Downtown Cincinnati

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The former Cincinnati Enquirer building on Vine Street in Downtown is now a hotel. Two hotels, actually. It now houses a Hampton Inn and a Homewood Suites, both Hilton Hotel franchises owned and operated by SREE Hotels.

The dual hotel concept is a new one. "This is the new trend in hospitality," says SREE Hotels President/CEO Vinay Patel. "This is a little unique, stacked on top of one another."

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Crews are putting the finishing touches on the remodeled Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) lobby.  There's a new entrance sign, new lighting, and a coffee bar and kitchen.

Jim Stapleton with the design team of FRCH says while the area around 6th and Walnut has prospered, it didn't feel like the CAC had kept up.  He says one change is color changing LED lights that have been added to the supporting columns in the lobby.

Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday on proposals to bring more liquor licenses to Downtown.  The city would set up two new community entertainment districts that could allow for 21 additional bars.  

Attorney Brad Thomas described how the districts work Monday during city council’s Neighborhood committee meeting.

Bill Rinehart

Cincinnati's building department took samples of "suspect asbestos containing materials" Sunday from the rubble of a three-story building on West Court Street that collapsed Saturday night.

Meanshile, West Court Street between Elm and Race streets remained closed Monday while crews continue to clean up after a three-story building collapsed Friday night.

Rocky Merz, the city's director of communications, said the materials are being tested to see if asbestos was present in the building, which was built in 1865.

Santa swimming with sharks or rappelling down a skyscraper, live Nativity scenes, an authentic German Christmas market, a Victorian Christmas, all manner, types and styles of trains, lights and music -  there'’s even a Reindog parade. Greater Cincinnati knows how to enjoy the holidays. Tricia Suit, director of marketing for Downtown Cincinnati Inc.; Rebecca Calkin, manager of digital communication for ArtsWave; and Mike Deininger, co-owner of MiCA 12/v and president of the Central Vine Street Business Association, give us a sample of the many events around town that celebrate the season. For more information on holiday happenings, check out the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. and Artswave's Choose Your Own Holiday Arts Adventure sites.

The offices of dunnhumby USA are still under construction but the parking garage beneath those offices is open.  City leaders cut the ribbon on the 1,000 space garage Monday morning.  Construction on the project at 5th and Race began in January 2013.   

The building includes six floors of parking and three floors of office space, with retail on the ground floor.

The president of PNC Bank, Kay Geiger, calls the project "transformative."

Introducing Dick Waller's Art Place

Oct 31, 2014

Cincinnati treasure Dick Waller is starting his third career at age 86 with the opening of his own art studio – Dick Waller’s Art Place - on West Court Street in downtown. Dick has teamed up with local gallery owner Sylvia Rombus and they are in our studio to talk about this new venture with Anne Arenstein.

  The 13th annual MidPoint Music Festival kicks off this Thursday, offering festival goers three days of music, fun, food and drink, in various venues throughout Over the Rhine and downtown. While headliners at this year’'s MidPoint are The Afghan Whigs, Chromeo and OK Go, the festival continues to embrace emerging artists, the bands people will be talking about next year.

Downtown Cincinnati is full of flashing construction arrow signs and traffic cones blocking streets...causing delays for workers and visitors.  

City spokeswoman Meg Olberding said it is part of a "growth explosion."

“In my time at the city, I don’t remember quite this much construction happening in a concentrated area of the CBD, The banks and Over-the-Rhine,” Olberding said.  “Obviously you do one thing one place, and it has a ripple effect.”

There are various projects including streetcar construction, Duke Energy utility work and private developments.  

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