (Search within this thread for _"Lofts at" Oakley_.  All mentions will turn up.)

The condos are now in pre-sales.  Twenty units are available, and range from $740,000 to $940,000.

These huge residences will overlook the golf course.

Here is the project website:
http://www.loftsat4120.com/index.html (http://www.loftsat4120.com/index.html)

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Also of note
From the 5/7/06 Enquirer:


Hilton Garden Inn to come to Blue Ash
BY JEFF MCKINNEY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

BLUE ASH - A local businessman plans to invest $12 million to build a 118-room hotel along Glendale-Milford Road just west of McKinley Road.

The four-story Hilton Garden Inn will be built by Jiten Patel, a Blue Ash-based hotel operator. Work on the hotel will begin this summer, and the business is expected to open by August 2007.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060507/BIZ01/605070406/1076/rss01 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060507/BIZ01/605070406/1076/rss01)

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
The apartment building at 634 Gholson Ave is getting new decks.
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AVONDALE
The Habitat for Humanity project at 3554 and 3556 Haven St should be starting soon.  They have received their permits.

CARTHAGE
Cincinnati Housing Partners is currently renovating 107 W 68th St, built in 1922.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/5536/107w68th2bf.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
1529 Madison Ave is being renovated into 11,000 square feet of Class A office space.  There will be three floors plus a basement, each in the 2500- to 3500-square-foot range.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/8259/1529madison1bt.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
The developers of the Bulluck Terrace condos have purchased 1414 Locust St and have applied for a demolition permit.  My educated guess is that they're going to use the site for parking.
(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/1016/1414locust1nr.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
Transformed Properties truly transformed this home at 6228 Desmond St, which it had acquired for $25,000.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/6651/6228desmondbefore0kp.jpg)    (http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/3908/6228desmondafter9jk.jpg)

MADISONVILLE
5724 Sierra Park Pl was purchased for $20,800 by Buy Fix Sell Co to be rehabbed and resold.
(http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/7851/5724sierrapark1lg.jpg)

MT. AUBURN
537 Carmalt St was purchased for $10,100 after a foreclosure left it on the market for 7 months.  It has been vacant since August 2003 and was condemned in early 2006.  There may be no saving this one.  The value's in the land.
(http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/7840/537carmalt8xy.jpg)

MT. AUBURN
The owner of 7 Estelle St is doing the bare minimum that a VBML requires.  What does he care?  He lives in Colerain Twp.
(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/6036/7estelle9ca.jpg)

MT. LOOKOUT
3527 Kroger Ave has had an updating in an area of many rehabs.
(http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/2706/3527krogerbefore5oe.jpg)    (http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/9338/3527krogerafter2go.jpg)

MT. LOOKOUT
16 Observatory Hill (built 1939) will be torn down and replaced with a new home.  The assessed value of the old home is $448,500.  It's 2166 square feet.  It's cute.  What's the problem?  Oh, yeah...the new home will crack $1,000,000.
(http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/4223/16observatoryhill3yu.jpg)

PRICE HILL
Bloc Ministries has purchased another home in Price Hill, this time at 4024 W Eighth St.  (Their previous purchase was at 4017.)  These "BLOC" houses consist of tutoring and recreational opportunities for at-risk high school students.  CityBeat did a piece on Dwight Young and the BLOC houses (http://www.citybeat.com/2006-02-22/news3.shtml).
(http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/5456/4024weighth6jy.jpg)

SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE
1760 Powers St has been purchased for $5,000 after being bank-owned for 11 months.  This property has had vacancy and litter problems for years.  The new owner is now cleaning out the house.  It will take a lot of work to get this rehabbed.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9770/1760powers3jj.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
1927 Montrose St has been rehabbed, but, due to lack of demand in the area, is only on the market for $69,900.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/3627/1927montrosebefore1hk.jpg)    (http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/4871/1927montroseafter3km.jpg)

COVINGTON
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County, city embark on final phase of cemetery fence fix (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060504/NEWS01/605040596/1079/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 5/4/06

An ongoing project to replace the fence surrounding Linden Grove Cemetery may be finished before the end of the year.

The cemetery board has applied for a $25,000 state grant that would help it finish installing a black steel fence around the historic cemetery at Holman and 14th streets.

Kenton County and the city of Covington jointly fund and maintain the historic cemetery, which opened in 1843.

COVINGTON
(http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/9156/tollhousecvg7lm.jpg)
Developer finds new home (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060507/BIZ01/605070414/-1/rss)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/7/06

In their 10 years of working on Third Street facing Cincinnati's downtown waterfront, Steve Hemberger and Doug Hynden never expected to run their business across the river. But after looking for two years for a signature building to buy for their newly reorganized partnership, the partners in real estate developer Anchor Properties settled on a brick toll house at the foot of the Roebling Suspension Bridge in Covington.

Anchor, which is one of the largest developers for Walgreens nationwide, snagged the 5,000-square-foot building, which collected tolls from the early 1900s until 1963, from high-profile Covington developer Bill Butler of Corporex Cos. The partners paid Butler $1.55 million for the property late last year and agreed not to build above the toll house's roof line. They are spending about $1.5 million more to renovate the structure, which comes with its own compact surface parking lot.

Butler had purchased the property to maintain its historical character and protect the sight lines of buyers at his exclusive Ascent condo project, which is under construction one block away.

"This was a win-win for everyone," said Corporex marketing director Debbie Vicchiarelli. "They got a wonderful property. Covington got to keep a historical building. And the owners of the Ascent got to ensure their skyline views."

DAYTON
Burned church restored (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060501/NEWS0103/605010330/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/1/06

More than two years after a fire destroyed most of First Baptist Church at the corner of Fifth and Dayton streets, the congregation celebrated the opening of new facilities Sunday.

"Basically, everything on the other side of the gym has been totally rebuilt from the alley to Fifth Street," said the Rev. Allan G. Daigle.

Since the fire destroyed the church Jan. 14, 2004, the church has held its services in its gymnasium. The gymnasium is attached to the building, but was spared from the fire. Services have been held back in the church since Easter Sunday. But it was officially reopened with a dedication service Sunday.

"You can't express how much more (exciting) it is to get out of the gym and come through those double doors and enter the new church," said Randy Pollitt, who has served as the church's volunteer custodian for two and a half years.

DEVOU PARK
Official grant decision for museum due in June (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060502/LIFE/605020388/1036/RSS06)
Cincinnati Post, 5/2/06

The staff, board of directors, volunteers and community friends of the Behringer-Crawford Museum are celebrating the $1.5 million grant secured from the Kentucky legislature as announced in The Post last Saturday.

But the determination on the grant from the Department of Transportation has yet to be officially made.

According to Gary Johnston, president of the Behringer-Crawford Museum, although everyone is hopeful, "the Transportation grant (TEA-21) is still very much up in the air. We will not know about it until early June."

The requested monies would be used to help complete the museum's current $4.9 million expansion project, which will increase the amount of usable exhibit and collections space from about 5,000 square feet to 20,000 when finished.

Round-up: Outer burbs and metro

BETHEL
Community building getting a new look (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060504/NEWS01/605040362/1078/Local)
Bethel Journal, 5/3/06

Renovations are bringing the Bethel Community Building out of the 1980s.

The community building is experiencing its first round of major repairs since opening in 1986. The reconditioning will be complete this week.

"It's just time for a new look," said Clarissa McCoy, assistant administrator.

The building has undergone new hardwood flooring, tiling, wainscoting and painting as well as landscaping on the exterior.

BLUE ASH
Construction project builds on growth (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060503/NEWS01/605030410/1078/Local)
Northeast Suburban Life, 5/3/06

Ursuline Academy President Sharon Redmond will go to great lengths for her students. She'll even drive a backhoe.

Redmond is proud of the school's $10.1 million campus construction project. However, she said the reaction of students watching her drive a backhoe to the June 2005 groundbreaking was one of her most enjoyable moments.

The project has been called "Expanding Space, Expanding Minds."

Not only will it benefit the students at Ursuline, but it will help prepare for growth in the future, Redmond said.

CLEVES
Three Rivers considering two buildings (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060503/NEWS01/605030820/1074/Local)
Western Hills Press, 5/3/06

Three Rivers Local School District officials are gathering feedback from the community to get an idea where residents stand on plans to build two new schools.

Last week the district hosted community meetings where it presented plans to build a new preschool through sixth-grade building and a seventh- through 12th-grade building, and asked residents for comments and their level of support on four key issues.

Three Rivers Superintendent Rhonda Bohannon said the district wants input from the community on the master building plan and wants to let people know what the school board has selected to do in terms of deciding to build two new schools.

COLERAIN TWP.
Can we fix it? (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060503/NEWS01/605030436/1074/Local)
Northwest Press, 5/3/06

Construction barrels are as inevitable as dandelions and will begin popping up around Colerain Township in coming weeks.

The township road department's last request for a levy failed in 2000, leaving the department without levy funds. The township scaled back summer road projects to stay within its budget.

Road work is being paid for using money that comes to the township through the Hamilton County Engineer's Office, the Road and Bridge fund money and township's share of money from the sale of motor vehicle permits.

This year, Public Works Director Bruce McClain awarded more than $900,000 in road contracts.

CRESCENT SPRINGS
Residents oppose proposed apartments in Nordman neighborhood (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060504/NEWS01/605040496/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 5/4/06

Nordman Drive is a quiet, tree-lined street -- and residents want it to stay that way.

They're opposed to a neighbor's plan to build a 8,000 square-foot apartment building at 2472 Nordman, where a rental home now sits on a site full of trees.

"We like the quiet, quaint neighborhood feeling to it. That would be lost," said Tammy Conradi, who lives across the street.

Crescent Springs businessman Vincent Albanese owns the site in question, which is vacant except for a single-family house he rents out. He did not return several phone messages left at his home seeking comment.

DELHI TWP.
Sports storage plan gaining momentum (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060503/NEWS01/605030355/1074/Local)
Delhi Press, 5/3/06

The Delhi Athletic Association is moving closer to accomplishing its goal of a new storage building on township property.

Ken Dolch, president of the association, came back to trustees April 26 to update them on plans to build a 40-foot by 60-foot building at Delhi Township Park.

The structure, which would double as both a storage shed and meeting site, is proposed to be built behind the lodge.

Dolch said the association estimates the cost to be $47,107. Of that amount, $20,692 would be provided by in-kind volunteer labor by association members.

DRY RIDGE
Commission approves zone change (http://www.grantky.com/articles/2006/05/03/news/news05.txt)
Grant County News, 5/3/06

The Grant County Planning Commission approved a zone change last week for a residential and commercial development in Dry Ridge in the future.

Two parcels of land - one around 24 acres and the other around 62 acres - were changed from agricultural to residential and highway commercial.

The land is located in the west end of the Brentwood subdivision and south of Ferguson Boulevard. One Eleven Developers, LLC, wants to extend Ferguson Boulevard to connect to Stewart Road. The new road would complete the U.S. 25 Bypass loop. Under the new zone change, the land around the road could be used for retail, hotels, banks and restaurants.

One Eleven also wants to continue building onto the Brentwood subdivision. The company is proposing 48 new lots, each around 8,800 square feet, for single family homes. The new homes in Brentwood would have access to the new road.

FORT MITCHELL
Hemmer expansion to double space (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060504/NEWS01/605040494/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 5/4/06

Paul Hemmer Companies has embarked upon a new construction project.

But this time, the dust and debris of construction is in its own Fort Mitchell headquarters.

They're just ripping out walls, ceilings, everything," said Kathy Groob, vice president of corporate marketing.

The company is expanding and renovating its headquarters, which will double its space in the 100,000 square-foot building.

Construction should be finished by January 2007. The entire fourth and fifth floors of the six-floor building will be renovated, as well as the lower level and common areas. The company also plans to move into newly-remodeled office space on the second floor.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS
Lakeside sale moving forward (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060506/NEWS02/605060340/1011/RSS02)
Kentucky Post, 5/6/06

A prospective buyer for the beleaguered Lakeside Heights Nursing Center continues to move toward purchasing the Highland Heights facility, despite the fact that its state license is still in jeopardy and all its residents have moved out.

Tower Holdings, which has been operating the center since last month, wants to buy the 286-bed nursing home, although it won't close on the deal by Sunday - the day the company listed on state documents as the anticipated purchase date, said Tower attorney Ann Miller.

She said Friday the deal would "probably take longer than that."

But as Tower Holdings moves forward, so does the appeal by the nursing home to the state's decision last month to revoke the bed license
Kentucky Post: Home trying to stay open (4/28/06) (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060428/NEWS02/604280380/1011/RSS02)

INDEPENDENCE
Zoning change gets 1st reading (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060503/NEWS0103/605030345/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/3/06

City Council is divided over whether to allow commercial development across from Simon Kenton High School.

Council voted 3-3 Monday on having a first reading to approve a zone change for 2.4-acre property on Madison Pike across from the school. The reading is the first step in the process.

Mayor Chris Moriconi cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the first reading. The council will decide whether to approve the change whenever a second reading would come before council.

The property's owners hope to put two offices there - a law firm and home-building firm.

INDEPENDENCE
Zoning change possible (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060503/NEWS0103/605030337/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/3/06

A proposed development will force Independence leaders to balance requests for more retail with concerns about growth.

Independence-based developer One Eleven has 64 acres at Mount Zion and Bristow roads for the construction of condos, single-family homes and about 160,000 square feet of retail and commercial projects.

Independence City Council will consider next month whether to change the zoning from residential to commercial.

...

One Eleven plans to build 57 one-level patio homes and 36 condominiums on the back portion of the property, near Timber Lane. The homes would appeal to single professionals and empty nesters, said Jim Bertram, co-owner of One Eleven.

Along Mount Zion and Bristow roads would be five buildings for commercial businesses, the largest being 112,500 square feet, according to the plans.

INDEPENDENCE
City may seek guidance on how to grow (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060505/NEWS0103/605050395/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/5/06

Phone calls from retailers interested in Independence have been common for the city's mayor in the past two years.

The expanded Ky. 17, set for completion in two years, and construction of several large subdivisions have served as a catalyst for commercial development in this southern Kenton County suburb, Mayor Chris Moriconi said.

Now city leaders hope to have a plan to prepare for this growth and prevent future conflict among new businesses and residents.

The Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission proposed this week before Independence City Council a market analysis and area study to determine where these new businesses will go and how the town should grow.

INDEPENDENCE
Pedestrian-friendly project (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060507/NEWS0103/605070446/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/7/06

Pedestrian access through the heart of Independence will continue to improve as more sidewalk construction begins in the next month.

The construction will extend and repair sidewalks near the Liberty Orchard Subdivision along Madison Pike/Ky. 17, said Mayor Chris Moriconi.

The $123,000 project is part of an effort to connect via sidewalk a 2½-mile stretch from Simon Kenton Elementary and Summit View Middle and Elementary schools through the historic downtown.

"It is going to make it more pedestrian friendly," Moriconi said. "We want people walking more. This is going to connect a major subdivision, Liberty Orchard, to the downtown area."

LOVELAND
(http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/6742/lovelandgarage1oo.jpg)
House-sized garage irks some Loveland neighbors (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060501/NEWS01/605010341/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/1/06

There's a new garage here that's bigger than some houses.

It meets city zoning rules, which say that a backyard structure can't take up more than 35 percent of the yard. And owner Pete Engel got the necessary permission to build it.

But city officials say they didn't realize how large the 1,535-square foot building would look in the Pheasant Hills subdivision, and how visible it would be from one of their main streets, West Loveland Avenue.

Neighbors complained, but there was nothing the city could do to undo it.

LOVELAND
Kids can help design Loveland skate park (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060502/NEWS01/605020347/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/2/06

The city's hoping to start building its new skate park soon in Lever Park, and officials want the kids who'll use it to help them design it.

The idea started in 2003 when some skateboarders approached City Council about it.

"Kids in Loveland have been waiting a long time for this skate park, and we want to have it installed by late summer,'' Mayor Rob Weisgerber said in a statement Monday. "Input at this meeting will really help shape the layout and safety considerations of the skate area.''

City officials plan to put the project out for bid this month. But they need to finalize the design. They've set a meeting for May 17.

MARIEMONT
Homewood Development is transforming 3604 Flintpoint Way, built in 1948.  This updated $300K home is listed for $569,900.
(http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/6674/3604flintpointbefore5op.jpg)    (http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9796/3604flintpointafter5oc.jpg)

MASON
Mason sees future in parks foundation (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060502/NEWS01/605020345/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/2/06

This city said it wants to build a handicapped-accessible park, buy better equipment for its swim team and help underprivileged kids take part in its programming.

But it doesn't have the money.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Michael Hecker said he hopes that will soon change.

This Warren County city of almost 30,000 plans to follow cities such as Cincinnati and Westerville near Columbus in establishing a parks foundation to help pay for green space development and recreation programs.

MONTGOMERY
Chrisman Fine Homes is building a brand new $695K home at 8764 Arcturus Dr.  This was the site of a $190K teardown.
(http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/7501/8764arcturus5kc.jpg)

NEW MIAMI
New Miami voters shoot down athletic complex (http://www.journal-news.com/hp/content/news/stories/2006/05/02/HJN050306NEWMweb.html)
Hamilton JournalNews, 5/2/06

Voters in the New Miami Local School district on Tuesday gave a resounding “no” vote to a proposed athletic complex and operating expenses.

Issue 1 — a combined five-year .75 percent income tax and 3.25-mill bond issue — was voted down 552 to 207, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.

NORTH COLLEGE HILL
NCH schools studying new facilities plan (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060503/NEWS01/605030392/1074/Local)
Hilltop Press, 5/3/06

Proposals for three new school buildings are being seriously discussed in the North College Hill City School District.

So far, district officials have had three public forums on the topic and plan to send a survey home to parents soon asking for input.

Superintendent Gary Gellert said all of the existing school buildings -- Goodman, Becker and Clovernook elementaries, the junior high and high school -- have all served the district well. But, he's quick to add, all are more than 40 years old.

SHARONVILLE
Summit Woods Corporate Center III is under construction at 50 E-Business Way.  This is a site visible from I-275, just off of Kemper Rd and east of Reed Hartman Hwy.  The building will be 4 floors and 106,000 square feet.
(http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/132/summitwoodsiiisville0gn.jpg)

SILVERTON
A small new subdivision is being built right along the Kennedy Heights/Silverton border.  A southern extension of Hedge Ave is being built, and six homes (yet to be built) are for sale.  Prices are in the $180K-$225K range.  It appears that they will be single-story homes in the 1700-square-foot range.
AERIAL MAP (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=39.180876,-84.406135&spn=0.003875,0.007231&t=h&om=0)

SYCAMORE TWP.
Moeller's landscaping plan a concern (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060503/NEWS01/605030492/1074/Local)
Northeast Suburban Life, 5/3/06

Officials with Moeller High School will present a revised plan for parking later this month.

The school wants two lots in the 7700 block of Kennedy Lane for additional parking. The lots are owned by Neyer Properties, which would transfer the property to Moeller if the parking proposal is approved.

However, the Sycamore Township Zoning Board of Appeals has not approved the plan due to landscaping concerns.

SYMMES TWP.
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Safety Center opening next month (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060503/NEWS01/605030407/1078/Local)
Northeast Suburban Life, 5/3/06

A new facility housing Loveland-Symmes Fire Department's Station 61 and District 3 of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office will have a public dedication from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

The 30,000-square-foot building at 8871 Weekly Lane replaces the old Station 61 building on nearby Chapel Square Lane and the former sheriff's office on Union Cemetery Road.

Financed by a levy in 2002, the $5.2 million building will also be used for public meetings. The public meeting space in the basement can also double as a shelter during severe weather.

TAYLOR MILL
Residents 'shed light' on concerns (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060504/NEWS01/605040599/1079/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 5/4/06

Michael and Sarah Frietch don't need the bright lights of Hollywood. They just need to step out in their own backyard.

The Frietchs, who live on Lakewood Drive in Taylor Mill, voiced a complaint to city commission regarding the newly constructed softball field lights at Scott High School. According to Sarah Frietch, the brightness of the lights have provided an "unbearable nuisance" to adjacent residential properties. She said the problem had existed for close to two months, and no action had yet been taken by the school to appease the neighbors.

"The light was so extreme coming through the closed blinds of our bedroom windows, it was like trying to sleep in a tanning bed with our eyes open," said Sarah, referring to the first time the lights were operated, in late February. "[The light] was much more extreme than the full force of the sun on a bright, clear sunny day."

Michael Frietch said the residents would be happy to merely have some shades put up over the lights, and have a cut-off time each day when the lights had to be shut down.

WEST CHESTER TWP.
Model train mecca coming to big space (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060507/BIZ01/605070408/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/7/06

An Evendale businessman with a lifelong love of trains is planning a multimillion-dollar entertainment complex here built around one of the world's largest model railroad layouts.

Called Entertrainment Junction, the center would be located in the former Oak & More store east of Interstate 75 at Tylersville Road. It will have a 25,000-square-foot model train layout, a meeting/party room, a model railroad hobby shop, a model railroad museum, rotating seasonal displays and a play area for younger children.

The project is the brainchild of Don Oeters, president of Watson's Superstore, who has been developing the project for about two years.

"I'm a train person. I've just always liked trains,'' said Oeters, who has model train layouts in his home and at his store on Sharon Road.

WEST UNION
Hospital employees sign first I-beam (http://www.peoplesdefender.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=123421&SectionID=13&SubSectionID=&S=1)
West Union People's Defender

The first I-beam to be set at the site of the future Adams County Regional Medical Center was first laid on the ground on April 25 to receive signatures from employees, volunteers and board members of Adams County Hospital. Linda Niles, CEO of ACH is pictured placing her signature on the beam, which will be placed near the southeast corner of the planned emergency room. The Adams County Board of Trustees retained the services of Danis Building Construction Company for the project, which is expected to be completed in late autumn of this year.

WILMINGTON
New Donatos going into shopping center (http://www.wnewsj.com/main.asp?FromHome=1&TypeID=1&ArticleID=147966&SectionID=28&SubSectionID=113)
Wilmington News Journal, 5/5/06

The 9,400-square-foot center will house five tenants including Donatos. A fall opening is anticipated, with developer Doug DeVilbiss hoping for October.

The center is expected to be a mix of retail and eateries. A national restaurant, whose name residents will recognize, is expected to occupy the west end of the retail center, with Donatos on the east end about where it’s located now. An announcement on the identity of the national restaurant would be made after a lease deal is finalized.

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

MAINEVILLE
$164,000 will buy you this very basic box.  I've seen more character in trailers.  Hyatts Ln.
(http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/3130/7818hyattsmaine2oj.jpg)

UNION
Garage with some sort of human habitat attached.  Zev Ct.
(http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/7151/984zevunion7dd.jpg)

WEST CHESTER TWP.
This one's just a disaster, starting from the steps to the front door for no apparent reason.  It doesn't even appear that there's much of a landing once you get there.  And all in a nice dull color scheme.  Providence Woods Ct.
(http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/2569/7502providencewoodswct4fo.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on May 08, 2006, 05:03:56 PM
(http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/3130/7818hyattsmaine2oj.jpg)

This is the most god awful thing I have ever seen, even given all the previous entries in the "building such crap"  category. If I was an architect or builder, I would not want my name anywhere near this thing.  Any idea if this is an affordable housing project?  I used to be in the business and this looks a lot like some of the low end crap some affordable housing developers throw out.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 08, 2006, 06:48:10 PM
^ It's $164,000, so it's neither "affordable housing" nor high-end housing.  You're right, though...it looks like something Habitat for Humanity or a low-end rehabber would produce.  (Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking what Habitat does with limited resources.  I think it's a great program.)

I don't know who the builder is.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on May 09, 2006, 07:23:30 AM
Yeah, I just sort of blew over that shot, didn't notice it specifically, but holy ass, that is an amazing piece of architecture.  It's a garage with an attached home...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 09, 2006, 03:54:51 PM
I just did some digging and it's the Regency Park subdivision.  M/I was the builder.

It looks like the plan is called The Debut:
http://www.mihomes.com/details.asp?Subid=32755&listingid=240193&type=P
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on May 10, 2006, 07:23:03 AM
Wow...paying $150K for that?  And it's just one full bath, 1378 square feet - there are so many wonderful places in the city for less than that giving you more than that - I just don't understand.  Even if I had kids, I'd drop $100K in Norwood, get somewhere with character, and spend the difference on private schools...hell, just pulling at random, here's a $100K home up for sale in Norwood right now:
http://www.huff.com/web/search/searchdetails.php?MLNumber=988337&PPropertyType=26

Rehabbed in the last year, so I'd imagine all the mechanics are in good shape.  And since it was built in 1930, I bet there's hardwood floors under that carpet - you might be able to have hardwood throughout just by ripping up carpet, renting a sander and spending a couple weekends with some fumes.

So many places like that, with porches and fireplaces and character...I just don't understand the appeal of ugly on a postage stamp...ugly in the middle of the woods?  Yeah, I get that - you're there to be by yourself, cut off, and ugly is a cheaper way of getting there.  But ugly in a subdivision?  Just does not compute...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on May 10, 2006, 06:09:34 PM
Quote
It looks like the plan is called The Debut:

The Debut of what?  A giant piece of feces that happened to fall out in the shape of a house?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on May 10, 2006, 11:35:02 PM
^Of course not!  It's a giant piece of feces that happened to fall out in the shape of a garage...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: PigBoy on May 11, 2006, 02:16:12 AM
I think I like the sound of Feces Cottage or some such better than The Debut for the model name.  Apparently more accurate than the latter, but still classier than The Shithouse.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on May 11, 2006, 07:32:23 AM
...the development can be Fecal Meadows...

...I think we've got the first exurban subdivision for Rivage worked out...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on May 11, 2006, 12:37:19 PM
How about "Fecal Flats"?
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 11, 2006, 05:57:42 PM
Fecal Flats.  We have a winner!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: Mr Sparkle on May 12, 2006, 01:51:58 PM
its a step up from a trailer (errr manufactured house); so they do sell.
"its my first home without wheels"
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 15, 2006, 01:20:16 AM
Top story
From the 5/10/06 Kentucky Post:


City OK next for planned condos
By Luke E. Saladin
Post staff reporter

 
Yet another condominium project is on tap for Covington.

The latest proposal to add to the city's housing stock is a 30-unit development on 3.4 acres on the northeast side of Kyles Lane between Madison Pike and Valley Drive.

The $6 million development has already received a unanimous approval from the Kenton County & Municipal Planning and Zoning Commission. The Covington City Commission is expected to give final approval to the project on May 23.

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060510/NEWS02/605100342/1014 (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060510/NEWS02/605100342/1014)

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
211 Forest Ave has been purchased after being foreclosed in March 2005 and being vacant ever since.  The multi-family, 3000+ -square-foot house went for $12,500.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/3742/211forest1ri.jpg)

AVONDALE
(http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/7056/meganomalley1ip.jpg)
UC Holds a Street Party to Celebrate a New Homeowner (http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.asp?id=3955)
UC News press release, 5/10/06

Megan O’Malley and her kindergarten-age daughter, Shamia, will get a grand party to greet their new neighbors as representatives from UC, the City of Cincinnati, Fifth Third Bank and Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity host a street party celebrating the first-time homeowner. The dedication gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Megan’s new home, located at 3552 Haven St. in Avondale.

Cincinnati City Council President Pro-Tem Laketa Cole will issue a city proclamation recognizing the 6,000 hours that UC students, faculty and staff have volunteered over the past three years to building homes for Megan, as well as Sylvia Smith and Janie Cunningham – two sisters who became neighbors with homes located on Winkler Street in Mt. Auburn. The three homes were built in partnership with UC, Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity and Fifth Third Bank, which has pledged a total of $100,000 toward the three-year partnership. Each of the new homeowners and their families dedicated 500 hours of “sweat equity” with the volunteers before purchasing the home with a 20-year interest-free mortgage payable to Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity.

CARTHAGE
An auto salvage operation is demolishing structures on the land between North Bend Rd and Seymour Ave, just east of the Mill Creek.  Great...just what Carthage needs....

DOWNTOWN
KITTY'S COFFEE ADDS A SECOND LOCATION (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060514/BIZ01/605140337/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/14/06

Kitty is now brewing at two locations.

Kitty's Coffee opened May 1 at 121 Court St., in the former Awakenings Coffee space. According to Catherine Syphax, co-owner with her husband, Gary Gabbard, the new café is very similar to their original one at 120 E. Fourth St.

Kitty's coffee beans come from local roaster Seven Hills Coffee Co.

EAST PRICE HILL
790 Delhi Ave will be demolished.  The house has been vacant and condemned since 2003.  Thanks for your inaction, asshole.
(http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/9310/790delhi6sv.jpg)

EAST PRICE HILL
939 Woodlawn Ave was purchased for $6,000 after being bank-owned and vacant for 10 months.  It was condemned in February.
(http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/4475/939woodlawn0sb.jpg)

EAST PRICE HILL
967 Wells Ave (built 1880) was purchased in February and is currently being converted from a two-family to a SFD.
(http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/9783/967wells8om.jpg)

EAST PRICE HILL
James Pierce of Harrison let 1042 Grand Ave deteriorate for years.  So instead of fixing it, it will be demolished instead.  This guy has properties all over the West Side, mostly in run-down areas.  He is the worst kind of slumlord.  Thanks, asshole, for contributing to the problems of my city.
(http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/125/1042grand8rq.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
The City Planning Commission has approved the plat of the Elizabeth T. Bley subdivision, phase 4, which will consist of six more townhomes off of Hackberry St.
(http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/2927/elizabethtbleyphase4siteplan5w.jpg)

EAST WALNUT HILLS
Last week, I mentioned that the developers of Bulluck Terrace were going to tear down 1414 Locust St for parking.  I neglected to mention that they're also going to demolish 1416 Locust St.  As of a few days ago, both were still standing and the grass was about a foot high.  It appeared that there were crews there doing pre-demo.
(http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/4530/1416locust2kj.jpg)

EVANSTON
3312 Spokane Ave will be torn down.  This two-family home was a hazard for many years.  The city vacated it and the owner decided to rent it to Section 8 tenants anyway.  Then, in 2003, the building mysteriously caught fire, which caused heavy damage.  Then the owner died.  Check out the code reports for this property some time.  It's a fun read.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/9239/3312spokane9dq.jpg)

EVANSTON
Evanston Community Council and Evanston CPOP are requesting a traffic signal or a stop sign for Hewitt Ave.  They complain that cars speed through there unabated.  The city is looking at installing a device at Hewitt/Fairfield or at Hewitt/Trimble.  A report and recommendation is due back on this by May 24, 2006.

MADISONVILLE
Starfire Council is moving from 2300 Victory Pkwy to a larger home at 5030 Oaklawn Dr.  They plan to renovate 7,500 square feet for their own use and lease the remaining 30,000+ square feet to help fund their mission.  The work should cost around $400,000.  Starfire is a non-profit unique to Cincinnati that provides inclusive social and service activities for children, teens and adults with disabilities.
(http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/2261/5030oaklawn3wr.jpg)

MT. AUBURN
126 Winkler St has been purchased and a rehab has begun.  The structure was built around 1865.
(http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/5475/126winkler5sj.jpg)

LOWER PRICE HILL
This garage at 2358 Glenway was condemned in early 2004.  The building is collapsing and the city has had to barricade.  A public hearing resulted in a call for demolition.  However, the owner posted bond and was granted a stay on the demolition.  Why the hell is he trying to save this piece of crap?  Why hasn't he done anything about it in over two years?
(http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/9454/2358glenway9ly.jpg)

MT. LOOKOUT
Chrisman Homes is building a new $719,000 on the site of a teardown at 3255 Nash Ave.  The old home, built in 1878, was assessed at $165,000.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/311/3255nashbefore5pc.jpg)    (http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9071/3255nashrend9at.jpg)

NORTH AVONDALE
The residents of Wess Park Drive were supposed to receive four speed bumps.  Instead, that money was allocated to a speed camera program that was never implemented.  Now they want their damn speed bumps.  This was kicked to Finance Committee and the city manager should offer a report on May 24, 2006.

NORTH FAIRMOUNT
The former E-check station at 2740 Beekman St (just south of Hopple) will be reborn as a car wash.  It seems like that's all that these building will be any good for.

NORTHSIDE
4163 Pitts Ave looks sharp.  The assessed value before this rehab was $37,000.
(http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/9427/4163pittsbefore1ui.jpg)    (http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/9893/4163pittsafter6zs.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
A year ago, 4259 Williamson Pl was purchased for $31,000.  After being rehabbed from a two-family to a SFD, it's now on the market for $159,900.  That makes 5 houses that I can think of that have been rehabbed on the 4200 block of Williamson in the last 18 months.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/7141/4259williamsonbefore5ml.jpg)    (http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/9955/4259williamsonafter0jq.jpg)

NORTHSIDE
Due to safety concerns (including a child being struck by a car while attempting to catch a bus), residents in the area are pushing for a traffic signal at Hamilton and Glen Parker avenues.  A report and recommendation is due back to council by May 24, 2006.

OAKLEY
The two-family at 3802 Isabella Ave has been rehabbed and is now on the market as a single-family.
(http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/214/3802isabellabefore3on.jpg)    (http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/3218/3802isabellaafter1yq.jpg)

PRICE HILL
Essay earns cash for park (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060514/SPT/605140402/-1/rss)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/14/06

Alex Gramke spends quite a bit of time at Carson-Covedale Park in Price Hill. He practices with his football and baseball teams a few nights a week after school, and he rides his bike with his neighborhood friends to play pickup games there on his off days.

Now, because of an essay he wrote, Gramke and the rest of the area kids who use the facility can enjoy playing there even more.

Gramke, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at St. Teresa of Avila, was named one of 32 regional winners for the Briggs & Stratton "Diamonds in the Rough" contest, which challenged baseball and softball players ages 7-12 to write an essay about why their field should be refurbished and why their sports have given them "The Power Within" to be successful.

Gramke's essay, which nominated Carson-Covedale's Jerry McClatchey Field, won $5,000 as a regional winner and is one of 16 finalists for a $20,000 prize for the field's renovation. The winner, which is being voted on by the public at www.briggsdiamondsintherough.com (http://www.briggsdiamondsintherough.com), also will receive a baseball clinic with Hall of Famers Lou Brock and Carlton Fisk.

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
2081 Bickel Ave has been purchased for $20,000 after being owned by Fannie Mae for 21 months.
(http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/2800/2081bickel4av.jpg)

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT
MK Allen Properties purchased 1908 State Ave and quickly sought a permit to demolish it.  This building has been a dump for years and has been condemned since 2004.  I don't know why the buyer would be interested in the land, though they do also own 1902 State Ave.
(1908 State on the left)
(http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/263/1908state0cp.jpg)

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
640 Probasco St has been purchased for renovation.
(http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/9193/640probasco3hl.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
I may be wrong, but I believe there's a plan to turn the building at 2181 Victory Pkwy (Victory and Park) from offices to residences.  Permits are in route.  Signs are still on the outside offering office space.
(http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/6435/2181victory1wi.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
801 Oak St has been purchased, after being bank-owned since late 2004.  I'm not sure if it had tenants.  The new owner has done a nice job turning around a couple of properties in Avondale and Evanston.  However, she also owns an abandoned building in the West End that she seems to be ignoring.
(http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3697/801oak0gb.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
The city is finally putting some work into the houses it owns at 838 and 846 Lincoln Ave.  They're in pretty bad shape.  (I believe 846 is condemned.)  From current building permits, it looks like they're putting about $40,000 into new decks and interior drywall.  I love this row of homes.  I'd hate to see them die.
(http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/992/838lincoln8jx.jpg)    (http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/3378/846lincoln5ut.jpg)

WALNUT HILLS
Crowne Mortgage has owned this property at 2921 Monfort St since late 2001.  Soon after, the building became vacant and then condemned.  Ever since, a comedy of inspections/hearings/stays of demolition ensued.  Meanwhile, the residents of the neighborhood had to look at this sorry thing.  Not only that, but the house was not secure.  Who knows what could have happened in there or who's kid might get hurt.  Well, it's finally coming down.  RIP, 1881-2006.
(http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/6866/2921monfort9kj.jpg)

COVINGTON
381 Altamont St has been rehabbed as affordable single-family housing.
(after only)
(http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/4179/381altamontcvg9uh.jpg)

COVINGTON
The restoration of 828 Bakewell St is complete.
(after only)
(http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/4415/828bakewell8oa.jpg)

COVINGTON (Latonia)
153 E 41st St has been rehabbed.
(after only)
(http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/7434/153e41stlat6ki.jpg)

DEVOU PARK
Homebuilders to unveil new gardens at Devou Park (http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/08/daily16.html?from_rss=1)
Cincinnati Business Courier, 5/9/06

The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky will unveil the Memorial Gardens at Devou Park Overlook at 10:30 a.m. June 2.

The project was completed over the past year using member donations of labor and supplies. It was conceived as part of the organization's 50th anniversary activities in 2005. Additional funds for the project were provided by the Home Builders Care Assistance Fund of Northern Kentucky.

The project includes a brick paver patio with park benches and period lamp posts surrounded by landscaping.

"It's a fitting gift to the citizens of the region who make this such a great place to live," association President Jim Cutter said in a news release.

NEWPORT
Old sod at Newport High will get an estimated $770,000 toupee (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060512/NEWS0103/605120416/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/12/06

One of Northern Kentucky's worst football fields soon may be getting a major improvement.

The Newport School Board voted Thursday to seek bids to install artificial turf on the field at Newport High School. Estimated to cost about $770,000, the new surface would not only save the district in annual maintenance expenses but also expand sports and recreation opportunities for Newport students, officials said.

The high school field has always drained poorly, creating a mud pit when games are played in the rain. The varsity football teams at Newport High and Newport Central Catholic High School use the field for home games.

Given the grass recovery time necessary when the weather is bad, few other activities can take place there. Physical education classes cannot use the field. Neither the high school's junior varsity football team nor its girls soccer team plays any home games.

Round-up: Outer burbs and metro

ALEXANDRIA
Library looking for land around Alexandria (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060511/NEWS01/605110466/1077/Local)
Alexandria Recorder, 5/11/06

The Campbell County Public Library is looking for land to build a library branch inside or south of the Alexandria city limits.

A scouting party has been set up to start driving the roads looking for suitable property, said Library Director JC Morgan said at the Wednesday, May 3 Campbell County Fiscal Court meeting.

"We've got a growing population down here, and we'd like to serve them better," Morgan said.

The library has been monitoring the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's plans for Ky. 536 carefully, and finding a spot near the intersection with U.S. 27 on either highway would be an ideal spot, he said.

AMELIA
(http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/1594/morsehouseamelia8cb.jpg)
Amelia seeking financial assistance for Morse House restoration effort (http://www.clermontsun.com/main.asp?SectionID=6&SubSectionID=6&ArticleID=980)
Clermont Sun, 5/10/06

The Village of Amelia is applying for a Community Block Development Grant to preserve and restore the historically significant Morse House.

The Morse House, located at 44 Oak Street, was built in the 1850’s and is one of the oldest homes in Amelia. Its original location was at 54 Main Street, the current site of the CVS store. It was moved at a cost of $150,000 on Dec. 14, 1998. The move was paid for by the drug store chain Rite Aid, which wanted to build a store at that location.

In the following years, many more thousands of dollars have been spent to preserve it. In fact, Rite Aid has donated the equivalent of $178,000 for the project. Unfortunately, more is still needed.

Over the years, there have been many preservation efforts. According to Mayor Mark Menz, the Village itself has spent approximately $55,500 in repairs and upgrades.

ANDERSON TWP.
7618 Forest Rd has been purchased by CFS Homes, a developer/builder, most likely for a teardown.  A home built in 1925 and assessed at $138,000 currently occupies the lot.

AURORA
Building demo request for condos tabled (http://www.zwire.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=16588840&BRD=2076&PAG=461&dept_id=384100&rfi=8)
Dearborn County Register, 5/5/06

Whether to grant an OK for demolition of five structures which would clear the way for a condominium project in downtown Aurora was tabled by the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday, May 2.

The commission set a special meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, to consider the request.

Meanwhile, its consultant Kent Abraham, southeast representative of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, will meet with the developer and Aurora Mayor Donnie Hastings to discuss the AHPC’s concerns.

The unanimous decision followed lengthy discussion and insistent urging by Hastings to approve certificates of appropriateness for the demolitions, so the developer could proceed “to the next level.”

BETHEL
(http://img463.imageshack.us/img463/7600/maupinmemorial6ey.jpg)
Pavilion to honor Sgt. Maupin (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060508/NEWS01/605080356/1056)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/8/06

Before Sgt. Matt Maupin was a soldier, he was a member of the Clermont High School crew.

On Sunday, members of the rowing team broke ground for a pavilion named in his honor that will be used for the crew's events and the community.

The Matt Maupin Welcome Pavilion will be at the crew's training ground, William H. Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park, and will serve as a meeting and celebration place for regattas. It can also host other events such as weddings, picnics and reunions.

High school students from throughout Clermont County have been involved in "Rock-On Matt," an effort to collect rocks to build the pavilion. It will feature stone supports, a stone fireplace, a cooking area and a stage.

It is expected to open by the end of the year.
Community Journal Clermont: Ground broken on Maupin Pavilion (5/10/06) (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060510/NEWS01/605100332/1078/Local)

COLD SPRING
Granite Spring getting community park (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060511/NEWS01/605110488/1077/Local)
Campbell Community Reocrder, 5/11/06

Residents moving into Granite Spring will have a 1.9 acre neighborhood park completed before fall.

The park, being built by Fischer Homes, will be donated to the City of Cold Spring for maintenance and upkeep when finished, said Paul Bogen, secretary of the city's Parks, Recreation and Tree Commission.

It will be mostly open spaces, Bogen said.

"With it being in a residential neighborhood, it's kind of a neighborhood park," Bogen said.

DRY RIDGE
Commission approves zone change (http://www.grantky.com/articles/2006/05/04/news/news05.txt)
Grant County News, 5/4/06

The Grant County Planning Commission approved a zone change last week for a residential and commercial development in Dry Ridge in the future.

Two parcels of land - one around 24 acres and the other around 62 acres - were changed from agricultural to residential and highway commercial.

The land is located in the west end of the Brentwood subdivision and south of Ferguson Boulevard. One Eleven Developers, LLC, wants to extend Ferguson Boulevard to connect to Stewart Road. The new road would complete the U.S. 25 Bypass loop. Under the new zone change, the land around the road could be used for retail, hotels, banks and restaurants.

One Eleven also wants to continue building onto the Brentwood subdivision. The company is proposing 48 new lots, each around 8,800 square feet, for single family homes. The new homes in Brentwood would have access to the new road.

The Planning Commission unanimously approved the zone change, and the project will now move onto the Dry Ridge City Council.

EDGEWOOD
City building dedication is next week (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060512/NEWS0103/605120410/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/12/06

Residents can check out the new city building at its dedication next week.

Edgewood residents are invited to bring their scissors and take part in the official ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. May 20, City Administrator Roger Rolfes said. Tours will be offered until 4 p.m. Residents also can write messages on index cards that will be stored in a time capsule in the wall behind the building plaque. Light refreshments will be served.

The brick, two-story building on Dudley Road that opened in late March is about seven times larger than the 21-year-old municipal center that was torn down in August 2004 to make way for the new one, Rolfes said. It brings police, fire and administrative offices under one roof and features a more efficient, handicapped accessible, cable-ready design that will enable city workers to better serve the public.

ELSMERE
City says no condos for now (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060511/NEWS01/605110571/1079/Local)
Erlanger Recorder, 5/11/06

The city council informally decided against a zone change that would have allowed for condominiums to be built near the southern end of Turkeyfoot Road.

Shawn Egan of Wedgewood Homes, originally proposed the idea to the city in March, prior to going through the formal process of a zone change with the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission.

However, at their May 9 meeting, the council decided that the 24-acre site would be better suited for the city to remain zoned for industrial use.

"There's too many unknown factors in that area right now to make a zone change," said council member Robert Northcutt. "We don't know how Turkeyfoot is going to end up, with regards to the traffic patterns and flow. I'm just not in favor of it at this time."

FORT MITCHELL
City to pay for construction on subdivision roads (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060511/NEWS01/605110666/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 5/11/06

Normally, cities don't worry about the roads in new subdivisions until construction is finished and the roads become their responsibility.

But Fort Mitchell officials are worried about the drainage system being installed on roads in the Olde Fort Mitchell (Kruempelman Farm) development.

Kruempelman Drive, which is finished except for the final layer, already has potholes and rough surfaces, due in part to the lack of an underground drainage system.

The city will install its own drainage system under the rest of the subdivision's roads, which includes the Kruempelman Drive extension and two side roads.

FORT THOMAS
District breaking ground on school renovation (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060511/NEWS01/605110638/1077/Local)
Fort Thomas Recorder, 5/11/06

The Fort Thomas Independent School District is ready to break some ground for the renovation of Highlands High School.

A ceremony for the renovation will be at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 17 in front of the high school.

Holly Collinsworth, capital campaign chair for the Fort Thomas Education Foundation, said the event is big for the city because the schools are such an important part of the community.

"Everybody has been touched by education in Fort Thomas," Collinsworth said. "They graduated, or have kids who graduated, or grandkids that are still in school. Everybody has been touched by education in Fort Thomas."

FORT THOMAS
Mayfield Ave. residents work for slow down (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060512/NEWS0103/605120409)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/12/06

Residents along Mayfield Avenue will turn in a petition today with the required number of signatures - 19, or two-thirds of the houses on the street - to have speed humps installed to slow down speeders.

Residents there have long complained that the speed limit of 15 mph is not followed, and that drivers on their way to Highland Hills Park speed down Mayfield, which serves as the only automobile entrance to the park.

Krista Baioni, who has lived on Mayfield four years, said residents know there are long-term plans to help the problem - including creating a new permanent entrance to the park from James Street - but with the summer season looming, traffic on the street is expected to increase.

"I've only been here a few years, but the speeding is really bad," Baioni said. "We all hope this can provide at least a temporary answer to the problem."

HAMILTON
City land on the trading block (http://www.journal-news.com/hp/content/news/stories/2006/05/07/HJN050806LANDTRADE.html)
Hamilton JournalNews, 5/7/06

City officials are considering swapping land with a local property owner and real estate agent as part of an effort to revitalize Hamilton’s Second and Fourth wards.

City officials have been in discussion with Philip Morrical Jr., who owns properties at 143 Chestnut, 173 Walnut and 914 Front streets.

Collectively the properties are valued between $14,500 and $16,000, and each are located in a targeted redevelopment area.

In recent years the city has launched an effort known as the Neighborhood Initiative which is aimed at enhancing neighborhoods and renewing the housing stock of Hamilton’s Second and Fourth wards.

INDEPENDENCE
Neighbors tired of noise (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060508/NEWS0103/605080367/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/8/06

Some of the residents just outside Independence's city limits want the sounds of heavy machinery to stop.

A seven-acre parcel inside the city's southern border has been a construction eyesore for the past several years, some residents say. The property is behind houses on Madison Pike and Mapletree Lane about a half-mile from Simon Kenton High School.

Behind Bill and Kristy Ahearn's Mapletree home, fill dirt, debris and several tractor-trailers rest on a hillside facing their home in an area zoned residential.

The Ahearns say they have had to deal with the unsightly views and loud equipment for the past several years. Since December, trucks have been dumping fill and debris closer to their property, Bill Ahearn said.

MONROE
Old high school could become new rec center (http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/05/11/mj051106monroerec_S.html)
Middletown Journal, 5/11/06

Monroe city and school leaders are in the process of making plans to put the old Lemon-Monroe High School building to use for the community.

The city and Monroe Local School District, together, are pursuing a state grant to help fund the demolition of the old high school building and develop the site as a recreational center and park.

The city and schools plan to jointly submit the grant application, which is due early next year, said Bill Brock, Monroe’s city manager.

The Lemon-Monroe High School building — which has been leased by Middletown City Schools in the past — will not be rented out next year.

MONROE
Couch’s Campers $2 million in expansions (http://www.journal-news.com/hp/content/news/stories/2006/05/09/HJN051006couch.html)
Hamilton JournalNews, 5/9/06

The old Lesourdsville Lake will once again be an attraction thanks to recreational vehicle giant Couch’s Campers.

In its 35th year in business and fourth year in Monroe, the retailer is in the midst of a four-phase, $2 million expansion on the Ohio 4 site of the former Americana Amusement Park, said founder Jerry Couch.

In addition to a new service center, Couch’s also is building a 30,000-square-foot indoor showroom.

Couch said the showroom — which should be completed by this fall — will resemble a strip mall and will be one of the largest of its kind in the state.

MT. HEALTHY
School to shrink, but also rebuild (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060511/NEWS01/605110353/1056)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/11/06

School leaders plan to shrink the district from eight schools to three by 2009, but key parts of the plan are undecided.

The school board decided Tuesday where it may put two proposed elementary schools but tabled a decision about where to place a new combined high school and middle school.

Mount Healthy is downsizing to cope with enrollment declines and tighter budgets, said Superintendent David Horine.

"The quicker we can consolidate, the quicker we'll be able to reduce our costs and save our operational funds," Horine said.

MT. ORAB
Hospital develops plan for Mt. Orab (http://www.newsdemocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=121385&TM=45479.11)
Georgetown News Democrat

The administrative staff and Board of Trustees at Brown County Regional HealthCARE have developed a plan to utilize the land purchased approximately two years ago along US 68 and state Route 32, in Mt. Orab.

The plans to develop the property will involve selling a portion of the property to a development company that will incur the cost of building an urgent care clinic/ medical office building, according to BCRH Board of Trustee member Eric Sontag.

Legally, the county-owned, not-for-profit health care system cannot sell land on its own grounds. So, in order to sell the land to a development company, BCRH has turned to the Brown County commissioners.

The April 26 Commissioner’s Journal consisted of a unanimous decision by commissioners, Perry Ogden, Dale Reynolds and Kirby Cornett who voted in favor of permitting BCRH to negotiate with a development company that will build the medical facility and enter a lease-to-own agreement with BCRH.

OXFORD
Planning votes in tie over Bella Place (http://www.oxfordpress.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/05/12/OP0519bellaplace.html)
Oxford Press, 5/12/06

The proposed Bella Place project on the former Pedro’s building site has collected plenty of frowns after being tabled multiple times at the request of the both the applicant and the planning commission over the past three months.

While Tuesday’s planning meeting did not result in a tabling, both sides were not smiling following a 3-3 tie on a subdivision request, which will be heading to city council.

In the latest round between the two parties, applicant Greig Rutherford reduced the proposed 9,000-square-feet subdivision from four to three lots. Planning substituted the original subdivision request with a combined version of the new proposal’s preliminary and final subdivision hearings to expedite the process.

When the planning commission’s vote resulted in a tie, the subdivision request became an agenda item for the next planning meeting, Law Director Stephen McHugh said. Chairman Paul Brady suggested reconsidering the item to move it forward. McHugh explained it would not be possible.

PETERSBURG
Split Rock ready for reveal (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060512/LIFE09/605120327/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/12/06

Think of Split Rock Conservation Park in Petersburg, Ky., as the natural equivalent of an "Extreme Makeover" episode, trading abandoned farmland and a failed marina for natural grasses, wetlands and scenic vistas that paint a picture from centuries ago.

The sprawling 165-acre experiment in going back to nature isn't open to the general public, but it is available by appointment for groups seeking to take a walk in the untamed, reclaimed woods through prairies and wetlands.

"If you come here now, you can see what natural areas are supposed to look like," says Mark Jacobs, a conservation technician with the Boone/Kenton County Conservation District who is the park's overseer.

RIPLEY
(http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/6661/mcintoshhomeripley3uc.gif)
McIntosh home is honored for restoration (http://www.newsdemocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=121425&TM=45479.11)
Georgetown News Democrat

A group of approximately 12 Ripley residents who call themselves The Ripley Community Group has taken it upon themselves to improve the look of homes within the village.

As incentive for property owners, The Ripley Community Group will hand out one award during each quarter throughout the year to recognize homeowners within the village who have dedicated time to the restoration of older homes. The honor is The Ripley Community Group Beautification Award.

“What we are trying to do is encourage people to fix up their homes,” said Ruth Bloyer, founder and chairperson for the Ripley Community Group. “To inspire pride (in the Ripley community) is what we want to do.”

The first home to receive the Beautification Award was that of Lee and Cindi McIntosh, who reside at 22 North Fourth Street, in Ripley.

UNION
Bank may become community center (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060512/NEWS0103/605120408)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/12/06

The city has made a bid for a former bank building it wants to use as a community center.

Union will offer $275,000 for the 2,575-square-foot building on three-quarters of an acre at Hathaway Road and Old Union Road.

PNC Bank closed the building earlier this month to move to a new building on U.S. 42.

"It's a nice building," Mayor Don Kirby said. "There are a number of things we could do with it, as well as it would be an anchor for the old town area."

The city wants to hold festivals along the old commercial strip that sees less traffic now that U.S. 42 bypasses the area.

WEST CHESTER TWP.
County planners on board with train-themed complex (http://www.journal-news.com/hp/content/news/stories/2006/05/09/HJN051006PLANNING_s.html)
Hamilton JournalNews, 5/9/06

Plans for an indoor train-themed entertainment center in West Chester Township moved full speed ahead Tuesday as the Butler County Planning Commission gave its endorsement to Entertainment Junction.

County Planner Joe Schmidt told the commission that Entertainment Junction owner Don Oeters is looking to rezone property off Interstate 75 from a manufacturing use to a special purpose district to house a train museum and interactive experience.

Oeters is the owner of Watson’s of Cincinnati, which sells pools, spas and other recreational equipment.

The plans call for the attraction to be built inside the 80,000-square-foot Oak & More furniture building off I-75 south of Tylersville Road.

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

BURLINGTON
A very boring design.  What's with the garage door?  Yeah, that's really subtle.  I'm glad to see that they went all out on the landscaping.  All of this for $276K...Bridge Pointe Dr.
(http://img47.imageshack.us/img47/6947/7192bridgepointeburl5vm.jpg)

INDEPENDENCE
$158,900 for this thing?  You can find a similar house for $55K in Northbrook.  Catletts Ct.
(http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/7779/1190catlettsind6lg.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on May 15, 2006, 06:15:09 AM
$15M retail site to bloom at former Frank's Nursery
Cincinnati Business Courier - May 12, 2006by Laura BavermanStaff Reporter


A $15 million upscale retail development is under construction on the former Frank's Nursery site behind Kenwood Towne Centre.

Sycamore Township approved Midland Atlantic's plans for a new two-story retail building and renovation of the adjacent building, the former home of Sterling Cut Glass, in the fall.

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/15/story8.html (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/15/story8.html)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on May 15, 2006, 06:29:31 AM
Residents fight for wooded site
Developer wants to build 16 houses on 4 acres
BY STEVE KEMME | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

http://news.enquirer.com/assets/AB28110515.PDF (http://news.enquirer.com/assets/AB28110515.PDF)
MOUNT WASHINGTON - Although their house is in the middle of a bustling city neighborhood, Randy and Barbara Gardner feel like they're in the country when they walk into their backyard.

Four wooded acres with a creek sit next to their property on Wilaray Terrace, off busy Beechmont Avenue.

"It's like a light show out here when the fireflies come out," Barbara Gardner said. "It's so dark, and with the fireflies twinkling all around, it's spectacular."


But the Gardners and their neighbors are worried they might lose this pastoral setting.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060515/NEWS01/605150335/1056 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060515/NEWS01/605150335/1056)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: kendall on May 15, 2006, 07:09:59 AM
MT. LOOKOUT
Chrisman Homes is building a new $719,000 on the site of a teardown at 3255 Nash Ave.  The old home, built in 1878, was assessed at $165,000.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/311/3255nashbefore5pc.jpg)    (http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9071/3255nashrend9at.jpg)


I love to see new residential development inside the city limits, but... Tearing down intact, cared-for victorians and replacing them with bland surburban-style garages with attached houses is not the way to do it.  What a shame.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on May 15, 2006, 12:58:23 PM
Woo hoo - some Walnut Hills lovin'!  Regarding this place:

Quote
WALNUT HILLS
I may be wrong, but I believe there's a plan to turn the building at 2181 Victory Pkwy (Victory and Park) from offices to residences.  Permits are in route.  Signs are still on the outside offering office space.

(http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/6435/2181victory1wi.jpg)

...that's the sister building to the super-ugly building that was torn down at 2145 Luray for The Overlook at Eden Park condo tower (thread here (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=231.0)). 

(http://www.pbase.com/reh/image/44851302.jpg)

(http://www.pbase.com/reh/image/41588518.jpg)

Any idea if the plan is to demolish it or just to refit it for residential?  I vote for demolition!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on May 15, 2006, 01:00:08 PM
Oh, and a fun shot - from when demo on 2145 Luray was in progress, you can see 2181 Victory above the rubble:

(http://www.pbase.com/reh/image/46126312.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: David on May 15, 2006, 01:46:59 PM
MT. LOOKOUT
Chrisman Homes is building a new $719,000 on the site of a teardown at 3255 Nash Ave.  The old home, built in 1878, was assessed at $165,000.
(http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/311/3255nashbefore5pc.jpg)    (http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9071/3255nashrend9at.jpg)


I love to see new residential development inside the city limits, but... Tearing down intact, cared-for victorians and replacing them with bland surburban-style garages with attached houses is not the way to do it.  What a shame.
THAT HOUSE IS 719,000 US DOLLARS?!!!! LMAO   What a damn shame...that's a nice little house and it's historic.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: UncleRando on May 15, 2006, 07:19:44 PM
True that!!!!  I dont see how the new one could be worth 720,000 and the beautiful victorian only 165,000!?!?!?  The current home must extremely under valued.  Who knows...value is all in the eyes of the beholder I guess.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: atlas on May 15, 2006, 07:24:08 PM
^ its 'true dat'   :roll:
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 22, 2006, 12:46:00 AM
Top story

University Heights: 396 Probasco St nearing completion


Here are a couple of shots taken 5/19/06 on the two-unit property being built at 396 Probasco St.  The structure looks like it's near completion, missing only a few outside finishes.  However, the property has not yet been listed.  Though it is quite possible that tenants are already under contract.

(http://img47.imageshack.us/img47/9089/060519020univhtss8ox.jpg)

(http://img55.imageshack.us/img55/1585/060519022univhtss6io.jpg)

Background on this project from the Random Cincinnati Developments Thread:
July 7, 2005 (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg40487;topicseen#msg40487)
April 12, 2006 (http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=333.msg76859;topicseen#msg76859)


Also of note

Columbia Tusculum: New Golden Avenue Townhomes in pre-sales

Here's a rendering of the Golden Avenue Townhomes, which is being built right across the street from Goldenview (at 3436 Golden Ave).  These are on the market for $599,000.
(also pictured is the house that formerly occupied the lot)
(http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/6788/goldenavenuetownhomesrend3da.jpg)    (http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/2937/3436golden5ri.jpg)

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

CLIFTON HEIGHTS
2228 Flora, a two-family, has been extensively renovated.
(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/962/2228florabefore7rr.jpg)    (http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/6453/2228floraafter8mh.jpg)

COLLEGE HILL
After seven months of being owned by Fannie Mae, and an even longer time of being filled with rubbish, 1649 Larch Ave has been purchased.  This appears to be a possible rental unit.
(http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/2613/1649larch7ot.jpg)

EVANSTON
After being lender-owned for nearly two years, 1524 Ruth Ave has been purchased.  It appears it will be a rental property.
(http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/7049/1524ruth3hv.jpg)

MT. WASHINGTON
Stanbery home to be rebuilt (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060517/NEWS01/605170408/1074/Local)
Forest Hills Journal, 5/17/06
Q. What is the status of the caretaker's home at Stanbery Park. The home faced potential demolition as part of the ongoing park renovations.

A. Historic home enthusiasts can take heart. Although the original structure will be demolished, a new building using materials from the old one will be built at the park, said Priscilla Elgersma with the Stanbery Park Advisory Council.

"We're calling it the Caretaker's Project," Elgersma said. "We are going to reuse and recycle the materials from the (original) home."

The new structure will be located at the front of the park. A new picnic pavilion is also part of the plan.

The project, which is part of Phase II of the Stanbery Park renovations, is budgeted at about $300,000.

NORTH FAIRMOUNT
After being vacant for seven months, a buyer has purchased 1861 Denham St.
(http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/9378/1861denham4tw.jpg)

OAKLEY
Wow.  2721 Alberts Ct.
(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/1866/2721albertsbefore1zf.jpg)    (http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/7510/2721albertsafter5hl.jpg)

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
The_Cincinnati_Kid's rehab project at 505 Tafel St is now listed for $105,990.
http://www.cbws.com/property/propertydetail.aspx?property=c9a2f7eb-1979-4fbd-adb0-5637efa71740

ELMWOOD PLACE
The two-family at 310 Walnut St has been rehabbed into affordable housing.
(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/7163/310walnutelmpbefore6br.jpg)    (http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/4194/310walnutelmpafter1uf.jpg)

NEWPORT
Plan undergoes tinkering (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060516/NEWS0103/605160361/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/16/06

The Newport City Commission considered changes Monday night to the city's 20-year comprehensive plan that would call for, among other things, a 7-acre strip of green space between Fourth and Fifth streets.

The city's planning and zoning staff also recommended deleting text in the comprehensive plan that calls for making Monmouth Street two-way and enacting zoning for a higher house density on the south side of town.

The City Commission didn't vote on the changes to the plan Monday night.

The 20-year plan doesn't establish new zoning laws but serves as a road map for zoning decisions for the next two decades, said Greg Tulley, Newport planning and zoning coordinator.

NEWPORT
Historic label may extend to 36 more homes (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060517/NEWS0103/605170404/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/17/06

Some homeowners on East Second Street want to preserve the facades and historic character of their 100-year-old homes. Others don't want development restricted.

The two opinions frame the debate as Newport considers expanding its East Row Historic District by 36 more homes.

The City Commission will consider whether to approve the expansion in the 300 and 500 blocks of East Second Street after a public hearing on May 30.

NEWPORT
County moves offices, preps new center (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS01/605180481/1077/Local)
Campbell County Recorder, 5/18/06

Campbell County has turned a former bank building on Monmouth Street into the headquarters for three of its offices that receive the most customer traffic.

The county has already moved the Campbell County and Municipal Planning and Zoning Commission offices to 1010 Monmouth St. Within two months, the Department of Housing, and Occupational License Department will also move in.

Both the planning and zoning and occupational license departments are leaving offices in the Campbell County Fiscal Court Building at 24 W. Fourth St., Newport. The housing department will move from leased space in a building at 515 Monmouth St., on July 3, and the office will be closed June 28-30 to prepare for the move.

NEWPORT
(http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/6138/wavefoundationparknpt2nr.jpg)
Garden, walkway set to open on river bank (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060519/NEWS0103/605190428)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/19/06

Visitors to the Ohio River bank in Newport for the past century have walked under the shade of a cottonwood tree.

Next week, people walking under the tree will have a garden and walkway to rest at the landmark.

Crews have worked this week to build a garden of native species and historical displays in the shadow of the tree in front of Newport on the Levee.

The garden, named the WAVE Foundation Riverbank Learning Garden, will host educational seminars for schools and groups about nature and history in the region.

The garden will be inaugurated at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

NORWOOD
Dirt is being pushed around at 3800 Montgomery Rd (NE corner of Montgomery and Cleneay).  The parcel is owned by a developer who wanted to put a car wash in North Avondale.  How that relates to this, I don't know.

Round-up: Outer burbs and metro

ANDERSON TWP.
For pedestrians sake, crosswalk getting stop sign (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060517/NEWS01/605170412/1074/Local)
Forest Hills Journal, 5/17/06

Residents of the Landings of Anderson typically don't walk to Juilfs Park, even though it is across the street from their subdivision, resident Nicolas Schmelzer said.

If they go, they drive, he said. Anything else is too dangerous.

Because traffic on Clough Pike is so fast, Schmelzer has said he worries about the safety anyone from his subdivision crossing the street.

Since March 2005, he has requested the county install an "on-demand" pedestrian stop light at the intersection of Clough Pike and Endovalley Drive.

BURLINGTON
Sidewalk work starts (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS01/605180405/1076/Local)
Boone County Recorder, 5/18/06

A project to upgrade sidewalks in Historic Burlington is under way.

Crews will be working primarily on the north side of Ky. 18 from Garrard Street to Perlate Street and on North Jefferson Street from Ky. 18 to Perlate Street, according to Boone County Assistant County Administrator Robin Curry.

The first phase of the project should be completed by Aug. 29. The first phase is costing a budgeted $440,077 with the county paying 20 percent of that amount and a federal grant the remaining amount.

CAMPBELL COUNTY
Consultants guide flurry of Campbell planning ideas (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS01/605180490/1077/Local)
Alexandria Recorder, 5/18/06

Consultants hired by Campbell County tapped community and government leaders for their ideas about the future of the county last week.

The consultants used a computer program to help them distill, massage and synthesize leaders' thoughts and ideas over a three day process called Community Catalyst at Alexandria's community center, said Dr. Michael Thorne Kelly, founder and vice-president for research for the Maine-based Advanced Management Catalyst, Inc.

AMCI's experience with planning includes helping the U.S. Air Force re-engineer its supply chain. The company has also worked with large companies and communities to help them plan for the future, Kelly said.

The process is part of the county's effort to update its comprehensive plan. In February a committee of more than 80 people started working on the plan, which will guide development in the county.

CLERMONT COUNTY
Clermont housing projects win state grants (http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/15/daily35.html?from_rss=1)
Cincinnati Business Courier, 5/18/06

Two housing projects in Clermont County were among nine statewide to win funding Wednesday from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. The agency distributed more than $14.7 million to develop and maintain affordable housing for low-income families.

Local companies that received funds were:

* SY Bethel Park Investors, which received $6.4 million in tax-exempt series bonds to renovate two Batavia apartment complexes -- Bethel Park Apartments and Zebulon Park Apartments. Bethel Park, in Bethel, has 84 three-bedroom units. Zebulon Park, in Batavia, has 66 three-bedroom units. When the $9.6 million project is completed, the units will be rented to families at or below 60 percent of the area median gross income.
* Fairfield Homes Inc., which received $550,000, plus a $1 million equity bridge loan to buy, renovate and build additions to Clermont Villa in Owensville. The project will cost $4.6 million. The 46-unit complex includes one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, which will be rented to families making 35 percent to 50 percent of the area's gross median income.

COLERAIN TWP. (White Oak)
Buckhead Homes is beginning construction on The Estates at Squirrel Run, a 20-lot, high-end development.  This will be an extension of a stub road in the Squirrel Creek subdivision, which was developed in the late 1980s.  Homes will range from $450,000 to $700,000+.

DEERFIELD TWP.
Kings High's renovation starts June 2, officials say (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060517/NEWS01/605170347/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/17/06

Kings schools' race to complete a $1.5 million renovation to end its high school's chronic air quality problems will begin June 2.

Officials announced the school closing Tuesday, saying that students, parents, teachers and coaches will be prohibited for safety reasons from entering Kings High School off of Columbia Road until the work is done.

The new school year starts Aug. 22 and officials hope the extensive renovation will be completed in time so the high school's 1,100 students will not be affected, said Lindsay Braud, communications coordinator for the Warren County school system.

DELHI TWP.
Cheviot Savings opens Delhi Township branch (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/15/daily2.html?surround=lfn)
Cincinnati Business Courier, 5/15/06

Cheviot Savings Bank has opened its sixth branch, this one in Delhi Township.

The savings and loan will hold a grand opening celebration June 7 at the branch, located at 585 Anderson Ferry Road.

Cheviot (NASDAQ: CHEV) also has locations in Cheviot, Monfort Heights, Bridgetown and Harrison, as well as a lending center in West Chester. It has two branches in the works: one set to open in Taylor Mill in October and a Crosby Township site in the planning stages.

FLORENCE
New 5-acre park on U.S. 42 may be in budget (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS01/605180588/1076/Local)
Florence Recorder, 5/18/06

The city is planning a new, 5-acre park on U.S. 42 by what used to be NiBlack Memorial Drive.

Currently, $1 million for the park is included in the budget as a special project for the 2006-2007 fiscal year. The budget will be finalized by June.

The park will be built on the site of the old city building near the Boone County Library on U.S. 42 on what is now a parking lot and a grass field.

Florence Public Works Director Bob Townsend said the park will include a playground, picnic shelter, basketball court and walking trail.

FLORENCE
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Man contends Florence stole land (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS01/605180595/1076/Local)
Florence Recorder, 5/18/06

After years of disputes with city officials, Larry Vogelsang of Uri Drive has resorted to posting a sign in his yard that declares the city of Florence stole his property.

Vogelsang, who will be 91 in July, and his wife, 89, bought the lot their house sits on and two adjacent lots in 1949.

Vogelsang claims when he signed an agreement around 1956 to allow the city to build a sewer line on his property, he wanted the line on the same lot as his house, leaving the other two lots clear and more desirable to buyers.

However, he says, the line was built on the adjacent 50-foot-wide lot, which Vogelsang contends doesn't leave enough room to build a decent house.

Vogelsang said at his age he wants to sell the lot so his four children, who live out of state, don't have to.

FORT MITCHELL
Kroger plans store upgrade (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS0103/605180396/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/18/06

Kroger hopes its landlord will tear down its Expressway Plaza store and build a new, bigger one. But it likely won't be a Kroger Marketplace location, a company official said.

Representatives of Fort Mitchell, Beechwood Independent Schools and the shopping center's owner, Town Center Co. of Anderson Township, met last week to pin down details of an agreement that would make way for purchase of former Kentucky Transportation Cabinet land needed for the expansion.

"It's not physically feasible to build that kind of store (Marketplace) at Expressway Plaza," said Monte Chesko, real estate manager with Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton market area. "We're looking at a larger store, but not on the order of what we're doing up at Liberty Township, (on) Cincinnati-Dayton Road."

FORT MITCHELL
Chamber Office Park final phase taking shape (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS01/605180525/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 5/18/06

City council unanimously approved on May 15 a proposal that will put the Chamber Office Park one step closer to completion.

"We think it's a great location for a business to come," said Mayor Tom Holocher.

Construction on two new 45,000 square-foot office buildings will likely begin before the end of the year, according to David Heidrich, general manager of Crescent Springs developer The Zalla Companies.

That will leave only two more buildings slated for the 13-acre Buttermilk Pike development, which is home to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce headquarters and eight other office buildings.

FORT THOMAS
Gifts key to Highlands project (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060517/NEWS0103/605170403/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/17/06

Highlands High School's four-phase, $32 million expansion and renovation is finally beginning.

Officials with Fort Thomas Independent Schools have wanted to give the 80-year-old school a face-lift for years, but a lack of money has prevented it.

One reason it's happening now is because more than $2.3 million in private donations has been raised to fill the gap between local and state money allocated. "As far as Kentucky is concerned, I'm not aware of something of this magnitude," Superintendent Larry Stinson said of the private funds for a public school.

A ceremonial groundbreaking will take place at the school at 12:30 p.m. today.

The $18 million first phase is to be completed by December 2007. It will include accessibility for the disabled; new electrical, heating and cooling systems; four fully equipped science labs; four lecture rooms; expanded art facilities; wireless classrooms; and a refurbished auditorium.

FORT THOMAS
Residents want speed humps on Mayfield (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS01/605180614/1077/Local)
Fort Thomas Recorder, 5/18/06

The residents of Mayfield Avenue have spoken. Twenty three of the 29 property owners on the street signed a petition requesting the placement of speed humps along the street that is the main access to Highland Hills Park.

At the Monday, May 15 Fort Thomas City Council meeting, Interim City Administrative Officer Fred Ewald asked the council to move forward with the addition of the humps.

Residents of the street came to the Monday, May 1 city council meeting to ask for the speed humps because they say in addition to the increased traffic flow in summer months, many of the visitors on the street do not heed the 15 mile per hour limit. The city has not acted on the requests, which also came before the council in 2005, because it was considering the possibility of moving the park access from Mayfield Avenue to James Avenue. That project has been put on hold for the time being.

FORT WRIGHT
Lake Street to be reconstructed (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS01/605180531/1079/Local)
The Community Recorder, 5/18/06

The city council announced it will use the Municipal Road Aid money given from the state to help with the reconstruction of Lake Street.

The municipal road aid, which will be approximately $90,000, is derived from the state's gasoline tax, and is given to cities based on population.

The reconstruction will make Lake Street entirely concrete and was bid out by the city, along with a similar project on Kennedy Road. The city decided to award the contract to JPS Construction, whose total bid for the projects came to $549,044.10.

City engineer Mark Brueggemann said that the bid he presented included the reconstruction of Kennedy Road in asphalt, but he would approach JPS about the possibility of concrete on both streets.

GOLF MANOR
K&K Renovations has purchased 6131 Mayflower Ave to rehab.
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GOSHEN TWP.
Soccer park becoming a reality (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060517/NEWS01/605170345/1078/Local)
Community Journal Clermont, 5/17/06

With the donation of 22 acres of land for a new soccer park, the long time goal of establishing a park district in Goshen Township is coming to a reality, but first the Goshen Youth Soccer Association needs grass seed --lots of grass seed.

That's why the group is hosting the First Annual Goshen Youth Soccer Association "Just for Kicks Cruise-In Car Show and Sock Hop" 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Goshen High School.

Jeff Scheadler, member of the Goshen Youth Soccer Association, said the biggest cost in getting the park up and running will come from seeding the soccer fields, which will require around 400 pounds of grass seed per acre.

The soccer complex will include at least 12 fields and a walking path, Scheadler said.

GRANT'S LICK
Highway widening forces Cooper Funeral Home move (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS01/605180388/1077/Local)
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Alexandria Recorder, 5/18/06

The funeral directors at Cooper Funeral Home haven't always changed with the times, and still offer food trays at services, but the widening of U.S. 27 is forcing a relocation.

The 2.4-mile $22.5 million widening project the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has planned would also force the relocation of the state historical marker highlighting the area's namesake salt lick springs.

The Cooper family, in business there for 31 years, has plans to double their space at a new location across from Reiley Elementary School, said J.D. Cooper, co-owner.

GREEN TWP. (Bridgetown)
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Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/19/06

When the sheets came off the senior art class project outside Oak Hills High School Thursday night, about 150 parents and students clapped and cheered at colorful, flowing tile murals of koi fish and flowers attached to three concrete benches.

Art teacher Sandy Federman took congratulations, doled them out to her students and pointed to a former Oak Hills art teacher, Sheila Kappa.

As dozens of students hugged Kappa, some giving her small gifts, Federman explained:

"It's bittersweet for me, teaching the class I've always wanted to teach," Federman said. "But I'm teaching it because a good friend isn't able to teach it. I love the classes, I love the students but I also love Sheila."

INDEPENDENCE
Subdivision picked for Parade of Homes (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060519/NEWS0103/605190423)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/19/06

A new subdivision in Independence has been chosen as the site of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky's 2006 Parade of Homes.

Tim Reese, developer with Centerline Development, broke the news to members of the Independence City Council this week.

Reese said 10 homes - each built by a different developer - will be constructed starting this summer and be finished by October. The Hickory Valley subdivision will sit just off Fowler Creek Road, south of Senour Road, and connect to the Claiborne subdivision.

"This type has never been done before," Reese said of the plan to feature competing builders' examples.

The homes, priced from $215,000 to $300,000, will then be open for viewing Oct. 13-15.

INDIAN HILL
And then there were none ... (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEWS01/605180327/1074/Local)
Indian Hill Journal, 5/18/06[/i]

Drivers who saw the sign on Remington Road can trust the sign wasn't lying. Starting May 15, and lasting at least through June 3, Remington Road, also known as Ohio 126, is completely shut off from traffic.

That closure will stretch from the Indian Hill-Montgomery corporation lines to the Loveland-Madeira Road intersection.

Some of the equipment has been sitting aside Remington Road for a little while now, and the area on both sides had been cleared in preparation for the Monday shut down, said George Kipp, project manager for the city of Indian Hill.

Sharon Smigielski, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation's District 8 office, said the June 3 end date on the road closing isn't etched in asphalt.

MADEIRA
Plum Creek Properties (ReMax Unlimited) is splitting the lot at 7608 Euclid Ave (NW corner of Euclid and Miami) and has both on the market for new home builders at $259,900.  The lot is currently occupied by a 1952 ranch house valued at over $300,000.
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MADEIRA
The Madeira Pines subdivision will consist of 30 lots, accessible from a street which dumps out onto Shawnee Run.  It looks like it will be in the area surrounded by Miami, Camargo and Shawnee Run.  The development will consist of high-end custom homes.

MASON
Skate park in plans, not budget (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060517/NEWS01/605170359/1075/Local)
Community Press Mason & Deerfield Twp., 5/17/06

According to the Mason Parks and Recreation Department, the city skate park project could be finished before construction can even begin.

Eric Hansen, assistant city manager, said the city is still attempting to finalize the design of the park.

There are three designs that have been created based on community feedback from town meetings, Hansen said, and the city is still choosing which design to use for the park.

Hansen said once a design is chosen, the city will accept bids for the construction of the park before going to the City Council for approval to move forward.

But that's where the park could lose its momentum.

MONTGOMERY
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New sanctuary being built for local church (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060517/NEWS01/605170361/1075/Local)
Northeast Suburban Life, 5/17/06

A tower of textured stone rising from the ground amid steel beams supporting a gently sloping roof will soon be the new sanctuary for the congregation at Ascension Lutheran Church.

"Growth," said Steve Grieser, pastor of the church for 12 years.

"About a year ago we basically ran out of space." However, the idea to either remodel the existing space or build a new space began seven years ago.

"It took a couple of years to envision the project," Grieser said. "We then went through two basic plan changes before finally raising the funds and getting a contractor."

MONTGOMERY
Montgomery's proposed dog park may be put on ballot (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060520/NEWS01/605200393/-1/back01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/20/06

Opponents of a proposed dog park in Montgomery launched a petition drive Friday to place the issue on the November general election ballot.

Montgomery is considering creating a 1½-acre dog park in 21-acre Pioneer Park on Deerfield Road. Some residents don't want the dog park because they say it would harm the park's character.

"It's a quiet, clean, passive recreation area," said Brett Leonard, a member of Preserve Pioneer Park, a group that formed to fight the dog park proposal. "We believe there is no reason for that to change."

Preserve Pioneer Park is trying to place two ordinances on the November ballot that would block the dog park.

SHARONVILLE
The ownership of Park 42 will be submitting plans for the retrofitting of the existing warehousing distribution center on the north side of the facility and converting it into offices similar to the rest of the development. This will add approximately 40,000 square feet of office space, which will upgrade the appearance of this side of the facility for the future office development that is scheduled for the old Green Industry Site. This has the potential of creating 150-175 new jobs to the City.

SPRINGDALE
Springdale senior housing plan opposed (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060517/NEWS01/605170558/1074/Local)
Tri-County Press, 5/17/06

Golden Leaf Development proposed to the Springdale Planning Commission in March conceptual plans for non-assisted living senior housing on the land.

The project, which would touch Kemper Road, Rose Lane, Smiley Avenue and Springfield Pike, would have several three- and four-unit ranch-style condominiums and a three-story building housing about 30 one- and two-bedroom units, according to Steve Galster, councilman and planning commission member.

Residents aren't the only ones concerned about land being developed and the potential for increased traffic.

SYMMES TWP.
Drees has purchased the lot at 8864 Cross St (near Loveland Madeira and Humphrey).  This is a vacant site cleared by a demolition in 2003.

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

Will return next week.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on May 22, 2006, 06:59:56 AM
Cool, I really like the Probasco St. and the Golden Avenue projects!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on May 22, 2006, 07:11:36 AM
Quote
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Very interesting...looks like they got the front half done first...just a touch odd.  But it's a clever enough way of having six garage spaces without either hiding them or having them look like ass...definitely cool, just a little weird...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: gaslight on May 22, 2006, 08:24:14 AM
^ They built right on top of existing garages.

One can rent a room in that house for only 425
from graigslist...


$425 / 1br - share a Brand New house w/ other UC students, 5 min from UC,
Reply to: hous-158376830@craigslist.org
Date: 2006-05-07, 12:44PM EDT


There is one room available in a BRAND NEW house. The house is really nice, with a large kitchen large living room and a porch. The other occupants are responsible UC DAAP students. We are looking for another UC student to fill the vacancy from around June 10 for Three Months. Rent is 425, that includes utilities.

396 Probasco St at Digby   google map   yahoo map
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: The_Cincinnati_Kid on May 24, 2006, 05:38:17 AM
Kyles Lookout condos OK'd
Townhouse units to start in $180,000s in project marketed to all age groups
BY CINDY SCHROEDER | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER


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COVINGTON - A developer here will break ground this summer on 30 single-family, townhouse condominiums off Kyles Lane on the border with Fort Wright.

Covington City Commission unanimously approved a zone change for the project, tentatively called Kyles Lookout, Tuesday night, nearly two months after the Kenton County Planning Commission recommended approval.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060524/NEWS0103/605240361 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060524/NEWS0103/605240361)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 29, 2006, 12:12:59 AM
Top story

The Arbors of Pleasant Ridge: Finally beginning?

The Arbors of Pleasant Ridge might now be getting off the ground with some excavation and fill work. 

The development will abut the Ridge Club.  Access will be from Losantiville Ave via the newly-created Tudor Ave, and from Burkhart Ave via Lisbon Ave.

City Lands Development Company has had this project in the works since 2001, when the last parcel for the 14-home single-family development was purchased.   

Details are still pretty sketchy about the price or the look of the units.  All that is known is that they will be detached, and pricey.
 
MAP OF SITE (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=39.185749,-84.434942&spn=0.003908,0.00721&t=h&om=1)

Also of note
From the 5/22/06 Cincinnati Business Courier:

Jewish snaps up land, could seek to expand
Cincinnati Business Courier - May 19, 2006
by James Ritchie
Staff Reporter


The Health Alliance has begun assembling property for an expansion of Jewish Hospital in Kenwood.

Late last year, the hospital group's board agreed to pursue several parcels south of the Jewish campus for a total of as much as $9.1 million. The properties, on Happiness Way, Festive Court and Kenwood Road, include several residential tracts and the property used as headquarters for Mercantile Savings Bank.

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/22/story2.html (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/22/story2.html)

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
After a foreclosure left the two-family at 849 Rockdale Ave empty for nine months, it has been purchased for a cool $8000.  It doesn't appear that the new owner will be an occupant.
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CARTHAGE
The city is seeking public comment on amending their 2006 Action Plan and incorporating a CDBG Float Loan to Cincinnati Housing Partners for $500,000.  This loan would be used to demolish 7000 Vine St.  In its place (and on the adjacent empty lot at 7004 Vine St) they would construct a new building for the Cincinnati Central Credit Union.  They are accepting comment until June 20, after which time they will forward the amendment and the comments to HUD.
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COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
Either a rehab or a teardown is imminent on 475 Stanley Ave.  It was purchased about a month ago by a neighbor dba "S&A Custom Construction LLC".  The home, built in 1891, has no known problems.
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CORRYVILLE
2925 Bellevue Ave has been rehabbed as a single-family home.
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EAST PRICE HILL
Imago has purchased 3647 W Eighth St to add to add to its properties in the Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village.
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EVANSTON
1519 Ruth Ave has a new owner.  This property was vacated by the city in March 2005.  The owner eventually lost it to foreclosure.  Since then, the building has been vandalized, including the theft of its copper plumbing.  The new owner plans to rehab it for habitation.
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LINWOOD
The rehab of 4822 Morse St is now complete.
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MADISONVILLE
5428 Whetsel Ave has had a nice updating.
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MT. LOOKOUT
Newport Construction Company will tear down the 1940s ranch house at 3705 Kroger Ave and will build this $1.295M home in its place.  The old house was valued at nearly $500,000.  And to think--these poor souls have been displaced and are on their own on the streets!  ;)
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NORTH FAIRMOUNT
After sitting empty for several months, 2634 Beekman St has been purchased for $12,000 by an investor.  There is no word on whether he will rehab it or just hold on to it.
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NORTHSIDE
After sustaining heavy fire damage in October 2005, 4678 Hamilton Ave will finally be torn down.
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NORTHSIDE
The bank rehab of 4522 Innes Ave is complete.  It's on the market for a very reasonable $92,000.
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OAKLEY
A lender is rehabbing 4111 Millsbrae, most likely to take advantage of the hot Oakley market and to sell it for quite a bit more than its worth.  They paid more than the assessed value to another lender to acquire the property.
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PLEASANT RIDGE
The long-vacant four-family at 6110 Webbland Pl is being rehabbed by Epcke & Epcke.
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PLEASANT RIDGE
Lawndale Ave between Montgomery and Glengate will have speed humps installed some time this summer.

PRICE HILL
Science students restore woods behind Dater (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060524/NEWS01/605240358/1074/Local)
Price Hill Press, 5/24/06

Dater High School students have been learning hands-on science lessons as they work to restore the natural environment surrounding their school.

About 45 students in Bill Schnure's environmental science classes recently started renovating a five-acre plat of land in the overgrown and trash-filled woods behind the school as part of the Mill Creek Restoration Project.

Students helped design the landscaping plan for their campus' Freedom Grove, a future outdoor classroom amidst native flowering trees, vegetation and mulched trails.

WINTON PLACE
Cognis plans new capacity (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060524/BIZ01/605240308/-1/rss)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/24/06

Cognis Corp. said Tuesday it will embark on a multi-million investment at its Winton Place specialty chemical plant this summer to increase its capacity to provide ingredients to the truck lubricant and agricultural markets.

The project, expected to be completed early next year, won't mean additional jobs but underscores the German-based company's commitment to local operations employing about 600, said spokeswoman Kathy Bollmer.

The project will involve streamlining and expanding capacity of the plant's esterification plant, which combines alcohols and acids to create compounds with specific properties.

COVINGTON
The multi-family at 802 Willard St has been restored.
(after only)
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COVINGTON
1329 Garrard St has been cleaned up for resale.
(after only)
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COVINGTON
N. Ky. health center to get bigger digs (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/22/daily42.html?surround=lfn)
Cincinnati Business Courier, 5/25/06

A Northern Kentucky Health Department center in Covington will move to a larger facility in June.

The center, at 634 Scott St., will be relocated to the new James A. Dressman Kenton County Health Center at 2002 Madison Ave., also in Covington.

The center will open June 5.

The Kenton County Health Center will be closed the week of May 29-June 4. Emergency services will be available at the Health Department's centers in Boone, Campbell and Grant counties during the move.

COVINGTON
Covington parking concerns addressed (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060526/NEWS0103/605260419)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/26/06

The city's public safety committee is studying whether Covington should issue residential parking permits in high-traffic areas such as MainStrasse and the historic Licking-Riverside neighborhood.

Licking-Riverside residents who live near Covington's Ohio riverfront have long complained that nonresidents who work in Cincinnati use neighborhood streets as park-and-ride lots to avoid the cost of parking downtown.

On Tuesday, Steven Wilson, who lives in 500 block of West Sixth Street in MainStrasse, asked Covington City Commission to designate 18 resident-only parking spaces on both sides of West Sixth Street between Philadelphia and Bakewell streets from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

Calling it "a quality of life issue for the taxpaying, voting and resident property owners," Wilson said he and his neighbors are upset about having to carry children and groceries for blocks - sometimes in rain or snow - because customers of MainStrasse restaurants and bars have taken all of the nearby on-street parking.

NEWPORT
Residents say, 'Bar go away' (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060525/NEWS0103/605250404/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/25/06

Some Westside residents are tired of having a bar in their neighborhood.

They say the crowd at Joe's Sports Bar, at 10th and Patterson streets, has become larger and rowdier. They see Joe's patrons urinating in public and discarding trash - plus, finding a parking spot on the street is a problem.

Other residents say the bar causes little to no disturbance. The bar's owner says he prohibits patrons from acting up or carrying alcohol into the neighborhood and bans people for such offenses.

Disgruntled residents - and the bar's owner Joe Howard - hope the bar will move.

Howard said he plans to move Joe's to the 800 block of Monmouth Street, pending approval for state permits. He doesn't know how long that will take.

Round-up: Outer burbs and metro

ANDERSON TWP.
Round Bottom Road rough for truckers, bikes (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060524/NEWS01/605240626/1074/Local)
Forest Hills Journal, 5/24/06

Like oil and water, truckers and cyclers don't mix on Round Bottom Road.

Doug Evans, owner of Evans Landscaping on Round Bottom, told Anderson Township trustees at their May 18 meeting he was worried the road was an accident waiting to happen.

"I'm not against bicyclists, but I'd feel bad if something happened to one of them," he said. "But there's been many instances where those people who don't pay any taxes, don't pay any fuel tax, ride down there like they own the road, ... It's not just me. ...Anybody who has a business or lives down there, has seen it."

Evans said the problem stemmed from an increase in businesses along the road combined with a deterioration of the road.

AURORA
Contingencies curb nod given to condos (http://www.zwire.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=16665088&BRD=2076&PAG=461&dept_id=384100&rfi=8)
Dearborn County Register, 5/19/06

A condominium project proposed by Doug Anderson, Aurora, cleared its first major hurdle Tuesday, May 16, when the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission granted certificates of appropriateness for the demolition of five buildings.

The motion included 12 contingencies and passed 5-2, with commission members Karen Miskell and Dave Reidel voting nay.

Voting for the motion: AHPC Chairman Shirley Meyer and members Chris Baltz, Cynthia Bean, Marty Lindgren and Jenny Awad.

COAs are required for construction and demolition within the Aurora Downtown Historic District.

BATAVIA
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UC Clermont Dedicates West Woods Academic Center (http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.asp?id=4021)
UC News, 5/26/06

The University of Cincinnati Clermont College dedicated its fifth building in six years today with the dedication of the West Woods Academic Center.

University of Cincinnati President Nancy Zimpher joined Dean David H. Devier, community members, faculty, staff and students for the dedication. The ceremony followed the annual community breakfast where the college presented "A Year of Change" video that highlighted the accomplishments and growth during the academic year.

The West Woods Academic Center is a two-story, 14,000 square-foot addition located at the west end of the Peters-Jones Building and is connected via a two-story bridge. UC Clermont College has experienced 30 percent enrollment growth over the last four years. The newest building addition will provide the college much needed space for instruction and faculty offices.

"The college has experience unprecedented growth over the last four years. This new high-tech classroom and faculty office space will be a welcome relief for our campus as we continue to serve an increasing number of students. I am very pleased with how we were able to expedite this new building and take occupancy in just12 months," said Dean Devier.

BETHEL
Bethel plans to purchase land
 (http://www.clermontsun.com/main.asp?SectionID=6&SubSectionID=6&ArticleID=1017)
Clermont Sun, 5/25/06

The Bethel Village Council presented its first reading of a new ordinance that, if adopted, could lead to the construction of a new municipal building for the village.

Ordinance 1545, presented May 22, called for the authorization for village administrator Michael Shiverski to move forward in the execution of a contract to purchase three plots of land in the city block on which the current municipal building is located, essentially making the entire block from behind the Plane Street storefronts the property of the village.

“The village is looking into purchasing the three pieces of property north of the municipal building here,” said Mayor David Simpson. “If we can acquire that, we’ll have the whole block here. We’re looking into a new administration building. It’s my understanding that all three people have agreed to sell the land, they were agreeable.”

In all, the total purchase price of the new property would be just shy of $300,000, and would give the village all of the land up to Bone Street to develop. The current municipal building, which has undergone extensive renovations over the past two years, is continuing to crumble and cause mounting bills for the village.

COLERAIN TWP.
Construction of at least one single-family house is getting underway at 8792 Pippin Rd.

DEERFIELD TWP.
Pedestrian tunnel among ideas for altering Irwin Simpson Road (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060521/NEWS01/605210404/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/21/06

Big ideas are being floated for Irwin Simpson Road, one of this township's longest and most diverse thoroughfares.

The state wants a bike path along it, a Homearama subdivision wants a pedestrian tunnel underneath it, and retail development could require parts of it to be widened or straightened.

As plans form for the two-lane road, it may become a model for other Warren County communities where developments are sprouting up on once-rural roads.

"This is probably the picture of things to come for a lot of our township and county roads where we have a lot of aggressive development," said Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison. "There's going to be a lot of upgrades in Deerfield and Hamilton townships, probably up in Clearcreek Township. Irwin Simpson is really probably going to be our first try on making those types of road improvements."

ERLANGER
Neighbors out to halt Transitions (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060524/NEWS0103/605240356/-1/rss)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/24/06

Opponents of a planned residential drug and alcohol recovery center have not given up their fight.

On Tuesday, seven property owners who would be neighbors of the 100-bed facility near the entrance of Pleasure Isle Drive filed a lawsuit in Kenton Circuit Court to stop the center. Today was the deadline to appeal the Erlanger Board of Adjustment's April 24 decision granting the non-profit Transitions Inc. a conditional-use permit to build the center.

Opponents, including the manager of the Fun Center at Pleasure Isle, filed suit against Erlanger's board of adjustment, Transitions Inc. and the former owners of the site just off Madison Pike where the 28,000-square-foot chemical dependency center for men would be built.

In their lawsuit, critics say the board of adjustment's decision was opposed by more than 50 nearby residents. They allege the center fails to comply with Erlanger zoning, including proof that it's an "institution for human medical care," as Transitions said in its application, and they claim it would be detrimental to the surrounding community. They say it was proposed for Erlanger only after it met with resistance in Covington and Florence.

ERLANGER
Home builders outgrow group's headquarters (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060528/BIZ01/605280311/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/28/06

Home building just keeps on surging in Northern Kentucky, and the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky wants to surge right along with it.

This Thursday, members of the trade group will be scoping out a building in Erlanger. Seems the group is increasingly cramped in its 26-year-old building on Grandview Drive in Fort Mitchell. It wants bigger digs.

"We've essentially outgrown the building we're in," executive vice president Dan Dressman said. "We've looked at the possibility of expansion here, but we'd still have a problem with parking. The building we're looking at has five times the parking we have here."

EVENDALE
Neyer plans to upgrade Evendale medical building (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/22/story6.html)
Cincinnati Business Courier, 5/22/06

When Jewish Hospital announced it would vacate and sell its Evendale medical office building, Al Neyer Inc. jumped at the opportunity to buy and market the property.

The 62,000-square-foot building, now 60 percent vacant, was transferred this week for $3.7 million. Neyer has pledged it will upgrade the lobbies and common areas to make the building marketable for other medical users.

The building, at the intersection of Reading and Glendale-Milford roads, houses medical groups including For Women, Podiatry of Hamilton and Lab Alliance.

Neyer likes Evendale, a village seeing retail and office growth. Miller Valentine's and Anchor Properties' Evendale Commons mixed-use project is under construction across the street. Wal-Mart Supercenter is the anchor and Starbuck's and Fifth Third Bank have already signed letters of intent.

FAIRFIELD
Fairfield gets up-to-date Justice Center (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060523/NEWS01/605230374/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/23/06

Dispatcher Machelle Kibby stands at her work station, watching one monitor showing Village Green Park, another the inside of the Justice Center.

Risers move up and down or from side to side, positioning a bay of monitors to an optimal viewing position.

It is one of three such stations equipped with a computer, phone and radio for dispatchers at the city's new Justice Center, a $11.3 million 50,033-square-foot structure designed specifically for police and court operations.

"We can stand now," Kibby said Monday. "We had much of this before - but on a much smaller scale."

FORT THOMAS
Dental surgeon planning new building (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060525/NEWS01/605250601/1077/Local)
Fort Thomas Recorder, 5/25/06

Dr. Fred Steinbeck isn't just changing the way people's teeth look these days. His office space, at the corner of Highland and Newman Avenues should have a new look in about six months.

Steinbeck, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, has temporarily moved to the 20 Grand office building. His office building at 627 Highland Ave., has been demolished, but a new office will be rebuilt at the same site.

"We hope to have it complete in about six months," said Sherry Steinbeck, Fred's wife and office manager. "There were some water issues with the foundation. It had a flat roof and that's very difficult to take care of."

The office has been on the corner of Newman for more than 10 years, Sherry said. The new building will be larger that the old office.

At the Monday, May 15 Fort Thomas City Council meeting, former City Administrative Officer Jeff Earlywine said the planning and zoning commission approved the plans for the office. He said the site was formerly zoned for residential housing.

FORT THOMAS
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Breaking ground (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060525/NEWS01/605250595/1077/Local)
Fort Thomas Recorder, 5/25/06

Cris Collinsworth, far left, and members of the Fort Thomas Education Foundation and Board of Education broke ground for the renovation of Highlands High School on Wednesday, May 17.

GEORGETOWN, OH
Courthouse committee selected (http://www.newsdemocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=121185&TM=47849.04)
Georgetown News Democrat

Should Brown County construct a new courthouse? This is a question Brown County officials have faced for the past several years.

To answer the question, the Brown County Commissioners have selected a Courthouse Steering Committee that will search for grants, review possible building sites and conduct feasibility studies to determine the possibility of constructing a new courthouse in Brown County.

Currently, Brown County’s court system operates from three separate facilities in Georgetown. The Brown County Court of Common Pleas, located 101 So. Main Street, utilizes the historic county-owned facility. Brown County Municipal Court operates from a county-owned facility, located 770 Mt. Orab Pike. The county currently leases space, located on State Street, to house Probate/ Juvenile Court.

A new courthouse would allow all court systems within the county to operate from the same building, which would eliminate confusion for members of the general public who are unfamiliar with the court system and reduce costs currently associated with the leasing of court space.

GEORGETOWN, OH
Georgetown side-steps sidewalk project (http://www.newsdemocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=121491&TM=48847.75)
Georgetown News Democrat

A sidewalk project in the downtown area and a discussion on zoning were the key topics at the Georgetown Village Council meeting Thursday, May 18.

Councilman Tony Applegate asked how the sidewalk project for the courthouse square project was progressing in roundtable discussion.

The village had previously sent out letters to property owners surrounding the square several months ago. The letter questioned owners about sidewalk repairs and replacing the trees surrounding the square.

Mayor John Jandes said several letters had been returned mostly asking what the cost of the project would be. Most of those returned came from the “commercial row” side (west) of the square. The next step is up to council.

GREEN TWP. (Covedale)
It's hard to tell from the pics, but 5517 Muddy Creek Rd has been rehabbed.
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INDEPENDENCE
Twenhofel students teach about their green building (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060527/NEWS0103/605270415/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/27/06

A team of sixth- and seventh-graders at Twenhofel Middle School is getting local and national attention for teaching the benefits of saving energy.

The team is part of the National Energy Education Development project that seeks to "promote an energy-conscious and educated society."

The team has been working on projects throughout the school year on energy and focusing on energy-saving features of the new school building, said teacher sponsor Beth Davis, who coordinates the group with teacher Sharon Cross.

The new energy-efficient, 111,000-square-foot school building opened in December.

INDEPENDENCE
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Library construction in high gear (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060528/NEWS0103/605280413)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/28/06

Kenton County Public Library officials are overseeing construction of the William E. Durr Branch - anticipating the fall completion of the project, located on Walton-Nicholson Road.

The brick and external walls are finished, and work is being done on internal walls, doors and windows, said branch manager Anita Carroll. Electrical and plumbing work also continues.

"They have a busy summer ahead," Carroll said.

The $7-million branch will replace the current Independence Branch, south of the Cherokee Shopping Center. Construction on the project, which began last August, will continue through the summer and is expected to be completed by November, said library director Wayne Onkst. Morel Construction of Highland Heights is doing the work.

INDIAN HILL
The Indian Hill Planning Commission will consider a request by Lawrence M. Paul Trust to subdivide a 16.5-acre lot at 9200 Shawnee Run Rd.  This land is currently occupied by a house and a barn.  The subdivision will create three  lots.  A public hearing will be held June 20.

INDIAN HILL
The Indian Hill Planning Commission will consider a request for a minor subdivision of a 14.3-acre lot at 8125 Kugler Mill Rd, within the Ravenswalk subdivision.  The subdivision will create four lots.  This will also have a public hearing on June 20.

LEBANON
Lebanon's vacant post office to be cultural hub (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060520/NEWS01/605200406/-1/back01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/20/06

Warren County's cultural life is about to improve.

This week, the county Historical Society secured $225,000 in state funds to renovate the vacant former downtown post office into a community cultural center. Historical society leaders say they will use the space to attract traveling exhibits.

The grant from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission will allow the historical society to expand into the 4,375-square-foot building along South Broadway Street near Ohio 63. The group has already raised and spent $1.8 million in local donations to acquire and connect the society's headquarters to the adjacent post office.

"The addition of this venue gives us the capability to host exhibits such as those from the Smithsonian Institution," said Shirley Ray, director of the society's museum, who has begun the application process for a traveling Smithsonian exhibit. "They have certain requirements, and this allows us to upgrade the safety and security standards that would allow us to meet those rigorous requirements."

LOVELAND
Loveland residents soon to 'take a hike' (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060524/NEWS01/605240676/1074/Local)
Loveland Herald, 5/24/06

The city is considering a proposal from its Tree and Environment Committee to create a hiking trail that will connect Phillips Park to Kiwanis Park through the Simpson Farm property.

The trail would be about one mile in length and could be completed as early as this summer.

Gary Benesh, chairman of the Tree and Environment Committee, said the purpose of the project is to give residents the opportunity to enjoy the land that has been sealed off from development since it was bought by the city in 1994 and designated as a conservation district. Benesh said that means the condition of the property is not to be disrupted by anything. He said his proposal, however, would do little damage to the land.

"There's some really pretty natural area back there, and we really feel people should be able to check it out," Benesh said.

MADEIRA
Memorial delayed, but parade will go on (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060526/NEWS01/605260381/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/26/06

Last week's rainy weather slowed feverish work on the Madeira Veterans Memorial, tentatively pushing a planned Memorial Day unveiling to July Fourth.

Kathy Bechtold, organizer of the Veterans Memorial Committee, said the privately funded project has taken years to finish, but volunteers have been working hard to make it a reality.

"It's really starting to take shape," she said.

Work on the memorial started in early 2004.

MADEIRA
RENOVATED HIGH SCHOOL TO BE OPEN (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060417/NEWS01/604170333/1056)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/17/06

The public will get its first look at the renovated Madeira High School when it's dedicated April 23. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. The building at 7465 Loannes Drive will be open for tours from 2:30-4 p.m. The renovation is part of a $28 million bond issue, passed in 2004, to replace Dumont Primary and Sellman Middle schools and to renovate the high school to ease crowding. The new elementary and middle schools are expected to open in August.

MANCHESTER
Dedication of Kinfolk tower slated for Friday (http://www.maysville-online.com/articles/2006/05/23/local_news/4335tower.txt)
Maysville Ledger Independent, 5/23/06

An effort that began as a family reunion wish has turned into a new landmark the village of Manchester hopes will attract more tourists to the Ohio River town.

Formal dedication of the new waterfront park and boat launch at Kinfolk Landing will be 3 p.m., Friday.

"It will be called Kinfolk Landing at Ellison Square," said Dr. Cornelia Dettmer.

In 2001, the descendents of four brothers who accompanied Nathaniel Massie on a surveying expedition along the nearly uncharted Ohio River began a series of donations that have enhanced different areas in Manchester. Massie was surveying the Virginia Military District and is a founding father of Manchester. Included in the projects are the 2001 refurbishing of Founders Cemetery and contributions that helped acquire a grant to build modern restrooms near Kinfolk Landing on Front Street in 2004.

MIDDLETOWN
Sunshine Cafe rises from ashes two years after fire (http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/05/26/mj052606Sunshine.html)
Middletown Journal, 5/26/06

Gina Courtney is ready for the sun to shine again.

The Nelbar Street resident has no complaints about the weather, mind you. Courtney, 34, just wants Sunshine Cafe, 640 N. University Blvd., to open its doors again.

And that should happen in early August. Construction on a new, 3,500-square-foot restaurant, one that seats more than 120 diners, is well under way just north of Reinartz Boulevard.

“We need Sunshine. There’s nothing else like this on this end of town,” said Courtney, the cafe’s general manager and part-owner.

MIDDLETOWN
Kroger aims to enliven market with 'marketplace' (http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/05/28/mj052806Marketplace.html)
Middletown Journal, 5/28/06

Store by store, the Kroger Co. is gradually reinventing itself in its home state.

The Cincinnati company’s “marketplace” concept puts a new spin on the “one-stop shopping” concept, said Jerry Vogt, Kroger district manager.

“We’ve always sold the light bulb,” Vogt said in an interview at his Tri-County Parkway office. “Now we’re selling the lamps.”

Marketplace is coming to Middletown. An expanded, nearly 112,000-square-foot store will be built just south of the current store northeast of Ohio 122 and Towne Boulevard. By way of comparison, the current Middletown store has about 43,000 square feet.

To make room for it, a former Hardee’s restaurant and what at one time was to be a barbecue eatery will be demolished, said Monte Chesko, Kroger real estate manager.

SYCAMORE TWP.
Moeller's lot moving into the neighborhood (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060525/NEWS01/605250354/1074/Local)
Suburban Life, 5/25/06

After months of bickering and debating, Moeller High School can now begin planning the extension of its parking lot onto two residential lots on the 7700 block of Kennedy Lane.

The Sycamore Township Board of Zoning Appeals approved the rezoning of the two properties to be used for an extension of the school's parking lot during its meeting last week.

Principal Blane Collison said the new parking lot will give Moeller approximately 85 more spots and will significantly help the parking problem at the high school.

Greg Bickford, planning and zoning administrator for Sycamore Township, said the board approved the measure only after several months of discussion on the landscaping of the project. He said the resolution passed at last week's meeting was essentially written three months ago and was approved only after Moeller agreed to comply with about a dozen conditions.

Bickford said Moeller must allow only cars and SUVs on the lot, provide screen landscaping that within three years of planting will completely block the property from the residences in the neighborhood and have lights standing only four feet high that turn off at night, just to name a few.

SYMMES TWP.
Developer Joseph M. Allen is looking to build a 9.5-acre, 16-lot subdivison on McKinney Rd, just east of Woodcrest Dr.  The subdivision, called Summer Winds, will be built on a cul-de-sac.  Twelve of the homes will front on the street, while an additional four on the east side of the development will be built behind those fronting the street, with access via shared driveways.
MAP OF AREA (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=39.268427,-84.301164&spn=0.007808,0.01442&t=h&om=1) (acreage on north side of McKinney)

SYMMES TWP.
New Symmes Township safety center opens (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060524/NEWS01/605240422/1078/Local)
Northeast Suburban Life, 5/24/06

Township officials and dignitaries were on hand to open the Safety Center to the public on Sunday.

Hamilton County Sheriff Simon L. Leis and Hamilton County Commissioner and township resident Phil Heimlich spoke at the ceremony that opened with an honor guard and a flyover of the Sheriff's helicopter.
 
After the dedication and the ceremonial backing in of the first fire engine, the center was opened for tours.

Residents were able to see fire and law enforcement equipment, get their children fingerprinted and enjoy refreshments.

The 30,000-square-foot facility at 8871 Weekly Lane houses Station 61 of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department as well as District 3 of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

UNION TWP.
Green building gets certification (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060526/BIZ01/605260344/1076/rss01)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/26/06

Two years ago, Steve Melink, president and founder of Melink Corp., a national supplier of heating and air-conditioning equipment and services to retail chains, went to a Cleveland building conference that he says changed his life.

He met Kevin Hydes, chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, and heard Hydes and others talks about the need to construct more energy-efficient and self-sustaining buildings.

"We have such a wasteful society, it was refreshing to hear architects and builders talk about a new way of thinking," he said.

On Thursday, Melink's journey came full circle as Hydes, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and 200 others recognized Melink's new $2.5 million headquarters off Round Bottom Road as the first building in Ohio to achieve gold certification in the council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.

Melink started his company 20 years ago in his basement.

His 30,000-square-foot building, which opened in December, is one of about 100 buildings nationally to achieve the gold rating.

WILMINGTON
CASH FLOWS FOR CANCER CENTER (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060419/NEWS01/604190375/1056)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/19/06

Donations are flowing in for a planned $8 million cancer center in Wilmington, Ohio. Construction began in March for the center, slated to open in February near Clinton Memorial Hospital. The CMH Foundation, the charity arm of Clinton Memorial, reported this week that it has raised $1 million of a targeted $3 million in private donations needed. The rest of the project will be financed through the hospital. Fundraising efforts are expected to continue all year. For information, call (937) 382-9454 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (937) 382-9454      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

WYOMING
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Wyoming in turbulent waters (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060528/NEWS01/605280439/-1/rss)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/28/06

In case you haven't seen the dozens of yard signs, squeezed into the packed City Council meetings or read the city manager's blog, there's a controversy brewing in this city.

It's about a new pool.

The city already has put the Wyoming Family Aquatic Center out for construction bids, which officials plan to review at City Council's next meeting June 19.

But a group of opponents, Concerned Wyoming Citizens, says the pool would cost too much ($3.4 million) and be dangerous for kids, since it's on busy Springfield Pike. They also don't like that the pool would be in neighboring Woodlawn, even though the city's recreation center is already on the same site.

The group has collected more than 800 signatures asking the city to stop the process until a public forum, or until the community can vote. So far, city officials have declined. They want construction to start as soon as possible so the pool can open Memorial Day weekend 2007. Also at issue is the pool's potential impact on the Wyoming Swim Club, a fixture in the community for 48 years.

They're building such CRAAAAP!!!

HAMILTON
More than half of the facade is garage door.  This is worth $344,900?  It's on a golf course, but still....6218 Greens Way.
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INDEPENDENCE
Seriously.  What the hell is this?  1123 Boyne Ct.
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MORROW
Itty-bitty dormer windows.  Nice call.  6506 Abingdon Hall.
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Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on May 29, 2006, 12:23:20 AM
Holy Living Ass:

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At first I thought, maybe that's intended to be the back of the house - but, with a driveway?  And even if it were, who the wants wants any angle of their house to look like that?  Good Lord...
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: gaslight on May 29, 2006, 12:36:47 AM
Kyles Lookout condos OK'd
Townhouse units to start in $180,000s in project marketed to all age groups
BY CINDY SCHROEDER | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER


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COVINGTON - A developer here will break ground this summer on 30 single-family, townhouse condominiums off Kyles Lane on the border with Fort Wright.  Covington City Commission unanimously approved a zone change for the project, tentatively called Kyles Lookout, Tuesday night, nearly two months after the Kenton County Planning Commission recommended approval.

The condominiums by Kyles Lane Development will be built on 3.3 acres on the northeast side of Kyles Lane between Ky. 17 and Valley Drive.  The development will be connected to Kyles Lane via a single road offering room for vehicles to turn around, and a retaining pond will be added.

"We're marketing it across all ages - from young professionals to empty nesters," said Chris Montello,

MORE: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060524/NEWS0103/605240361 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060524/NEWS0103/605240361)

once again kentucky gets it right, marketing things for all income ranges.

man i never thought i would be saying that, Kentuckians are more progressive then Ohioans.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on May 29, 2006, 01:25:57 AM
At first I thought, maybe that's intended to be the back of the house - but, with a driveway?  And even if it were, who the wants wants any angle of their house to look like that?  Good Lord...

And look at the back...side...back? porch.  It appears to be supported by four very large sticks.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: ink on May 29, 2006, 01:38:49 AM
I'm guessing the truss roof was added to that 4 family in Pleasant Ridge. Hilarious!

Just to clarify, that house in Hamilton is technically Fairfield Twp, Hamilton mailing address.

Thanks for the update!
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: RiverViewer on June 04, 2006, 07:24:07 PM
Drove past DeSales Corner yesterday, and saw scaffolding in the building at the corner of Madison and Moorman...no idea what's going on, but hey, maybe it's something good!

(http://www.pbase.com/reh/image/61314888.jpg)
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 05, 2006, 12:17:04 AM
^ All I know on that building is that they're renovating the inside, but I don't know for what.  Also, they are going to be doing tuckpointing work on the exterior, which explains the scaffolding.

Hopefully the end result will be cool.
Title: Re: Cincinnati: Random Development News & Info
Post by: buildingcincinnati on June 05, 2006, 12:31:14 AM
Walnut Hills: New office building?
Details sketchy


Cornerstone Broker Insurance Services Agency is planning an office building at 2101 Florence Ave., next to I-71. 

I believe I mentioned this in a prior post, though I didn't have the name of the company at that time.

So far, they have applied for permits.  I believe that they are still awaiting a zoning change.

Cornerstone is currently leasing space in the Grand Baldwin building.

Here is the site, looking east.  I-71 is in the middle and Florence Ave is in the top right.  The building site is in the area with the billboards.

(http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/8728/2101florenceaerial3rs.jpg)

Cool.
From the 6/2/06 Enquirer:


PHOTO: The first class of the Blueprint for Success program attend a ribbon-cutting Thursday at the house they renovated in Mount Auburn. The house is on the market for $110,000.  The Enquirer/Gary Landers (http://cmsimg.enquirer.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Dato=20060602&Kategori=NEWS01&Lopenr=606020396&Ref=AR&Q=80&MaxW=450&MaxH=475&Site=AB&Q=80&Border=0&Title=0)

Students hammer out a home
City-agency program recruits young people to learn skills

BY ALLEN HOWARD | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A year ago, Keith Jackson, 25, and Lamiya Hill, 23, had no idea that they could renovate a house, doing things like installing drywall and flooring, painting, carpentry, and minor plumbing and electrical work.

That was before they became part of Blueprint for Success, a pilot partnership between the city of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. The program teaches inner-city residents, ages 18-30, the construction business.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060602/NEWS01/606020396/1056/rss02 (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060602/NEWS01/606020396/1056/rss02)

Rumors
From the 5/31/06 Western Hills Press:


False rumors flying about plaza's future
BY KURT BACKSCHEIDER | COMMUNITY PRESS STAFF WRITER

WESTWOOD -- There are no plans to tear down the Western Hills Plaza and develop the property into a subsidized housing complex.

"It's kind of a curious rumor that has been circulating for a couple of months," said Donald Troendle, executive director of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, which oversees housing programs in Hamilton County.

http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060531/NEWS01/605310722/1074/Local (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060531/NEWS01/605310722/1074/Local)

I'm sure someone out there cares

Great Oaks Institution of Technology and Career Development has several projects lined up which are expected to begin soon. 

Many jobs are out for bid as we speak.

Scarlet Oaks, in Sharonville, has the following planned (estimated completion date in parentheses):
* New entryway, lobby, administration, student services and "cybrary" (August 2007)
* Technology infrastructure improvements (August 2007)
* Expanded parking, new sidewalks, landscaping (August 2007)
* Sprinkler system (2009)
* Refurbishment of culinary arts and hospitality services space (August 2006)
* Renovation of administration area to provide multi-purpose demonstration areas for staff, students, and community (August 2007)
* At the Center for Employment Resources, a renovation of the former Adult Workforce Development space to accomodate fire, law enforcement and safety services (September 2006)

At Live Oaks, in Milford, a renovation of the administration, student services and "cybrary" is expected to be completed in September 2006.

Also, Live Oaks, Diamond Oaks (Dent) and Laurel Oaks (wilmington) will receive new signage by September 2006.

Round-up: Cincinnati and inner burbs

AVONDALE
204 Forest Ave, a three-family, will be demolished.  It has been condemned for several years, and it's taken the city quite a while to get it down.  Recently they have been removing asbestos.  The people who purchased it a month ago for $6,200 have done nothing to abate the nuisance and didn't plan to.  Then again, they do have a pretty good criminal history.
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AVONDALE
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Coach's legacy shines at park (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060604/NEWS01/606040368/1056/rss02)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/4/06

A memorial to Cleveland "Pepi" Parker was unveiled Saturday at Cleveland Parker Fields, formerly the Blair Park in Avondale.

Parker touched the lives of thousands of Cincinnati children by encouraging them to stay away from crime and drugs and to get involved with baseball. The Knothole coach touched three generations of children before he was killed 11 months ago.

Parker was 57.

He was talking on the phone with a friend about an upcoming baseball tournament when a bullet came through Parker's family room window and hit him. No arrests have been made in the case.

Parker lived across the street from the ballfields where a sculpture immortalizing him now stands.

CITY
Reds revamp diamonds (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060602/SPT04/606020381/1078/rss12)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/2/06

Bill Blevins pours sandy-colored rocks from two paper cups onto a boardroom table at the Cincinnati Recreation Commission headquarters.

Some are small pebbles; others are the size of a golf ball or a cell phone - all collected in minutes from a local baseball field.

Blevins explains his goal: For 18 once-downtrodden inner-city baseball diamonds, he wants to find clay far superior to the dirt that contained the rocks on the table.

Blevins' inspiration comes from the men sitting across the table, who control $130,000 that the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund is supplying to restore the fields.

The money is giving 1,300 kids ages 5-15 on 85 inner-city teams safer, more enjoyable and better-looking fields that can be used more frequently.

CLIFTON
After foreclosure left the property vacant for 8 months, 3539 Vinecrest Pl has been purchased for $6,500.  Strangely, I can find no evidence of major problems with this home, but home values on the street are very low.  Built around the time of the Civil War, it's one of the older homes in the city.  The rest of the street was developed in the late 1920s.
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CLIFTON
628 Martin Luther King (sometimes listed as 628 Dixmyth) will be torn down.  The property has been a nuisance for years.  They city has been trying to have it demolished for well over a year.  I believe it was tied up in court.
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CLIFTON
Twins invest time, money to rehab houses in Clifton (http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/29/story8.html?from_rss=1)
Cincinnati Business Courier, 5/29/06

Twins Mitch and Matt Painter take dilapidated homes and try to make them the crown jewel of a neighborhood.

Next week, they'll put a Clifton house on the market that they bought three months ago for $160,000. After $130,000 worth of work, they expect it will sell for up to $399,000 within two weeks. They sell $4 million worth of renovated homes per year.

"We take the worst house on the best street and make it the Taj Mahal," Mitch said.

They seek to improve the value and quality of Cincinnati's oldest homes and neighborhoods.

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
471 Missouri Ave will be torn down.  The owner has also bought a vacant residential lot at 457 Missouri Ave.  This is in an area of a lot of new construction, with homes from $200K-$400K.  Expect more.
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COLUMBIA TUSCULUM
After suffering fire damage in 2004 and being a public nuisance ever since, the city is tearing down 4371 Eastern Ave.
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MOUNT AUBURN
Eight months after a series of banks took over 2139 Rice St, it has been purchased by an investor for $11,000.  The new owner owns many properties around town, most of them in decent shape.  This single-family, built around 1870, was valued at $75,000 and is tenant-ready.  So this guy got a real bargain.
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NORTHSIDE
Working in Neighborhoods has purchased 4233 Fergus St for rehab as affordable housing.
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NORTHSIDE
Working in Neighborhoods has also purchased 4446 Colerain Ave for $19,000.  Same deal.  This beat-up shack is 748 square feet.
(http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/5535/4446colerain8xr.jpg)

OAKLEY
After significantly upgrading the value of their house three years ago, the owners of 3716 have purchased and plan the same for 3714 Hyde Park Ave, which was built in 1906.
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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
Sigma Alpha Epsilon is planning a 9,000-square-foot addition at their house at 2707 Clifton Ave.  The cost should be slightly under $3,000,000.
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COVINGTON (Latonia)
New family restaurant includes sports history (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060601/NEWS01/606010651/1079/Local)
Kenton Community Recorder, 6/1/06

It's been a grocery store, an auto parts store and a paint store.

But soon, the building at 36th and Decoursey in Latonia will become the crown jewel of the business district.

Gary Bockweg, 39, and Troy Houston, 35, are building a sports-themed, family-oriented restaurant in the building.

"There's nothing in Latonia that serves alcohol and you can bring your kids in," Bockweg said.

NEWPORT
Hearing airs view on historic label (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060531/NEWS0103/605310376/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/31/06

The proposed addition of 36 more homes to the East Row Historic District created some debate Tuesday night between residents who want to see the area preserved and others more open to commercial development.

Newport City Commission held a public hearing where residents on East Second Street discussed the pros and cons of being in the district.

Newport's Historic Preservation Commission has recommended that properties in the 300 and 500 blocks of East Second Street be added.

Any property owner wanting to make exterior changes or build in the district must conform to the area's historic characteristics and get approval from the Newport's Historic Preservation Office.

Some property owners say they don't want to discourage development.

NORWOOD
Potterhill Homes has purchased 5330 Hunter Ave. for $130,000.  I have no idea why they would purchase this home.  They do some scattered-site building, but they paid far too much for it to be a candidate for teardown.  It could be a future redevelopment site, but home prices in the neighborhood are stable in the $80K-$110K range and I certainly wouldn't call it blighted.
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Round-up: Outer burbs and metro

ALEXANDRIA
Mayor: Growing borders require more police (http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060602/NEWS0103/606020411)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/2/06

More residential development likely will prompt Alexandria to expand its borders as well as its police department, the mayor said.

"The city is growing in terms of population and in terms of size," Mayor Dan McGinley said Thursday at a City Council meeting. "In light of all recent annexation, we will need to add police."

McGinley said he expects the city to consider annexing at least 300 to 400 acres this year.

Alexandria's preliminary budget for the next fiscal year calls for another police officer and cruiser. Alexandria now has 13 officers.

The city introduced the proposed budget Thursday.

ANDERSON TWP.
CFS Homes has purchased 8169 Forest Rd, likely a teardown candidate since they paid more than double its assessed value.  The home currently occupying the site was built in 1952 and is under 1100 square feet.  The buyer also owns a couple of other properties in the same area, so they may have multiple projects going.
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DEARBORN COUNTY
County plan commish locks up on zone change (http://www.zwire.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=16699484&BRD=2076&PAG=461&dept_id=384100&rfi=8)
Dearborn County Register, 5/26/06

Five attempts were made. Five attempts failed.

Dearborn County Plan commission members were unable to pass along a recommendation to county commissioners, Monday, May 22, on a rezoning request for 174 acres of land west of the Ind. 48 and Ind. 148 intersection, Manchester Township.

After the issue was tabled during the commission’s March meeting due to concerns about the high density of proposed subdivision Sun Valley Acres, developer Tom Kent returned with plans for moderate density.

The plans were not specific enough for neighbors and some plan commission members, however, which led to a stalemate in the vote to forward a recommendation.

No recommendation will be passed along to commissioners who make the final decision on rezoning requests.

DEER PARK
Deer Park to continue traffic study (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060531/NEWS01/605310735/1074/Local)
Suburban Life, 5/31/06

Residents will have to wait for a solution to speeding on Clifford Road.

Deer Park City Council recently decided to wait until police can complete a traffic study before taking any action on residents concerns.

Residents of Clifford Road had asked the city to look into traffic on their street. In April, Jackie Jarvis, a Clifford Road resident, had approached council with concerns about speeding and the safety of children along the street.

Councilman Mike Allen said the police department had studied the street for two weeks taking speed measurements by radar.

DELHI TWP.
Delhi banks on newest business (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060531/NEWS01/605310406/1074/Local)
Delhi Press, 5/31/06

One of the township's newest businesses opened May 15.

Cheviot Savings Bank, 585 Anderson Ferry Road, is the latest branch for the company, with a sixth planned for Rybolt Road and Harrison Avenue.

Annie Iverson, marketing director, said the township bank will be managed by Gloria Vetter, whose has been with the company for more than 20 years. Before moving to the Delhi Township branch, Vetter was at the Monfort Heights branch.

ERLANGER
Rehab center forges ahead (http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060530/NEWS02/605300356/1014)
Kentucky Post, 5/30/06

Developers of a proposed long-term housing and recovery facility in Erlanger for men with drug or alcohol addictions are continuing with their plans, despite an appeal filed in Kenton Circuit Court last week.

The Erlanger Board of Adjustments voted 3-2 April 24 to grant Transitions Inc., a non-profit organization which operates drug and alcohol treatment facilities in Northern Kentucky, a conditional use permit to build the 100-bed center on Pleasure Isle Drive in Erlanger. On May 23, seven residents of the Pleasure Isle Drive area filed a lawsuit in Kenton Circuit Court appealing the board of adjustments decision.

Opponents of the plan did not reply to a message seeking comment, but their Web site, savepleasureislearea.org, says they object because the "rehab center will have access to limited public transportation options to the much needed social, medical, and occupational services the clients require. There is great potential for a dramatic decrease in property values in the surrounding community."

"My understanding of the process is that the way for people to appeal the action of the board of adjustments is in the form of a lawsuit in the circuit court," said Erlanger City Administrator Bill Scheyer.

FLORENCE
Travel kiosks coming to Ky. rest stops (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060601/NEWS01/606010607/1076/Local)
Florence Recorder, 6/1/06

Travel, traffic and tourism information about the commonwealth is now at your fingertips inside Kentucky welcome centers and rest areas.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is installing innovative new kiosk machines at 16 welcome centers and rest areas. On Tuesday, May 23 one of the new kiosk was demonstrated by the Transportation Cabinet representatives at the Welcome Center on southbound I-75 in Boone County.

Later this year, a kiosk will be located in each of the 28 welcome centers and rest areas. Kiosks are also located in the public areas of KYTC's central office building in Frankfort.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher said the kiosk resembles an ATM machine, and allows travelers to get live radar and other weather information, as well as detailed traffic information.

The interactive features also showcase local and statewide tourist attractions.

FORT WRIGHT
'Town Center' zone proposed to get quality development (http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060602/NEWS0103/606020423/1059/rss13)
Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/2/06

A new zone aimed at attracting quality development along Madison Pike, or Ky. 17, will be the subject of a public hearing Wednesday.

The hearing will be at 6:15 p.m. in Fort Wright City Council chambers, 409 Kyles Lane.

City officials want to create a "Town Center Form District" on 238 acres along both sides of Ky. 17 from Interstate 275 north to Howard Litzler Drive. The area currently has a variety of zoning, including residential, commercial and industrial. The Wal-Mart SuperCenter and Eaton Asphalt would not be part of the district.

In April, the Kenton County Planning Commission recommended approval of Northern Kentucky's first town center form district.

Fort Wright Mayor Gene Weaver told county planners that the proposed district includes "probably one of the hottest areas for development in Kenton County, if not all of Northern Kentucky."

HARVEYSBURG
Welding firm expands in Harveysburg (http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/05/29/daily32.html?surround=lfn)
Cincinnati Business Courier, 6/1/06

A steel fabricator will break ground June 5, on a $2.2 million expansion in Harveysburg.

Tincher's Welding LLC, is building a 34,000-square-foot addition at its location near Caesars Creek Reservoir, in northeastern Warren County. The expansion will allow the company to consolidate operations from several locations into one building, according to a news release from the Certified Development Corp. of Warren County.

The company, founded in 1975, is owned by Terry and Judy Tincher. Financing is being provided by the Certified Development Corp. and National Bank & Trust.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS
Cornerstone gets new location with parents' help (http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060601/NEWS01/606010493/1077/Local)
Campbell Community Recorder, 6/1/06

Cornerstone Montessori has a new location, but it wouldn't be possible without the help of several parents.

On Tuesday, May 23 parents acted as guarantors on a loan for the purchase and renovation of a former funeral home in Highland Heights. Cornerstone currently rents from St. Bernard in Dayton.

"They made it possible to help us get a loan to do the construction," said Gayle Brown, vice president of Cornerstone's boa