Work on 4th & Race Development Set to Resume Today

Posted on December 3, 2019 by jrudemiller

Crews to Restart Work on Mixed-Use Development in Areas Deemed Stable

CINCINNATI (December 3, 2019) – Work on the 4th & Race mixed-use development is set to resume today, eight days after a portion of the building collapsed during a concrete pour on the Seventh Floor, which fell into the Sixth Floor.

The project – a partnership between Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) and Indianapolis-based developer Flaherty & Collins – will consist of a 584-space above-grade parking garage, 22,000 square feet of street-level commercial space, and a 264-unit apartment building, beginning at Level 7.

3CDC is the developer for the commercial space and the garage, which was topped out last month, while Flaherty & Collins is developing the apartments. Turner Construction serves as the General Contractor for the entire project.

Following the partial collapse, Turner engaged Thornton Tomasetti, a structural engineering consulting firm, to evaluate the current site for stability.

After conducting a thorough review, Thornton Tomasetti designated Levels 1 – 5, as well as the eastern portions of Levels 6 and 7 (the areas of those floors unrelated to the collapse) safe to resume activities. The City of Cincinnati’s Department of Buildings & Inspections has authorized work to continue on the eastern portion of the building, and that work is expected to resume today. Work on the western portion of the site will remain focused on stabilization related to the collapse.

Crews will place barricades on the western portion of Levels 6 and 7, separating the area of the partial collapse from the area where it is safe for work to restart. After those are placed, work can occur on the eastern portion of the structure on those floors, including prep work for pouring Level 8 and above. Additionally, crews will be permitted to pour four columns that will support Level 8, but no other concrete can be poured on the site until both the Dept. of Buildings and Inspections and an independent third-party have signed off on a new shoring plan.

In the meantime, a separate crew will continue to work to safely demolish the remaining damaged areas on the western portion of Levels 6 and 7, under Thornton Tomasetti’s direction.

Fourth Street, which had been closed since the partial collapse occurred, re-opened to vehicular traffic yesterday afternoon.

Project partners are still working to determine the cause of the partial collapse and no new timetable has been set for the completion of the project, which will be finished in phases, starting with the garage, followed by the commercial space and ending with the apartment units.

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