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Metropolitan Sewer District
4:17 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Clock running on sewer district compromise

Credit Sarah Ramsey

City and county officials now have about five weeks to try to work out a compromise on several Metropolitan Sewer District policies (MSD).

Council voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend its local hiring policy until August 1. Until then the sides will try to reach an agreement on it and a portion of a responsible bidder policy that requires apprenticeships.

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Economic development
12:51 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Cincinnati losing Econ Devp director

Cincinnati's economic development director is leaving for a job in Detroit.  

Odis Jones' last day will be July 12th.   He’s accepted a position with the Detroit Public Lighting Authority.

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Drawbridge Inn
12:05 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Local developer has plans for Drawbridge Inn

The Drawbridge Inn has been vacant since late last year.
AndyHemmer.com PR

A Fort Mitchell landmark that's been closed since December could become the site for a new upscale mixed-use development.  Commercial real estate developer Brandicorp says it plans to acquire the Drawbridge Hotel and Convention Center, also known as the Drawbridge Inn. 

Brandicorp president Michael Brandy issued this statement:

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Community development
3:36 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Cincinnati continues efforts to obtain Wasson Way line

The Wasson Way railroad line
City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati officials are continuing their efforts to acquire about 5 miles of unused railroad track running through portions of Avondale, Evanston, Hyde Park, Oakley and Mt. Lookout.

The city is interested in a section of the Wasson Way line running from Victory Parkway to the west and Red Bank Road on the east.  

Norfolk Southern currently owns the railroad track, but it hasn't been used since 2009.  

Transportation and Engineering Director Michael Moore said getting it for the city involves a somewhat lengthy process.

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University of Cincinnati
12:22 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

UC board approves Nippert expansion

The University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium will soon be a construction zone.

UC's board has approved the more than $80 million upgrade plan.

Athletic Director Whit Babcock says construction will begin in December and should wrap up in August 2015. The university says it is considering playing its 2014 games at Paul Brown Stadium.

As expected, the board also froze in-state tuition levels for next year.

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