the Banks

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Middletown has become the first and only municipality in the state to submit paperwork for an Outdoor Refreshment Area. 

In April, Ohio lawmakers passed a bill allowing for the creation of Outdoor Refreshment Areas. Municipalities with a population of at least 35,000 can designate areas where open container rules are relaxed.

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The first tenant at the newest phase of the Banks is a popular local waffle chain. Taste of Belgium plans to open next year in a street-level space below the new GE office tower.

Dan McCarthy is project executive for Carter, the developer. He says lease negotiations are underway with more possible tenants, primarily restaurants rather than retail.

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The newest apartment complex at The Banks is now leasing.

"Radius at The Banks" features include high-end wood, granite, and stainless steel finishes, and an outdoor community space with a pool.

The Banks Public Partnership

Officials are breaking ground Tuesday on the latest portion of the Banks project. Phase IIIA is a 690 space parking garage.

One of the first restaurants to open at The Banks has closed. Banks spokeswoman Libby Korosec says Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill closed because the tenant defaulted under its lease.

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The Banks on the Cincinnati riverfront broke ground in the spring of 2008. Phase I was completed last year, construction for Phase II is now well underway, and plans are being confirmed for the third phase of the project.

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Hamilton County Commissioners have approved moving ahead on the next part of the Banks.  Project Executive Phil Beck says the public infrastructure part of Phase IIIA will cost about $29.3 million.  It includes street work, and parking garage space.

Provided / Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

AC Hotels by Marriott will soon be coming to the Banks. County and city officials are expected to sign off on the project by the end of the month.

provided / USS Cincinnati Cold War Memorial Project

Hamilton County is still looking for the best place to build a veterans memorial featuring part of a Cold War era submarine. 

Commissioner Todd Portune says the sail of the USS Cincinnati should be near the Ohio River.

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Only two Cincinnati council members publicly commented Wednesday on the city manager's deal with former Mahogany's restaurant owner Liz Rogers.  

Rogers is getting part of her debt with the city forgiven and a monthly repayment plan for the rest.  She will repay $100,000 to the city.   She closed Mahogany’s at The Banks last August after the landlord found her in default on her lease.  

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