March 2015 Project Update


After taking into account input and feedback from numerous groups and individuals in the OTR community, 3CDC adjusted its original plans for its 15th & Race project. New plans, which call for over 60 new housing units – nearly half of which will be affordable – along with up to 37,500 square feet of commercial space, were presented to the full OTR Community Council and its board at the end of the month. Pending approval from the OTR Historic Conservation Board in April, the project could get underway as early as this spring.


The Tea Company Townhomes project was officially completed earlier this month with the opening of Sundry & Vice, a new apothecary-themed bar located at the corner of 13th & Republic Streets. In addition, all 8 condo units have been sold and the lone single-family townhome is currently under contract.


Work on Taft’s Ale House is primarily completed, as only minor finishing touches inside the building remain. Brewing began in February and the new brewpub is on schedule to open on the same day as the Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day, as planned.


The Globe Building is almost finished, as People’s Liberty officially moved into its new office space on the building’s second and third floors at the end of the month. In addition, the first floor gallery, which will house different artwork and pop-up experiences each quarter, opened with its first installation, titled “Good Eggs.” Future Fourth-floor tenant, Kurte Platte Architecture & Design, is expected to move in next month.


Work on The Olson is nearing completion, as drywalling, window installation and mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins are all finished. Masonry repair is still ongoing both inside and outside of the building and installation of the countertops inside the building is underway.


Work at Parksite is progressing nicely, as the elevator shaft has been completed and the new roof has been framed. In addition, windows on the rear and sides of the building have been replaced. The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2015.


With construction substantially completed at the new dunnhumby Centre located at the corner of Fifth and Race Streets, dunnhumbyUSA employees are scheduled to move into their new office in waves next month. The project is expected to be finished in May.


Foundations for new, infill townhomes are complete, and framing is underway. Additionally, 14 Mercer Street is fully “dried-in” under a new roof and interior framing is nearly finished. Construction is expected to be complete by late fall of 2015.


Following a substantial gift from the Hatton Foundation toward the construction of the Drop Inn Center’s women’s shelter, it was decided the new facility would officially be named the Esther Marie Hatton Center For Women. On the construction front, drywalling continued on the interior of the building, as did rough-ins on the second floor. Outside of the building, the installation of face brick is still ongoing.


Block work is nearly complete in the basement winter shelter, and continues on the first floor at the Drop Inn Center Men’s Facility. Steel framing and new epoxy floors are also being installed on the main floor. The new 4,000-square-foot interior courtyard has also been excavated, and new drainage and foundations have been put in place.


Building 1 is nearly completed at City Gospel Mission’s new two-building campus. Meanwhile, work on Building 2’s roof was delayed due to weather, however drywalling and rough-ins are currently ongoing inside the building.


Current work at The Osborne includes new framing and new stair installation in all three buildings. Historic windows are also being repaired and replaced. Expected completion is still on schedule for September 2015.

15 W 14TH

The renovation of 15 W. 14th Street is finished, with the exception of completing final touches on the interior finishes in Low Spark, the building’s street-level bar. The project will be officially completed once Low Spark receives final approval for its liquor license and opens to the public, both of which are expected to happen in April.


Construction is well underway at the new Start-up Innovation Hub at 1311-1315 Vine. Current construction includes structural work in the sub-basement, concrete foundation pours, interior framing, and mechanical, electric, and plumbing rough-ins. Project completion is targeted for June of 2015.