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Final Friday OTR – April 2012

This Friday (tomorrow) is yet another Final Friday in Over-the-Rhine, and its set to be a great one. In addition to the standard Final Friday happenings, there are some unique offerings.


First up is another edition of OTR Skate featuring You, You’re Awesome and Automagik. This takes place at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center from 8:00-11:00 pm. Also in attendance with be the Cincinnati Rollergirls, Cincinnati’s Roller Derby Team.  There will also be free Wii, fooseball, air hockey, pool and bumper pool available courtesy of the OTR Recreation Center. Participants will be able to enter a raffle to win gift certificates and goods from OTR businesses, including Pho Lang Thang, Atomic Number Ten, Daisy Mae’s Market, Iris Book Cafe, Smartfish Supply and more. All raffle proceeds will benefit the OTR Recreation Center. Admission for the event is $5, which includes the cost of skate rental. Skates are first-come, first-served and skaters are welcome to bring their own skates. OTR Skate is an 18 and older event. April’s OTR Skate is sponsored by The Counter Rhythm Group, Cincy Blues Society, and the Cincinnati Roller Girls. Last year, OTR Skate events drew 500 people and raised more than $1,000 to help the Recreation Center provide scholarships and staffing for youth programming.

Final Friday OTR @ The Emery

A new addition to the Final Friday scene this month is Final Friday OTR @ The Emery. The Requiem Project, which manages the long-shuttered Emery Theatre in OTR, will be opening the doors to The Emery and welcoming attendees to wander the halls to experience the visual exhibits of photographers and artists Brian BruemmerDarrin BallmanCedric Cox, Chris Hoeting, Jonathan Robert WillisKatherine DurackMike FleschMargot Gotoff, Mark Krotchin, Michael Wilson, and Ron Rack. There will also be performances by Exhale Dance Tribe, Origami, and Lauren Edward. Ric Hordinski and Daniel Martin Moore will be giving a concert and premiering their new records. To top it all off, Christian Moerlein, event sponsor, will be tapping their spring seasonal beer, Saengerfest Maibock. Doors to The Emery open at 6:00 PM with the keg-tapping at 7 and concert beginning at 8.

Other features:

Old Spice Art Show @ 1423 Vine St, 5 pm

BikeArt Poster Party @ Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway, 6:30 -8 pm

Flowers In The Recycle Bin @ Park+Vine,  6 – 10 pm

The Natives perform live @  ORIGINAL THOUGHT REQUIRED 7 – 10 pm

Bootleg: The Musical Influences of Ghost Empire @ MOTR, 8 pm – 1 am


Cincinnati deConstructed

Epiventures Breaks Down Local Food Scene with "Cincinnati Deconstructed"

Chef and writer Courtney Tsitouris runs Epiventures which tells “stories about food.” She has joined forces with local film director, Michael Holder, to produce Cincinnati Deconstructed -  a video series about Cincinnati’s food scene and the people who make it interesting. Like the Queen City Project, Cincinnati Deconstructed showcases unique, local people and places that are taking the city to a higher level. Tsitouris describes the project:

Our intention is to give you an intimate, behind-the-scenes peek inside the unique personalities that define the food and drink scene here in Cincinnati.

The most recent video, released today, delves into the world of Belgian-born Jean-Francois Flechet whose Taste of Belgium has a devout following in Cincinnati and beyond. His new Belgian bistro at 12th and Vine was named one of Cincinnati’s best new restaurants and his original location at Findlay Market continues to seduce the taste buds of passersby.

Both of the following videos are top notch and required viewing if you’re at all interested in Cincinnati, OTR, or the stories behind good food:

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Molly Wellman was the subject of the pilot episode. Wellman is the craft mixologist who opened Japp’s Since 1879 with Michael Redmond, an owner of Neon’s Unplugged.

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Flechet and Wellman are both located in and passionate about Over-the-Rhine. Flechet has multiple locations including Columbus and Nashville, and Wellman is branching across the mighty Ohio to Covington, Kentucky to open the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar with her business partners.

Thanks to Cincinnati Deconstructed, viewers can clearly see the love both entrepreneurs have for Cincinnati. Getting to know more about the passionate people who are blazing new trails in OTR can’t help but make one fall a little deeper in love with Cincinnati.

Moerlein Lager House Cincinnati (8)

Moerlein Lager House Grand Opening

Today marks a milestone in Cincinnati’s history: the opening of the Moerlein Lager House! Situated between Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium, downtown and the mighty Ohio, The Banks and Smale Riverfront Park, the Moerlein Lager House is positioned to become the newest jewel in the Queen City’s crown.  The story makes it shine even brighter for this is not only a lager house – it’s a symbol of Cincinnati’s progress.

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.‘s roots in Cincinnati reach back to 1853 when Christian Moerlein himself brewed his first barrel of beer in Over-the-Rhine. After its death by Prohibition in 1920, the brewery was dormant until 1981 when it was reintroduced. In 2004 Greg Hardman, Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.’s president and CEO, purchased the brand. Over the next six years, he acquired all the best known Cincinati beer brands and moved Christian Moerlein back to Over-the-Rhine. If anyone deserves the key to the Queen City, it is Hardman – Cincinnati’s leading beer baron.

The Queen City Project featured the Moerlein Lager House in its latest installment. The following video and photos are from the QCP (this blog loves the QCP):

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the Queen City Project :: Moerlein Lager House from the Queen City Project on Vimeo.

Moerlein CEO, Greg Hardman, and Lager House brewmaster, Richard Dube - credit: Queen City Project

credit: Queen City Project

credit: Queen City Project

credit: Queen City Project

Mural of Cincinnati Beer Barons, credit: Queen City Project

13th Street Photography captured these two great shots of the Moerlein Lager House’s exterior:

Moerlein Lager House exterior, credit: 13th Street Photography

Moerlein Lager House exterior, credit: 13th Street Photography

The Moerlein Lager House site plan via UrbanCincy.com:

The following photos are from the facebook page of the Lager House‘s VIP Night soft-opening:

Mural of Cincinnati Beer Barons

From its headquarters and production facility in the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District to its Lager House on the riverfront, Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. is committed to Cincinnati.

The Queen City Project

The Queen City Project

Update: It should be noted that the two businesses (Bluestone Creative and Alias Imaging) behind The Queen City Project are based downtown. Three of the four businesses profiled so far (Shadeau Breads, Coffee Emporium, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) are located in Over-the-Rhine and the fourth (Arnold’s Bar and Grill) is in downtown.

The Queen City Project is genius. It is a collaboration between Bluestone Creative and Alias Imaging that has “found a way to shine the light on local independent businesses sans the glossy packaging.” Connect with The Queen City Project on facebook here and on twitter @theQCP. Read more about it here; find out how it works here; and recommend a place here.

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The Queen City Project is featured in a Soapbox Cincinnati article by Evan Wallis that begins like this:

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then thousands of pictures strung together in two-minute videos must be worth at least a million. Focus those two minutes of visual storytelling on local businesses and you have the mission, and the creative drive, behind the Queen City Project.

The two owners and photographers of Alias Imaging, along with a team from Bluestone Creative, decided to test an idea—to put their collective creativity behind a cool local business—and see where it would take them. With no real planning beyond that blue-sky thinking, The Queen City Project was set in motion.

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Radio station 91.7 WVXU interviewed Evan Wallis of Soapbox Cincinnati and Adam Henry of Alias Imaging to discuss the Queen City Project here.

A couple excerpts from the 11-minute interview from 91.7 WVXU:

Mark Perzel, WVXU: Where was this brainchild hatched?

Adam Henry, partner at Alias Imaging: It was born of pure passion. It had nothing to do with anything commercial. Alias Imaging is a commercial advertising studio, and Bluestone is a full-service advertising agency – web, design, all sorts of creative things.

Adam Henry and John Carrico of Alias at their studio, photo by Scott Beseler for Soapbox

Later in the interview, Adam describes how Alias and Bluestone joined forces:

All this was born of just pure, genuine interest. We wanted to go and step into their world and just take a bunch of pictures. So, we told Adam Browning at Bluestone that we were doing this and they said, “Well, let’s see what we can do with these images. What are you going to do with them?” Well, we had no idea so we handed them all of our images. They came up with a really nice montage – a mosaic I guess – a grid of images. Like Evan does with Soapbox, we wanted to do with pictures.

He then explained how the photographs taken by Alias were used by Bluestone to create the QCP’s signature videos:

One of the guys there [at Bluestone], Walt Keys, has been playing a lot with time-lapse and some long video stuff made from stills. He said, “You know, these images flow really well,” and that’s always the way we shoot. We shoot from beginning of process to end of process and try to find that perfect image in the middle. Well, it’s not always the one perfect image. So he said, “What if you put these in a video presentation?” …so, he came up with this great treatment for it. We started calling it the “flurry flip.” It’s not time-lapse, it’s not video.

Walt Keys and Adam Browning of Bluestone Creative, photo by Scott Beseler for Soapbox

This was an unsurprising realization. In my opinion, The Queen City Project has a very Walt Keys feel. I say this because I’ve shared his work on the OTR blog in the past. Walt is an OTR resident, and he photographed and made great videos at the first City Flea and 2011′s Go OTR 5K run and Summer Celebration. Walt maintains a blog at grandman.net and an online portfolio at m-walton.com. But the QCP involves the labor and genius of many people, both at Bluestone and Alias. Here’s a Christmas video from the team:

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Of course, the QCP could not exist without the unique businesses and organizations it features. So far, the QCP has showcased four local institutions. Visit the following links for a behind the scenes look at each shoot:

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Connect with The Queen City Project on facebook here and on twitter @theQCP. Read more about it here; find out how it works here; and recommend a place here.

Shop Local

Shop Local OTR Gift Guide 2011

The OTR Holiday Gift Guide is out and it’s amazing. The Style Sample (a personal fav) designed and photographed the publication for the OTR Gateway Merchants Group. You can view it online at here and here or scroll through it below:

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View from Stage Right Balcony

The Emery Theatre, A Requiem Project

The Emery

The Emery Theatre

The Emery Theatre was built in 1911, and is considered an acoustically pure theatre. It is one of three sister buildings (along with Orchestra Halls in Chicago and Detroit) to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Cincinnati philanthropist, Mary Emery, bequeathed the entire Emery building to the city in memory of her late husband, Thomas J. Emery. The theatre was the original performance space for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and a former rehearsal studio for the Cincinnati Ballet. World-renowned performing artists have appeared on The Emery stage, including Russian ballet dancers Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova and actress Bette Davis.

The Emery Theatre, a 100-year-old, acoustically pure performance space that can house 1,200 to 1,600 patrons, is located at the corner of Central Parkway and Walnut Street in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine Historic district. The Emery is currently part of a long-term restoration initiative managed by The Requiem Project and will be renovated and restored into a unique arts and cultural venue for Greater Cincinnati.

View From Stage

View From Stage

The Requiem Project

But what is The Requiem Project? The Requiem Project is a 501(c)-3 not-for-profit arts company whose mission is to re-establish an acoustically-pure historic treasure, the Emery, and transform the theatre into a vibrant, acoustically-pure, and unique venue that will define itself as a space that encourages creative growth, fosters a multitude of opportunities for artistic collaborations, and offers arts-based educational opportunities through dance, music, theatre, film, visual, and interdisciplinary artistic expressions for local and national performing artists. The Requiem Project is the brainchild of two amazingly talented women who met and became friends with in New York City: Tina Manchise and Tara Lindsey Gordon.

The Beginning

They were working together in New York City in 2008 when Tina received a tragic and unforgettable phone call. Lynn, her mother, had suddenly passed away. Without answers – just heartbreak – Tina returned to Cincinnati to be with her family. Months later, still with unyielding sadness, they both assessed the feasibility of working in New York in the wake of Lynn’s passing. In Cincinnati, on November 11, 2008, Lynn’s birthday, they crossed paths with The Emery Theatre; “it was as if we were guided to the door,” explains Tina Manchise. One hundred years ago, philanthropist Mary Emery bequeathed The Emery Theatre, a 1,600-seat, acoustically pure symphony hall, to the city for “civic betterment.” The theatre has been dormant, without a vision for re-opening, for more than 15 years – and thus they found their mission and their calling: a Requiem Project in honor of Lynn.

View from Stage Right Balcony

A view of the auditorium and stage from the 2nd balcony

The Inspiration

In her lifetime, Lynn was an advocate for social awareness and change through her belief in others. She recognized the voice and soul in each person she met, and she lived as an example to all who had the pleasure of her presence. Lynn listened to both those who had much to say and to those whose voices were seldom heard. She invested in helping others to believe in themselves, and she did so with a fierce and unparalleled grace. Lynn made the world a better place through a life led with exquisite dignity, compassion, wisdom and extraordinary kindness. Lynn listened. To voices both loud and soft. To what you can see and what you cannot. She heard. She loved and was loved. Tara said of Lynn: “She is our inspiration, and it is our deepest desire that her message lives on.”

Similarly, Mary Emery had a love, understanding and faith that high-quality art inspires individuals and communities to invest in themselves and that inclusion and respect leads to a better society. Everyone has a voice, and The Emery, literally and metaphorically, should be a place not only to listen but also to be heard, and thus the company, The Requiem Project, was founded. Their vision is that The Emery would be a space for creative possibility and opportunity to listen to passionate voices through artistically based programming, education and community initiatives.

Lynn has inspired Tina and Tara to see that a building means more than seven floors, that a theatre can be much more than a place to watch performances, and that a stage is so much more than a place to stand. They see that our community is more than the sum of our fears, and its soul depends upon our trust and belief in one another. November 11 is more than a bittersweet date – it has become a sign and symbol for their company; by serendipity or plain coincidence, they were handed their first contract for The Emery on November 11, 2009. “On that day, we decided that we would open the doors of the theatre on November 11, 2011 (11.11.11), and that the band Over the Rhine would play – we just put that statement into the universe, and our net has come back teeming,” an excited Tina explains.

On November 11, 2011, the doors of The Emery open, Over the Rhine will play, and more than 10 Cincinnati arts companies will join The Requiem Project in enlivening Mary Emery’s 100-year-old conviction that The Emery can be a space for art-making for the next 100 years.



            The Emery Theatre will open up for the public on Friday, November 11, 2011 (11.11.11) to officially kick-off a public fundraising campaign at a concert event featuring internationally acclaimed, Southern Ohio band, Over the Rhine.

The centennial celebration of The Emery will commence on Friday – guests will begin at one of several locations in the neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. to pick up their tickets and map of the event. At 6pm, guests will be welcome to find their way to their respective locations for cocktails and food.  At 7 p.m., guests will be invited to explore The Emery and at 8 p.m., the Over the Rhine and local arts showcase concert will begin. Showcase partners include concert:nova, Exhale Dance Tribe, MadCap Puppet Theatre, among others.  The evening will continue to an After Party hosted by local theatre and Requiem Project partner, The Know Theatre, and local bar and restaurant, Below Zero (located adjacent to The Emery).

On Saturday, they will have a press event (managed by our public relations team, Strata-G Communications) with a lecture, presentation, and discussion of the architectural renderings  hosted by Requiem Project Artistic Directors with the architectural team selected to revitalize the theatre – acclaimed Cincinnati architect John Senhauser and the nationally-renowned architectural firm Westlake, Reed, and Leskosky. After this Saturday presentation, Madcap Puppet Theatre will perform on stage, the Cincinnati Zoo will visit with their Wildlife Comes to You Program, and Chipotle will sponsor lunch for attendees.  Saturday evening, they plan to host a movie event; on Sunday, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir plans to perform.

Why revitalize The Emery

“Events occur which become defining moments in the life of a community. They are ‘stitches’ – interventions which when taken singularly, appear to perhaps be insignificant.  But taken as a collective, these stitches hint at the genesis of fabric, not only an urban weave of structures, but of a social and cultural tapestry. Stitches give way to fabric, objects yield to networks, networks initiate cultural and social rebirth. This is the context of The Emery Theater.  Buildings have a language of their own. The Emery speaks with a singular voice – people listen; the community listens as this voice joins with others. Over-the Rhine has long dreamed of its rebirth. The repurposing of The Emery Theater will join with other voices to define that network of artistic, social and cultural change.”

-John Senhauser, Emery Architect

Get Involved

            If you would like more information about the amazing work being done at The Emery, visit www.emerytheatre.com. We have numerous volunteer opportunities coming up, including a clean-up event on October 29, 2011. For more information, and to sign up, go to www.emerytheatre.com/volunteers.php or email your contact information to volunteers@emerytheatre.com.

Finally, for event information and to buy tickets to our 11.11.11 Event, go to www.emerytheatre.com/eventdetails.php.

Duru Armagan, owner of Sloane Boutique, in New York

OTRview XIII: Duru Armagan of Sloane Boutique

Duru Armagan is the proprietress of Sloane Boutique, a new store of women’s apparel and accessories at 1216 Vine Street. The location is a familiar one. 1216 Vine is between A Tavola Pizza and Cincy Haus: Tours and Store to the north and Senate restaurant and the soon-to-open Abigail Street to the south. Duru is a recent transplant to Over-the-Rhine, and she’s excited and proud to be part of OTR’s renaissance. Become a fan of Sloane Boutique and stay up to date with its  progress at its facebook page here. Please enjoy OTRview XIII:

Sloane Boutique at 1216 Vine

You appreciate Over-the-Rhine. When did you first learn about and/or experience OTR? How has your perception of it changed since your first impression? Was it love at first sight?
I first experienced Over the Rhine just exploring the city trying to find a place where I could fit in. I remember my first time walking down Vine and Main Street – I immediately felt inspired by the area. After drinking my first cup of coffee at The Coffee Emporium I knew I had to live somewhere within walking distance! When I first told some of my fellow Cincinnati friends I wanted to move to Over the Rhine their reactions weren’t necessarily positive. Despite what everyone said I was determined to move here and make it work – and that’s exactly what I did. I’ve always known Over the Rhine was great but the progression these past two years has been fascinating. All these new restaurants, shops and galleries – people moving here from all parts of the world. Over the Rhine is a gem! It was definitely love at first sight and it isn’t even close to fizzling out!

Duru Armagan, owner of Sloane Boutique, in New York

Could you tell readers a little bit about yourself and how Sloane Boutique came into being?
I never thought I would move to Cincinnati. Honestly, I had never even visited the city before I decided to move here about two years ago. I graduated from The Ohio State University, where I studied International Business, in 2009 and immediately came here. My brother lives in Los Angeles and my parents in New York so when I first moved here, being a city girl, I refused to live anywhere else besides near or in the downtown area. Silence is eery to me – so the city is where I belong! Shortly after visiting I discovered Over the Rhine and fell in love. The minute I came here looking at apartments I knew this was the place I wanted to be. No one had to convince me. I’ve been living on Main Street in OTR ever since and I cannot imagine being anywhere else.
When I first moved here I knew I wanted to open a Boutique but I just wasn’t ready. I nannied for about a year, which was an amazing experience. I met so many influential Cincinnatians through working for different families. Although fun, my dream since I can remember has always been to work in Fashion. Even as a 4 year old little girl I used to dress up in my mom’s clothing and put on Fashion Shows for everyone I knew. I come from a very Fashion Forward, Entrepeanural and Artistic family. My brother is a Fashion Photographer in LA and my Dad has started and ran his own businesses since he graduated from college. I knew I wanted to work in Fashion but I also knew I didn’t want to work for a big corporation.
Recently, I worked as the Fashion Coordinator for Venue Magazine: A Lifestyle and Event Guide, where I had the opportunity to style photoshoots. I also worked at another local Boutique to gain even more experience in the industry.

I’ve definitely gone through some obstacles to get to this point but in the end I decided the best way to do this would be on my own! I’ve been working towards this for the past year and I am so excited my dream is finally coming true.

Sloane Boutique's neighbors: A Tavola Pizza, Cincy Haus Tour and Store, and Abigail Street (storefront under construction in background). Photo via 3CDC

Why did you decide to open Sloane Boutique in OTR?
I can’t imagine having my store anywhere else, other than OTR. One of my favorite things about the neighborhood are all the beautiful and colorful historical buildings. Each building is unique in it’s own way. I immediately dove into the history, researching it’s ups and downs, and was fascinated. Over the Rhine is such an amazing location, being near downtown, close to UC – it’s perfect. I also have never met so many driven, artistic, influential and genuinely nice people then the friends I have met in the OTR community – everyone has something to offer and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. What 3CDC is doing in the area is so great and I knew I wanted to be a part of the movement.
Cincinnati is a growing city, becoming more and more urban everyday and I am proud to contribute to it’s progress. OTR will be the next big thing - I just know it!

Interior of Sloane Boutique

Who or what inspires your personal style?
My style is constantly evolving. I am always inspired by the people around me, people watching is one of my favorite things to do. I am most inspired by the women of NYC and Istanbul – it doesn’t matter what is ’in’ or what is ‘out,’ they dress for themselves and that’s what is most important when it comes to your own personal style. One of my favorite Fashion Icon’s is Sienna Miller – she always looks fabulous in whatever Bohemian inspired outfit she puts together.

Duru Armagan

How did you come up with the name Sloane?

An area that I have been inspired by in my many travels has been an area in London – Sloane Square, located in Chelsea. The name ‘Sloane Boutique’ was inspired by this area and the term ‘Sloane Ranger.’ In England, a ‘Sloane Ranger’, also known as ’Sloanies’ and ‘Sloanes’ are the upper class, Fashion conscious but conventional young women of the area – they are the Socialites. Lady Diana was one of the more famous ‘Sloanes.’ My customers are my Sloane Rangers!

Sloane Boutique interior

What kind of product are you going to sell?

Sloane Boutique will offer a unique mix of both women’s clothing and accessories from tried and true labels along with up and coming Designers, both local and global. From dresses to separates, jewelry and other accessories, we’ll have it all.

Sloane Boutique at 1216 Vine

What is the price point?
The price point will be from $50 to $300. It is important to me to have something for everyone. You can walk into my store and buy an amazing top or dress for under $100 but I will also have a lot more unique and expensive pieces – my goal was to be able to cater to the Fashion minded college students as well the young professionals in the area.

When do you plan to open? 

I plan on opening mid to end of October. I will be throwing a fabulous grand opening - Champagne, DJ’s, Special Appearances, Red Carpet and all :)

Duru Armagan with fellow boutique owner and friend, Amy Kirchen

What will your hours be?

I will be closed on Mondays. Tuesday – Saturday I’ll be open 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Sometimes later depending on special events. In the Spring and Summer I plan on being open on Sundays from 12 to 5 as well.

I will also be offering ’In Home Styling’ by appointment. I can bring the inventory that I believe will work best for my Sloane Ranger for them to try on in the comfort of their own home.

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Parvis Lofts

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 and Meiner Flats, neither of which are discussed in this post.

Businesses opening soon include:



PARK HAUS - 3CDC is embarking on a new program pertaining to single family homes. Nine buildings scattered throughout the Washington Park area were designated for the program due to their size and location. The goal is to allow buyers to select the building of their choice and work directly withthe developers to create a home that caters to their specific needs.

Park Haus


PARVIS II – 3CDC is partnering with the Northpointe Group on this project which includes two buildings in the 1400 block of Republic Street that will add 10-12 units to the Parvis Lofts rental development. It is scheduled to begin in December 2011.


REPUBLIC STREET PRJOECT - This project, to be developed by Mottainai Developers LLC, is at the corner of 15th and Republic streets and will help complete the development of the 1400 block of Race, Republic and Vine streets between Saengerhalle and Parvis Lofts. The project includes four buildings that will yield approximately 23 residential units, 5 for sale, and the remainder for rent. It is scheduled to begin in December 2011.


NICOLAY - A 7-10 unit condo project at the corner of 14th and Republic streets directly behind 3CDC’s offices, will be developed by the Northpointe Group. It is scheduled to begin in December 2011.


COLOR BUILDING - One of Cincinnati’s most iconic buildings in Overthe- Rhine, located at 1400 Vine Street, will include the restoration of the 9,300 square feet space into premiere office space. The project is scheduled to begin in Fall 2011.



WESTFALEN II - A 25-unit condo project will complete the east side of the 1400 block of Race Street just north of 3CDC’s offices. The project includes six buildings and will be completed by John Hueber Homes and Northpointe Group. It is scheduled to begin in January 2012.


13TH AND REPUBLIC - 3CDC is working with developer City Lofts to develop this 10-unit condo project that spans three buildings at the corner of 13th and Republic streets across from the recently sold-out Lackman building. It is scheduled to begin in November 2011.


BAKERY LOFTS - Part of Gateway Quarter Phase V

Bakery Lofts

1401 ELM – Part of Gateway Quarter Phase V

1401 ELM

3CDC’s 2010-2011 Annual Progress Report can be downloaded here or can be viewed below:

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July 2011 OTR Work Group can be downloaded from the 3CDC website here or can be viewed below:

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Final Friday OTR Skate is BACK for Round 2!!

June OTR Skate

Returning to OTR is the Final Friday OTR Skate presented by Far-I-Rome Productions. On Friday June 24, the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center will be transformed in to a combination roller disco and art gallery. Two new DJs will be featured, Cincinnati’s very own DJ Mowgli and DJ Pillo. The art installation will include art from the local art collective Bunk News.

“Skaters can expect to hear a mixture of late 70’s and early 80’s skate party cuts by DJ Mowgli and hip-hop mixed with early 90’s west coast hits by DJ Pillo,” explains Caitlin Behle of Far-I-Rome Productions. At the same times, skaters will be able to view video productions from the art collective Bunk News inspired by 60’s and 70’s album and cartoon art. For non-skaters, free Wii, foosball, pool, and bumper pool will be available courtesy of the OTR Rec Center. After working up an appetite skating or playing pool, you can enjoy some delicious burgers and fries from food truck Café de Wheels!

The first OTR Skate in April was hugely successful with nearly 300 people in attendance. Thanks to those who came out, a substantial sum was raised to benefit the OTR Rec Center. Many of the April OTR Skate’s participants came out sporting vintage clothes to match the roller disco theme. This month, Atomic Number Ten has joined in supporting the event so skaters know where to go to get their vintage digs.

Cover for the OTR Skate is $3 and includes skate rentals, with all proceeds benefitting the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center. While the admission covers you skate rental, if you own your own skates or rollerblades, you are encouraged to bring them. Since the OTR Rec Center has only 120 skates available, they are first come, first served. Admission is also limited to those 18 and older.

To sum it up:

Who: YOU!

What: Final Friday OTR Skate

When: Friday, June 24, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Where: The Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center at 1715 Republic Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Why: To benefit the OTR Recreation Center and get people more involved with the community

Music by: DJ Mowgli & DJ Pillo

Art Installation by: Bunk News

Food by: Café de Wheels

Free Wii, Foosball, pool, and bumper pool courtesy of the OTR Rec Center

Presented by: Far-I-Rome Productions

Supported by: Atomic Number Ten


FINAL FRIDAY OTR SKATE is a bi-monthly adult skate held on Final Friday at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center. The event is highlighted by live DJs and interactive art installations, as well as support from local food and goods vendors. The OTR Skate is designed as both a unique Final Friday experience and community outreach effort – a portion of the proceeds benefit the OTR Rec Center, and many of the artists and musicians involved have offered their services in support of the effort.

FAR-I-ROME PRODUCTIONS is an independent special events production company that focuses on unifying the music & arts community under one roof through innovative events. Founded in 2010, Far-I-Rome Productions has spanned genres and brought together the corners of the cities with events like the Clifton Heights Music Festival, Turntables ‘n’ Snares, Tune-In Park and the Final Friday OTR Skate. Far-I-Rome Productions is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more information on Far-I-Rome Productions, visit: http://www.fariromeproductions.com

For more information on the Over-The-Rhine Recreation Center, visit http://www.cincyrec.org/

1220 Vine Street, before

Before and After: 1218 and 1220 Vine Street

Today, 1220 Vine Street is home to A TAVOLA PIZZA and next door is The Queen City Underground’s Cincy Haus at 1218 Vine.

The Cincy Haus and A Tavola, credit: James Jenkins

Before, 1220 Vine Street:

1220 Vine Street, before

1220 Vine Street, After

And now an interior photo from Katie Clavey as it is today:

A Tavola Pizza, photo credit Katie Clavey

And these wonderful shots by 5chw4r7z:

A Tavola Pizza, photo: 5chw4r7z

A Tavola Pizza, photo: 5chw4r7z