On Thursday, city crews began clearing parts of a shopping center site that has been a landmark in Bond Hill since the 1950's. Most recently called Jordan Crossing, Swifton Commons was the first mall in Cincinnati and one of the largest shopping centers in Ohio.
Over the years it had fallen into disrepair. During the past year The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, formed to stimulate growth of the regional economy, bought it. The deal to purchase the 25 acres from Allen Temple Real Estate Foundation was recently finalized.
As WVXU reported last fall, Port Authority Vice President of Real Estate Development Darin Hall said he plans to create a vibrant development.
That could include sit-down restaurants, upscale shopping, a hotel and possibly even a grocery stor
Crews are removing a 32-foot billboard at the Reading Road/Seymour Avenue intersection and a shuttered fast-food restaurant.
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney and other city officials celebrated the beginning of the massive redevelopment at a ceremony on Thursday.