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Fortvna chocolate shop coming to Covington

Chef William Poole and his partner Loren Penton moved to Covington last November, with plans to purchase an existing company. The deal fell through, but they decided to stay. And hopefully by next fall, Poole will open his own chocolate shop, Chocolatier Fortvna.
 
“The Ohio Valley is rich in history, culture and food—it’s a very well-kept secret,” Poole says. “Amazing things are happening on both sides of the river, and I want to be part of it.”
 
Before they moved to the Tri-State, Poole owned a chocolate shop in Denver for about 10 years. When his lease was up in 2010, Poole and Penton moved to New Orleans, where they purchased an old hotel that had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. They restored it back to its 1860s splendor, then sold it in October 2012. They then moved to Oregon, which is where Poole thought he would open another chocolate shop, but the food scene was different than in Denver and New Orleans, and things didn’t work out.
 
“The opportunity in Covington arose, and when I initially came here, I fell in love with the area,” Poole says. “I feel like I fit in here, and I’m at the right place at the right time—look at the redevelopment in Over-the-Rhine, the Newport Levee, increased river commerce and plans for the streetcar. It’s very exciting.”
 
Poole and Penton purchased 11 E. Fifth St., the former Bottoms Up bar, as Red Mare Holdings. The building is considered a historic landmark, and Poole plans to restore it to its 1905 splendor. The storefront is currently bricked over, and the interior will be completely gutted in order to create the vision Poole has for his shop.
 
Fortvna’s interior will match the age of the building, and the storefront will be reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century candy shop. The fixtures will be new, but Poole plans to reuse two large gas chandeliers from his restored house on Scott Boulevard. The other fixtures will be steampunk and industrial, but still old-school, Poole says.
 
The building is three stories, with the 1,000-square-foot storefront on the first floor and two 1900s apartments on the second and third floors. Fortvna’s renovation will take about eight months, which will be underway as soon as a leak in the roof is repaired and mold is removed.
 
“I want to help solidify the sense of community here in Covington with my shop,” he says. “I want to help bring back what once was a very commerce-driven town, and is now becoming that again with the people from all over who are selling their craft, talent and art for everyone.”
 
The shop’s chocolate selection will be a mixture of both in-house made and imported items because Poole believes that if he can’t make a sweet better than someone else can, why not bring it to his shop and support another business. Poole plans to have chocolate bars with inclusions, rare origin chocolates and truffles. He also wants to introduce couture items in the spring and fall to keep customers interested.
 
“I won’t be following trends, but creating them,” Poole says. “I feel that I’m very innovative, and I tend to be ahead of other confectioners. I don’t believe in competition because I think everyone needs to do their own thing and encourage customers to try other people’s chocolates.”
 
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UC Taft Center moves into Edwards One, increases exposure

This year, the University of Cincinnati’s Taft Center has a new home in Edwards One. Since 2005, the Center had previously been housed across the street in a building that was primarily a dorm. The new facility is on street level and user-friendlier because it is more visible to the public.  
 
The 5,228-square-foot facility includes offices for the Center’s director, financial administrator and program coordinator, plus four new offices for the Center’s fellows and an office for a contemporary Spanish playwright who is visiting for a semester. There is also a seminar room, projection facilities, a lecture room, two conference rooms and a foyer for social events.
 
“One of my goals as director is to try to raise the visibility of the Center in Cincinnati, as well as on a national and international level,” says Adrian Parr, director of the Center. “I want to get the public involved. This location is more inviting and easily accessible to the people of Cincinnati.”
 
The Taft Center was established to support and enhance interdisciplinary and disciplinary work that is committed to the development of ideas and critical thinking. The Center sponsors speakers, conferences, symposia and interdisciplinary research groups, with events open to the public. Its main goal is to raise the profile of the humanities for the public good.
 
“We want to create more streams of public programming, and align ourselves with other entities to work together to bring events to the area, and create more civic engagement, which is at the core of the humanities,” Parr says.
 
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Phase IV of Mariemont condo development to begin next year

Construction on Phase IV of Mariemont’s condominium development is slated to begin in early 2014. The 23-unit, three-level condos will extend the historic Village Square along Madisonville Road to Plainville and Murray.
 
The currently unnamed project is being developed by Greiwe Development, which partnered with North American Properties, Sibcy Cline and CR Architecture + Design for the four-phase, 121-unit condo project. The condos—Jordan Park, which was completed in Nov. 2008; Emery Park, which was completed in Oct. 2011; and Nolen Park, which is slated to be completed in Dec. 2013—all feature Tudor Revival architecture and follow John Nolen’s 1921 village plan. Nolen’s plan landed Mariemont on the National Historic Register in 2006.
 
A continuous streetscape that begins at Village Square will connect Nolen Park and Emery Park, along with Phase IV of the development.
 
The two-bedroom units and two-bedroom units with studies will range from $350,000 to $600,000. The development will feature Tudor Revival-style design with courtyards, streetscapes and green space. The existing sycamore trees will be preserved, with the addition of new trees and formal landscaping, plus the village-owned easement along Murray Avenue will be maintained for a future bike path/sidewalk. Below-ground parking will be available for residents.
 
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Third annual ArtWorks Box Truck Carnival brings free entertainment to MidPoint Music Festival

This weekend, MidPoint Music Festival makes its way back to Cincinnati. Music will fill Cincinnati venues, and the MidPoint Midway will take over 12th Street between Vine and Walnut with food, drinks and street festivities, including the ArtWorks Box Truck Carnival, ArtCars and KidPoint.
 
The free event features 10 box trucks, which are transformed from ordinary Penske moving trucks into whimsical, engaging “carnival booths” to fit with this year’s theme. The booths range from karaoke to a how-to on screenprinting.

The idea for the Box Truck Carnival came from ArtWorks’ CEO Tamara Harkavy. She heard of enterprise-based pop-up box truck festivals in San Francisco and Brooklyn, and thought it would be a great way to get ArtWorks involved in MPMF, says Sarah Corlett, director of creative enterprise at ArtWorks and producer of the Box Truck Carnival.
 
“For the first two years ArtWorks was involved in MidPoint, the box trucks were focused on artist installations and interactions,” she says. “But this year, they’re really focused on the carnival theme, and the participants are really playing it up.”
 
Participants include Crane, Neidhard & Stock; House of Leigh; Vincent Holiday, Bombs Away! Comedy, OTR Improv and Lofty Aspirations; Kathleen Rose; Paint by the Glass and Andy Mushaben; Powerhouse Print Lab; The Bird Haus; Grace Dobush, Michelle Taute, Tricia Bateman and Julie Hill; Collective Espresso and Chase Public; and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center.
 
“The introduction of the Box Truck Festival gives us the chance to interact with different artists,” Corlett says. “The biggest benefit is that we now have a deeper connection in the community by offering the box trucks.”
 
Amanda Crane of Crane, Neidhard & Stock (a group of second-year interior design and architecture students at DAAP) are running the Games box truck. They wanted people to engage in a “task” of some kind, which fits well with the carnival theme.
 
“We’re hoping to have a great time, while getting to know Cincinnati better,” Crane says. “We’re also excited to be collaborating with ArtWorks and the other box trucks.”
 
ArtWorks also moved ArtCars from Clifton’s Streetscape festival to the Midway for this year. The live art event employs more apprentices and professional artists than ever before—during the course of the three-day music festival, they transform cars and vans into mobile pieces of art.
 
This is the first year that MPMF and ArtWorks partnered for KidPoint, which is a family-friendly event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. School of Rock Mason will be performing, as well as other bands. Plus, Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company will be performing pieces of the Ballet’s "Carnival of Animals."
 
“Having something so unique and visible in the city is a huge shout-out for Cincinnati,” Corlett says. “It’s not just a fun place to play, but everyone who is participating lives and works here, too.”
 
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Smale Riverfront Park undergoing changes to benefit community

In 2012, the Fath Family Fountain was completed as part of Phase 1 construction of the riverfront. It’s located between the Duke Energy Garden and the Black Brigade Monument in Smale Riverfront Park.
 
The fountain is named after Harry and Linda Fath, who have been very generous to the city, says Susan Dorward, executive director of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. The Fath’s $500,000 gift covered the cost of the fountain’s construction.
 
“We approached them with opportunities for a variety of projects, but the fountain seemed to resonate with them,” she says. “They’ve been friends of the Cincinnati parks for a long time.”
 
But the fountain isn’t the only new project in Smale Riverfront Park. The next project to see completion is the Heekin PNC Bank Grow Up Great Adventure Playground, which is east of the Roebling Bridge. Just west of the bridge, a carousel will be installed, along with a pavilion facility. There are also plans for four interactive exercise “rooms,” which will feature motion, light, sound and water. A tree grove and esplanade are also in the works.
 
These projects are to be completed by July 2015, just in time for the MLB All-Star Game.
 
“Our vision as an organization is to provide a venue that will not only attract people from the community down to the riverfront, but also be a destination for out-of-town visitors,” Dorward says. “We know that having parks in a community makes the community safer, more vibrant, and helps the retail industry grow.”
 
Redevelopment of the riverfront has been an ongoing project since the 1990s. The first phase was redoing Fort Washington Way between downtown and what is now The Banks; phase two was connecting the stadiums; phase three was the development of The Banks and surrounding riverfront; and phase four is The Banks Phase 2.
 
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dbaDIRECT sets up shop in Covington

At the beginning of this month, dbaDIRECT moved into the Corporex Companies RiverCenter in Covington. The 22,200-square-foot office space includes room for the company’s 73 employees, with room to grow.
 
The company joins several other high-tech firms, including TiER1 Performance Solutions, in the RiverCenter office park.
 
dbaDIRECT’s former location was in Florence, which is a bit further out of the Cincinnati metro area for commuting.
 
“We chose Covington as the new location for our company because of its geographic location to downtown Cincinnati,” says dbaDIRECT President Ken Roth. “Covington is working to improve its image and reputation, and we wanted to be part of that.”
 
dbaDIRECT hired 24 graduates of Northern Kentucky University last year, and the company plans to hire 20 new employees in the next 12 months, Roth says.
 
“We’re looking to continue to provide high-tech jobs in Covington, and bring existing jobs into the area,” he says.
 
dbaDIRECT provides IT infrastructure management services to financial, retail, health care and education industries. Services include general infrastructure monitoring, database management consulting and performance enhancement services for corporate data environments. dbaDIRECT serves more than 180 clients in 254 data centers over four continents; other office locations include West Chester, India and China.
 
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Reuhlman Building in Westwood gaining new tenants

Seven months ago, West Chester resident Jack Conley purchased the Reuhlman Building, which sits at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Montana Avenue in the Westwood Business District. It’s home to 16 apartments and eight first-floor retail spaces, including Friend’s Market—a grocery store that opened last weekend. It’s also the new home of the Broadhope Art Collective, which will celebrate its grand re-opening November 9.
 
Broadhope used to be located in the Glenmore Building in Cheviot, but the old space wasn’t suited to the artists’ needs. The Reuhlman has a big open space for classrooms and a separate area for Broadhope’s gallery, plus a classroom for the glass artists and their weekly classes.
 
“We’re consolidating down to what we want to be doing,” says Abby Langdon, one of the founding artists of Broadhope. “We hope to bring the whole collaborative effort to Westwood. We’re all about community, and Westwood is so community-oriented. We’re excited to contribute to the strong community vibe going on there, and we’re looking forward to being part of it.”
 
The three-story Reuhlman was built in 1937, and all but two apartments have been renovated since Conley purchased it. Each of the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments has a fireplace, butler pantry, hardwood floors and high ceilings. Many of them still have the original trim. Currently, three of the one-bedroom apartments are available for rent, and the others are still undergoing renovations.
 
“When I was looking for retail tenants, I wanted business owners who also lived in Westwood and were committed to their business and neighborhood,” says Conley, who owns several other buildings in Westwood.
 
All eight retail tenants are local stores—a vintage shop, a CPA, a beauty parlor, a photography studio, Steve Chabot’s campaign office, and Broadhope and Friend’s.
 
“I’m very excited about the things that are going on with the revitalization of the Westwood Business District,” Conley says. “I’m proud to have Broadhope—an established community business—moving in, along with the other tenants.”
 
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Ultimate Air Shuttle offers flights to New Jersey from CVG

On September 9, Ultimate Air Shuttle launched its first flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to New York City via the Morristown Airport in New Jersey. Twenty-five passengers were on the first flight, which is the largest capacity Ultimate Air has seen on its maiden flight from a new location.
 
“Ultimate Air adds diversity to CVG, and it adds another service for passengers," says Melissa Wideman, spokesperson for CVG. "We look forward to working with them now and in the future, and to continue to grow our relationship."
 
Ultimate Air offers four-day-a-week service from CVG to the Morristown Airport. The 30-seat Dornier 328 Jet flies between CVG and Morristown on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Ultimate Air also flies out of Lunken Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Chicago Midway. There are plans to extend Ultimate Air's service throughout the Midwest, says Rick Pawlak, managing director of Ultimate Air.

"Hopefully by 2014, we'll be connecting the cities we already service, so customers can go from Cincinnati to Charlotte and then from Charlotte to Morristown," he says.
 
The public charter has fewer restrictions than commercial flights, plus VIP-level service. Ultimate Air provides a level of service that exceeds the minimum mandated by the Department of Transportation, including late check-in up to 15 minutes before departure time; no cancellation penalty for changes made up to 24 hours in advance; concierge service for taxis and rental cars; and no fees for parking, baggage or in-flight refreshments.
 
VIP service at CVG will also include complimentary covered parking adjacent to the CVG Administration Building, and quick boarding without filing through a TSA checkpoint. The Ultimate Air Shuttle Facility will feature comfortable leather furniture, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and free refreshments.

"Time management is the best amenity offered to our customers," Pawlak says. "They can get in and out fast and get to where they're going."
 
Ultimate Air offers free ground transportation between CVG, Fountain Square and Lunken for those customers who use both airports or want a downtown drop-off. And once in Morristown, passengers can purchase a round-trip shuttle ticket to New York City’s Penn Station for $69.99.
 
Round-trip tickets from Cinicnnati are $695, and a one-way ticket is $395. For departure/arrival times and to purchase tickets, visit Ultimate Air's website or call (800) 437-3931.
 
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Cincinnati Streetcar's Maintenance and Operations Facility underway

The last week of August, two vacant buildings at the corner of Henry and Race streets in Over-the-Rhine were demolished to make way for the Cincinnati Streetcar’s Maintenance and Operations Facility. The MOF will have a high bay area for storage and light maintenance of streetcar vehicles and equipment, as well as an outdoor storage track.
 
The 12,500-square-foot facility will also house offices, locker rooms, break facilities and a small parking lot for streetcar operators and staff. As the system grows, the facility can be expanded to accommodate up to 12 streetcar vehicles. The cost of the MOF is $11.9 million, and it will be completed in March 2015.
 
The streetcar itself, which will operate 18 hours a day and 365 days a year, will be ready for passenger transportation in spring 2016. The first phase will be a 3.6-mile loop that will connect The Banks and Findlay Market, with 18 stops along the route. The route will include stops at Government Square, Fountain Square, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Public Library, the Aronoff Center, Horseshoe Casino, the Gateway Quarter, the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Music Hall and Washington Park.
 
Due to construction and excavation work at the MOF site, there will be minimal traffic restrictions and a detour—14th Street from Central Parkway to Elm will be closed for the installation of a new sanitary and storm drain installation.
 
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Beasley Place housing development coming to OTR

Two buildings on Republic Street in Over-the-Rhine will soon become a 14-unit affordable housing project called Beasley Place. Redevelopment of 1405 and 1407 Republic St. will begin this fall, and should be finished by fall 2014.
 
The project is named for Willie and Fannie Beasley, who were former residents of one of the buildings. They were long-time residents of the building, and their roots ran deep on Republic Street—everyone knew them, says Ashleigh Finke, project manager at Over-the-Rhine Community Housing.
 
“I think the story behind the name really captures why we as an organization exists,” she says. “There are many wonderful people like the Beasleys who have strong roots in the neighborhood and contribute so much to the heart and soul of OTR that we want to make sure are able to continue to live in OTR.”
 
Beasley Place, which is a five-story historic building with about 23,000 square feet, will contain six one-bedroom units, four two-bedroom units and three three-bedroom units, ranging from 681 to 1,402 square feet. Ten of the apartments are designated for people with incomes below 60 percent of the Area Median Income, and three units are earnarked for people with incomes below 30 percent of AMI.
 
There will also be about 1,200 square feet of first floor, storefront commercial space, plus an elevator and on-site laundry for residents. The building will meet enterprise green communities requirements and will have Energy Star appliances and lighting.
 
The total cost of the Beasley Place project is just under $3 million. The buildings are owned and will be developed by OTRCH, and HGC Construction is the general contractor of the project.
 
The project is receiving state and federal historic tax credits, City of Cincinnati HOME funding, City of Cincinnati Lead Education and Remediation (CLEAR) grant funding, and Housing Development Gap Financing from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.
 
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Three Rivers School awarded grant from Bengals, NFL, LISC for football complex

On August 30, Three Rivers School received a $200,000 grant from the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to help build a new football complex. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2014.
 
The current field at Taylor High School, which is a natural turf field, is more than 75 years old. The stadium’s lighting is affixed to old wooden electric poles, and its aluminum and concrete bleachers seat only about 1,200 people. The site of the new field is an abandoned water well field that had been vacant for more thab a decade before Three Rivers leveled it and raised it out of the floodplain as part of the construction of the new school.
 
Three Rivers’ new field will allow for expanded use for all of the school’s football teams, soccer teams and the high school band. The school will also use the field for gym class, and it will be available for community youth football, cheerleading and soccer programs.
 
The cost of the project will be paid for entirely by private funds—the Three Rivers’ administration, staff, booster organizations and community leaders have formed the Fields of Dreams campaign to privately raise money for first-class competitive athletic facilities at the new Three Rivers School.
 
The sports complex consists of the football stadium with turf, lights, a track, concession stands, locker facilities and restrooms, plus a soccer stadium, baseball stadium, softball stadium and practice fields. The campaign has already raised $360,000 to go toward the remaining cost of installing the field’s synthetic turf.
 
Total estimates for the project range from $4.3 to $7.7 million, depending on the features and quality of the complex. The football stadium will cost between $2.31 and $3.72 million; the soccer stadium between $480,000 to $1.07 million; and the baseball and softball stadium between $610,000 to $1.26 million.
 
The NFL Grassroots Program, which is a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, has resulted in the construction or renovation of 256 football fields nationwide since 1998. In the past 10 years, the NFL Youth Football Fund has granted more than $32.5 million to revitalize sports fields in underserved neighborhoods.
 
If you would like to donate to the football field, visit the Fields of Dreams website.  
 
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Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek receives $80,000 grant

Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek recently received an $80,000 grant from Interact for Health. The grant is to help support the fourth phase of the city’s Mill Creek Greenway Trail, which is a three-quarter-of-a-mile stretch of trail that will connect South Cumminsville and Millvale to Beekman Avenue.
 
The grant, coupled with a $30,000 grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, will help Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek leverage a $245,479 grant from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund, which has been approved by the state. That grant will help support the initial planning for the fifth phase of the trail, which will extend to the Western Hills Viaduct in South Fairmount. Construction of the fifth phase is slated for 2014.
 
In addition to the Mill Creek Greenway Trail, the Healthy People/Healthy River Strategy includes planting edible forest gardens along three miles of river; engaging the public in all facets of Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek’s work and forging cross-sector partnerships; providing year-round environmental education programming for students in collaboration with Cincinnati Public Schools, schools located in the Mill Creek Watershed and the Metropolitan Sewer District; restoring Mill Creek wetlands, streambanks, floodplains and wildlife habitat; and supporting the revitalization of economically distressed and historically underserved Mill Creek neighborhoods by transforming blighted properties and encouraging financial reinvestment in the Mill Creek corridor and the Lower Mill Creek Watershed.
 
To date, three miles of the Mill Creek Greenway Trail have been completed, and funding has been secured for three other trail projects in the Mill Creek Watershed. When complete, the Mill Creek Greenway will extend about 13.5 miles, from just north of the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Carthage downstream to the Ohio River. From there, the trail will connect to the Ohio River Trail, and will travel along the western and eastern riverfronts.
 
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The New School Montessori opens new Enrichment Center, expands programming

Last week, a new building opened its doors to the 125 students of The New School Montessori. The Enrichment Center will house TNSM’s dance, music, art and foreign language programs.
 
Renovations began on the 4,000-square-foot center, which was formerly a house, last October. It was once owned by a TNSM parent and later purchased by the school to expand its programming. The Enrichment Center is now the third building on campus, which includes an 1800s Victorian mansion, built by furniture manufacturer Robert Mitchell, and a converted chapel.
 
Very little was done to the building’s structure, says Eric Dustman, director of TNSM. A small addition was added on to create an atrium for the second floor, which lets in lots of natural light for art classes.
 
Additional spaces in the Enrichment Center will enhance TNSM’s extended-day program with quiet nooks for homework. There is also meeting space, and the Enrichment Center is available for community activities.
 
“We’re constantly looking to improve our programs and make them better,” Dustman says. “We’re interested in educating the whole child, and we firmly believe in the arts, freedom of expression, imagination and creativity. We believe kids should be exposed to these things and celebrate them.”
 
Current TNSM families, staff, alumni and friends have been pledging support to the school’s Deep Roots, Strong Branches capital campaign. The campaign is a multiphase process that will later include additional upgrades to the historic Mitchell Mansion and the Annex.
 
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OTR Foundation receives grant to help add 13 buildings to historic register

Thirteen buildings in Over-the-Rhine will soon be added to the National Register of Historic Places, in part because of a grant provided to the organization by the Ohio Development Services Agency. The $8,000 will allow the Over-the-Rhine Foundation to hire a third party to do the research and prepare the applications for the Register.
 
The grant is a fairly new state initiative—only three awards have been given, and the first was to the Kirby Road School in Northside. The OTR Foundation is the third organization to receive the grant.
 
“As far as we know, we’re the only state that has a program like this,” says Thea Walsh, deputy chief for the Office of Redevelopment. “This is a great new opportunity that the state is coming into with the Ohio Historic Tax Credit program. It will help build more opportunities for communities to attract investors.”
 
Made possible through a partnership with the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, the grant will make the buildings eligible for both the state and federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit programs. The grant will support expanding the historic district in OTR to include the buildings, which are mainly situated along Reading Raod and Central Avenue. These buildings were left out for one reason or another when OTR was named a historic district back in the 1980s, Walsh says.
 
The total cost of the project is about $13,000—the Foundation will work with property owners to raise the private funds needed for the remainder of the project, says Nathaniel Kaelin, program manager for the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program.
 
“Tens of millions of dollars have already been invested in Over-the-Rhine, and this will only help drive revitalization efforts,” Kaelin says.
 
Two of the buildings are already targeted for redevelopment, and several investors are interested in the future of the buildings.

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Small town feel of Short Vine makes it ideal for new businesses, developments

Corryville business owners see Short Vine as a house, with Bogart’s as the front door. By the end of 2015, the street will be completely transformed, with new buisnesses (including Taste of Belgium, Caribe Carryout, Mio's Pizzeria and The 86 Club), a new Kroger Marketplace, new developments and finished streetscapes.
 
In 2013, 14 buildings on Short Vine, including Bogart’s, will receive money from the Cincinnati Neighborhood Business District Association for façade improvements.
 
The music venue already renovated its bathrooms and dressing rooms, and added a smoking patio with a fire pit to the back of the building. There are plans to add another bar, renovate the upstairs bar for VIPs and hire a mixologist. Bogart’s was also recently acquired by Live Nation, which has made ticketing easier for concertgoers.  
 
“We’re getting more artists than ever before—they’re thrilled by the changes made to the building and can’t wait to come back,” says Karen Foley, Bogart’s general manager.
 
In the next three years, Uptown Rental Properties will add about 1,000 new residential bedrooms on Short Vine, says Dan Schimberg of Uptown Rental. And on Sept. 24, its newest property, Views on Vine, a five-story apartment complex complete with clock tower, will open. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are still available.
 
“It’s been fun to see what has already happened, but we’re only in the beginning stages of what will be created,” says Schimberg.
 
Beginning in December, new streetscapes will be added along Short Vine. The streetscapes will bring a bit of nostalgia to the area, and Short Vine will look like it did in the 1800s—think cobblestone streets, rolling curbs and antique streetlamps. Changes will be made to parking as well, including efforts to preserve on-street parking, and additional parking for the public and residents. Sidewalks will also be widened for outdoor dining.
 
“It’s great to see the enthusiasm of the business owners over the progress on Short Vine,” says Foley. “The best thing is that Short Vine will now be part of the college experience at UC.”
 
Short Vine will be hosting several events during the next few months, including a Welcome Back Weekend for students on Aug. 30 and a block party on Oct. 12, which will include shutting down the whole street for outdoor music, street vending and a rock wall. Corryville held its first farmers market this summer, and it will continue to operate every third Sunday through October.
 
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