A Walk Around Washington Park
Washington Park‘s progress is impressive, and the activity around the park is just as remarkable.
Let’s take a virtual walk around Cincinnati’s second oldest park starting at 210 West 14th Street.
As part of the Gateway Quarter Phase V, 1401 Elm Street will be developed into 4 residential units:
Nearby, the City Gospel Mission (near 14th and Elm) is preparing to move to Queensgate along with the Lord’s Gym (at the 12th and Race) corner of Washington Park.
Back on 14th Street, the City Home development’s latest phase sold out before it was completed.
A new seafood restaurant called The Anchor has signed a lease for City Home’s commercial space at 1401 Race and will open summer 2012.
Kurt Platte Architecture + Design, KMK law firm, 4EG and others are now in Saengerhalle which is 93% leased. Schickel Design Co. has been located at 124 W. 14th St. for almost four years now.
In the same block of Race Street is the Westfalen Lofts development. Here’s an interior shot via Sherman Cahal:
Across the street is 1419 Race which is being renovated as part of the Park Haus development and is scheduled to be completed this summer:
At 1429 Race, the City and 3CDC partnered to save the old church at 15th and Race (aka St. Paulus Kirche). The stabilization of the church is truly extraordinary. According to 3CDC’s February 2012 monthly report, 3CDC is “applying for State of Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits in order to complete the renovation. Two potential tenants have engaged architects to determine if their businesses are feasible operations within the church space – one is a bakery and the other a brew pub.”
Heading south Race Street, one intersects W. 13th Street halfway down the length of Washington Park. Just half a block from the park is 24 W. 13th Street, another Park Haus location.
3CDC’s February 2012 monthly update shows some interior shots of the property’s “dramatic renovation”:
Construction at Washington Park has been thoroughly documenting on its flickr page. Here’s a view of the Race Street side of the park:
The School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), the country’s only K-12 public arts school, sits along Washington Park’s southern edge just across West 12th Street.
At the corner of 12th and Elm, the Drop Inn Center is set to move – as of January 2012, its Board of Directors has given a verbal commitment to 3CDC to relocate. 3CDC, the City, and Strategies to End Homelessness are all working together with shelters as part of Homeless to Homes. Read more about it in 3CDC’s February 2012 monthly update.
A couple photos of Memorial Hall via Sherman Cahal’s UrbanUp:
Next door stands Music Hall which is in the beginning stages of its own revitalization. Here’s what the view from Music Hall of Washington Park’s future civic lawn is like today:
And what it should look like by July 1:
Washington Park will be the first park in the nation to allow visitors to select the classical music that plays in the park and set the tempo of the interactive fountain via a mobile app.
And to top it all off, The City Flea is holding four of its monthly urban flea markets at the park this year!
Like the City Flea’s tagline for 2012, Washington Park and the neighborhood around it are “BIGGER BETTER BADDER.”