Historic Conservation Board Rejects Mercer Commons Design

Lisa Bernard-Kuhn reports for the Enquirer that the city’s Historic Conservation Board voted 6-0 to “deny a recommendation for new designs for a four-story condominium and retail building in the 1300 block of Vine Street. The board also voted 4-2 to reject a recommendation for designs for new townhomes proposed along Mercer Street.” Regardless of the Historic … Continue reading

The Most Recent Mercer Commons Renderings

These come by way of the July 2011 OTR Work Group Report. Read more about Mercer Commons, the two buildings that may be demolished (1314 Vine and 1329 Walnut), and older renderings here. See all the renderings in this flickr set. And here is the Work Group’s Report:

Mercer Commons Renderings

All renderings of Mercer Commons are available on 3CDC.org You can also view them in this Mercer Commons flickr set

The Fate of 1329 Walnut and Mercer Commons

It has come to my attention that 1329 Walnut St. may soon be on the chopping block to make way for the Mercer Commons development by 3CDC. Mercer Commons is a $51 million development that will bring new commercial and residential units to a large area in the heart of OTR. Restoration of over a … Continue reading

Mercer Commons, 3CDC, and 1314 Vine Street

Mercer Commons and 1314 Vine Street are in the news again thanks to the attention of Lisa Bernard-Kuhn at the Enquirer. The entire article is worthy of your attention but this excerpt sums it up quite well: But now, the 131-year-old purple building simply has to go, 3CDC says. The space at 1314 Vine St. … Continue reading

The Fate of 1314 Vine Street and Mercer Commons

Yesterday, OTR-resident and blogger CityKin wrote a post about 1314 Vine Street titled “Does this building stay or go“. The post and its comments are an informative read and a good introduction to the subject of this post. The Current Mercer Commons Plan The time is now to discuss the fate of 1314 Vine Street … Continue reading

January 2012 OTR Work Group

3CDC’s OTR Work Group’s Quarterly Reports can be found online here. Update: 3CDC expanded its land bank after this quarterly report was published. Learn more about it here.

OTRview XIV: Michael A. Uhlenhake – Architect, Developer and OTR Resident

Editor’s note: The following is architect, developer and OTR resident Michael A. Uhlenhake‘s personal history of his past 20 years in Over-the-Rhine. It is an exceptional piece that portrays one man’s intimate interactions with Over-the-Rhine over the course of two consequential decades in Cincinnati history. We publish Mr. Uhlenhake’s story with great pride. All content and … Continue reading

3CDC’s Gateway Quarter Phase V

3CDC‘s phased approach at development in Over-the-Rhine is moving forward and leaving many successes along the way. To read the sources of the information shared in this post, check out 3CDC’s 2010-2011 Annual Progress Report and July 2011 Work Group Report at the end of this post. Other ongoing projects in Over-the-Rhine include Mercer Commons … Continue reading

The Hasty Demolition of 142 E. McMicken Ave.

OTR Foundation fights to save buildings like 142 E. McMicken with its Legal Defense Fund Vote before Thursday, June 30 to help OTR Foundation win $25,000 142 E. McMicken Avenue was an historic structure in Over-the-Rhine anchoring a highly intact 19th century streetscape. The building was owned by Cincinnati Public Schools, and for years preservationists … Continue reading

OTRview VI: Micah Paldino

Micah Paldino is the subject of the sixth OTRview. Micah is the founder of PR firm PB&J (Public Relations, Branding & Jabber) and has been responsible for a host of creative public relations campaigns for several of Cincinnati’s most dynamic companies and organizations. Micah is also an active participant in OTR’s revival. Professionally, he has … Continue reading