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Cincinnati officials identify cheaper sidewalk restroom

Cincinnati administrators now say in a report they've found a cheaper way to install public sidewalk restrooms that some Council Members are asking for.  

Officials say they've found a galvanized steel facility starting at $35,000.  That compares to about $100,000 for the "Portland Loo" officials first considered.  

Administrators say the total cost with installation for the alternative would be $50,000 or less.  

Officials still want to try a test location for the public restroom at Findlay Market.  They wrote in the report location is ideal because it's city owned, is within the urban core and there's a need for additional restroom facilities in the area.  

Money for the initial project could come from a fund used to repair city-owned buildings.  

Once the pilot site is completed, a list of criteria will be developed to determined preferred locations for other restrooms.  

The report is scheduled to be on Wednesday's city council agenda for referral to a committee for more discussion.