January 2016 Project Update


Although Music Hall will be open for performances until May 2016, work in various areas of the building is already underway. In the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s office space, asbestos abatement has been completed and demolition has started. Abatement is currently ongoing in the paint shop and basement. Elsewhere in the building, temporary restrooms are being constructed in the north- and south-side circulations, to supplement the restrooms lost due to construction activities. In addition, exploratory demolition in specific areas around the hall is sporadically taking place, to help inform construction and design. And, soil reinforcement is ongoing in both the north and south carriageways, to provide structure for the future home of new restrooms and mechanical spaces.


As 3CDC continues fundraising in an effort to close the $3.9 million funding gap for the Ziegler Park renovation, construction on the Park’s new underground garage is scheduled to begin this month. To date, the private fundraising effort has been buoyed by a generous $500,000 contribution from the Kantor/Knue/Mattis family and a $30,000 grant awarded through the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation’s Place-Based Strategies Fund. In addition, the project has received $10 million in funding from the City of Cincinnati, as well as New Markets Tax Credit allocation commitments from four organizations – the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF), Cincinnati Development Fund, The Community Builders, and Capital One.


Crews have finished pouring the foundations at the 8th & Sycamore project and work is underway on level two of the seven-level, above-grade garage.


Drywall is complete on the first, second and third floors of the Central Parkway YMCA. In addition, plaster repair of the cove ceiling in the lobby is complete, locker room rough-ins continue, and a new elevator shaft is being built.


Work on the Race Street Condos portion of the broader 15th & Race project is progressing nicely. Foundation installation is nearing completion, and structural framing is scheduled to begin in early February.


The Mercer III Townhomes project, which involved the renovation of 14 Mercer into four condominiums and the construction of eight new townhomes is complete. Information on availability and pricing for the condos and townhomes is currently listed online at www.OTRLiving.com.


At Memorial Hall, the foundation for the addition at the rear of the building is currently under construction. In addition, the windows are being carefully removed and transported off-site for restoration. Inside the building, interior wall openings are being created to accommodate passage into the new addition and the deteriorated ballroom flooring has been removed. Mechanical coordination is also underway.