Port Authority

The Fountain Square South parking garage is closing Friday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. and won't reopen until three months later.

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (Port Authority) is taking over management of the garage under the Westin Hotel. The City of Cincinnati is leasing operations to the Port under a long-term agreement.

The Port says the closure will allow for "making needed repairs and maintenance to the facility."

The Port Authority says it has already alerted regular daily parking clients. It provided the following information to WVXU:

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Five regional agencies that aim to drive business and economic growth are moving in together.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI), Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (Port Authority), Cincinnati Business Committee (CBC) and the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee (CRBC) are co-locating in the Three East Fourth Street building between Vine and Walnut streets Downtown.

The five organizations combined have about a hundred employees.

From the media release:

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The Port Authority is preparing to market nearly 40 acres of land in the Roselawn/Bond Hill area with hopes it will jumpstart economic development there.

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority has released details of its “substantially completed” agreements with two private companies to operate Cincinnati’s parking meters, five downtown garages, and three surface parking lots.

The Port Authority’s agreement with Xerox State & Local Solutions is for 10 years, with a provision to extend it for up to two 10-year periods thereafter. Xerox will operate and maintain 4,900 parking meters in downtown Cincinnati and the city’s neighborhoods.

 UPDATE:  The OKI board unanimously approved the funding plan at its meeting Thursday morning.

The OKI Regional Council of Governments board will vote Thursday on a first-of-its kind financing plan to rebuild the Interstate 71/Martin Luther King interchange.

OKI Director Mark Policinski says the plan calls for a loan from the state infrastructure bank.

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At the urging of Mayor-elect John Cranley and seven members of the new council, the Port Authority of Greater Cincinnati has agreed to stop the controversial lease of Cincinnati’s parking meters and five city garages.

Cranley and seven members of the council that will take office Dec. 1 wrote a letter to Port Authority president and CEO Laura Brunner Monday night saying it is “not in the community’s interests or the long-term interests of the Port Authority to proceed.”

The Port Authority of Greater Cincinnati is continuing its efforts to expand its statistical boundaries in order to make the region a bigger player in freight commerce.

Brown, Adams, Scioto and Boone counties are already on board with the plan and Hamilton County gave its approval last week.

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority has released details of its “substantially completed” agreements with two private companies to operate Cincinnati’s parking meters, five downtown garages, and three surface parking lots.

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (Port Authority) is looking to give the region a bigger edge when it comes to marketing business along the Ohio River.

Right now the Port covers 26 miles. It's looking to expand those boundaries to 205 miles by enlisting 18 counties from Scioto County, Ohio and Greenup County, Kentucky to the East and Jefferson County, Indiana to the west.

Port CEO Laura Brunner says an expanded Cincinnati Tri-State Port District would benefit everyone.

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