Next Hot Neighborhoods: Over-the-Rhine North

The rehab boom moves beyond Central and Vine.

Follow the new streetcar line north to Findlay Market and you’ll come upon early stages of Over-the-Rhine’s revival, version 2.0. 3CDC—the city’s “preferred developer” for 33 properties north of Liberty—is still a major player in the game, but some new faces are getting in on the action, too.

 Over-the-Rhine, north of Liberty Street, looking west
Over-the-Rhine, north of Liberty Street, looking west

Photograph by Rick Lohre

Take Market Square by Model Group, a massive rehab project across from Findlay Market that encompasses eight Race Street and four Elder Street buildings. When complete (in fall 2016), Market Square will house apartments, condos, offices, and retail space. But perhaps the biggest news of all is that a 6,000-square-foot grocery store will be a tenant, “to complement Findlay Market but not duplicate it,” says Model Group Principal and COO Bobby Maly.

Another, much smaller mixed-use development nearby is Kim Starbuck’s renovated Crown Building at 1739 Elm. It includes four apartments, offices for tech company Modulus (a Brandery alum), and unfinished space on the first floor for a restaurant. Mixed-use isn’t the only game in this part of town, though. Starbuck is tackling renovations at two neighboring structures next: a single family home and a building of micro-apartments (translation: “small urban living spaces,” says Starbuck). And Kunst Development recently completed renovations on its Tailor Shop apartments, a three-unit building on Hamer Street. Suffice it to say, a year from now this part of OTR could have quite a different feel.

Population: 6,064 | Median Home Price*: $265,000 | Change since 2010: 35.6%
*Includes all of downtown. MLS does not track data for OTR separately.

Down the Road

  • As part of the city’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program, locals ranging from Over-the-Rhine Community Council president Ryan Messer to Cincinnati firefighters armed with donation buckets at Bockfest banded together to raise money for Grant Park playground’s recent overhaul, installing new play structures and effectively reclaiming the space for neighborhood kids.
  • It’s been eight years since Bob Bonder hatched a plan to build a brewery in the old Moerlein bottling plant at 1910 Elm, but  Rhinegeist Brewery has been an OTR hotspot from day one and shows no signs of cooling off.
  • The Pet Wants national headquarters are already housed at 1820 Central Parkway but founder Michele Hobbs isn’t stopping there; she’s in the process of drumming up investors to add a distillery to the building, too.

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