Uptown Innovation Corridor Projects to Watch in 2019

Local and regional excitement around the Uptown Innovation Corridor is palpable. In 2018, multiple developments were announced, and new tenants moved to the Corridor. Prominent companies such as P&G, Kroger, CincyTech and Cincinnati Financial located in the UC 1819 Innovation Hub, and UC announced its intent to sign a long-term lease in the Uptown Gateway.

Even more exciting announcements are expected in 2019. From grand openings to groundbreakings and finalized plans, here are some of the Uptown Innovation Corridor developments moving forward in 2019.


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Uptown Gateway, a $200 million mixed-use development by Terrex Development & Construction and Messer Construction, plans to break ground in March 2019. Phase one of the development will include 330,000 square feet of office space, a 1,450-space underground garage and a 200-room hotel.

The University of Cincinnati is Uptown Gateway’s first tenant. In 2018, the university announced its intent to sign a long-term lease for a 180,000-square-foot building called “digital futures.”


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The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute is the leading regional treatment center for complex neurological and psychological conditions. The 114,000-square-foot foot state-of-the-art building is under construction and is expected to open in spring 2019.



The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is consolidating its two Cincinnati facilities into one $110 million research facility. The new building, which is expected to begin construction in 2019, will move an estimated 550 existing jobs to Uptown and generate more than 300 additional jobs.


Queen City Hills, LLC signed a letter of intent to build a mixed-use development on the southwest quadrant of the Corridor. Queen City Hills, a minority-owned development company, is finalizing plans for the project, which will include residential, commercial and office use. Queen City Hills is expected to deliver development plans in the first half of 2019.


MLK Investors I LLC, a partnership between Neyer Properties and Kulkarni Properties, plans to develop a $250 million mixed-use development on the northeast quadrant of the Corridor. The proposed development would include office, residential and commercial space. MLK Investors I expects to deliver more detailed project plans this year.