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The Ferris wheel that will be at The Banks this autumn could attract a new business or two -- at least that's the hope of a developer. The SkyStar will be on the grassy area directly in front of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The lot next door, to the west, is still vacant.

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Editor's Note: The opening is delayed one day because of inclement weather delaying installation. SkyStar is expected to open Saturday, Sept. 1.

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While the City of Cincinnati struggles to reduce a $32 million deficit, it continues to carry millions of dollars in loans and unpaid debt.

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Hamilton County commissioners rescind a sales tax increase under threat of a lawsuit. Now they have to find a way to address the county's structural deficit. Businesses at The Banks want to know when and where the proposed new riverfront music venue will be located. Cincinnati residents will be asked to approve at least four Charter amendments in November, and that number could grow. The City of Cincinnati continues to clear homeless camps out of downtown. And more changes are in store for local TV news operations.

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After a series of public hearings on a proposed spending plan, Cincinnati City Council members will debate how they want to alter the budgets submitted by Acting City Manager Patrick Duhaney and Mayor John Cranley.   

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Hamilton County commissioners and Cincinnati Council's Budget and Finance Committee Monday selected the Cincinnati Symphony (CSO) and Music and Event Management, Inc. (MEMI) as its choice to develop a music venue at The Banks.

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Todd Portune is back to work—sort of. The Hamilton County commission president has been hospitalized since his left leg was amputated April 16. Commissioners held a meeting at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Wednesday morning to accommodate him.

Hamilton County commissioners are considering the recommendation for a concert venue at The Banks. The Joint Banks Steering Committee last week selected the bid by Music and Event Management Incorporated (MEMI) to build a facility. Commissioner Denise Driehaus says while MEMI has a good history running Riverbend and the Taft Theater, she worries the new venue will just attract more of the same acts.

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The Joint Banks Steering Committee is recommending the Cincinnati Symphony (CSO) and Music and Event Management, Inc. (MEMI) develop a music venue at The Banks. The recommendation next goes to Hamilton County commissioners and Cincinnati City Council.

The Banks Turns 10: A Look Back And A Look Ahead

Apr 2, 2018
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On Monday, April 2, city and county officials celebrate a decade of development at The Banks, honoring the anniversary of its groundbreaking outside the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame with a ceremony that begins at 2:30 p.m. 

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Two teens are killed and 12 others shot at a high school in southwest Kentucky. Mayor John Cranley says he will continue his efforts to remove Cincinnati Park Board Leader Dianne Rosenberg after a judge voids a council vote confirming Cranley's pick to replace her. The Kings Local School District could soon have its first African-American board member. More changes are in store for The Banks. And the world's favorite hippo, Fiona, celebrates her first birthday.

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The Banks Steering Committee meets Tuesday to talk about finding a developer for a concert venue.

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Todd Portune wants to see more activity on the Banks. The Hamilton County Commission President doesn't just mean more people and business, but more participation in the development.

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The young man accused of plowing his car into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, has local ties. The attack is spurring national conversation about hate groups, some of which are actively recruiting here in Ohio. Taxpayers have invested more than $135 million into the Banks development. Ten years later, there's still work to be done. All good things come to an end as FC Cincinnati proves in the Open Cup run.

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During his career John Deatrick has been involved in dozens of major Cincinnati design, construction and renovation projects, from downtown skywalks and city parking garages to Findlay Market and Lunken Airport. But he is best known as project executive for The Banks and the Cincinnati Streetcar, which have both dramatically changed, and now help define, Cincinnati.

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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition we discuss the developments behind the headlines. With Dayton, Ohio Mayor Nan Whaley announcing her candidacy earlier this month, there are now four Democrats and four Republicans running to be the next governor of Ohio. Meanwhile, the current governor, John Kasich, continues his presence on the national political stage. And in Cincinnati, businesses still come and go at The Banks on the riverfront, but for the last two years officials in charge of planning for The Banks have been quiet about the project's future.

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The covering of a portion Fort Washington Way might be eligible for federal funding. At least, Hamilton County commissioners hope it is.

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Cincinnati, Hamilton County and other partners are working on a plan to make access to the riverfront easier.

The first phase of the plan would spend about $1 million for additional electronic signs on nearby interstates with real time traffic and parking information.

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Another 710 parking spaces are coming to the Cincinnati riverfront with the completion of another piece of the infrastructure for The Banks project. Also included is a one city block extension of Race Street.

Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials gathered Thursday morning to officially cut the ribbon on Phase IIIA. The project cost $29.3 million and was funded with tax increment financing from phases one and two of The Banks. JobsOhio also contributed funds.

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Middletown has become the first and only municipality in the state to submit paperwork for an Outdoor Refreshment Area. 

In April, Ohio lawmakers passed a bill allowing for the creation of Outdoor Refreshment Areas. Municipalities with a population of at least 35,000 can designate areas where open container rules are relaxed.

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The first tenant at the newest phase of the Banks is a popular local waffle chain. Taste of Belgium plans to open next year in a street-level space below the new GE office tower.

Dan McCarthy is project executive for Carter, the developer. He says lease negotiations are underway with more possible tenants, primarily restaurants rather than retail.

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The newest apartment complex at The Banks is now leasing.

"Radius at The Banks" features include high-end wood, granite, and stainless steel finishes, and an outdoor community space with a pool.

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Officials are breaking ground Tuesday on the latest portion of the Banks project. Phase IIIA is a 690 space parking garage.

One of the first restaurants to open at The Banks has closed. Banks spokeswoman Libby Korosec says Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill closed because the tenant defaulted under its lease.

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The Banks on the Cincinnati riverfront broke ground in the spring of 2008. Phase I was completed last year, construction for Phase II is now well underway, and plans are being confirmed for the third phase of the project.

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Hamilton County Commissioners have approved moving ahead on the next part of the Banks.  Project Executive Phil Beck says the public infrastructure part of Phase IIIA will cost about $29.3 million.  It includes street work, and parking garage space.

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AC Hotels by Marriott will soon be coming to the Banks. County and city officials are expected to sign off on the project by the end of the month.

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Hamilton County is still looking for the best place to build a veterans memorial featuring part of a Cold War era submarine. 

Commissioner Todd Portune says the sail of the USS Cincinnati should be near the Ohio River.

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Only two Cincinnati council members publicly commented Wednesday on the city manager's deal with former Mahogany's restaurant owner Liz Rogers.  

Rogers is getting part of her debt with the city forgiven and a monthly repayment plan for the rest.  She will repay $100,000 to the city.   She closed Mahogany’s at The Banks last August after the landlord found her in default on her lease.  

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Cincinnati’s City Manager said Tuesday he has reached a financial restructuring agreement with Liz Rogers, who closed Mahogany’s at The Banks in August and still owed the city a substantial amount of money.  The plan forgives part of her debt and sets up a repayment structure.

Harry Black provided the details of the plan in a memo to Mayor John Cranley and city council members.

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