Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Can I Get An Amen!

After almost a decade, two city council committees, finance and economic development, have finally decided to approve the go-ahead for Cincinnati's ever-elusive Banks Project.

For those of you who have not at least passed through the Queen City in the past several years, the Banks Project is a heated contested development project of several acres of property between the Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium, just along the Ohio River.

The reason why there has been so much discussions as to what should be done with this areas (which are now basically just parking lots) is because some of the property is owned by the city and some is owned by the county, and both of these entities have had a doosey trying to agree on how to develop the land.
From parking fears, complaints of exclusion, and one development company dropping out of the mix, all figure in to reasons why the re-development plan has not taken off.

Low and behold, yesterday, hours before the President of the Free World touched down in our city, Cincinnati's City Council has approved a redevelopment plan.

Step one down....several more to go.

City Council as a whole, will vote on Thursday to approve the re-development plan, which co insides with Hamilton county's vote on the plan.

Lets keep our fingers crossed.

There has been a large push for an entertainment aspect to the development. I wonder why the LGBT Community has not complained about being excluded from the decision making. With the Dock Complex being so close to the site, I would think at least they would want a hand in the development.

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