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Cincinnati is converting office towers into homes. Could that ease the region's housing crunch?

Warren LeMay
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Developers in downtown Cincinnati are converting multiple office buildings into residential properties.

In fact, Cincinnati is a national leader in office building conversions, according to a 2023 report from commercial real estate company CBRE.

But how difficult — and expensive — are these projects?

On Cincinnati Edition, we talk about the complications of turning office towers into residential towers and whether there's any chance those projects could include affordable housing.


  • Reggie Harris, councilmember, Cincinnati City Council
  • Steven Timmel, senior vice president, CBRE
  • Emily Badger, reporter, The New York Times

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