Minority Developer Partners with Uptown Consortium on Key Corner in Innovation Corridor

The Uptown Consortium (UCI) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Queen City Hills, LLC to develop a key corner of the Uptown Innovation Corridor. Queen City Hills, LLC is an ownership group comprised of prominent local executives with extensive business and real estate investment experience. The team is led by Ed Rigaud, David Foxx and Albert Smitherman.

UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute Nears Completion, Exceeding Economic Inclusion Goals to Date

The University of Cincinnati (UC) Gardner Neuroscience Institute, a partnership between UC College of Medicine and UC Health, is in the midst of constructing a $68 million, 114,000-square foot outpatient center in the Uptown Innovation Corridor. The building, located at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Eden Avenue, is one of many exciting developments in the Corridor.

Transportation Connectivity and Access in Uptown Innovation Corridor

According to the Brookings Institute’s principles for an innovation district, connectivity—including transit, bike paths, sidewalks and car-sharing—is paramount for success and sustainability. Access and connectivity have always been key components in planning the Uptown Innovation Corridor. That is why UCI has initiated several studies designed to improve how people travel into and around Uptown. UCI is working in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and OKI Regional Council of Governments in these planning efforts, along with community stakeholders.

How to Get Involved in Uptown Innovation Corridor Planning

With many new developments coming to the Uptown Innovation Corridor in Avondale, the Uptown Consortium (UCI) is continuing its community engagement initiatives to ensure that residents and community members have a voice in the future of their neighborhood. UCI is dedicated to engaging neighborhood residents and stakeholders in all phases of the development process.

A Glimpse Behind the Big News

The same week a crowd gathered at the University of Cincinnati’s much-anticipated digital futures press conference, the Federal Register announced its official decision to purchase a 14-acre site for NIOSH in the Uptown Innovation Corridor. A design build contract for the $110 million federal research facility at the northwest corner of Martin Luther King (MLK) Drive and Reading Road will be up for bid in early 2019, while Terrex and Messer begin the neighboring 180,000-square-foot, $165 million UC digital futures complex in the Uptown Gateway Development. And, Kroger Co. announced its collaboration with UC to run a 2,500-square-foot incubation lab at UC’s 1819 Innovation Hub.

First Uptown Gateway Tenant Announced

On Wednesday, August 22, the University of Cincinnati announced its intention to sign a long-term, build-to-suit lease in the Uptown Gateway development in the Uptown Innovation Corridor. Terrex Development & Construction and Messer Construction will develop a 180,000 square foot building that will serve UC’s “digital futures” building, where companies can openly innovate and collaborate with UC, the community and each other. The digital futures building will be located at the highly sought out corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Reading Road by the I-71 interchange and will be in close proximity to the 1819 Innovation Hub.

Senate Makes Its Move on Research Facility

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that it is moving forward with NIOSH’s consolidated research facility in the Uptown Innovation Corridor. Previously, the CDC selected the Corridor as the preferred site for the development, but plans had not been finalized and approved. On Wednesday, August 23, the Senate passed a spending package including funding for the new NIOSH site.