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Victorious step forward! The City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development has NOT renewed the Preferred Developer Agreement (PDA) with Northpointe for the 86,000 square feet of city-owned land at E. Clifton and Main St. The PDA previously gave Northpointe, a private, for profit developer the exclusive rights to plan the development this public land with no community leadership requirements. We sent the content below to the City outlining our reasons why we thought the PDA should NOT be renewed.This is a victory in what will continue to be a long struggle and is the outcome of over a year’s worth of hard work. There is much more to be done. We must ensure that our neighbors in the community are directly involved and lead the shaping of the future of this land. Please stay tuned to join us in creating a broader vision to do development differently.---------------------"The following points summarize why our coalition, and the many residents with whom we have engaged, find it improper and detrimental to the community to renew the existing agreement. This contract:• Includes utilized public recreation and green space with no mandate to retain, protect, and/or invest in these assets, and does so without any form of community approval• Offers no commitment to racial and economic inclusion• Prioritizes the creation of market rate housing, which no longer reflects a pressing need in a community where the real estate market is thriving and the affordable housing stock is rapidly diminishing• Was created and implemented without any public process, neither through Cincinnati Recreation Commission as stewards of this land, nor through Cincinnati City Council• Has been repeatedly extended with no community consensus; evidence that the vision is too narrow to meet city and community needs• Involved no competitive bidding process among potential developersFor about a year and a half, we have been in constant contact with local residents on this issue. We feel confident that the consensus you seek on this development will not be achieved without the following:• The land containing the current utilized public space (the plaza, basketball courts, open green, and eco garden) must be excluded from the development deal and retained as public land, to be improved in place.• A large, diverse public meeting, with primary focus on key stakeholders in close proximity to the site, must be held. Key decisions regarding the remaining land must be driven by community input from this meeting.• Once overarching goals are determined by this meeting, decisions to follow must be guided by a steering committee that includes representation of these stakeholders and primary users of the space.• Development of the remaining land must prioritize economic inclusion, and incorporate affordable housing targets that mirror the housing goals outlined in the Over-the-Rhine Comprehensive plan.The Keep Our Courts/Do Development Differently coalition cares deeply about quality of life in our community and city. Our work on this issue has been in service to a goal we share with the Department of Community and Economic Development—to find success in development that brings significant benefit to our community. We believe wholeheartedly that the path to this goal requires a broadening of engagement and participation among our neighbors, especially those who are most marginalized and underrepresented in the power structures of our city. For this reason, we will continue to advocate for a more open and inclusive way forward."
I still can not get over the fact that we approved a development with vinyl siding visible from Elm Street.
I think the 90s era faux-historic buildings on Walnut are actually better than Towne Property's attempt.https://email@example.com,-84.5136498,3a,75y,115.18h,91.85t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s7jxX4EPDuVl6yfIzhNZUcQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656At least they're more than two stories, and as mentioned, have sloping roofs. Really they just need a fancier cornice. Pretty sad considering the different development environments between then and now, and the different price points
I think the 90s era faux-historic buildings on Walnut are actually better than Towne Property's attempt.At least they're more than two stories, and as mentioned, have sloping roofs. Really they just need a fancier cornice. Pretty sad considering the different development environments between then and now, and the different price points
Is it fair to expect that the infill will reach mt Adams quality in the next 5-7 years? I feel like as property value continues to rise that we are going to see very expensive infill to that match the quality we are expecting to see in otr.
Yesterday I was driving down I-74 to I-75 south for the first time in a while and I noticed that there is a brown interstate sign for “Northside” off I-74. I thought that was interesting so I kept my eye out for a similar sign for Over-the-Rhine on I-75. There are no signs for OTR, Washington Park or the Brewery District anywhere along I-75, and only one green sign for Findlay Market. There are a plethora of brown signs for the riverfront, the stadiums, the casino and the convention center but nothing at all for OTR. The federal highway administration states that brown sings are “for guidance to sites of public recreation or cultural interest.” Our city is doing a really poor job of advertising and showing off OTR, which might have the most ‘cultural interest’ of any location in Cincinnati. For a city that prides itself on our marketing/branding we really aren’t doing a good job of drawing people into OTR, and I think this just adds to the fact that many suburbanites still don’t want to go there, and even when they do, have a hard time finding it. At the women’s march in January someone asked me while we were standing in Washington Park, “Is this the OTR?”.
I agree. On the end of real estate, I am also saddened by the fact that I can do an MLS search for homes in clifton and corryville, but not downtown or OTR. I don't think that is a minor problem at all, and given there are zero real hurdles for doing so, I'd have to assume it reflects an anti-city bias.
I'm not sure but some of those signs seem pretty old. The ones downtown still have pics of Riverfront Stadium on them, and the sign for Northside on Spring Grove has a picture of a church that fell down in 1991...
Model group announced 4 tenants that will be coming to their market square development1. Deeper Roots Coffee2. EMC3. The underground tunnel thing that's currently on vine4. And a Columbus based bakery sweets
I don't know many details yet, but apparently a developer is proposing the demolition of these two one-story buildings on Race Street (which are "noncontributing" to the historic district) and replacing them with a 6 story building with 22 apartments and ground level retail space.