Installation of Streateries Officially Underway in Urban Core
Posted on January 28, 2021 by sujvary
Permanent Outdoor Dining Areas on Track for Spring 2021 Rollout
CINCINNATI (January 28, 2021) –The City of Cincinnati’s plan to convert temporary expanded outdoor dining areas into “Streateries” – a combination of wood parklets and concrete bumpouts/sidewalk expansions – has taken another step forward this week, as installation work is officially underway.
They City is partnering with Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) to implement the program, with the City approving locations and 3CDC overseeing the installations of the streateries. Crews have started laying the wood decking that will serve as the new parklets at various sites throughout Over-the-Rhine. The railings and planters that will complete the parklets take longer to ship, and will be added to each space at a later date.
A total of 40 businesses have been approved for wood parklets, and another 13 applications are currently under review.
On a parallel track, crews have started working on the first of five concrete sidewalk bump-outs, which will ultimately serve eight businesses, including Nostalgia, City Bird, The Eagle, Holtman’s, Quan Hapa, The Mercer and Jeff Ruby’s. Construction has started on the bump-out in front of The Mercer, with work expected to be completed the first week of February. The remaining sites will follow thereafter.
The $2.2 million effort also includes shutting down portions of four streets for outdoor dining: 15th Street from Vine Street to Parvis Alley; 15th Street from Race to Goose Alley; 14th Street from Race Street to Republic Street; and Broadway from 12th Street to 13th Street in Pendleton. These areas, which will provide additional seating for 11 businesses, will feature a combination of bollards and planters to denote their boundaries.
Based on current approvals, the Streateries program will provide expanded outdoor dining for at least
59 bars and restaurants, a number that is likely to grow to 72 if all pending applications are approved
and sufficient funding is available. A total of 39 non-3CDC tenants are expected to participate in the
program, with 33 tenants of 3CDC receiving a Streatery. 3CDC is working with all 72 businesses on
the implementation process. Additional locations may be added in the future, as funding permits.
The Streateries program will also feature pedestrian safety strategies along Vine and Main streets,
using traffic calming techniques that will include signage and a review of the current speed limit.
Implementation of the Streateries is being funded primarily by the City of Cincinnati, with additional
contributions from several private foundations, including the Devou Good Foundation, the Duke
Energy Foundation, and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.
With construction already underway, installation is on schedule to be completed in Spring 2021.
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