USquare at the Loop

Economic development
3:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Cincinnati changing prevailing wages rule on projects

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

Developers doing work in Cincinnati will have to pay prevailing wage on the entire construction project if the city is investing money in it.  

State law requires that rate for publicly funded portions of a project like parking garages and street improvements.  But the city's policy would go further.

Projects with less than 30 percent city investment will be exempted.  

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Economic development
2:41 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Council and residents don't like USquare public space

USquare Development near U-C
Sarah Ramsey

Work continues on the USquare Development near the University of Cincinnati.  

The project includes a public plaza, and some council members and nearby residents aren’t impressed with its design.

During a meeting Tuesday, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls said she was choosing her words carefully.

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Economic development
3:53 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Cincinnati officials could investigate USquare Development

Rendering of USquare Development neat UC.
Credit From Towne Properties website

Three Cincinnati Council Members are asking city administrators to investigate pay issues involving some workers at the USquare Development near the University of Cincinnati. 

They allege some sub-contractors aren't paying their employees the correct hourly wages.

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Economic development
3:34 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Council members concerned about project near UC

Rendering of USquare at the Loop near the UC campus.
From Towne Properties website

Some Cincinnati Council Members have serious problems with the subcontractors working on a major economic development project near the University of Cincinnati campus.

Cecil Thomas and Wendell Young visited the USquare at the Loop construction site last week and talked to some of the workers. 

The council members alleged some of the subcontractors are not paying workers the state mandated prevailing wage and the employees are not paying city income taxes. 

They said that's cost the city about $500,000 so far.

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