I-71 MLK Interchange
The 1-71 Interchange opened on August 8, 2017 following a years-long development process. Beginning in 2011, UCI worked closely with the City of Cincinnati and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments on the $80 million interchange at I-71 and Martin Luther King Drive. The project opened 670 acres of unused land, creating up to 7,000 permanent full-time jobs in the region’s second-largest economic area. Explore the ongoing development around the MLK Interchange and the Uptown Innovation Corridor here.
UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute Building
The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, a 114,000-square-foot, $68 million outpatient center, opens in April 2019. A total of 215 people work in the new four-story building, including doctors, researchers, medical assistants, therapists, technologists and other support staff. As the location of all outpatient neurological care and patient education activities for UC Health, the institute will provide the region with better access to advanced clinical trials.
The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute is funded by contributions from the University of Cincinnati and UC Health, new market tax credits invested by Uptown Consortium, Inc. and gifts from private donors.
Uptown Gateway is a mixed-use development located by the I-71 Interchange in the Uptown Innovation Corridor. The University of Cincinnati signed a long-term lease for a 180,000-square-foot office and research building to house it’s digital future initiative. The Uptown Gateway master plan includes office, retail, residential and parking space. The development by Terrex Development & Construction and Messer Construction Co. broke ground in April 2019 and expect to finish construction in 2021. Learn more about the Uptown Gateway here.
MLK Investors I, a partnership between Neyer Properties Inc. and Kulkarni Properties, is planning a mixed-use development on the northeast quadrant of the Reading Road and Martin Luther King Jr. intersection called the node. This project will be developed in three phases and will include office, retail and residential uses.
UC 1819 INNOVATION HUB
UC 1819 Innovation Hub, formerly the Sears Building, is the University of Cincinnati’s innovation and research accelerator, serving as the new “front door” for companies seeking to tap into the vast talent, research and educational expertise at UC. It provides space for interdisciplinary students and faculty to collaborate with industry partners and translate ideas to market. The 1819 building hosts numerous high-profile tenants, including P&G, Kroger, Cincinnati Bell, CincyTech and Cincinnati Financial.
QUEEN CITY HILLS, LLC
Queen City Hills, LLC is an ownership group comprised of prominent local executives with extensive business and real estate investment experience. In October 2018, they signed a letter of intent with Uptown Consortium to develop the southwest corner of the Uptown Innovation Corridor. The selection of a minority-owned development team is a key component of the economic inclusion model that UCI has prioritized in the Uptown Innovation Corridor.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is moving forward with its consolidated research facility in the Uptown Innovation Corridor. NIOSH, a department of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends workplace safety and health prevention. The 14-acre development will have a $291.7 million economic impact on Greater Cincinnati, employ 550 people and create more partnerships between NIOSH and the Uptown anchor institutions to advance medical research.
Avondale Town Center
The Avondale Town Center is currently under construction to create a mixed-use development including more than 75,000 square feet of commercial space, 69 residential units and a 6,000 square-foot UC Health clinic. The project by The Community Builders is focused on attracting tenants from locally or minority-owned business. Uptown Consortium contributed $2 million in New Markets Tax Credits to the development.
U Square at The Loop
U Square at The Loop is a LEED certified multi-use mid-rise development covering two city blocks between McMillan and Calhoun streets. 161 upscale apartments provide easy access to the lively Clifton area and the accompanying 80,000 square feet of retail space houses a wide variety of apparel, fitness, dining and drink venues. U Square also features 40,000 square feet of University of Cincinnati office space and over 700 parking spaces. Learn more about The Loop here.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Just south of U Square at the Loop, Fairfield Inn & Suites recently completed a $10 million development project. The 115-room limited service hotel has prime access to dining, entertainment and shopping in Clifton Heights.
HICKORY PLACE TOWNHOMES
The Hickory Place Townhomes are 16 market-rate townhomes that sold-out in record time in the historic and vibrant Avondale community. The multimillion-dollar Hickory Place Townhomes development completed its second phase in 2016.
On the border of Clifton Heights and Corryville, University Plaza represents significant growth for the Uptown community. Anchoring Short Vine and Corry Street, the plaza includes a recently renovated Walgreens Pharmacy and a Kroger marketplace twice the size of the previous store.
Kroger Marketplace opened in February 2017 after a complete renovation to update and expand the original grocery space. Supported by UCI new market tax credits, the $20 million development created 200 new jobs and debuted with expanded customer offerings, including a drive-thru pharmacy, a Little Clinic, craft beer stations, Starbucks and a more diverse food selection.
Crossroads at Old St. George
Crossroads, the fastest growing church in the nation, purchased Uptown's historic Old St. George Catholic Church from the Clifton Heights Community Urban Development Corporation (CHUCURC) in 2015. The site underwent $11 million in renovations, partially funded by UCI, and began hosting services at the Uptown location in August 2016. Learn more about Crossroads at Old St. George here.
The Verge on McMillan
The Verge is a new housing community designed to serve University of Cincinnati students. The 245,000-square-foot building features 178 apartments, 495 beds and 380 parking spaces. Located at W. McMillan Street and W. Clifton Avenue, the apartments are just one block from the university’s main campus.
101 E. Corry
Recently opened in Corryville's historic district, 101 E. Corry features 123 apartments and eight townhomes. A partnership between Uptown Rental Properties and North American Properties, the $25 million project is bordered by William Howard Taft Road, Euclid Avenue, East Corry Street and Eden Avenue.
Nestled in the Short Vine Entertainment District, VP3 is the newest housing community in Corryville. The $30 million residential development is conveniently located across from Uptown’s newest Kroger location.
In 2016, Walgreens Pharmacy reopened at University Plaza after undergoing a complete store remodel. The “happy and healthy” brand rejoined the community with the same friendly, pharmacy-led, health and well-being expertise in a new and improved setting. Renovations include better lighting, simplified in-store navigation and a stock of items specifically selected for local relevance.