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Bringing a Fresh Look to Cincinnati

Bringing a Fresh Look to Cincinnati
2010 is looking up, way up, for 3CDC.
Cincy Chic features three of the group's recent projects that will serve as spring hang-out places for when we lose the snow and gain back the sun.

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Currently working on more than 21 projects in the Cincinnati area, the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) has their hands full this year with the development of several new social venues. To give you a glimpse of what's to come, though, 3CDC fills Cincy Chic in on three of their more exciting projects for your social life.

 

Washington Park

 

This historic all-green space is set for a makeover. As part of their phase four and $43 million investment, 3CDC is revamping and renovating this old town park to transform it into a family-friendly entertainment venue and environment. The renovation includes the building of a 500-space parking garage, a water feature, an outdoor performance stage, a playground and a green civic area in the north area of the park. Located across from Music Hall, the garage and stage definitely will come in handy for future musical performances. Also, the main park expansion extends the 6-acre park into an 8-acre park for an optimum picnic and fun family experience. Because this project is rather extensive, it will start this year but will not be finished until the later months of 2011. This new green space will be perfect for the sun and summer time and just might end up being your new favorite open-air concert venue.

 

Senate Restaurant

 

This newly opened gourmet restaurant and pub is located on Cincinnati's Vine Street in Over the Rhine and is serving gourmet favorites like hotdogs, hamburgers, duck fries and lardon salad, just to name a few. As the new contemporary pub in the area, this restaurant is one of 3CDC’s 2010 projects that opened this past weekend on Feb. 19. It is a family-owned-and-operated business with Owner Daniel Wright doubling as the main chef and wife, Lana Wright, as the general manager. This pub will feature outside dining tables with comfortable, white cushioned chairs, and they will be going fast come spring.

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The Gateway Quarter

 

As 3CDC continues their renovation of some of the almost 110 square blocks of renovation in Over the Rhine, they have created the new section called the Gateway Quarter, which serves as the home to a fabulous arts and shopping scene.

 

 Over the Rhine is an important section of the city on which to focus attention because it is in the center of two major employment districts, "the central business district and the medical/university community," says Kelly Leon, 3CDC's vice president of communication and community relations.0110Fence_INSTORY.gif

 

"What we have in Over the Rhine is a unique neighborhood with unique places to live and shop and arts venues that are attached to those employment districts."

 

The first three phases of the Gateway Quarter have added 200 residential units to the neighborhood and "have enhanced the business district on Vine Street, bringing in new stores and restaurants to complement the arts venues that are there," Leon says. Phase four will bring a focus on apartments on Vine Street with a project called Parvis Lofts.

 

As a whole, 3CDC works with developers to renovate and fund the properties. In the case of the Parvis Lofts, the project will be a $10.5 million investment developed by the Northpointe Group and will consist of 11 buildings built on the West side of Vine Street.

 

3CDC's main goal "is to connect the center city and the banks of the Ohio River up through to uptown. And right now that focus is on Over the Rhine as the connector between the two employment districts," Leon says.

 

It looks as though Cincinnati, especially the Over the Rhine neighborhood, is getting a major makeover this year that will revitalize the city's social scene.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Image and photo courtesy of 3CDC

 

Eleni Snider -

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