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Man, The Banks is such a bummer. That thing looks worse than a Ramada.
Quote from: Yves Behar on February 23, 2017, 09:17:24 AMMan, The Banks is such a bummer. That thing looks worse than a Ramada.It might be a bummer to some of you sit at home architects but its grown to be a very successful area. The bars have been crowded almost every weekend this winter when previous years those were dead months. Moerlein and yard house always have a good lunch, happy hour and dinner crowd. Taste of Belgium and pies and pints seem to be doing very well despite being somewhat isolated from the rest of the area. Even howl at the moon/splitsville has been a huge improvement over Toby Keith's. GE has brought close to two thousand workers to the area every weekday and the hotel will add even more everyday people. They need to get started on the next phase to continue this momentum. Hopefully burgerfi or tiger dumplings or both will be open late night. That's the big thing they're missing with all the bar traffic down there every weekend. Either that or let food trucks park on the street.
Quote from: Yves Behar on February 23, 2017, 09:17:24 AMMan, The Banks is such a bummer. That thing looks worse than a Ramada.It might be a bummer to some of you sit at home architects but its grown to be a very successful area.
Question for Phase 3 (south of the new apartments and GE building.) is it possible that the built footprint of whatever comes next could extend farther south than the parking garage infrastructure that is in place? If a hillside is built in that south lot up against the parking garage, could something be built on top of it? (I know that the garage is to lift the building out of the floodplain)
I liked the church that was built at Liberty Center - and its mixed use elements. It seems to be better executed than the Banks, although it still has huge blocks. Easton, The Greene, and Liberty Center (along with the downtown Huntington, W.Va. Pullman Square) was all done by Steiner + Associates and I regard their work to be high quality, and I would have loved to have seen their vision for The Banks.I had concerns about the Freedom Center being too big and going all-in when it had essentially no presence in the city prior. My fears came true when the museum floundered but it has since found solid footing by partnering (or being absorbed?) by the Museum Center.
^Well I don't hesitate to speculate that the smear campaign originated in the fact that the freedom center was handed the single most-valuable piece of property in the region. When The Banks was being planned 1998-1999, the economy was roaring. No doubt that developers expected to quickly build whatever they wanted above garages built with public funds and that block was going to be the most valuable block. But the whole thing failed to launch because of the dot-com bust and 2001 recession. Hamilton County's sales tax receipts had grown at a 3% clip for decades, then growth suddenly halted. The stadium debt expected 3% sales tax growth so those obligations ate into everything else. Since 2000 the sales tax receipts have only grown at an average of 1.5% or something like that (in part because of the low inflation rate), which is why they've never been able to sell the bonds and build all of the garages at once and then put development rights out for bid. Instead it's been one block every 3-4 years. The public felt burnt because after all of the hype there wasn't anything down there except the freedom center for 10 years. If The Banks plan had formulated in the early 90s the whole thing would have been close to completion by the time the recession hit and we entered our current era of ultra-low inflation.
Originally there were going to be a handful of town homes facing the Schmidlapp event lawn. I think it's going to be important to sell off at least a few 20-foot wide lots for single-family homes because the whole feel of the place right now is too super-blocky. Hamiton County could sell off what remains of the "Yard House" block into about 26 20x80 lots. If they get $250k for each lot that's $6.5 million they can put back into future Banks infrastructure.
I know the leasing agents at The Banks are trying to avoid chains (i.e., rejecting Starbucks), but they should just give in an add a Cheesecake Factory. It would kill! I'd even stop by on occasion!