The Banks

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Plans for a music venue at The Banks continue to take shape even as a deal to relocate Hilltop Basic Resources remains unfinished.

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The SkyStar wheel at The Banks might not be around for much longer. The owners are in talks with Hamilton County to replace it with a larger wheel.

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Construction on the parking garages to support what could be a music venue at The Banks begins in August. But the future of the actual venue east of Paul Brown Stadium depends on relocating Hilltop Basic Resources, west of the stadium.  

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A new date, a new location, but the same quality blues return to the Cincinnati riverfront on July 13 when this year's Cincy Blues Fest takes over the Schmidlapp Lawn next to Moerlein Lager House at The Banks

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Newport's $40-million music venue could put a local business in jeopardy.

Ovation is an indoor/outdoor music venue that will sit on Newport's riverfront across from Cincinnati's planned music venue at The Banks.

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Updated: 7:20 p.m.

Hilltop Basic Resources proposed a land swap with the city of Cincinnati that would allow the company to move from its current location next to Paul Brown Stadium to make way for a music venue at The Banks.

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Cincinnati City Council Wednesday approved a financing plan that will allow construction of a music venue at The Banks to move forward.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signs what has been commonly referred to as "The Heartbeat Bill" into law. The law bans abortion from the point a fetal heartbeat is detected. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and other opponents of the legislation say they will fight it in court.

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Updated April 11, 2:24 p.m.

Hamilton County commissioners are giving the go-ahead to a financing plan to advance a music venue at The Banks. The board voted 2-1 with Commissioner Stephanie Summerow Dumas dissenting, though she declined to say why.

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A local landscaper on trial for taking part in an alleged minority contracting fraud scheme takes the stand in his own defense. Hamilton County property owners will see an increase in their taxes in 2019 for the Reds and Bengals stadiums. And a dispute between the county and the City of Cincinnati could delay construction of a music venue at The Banks.

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The Cincinnati Bengals and Hamilton County commissioners have agreed to a deal that clears the way for a music venue at The Banks. It also makes some changes to the Paul Brown Stadium lease.

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Back to baseball! After all the political advertisements vanish from the airwaves Wednesday, baseball returns with the weekly Reds Hot Stove League season premiere 6 p.m. on WSAI-AM (1360) from the Holy Grail Banks.

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County Commissioner Todd Portune says the plan is still to have a music venue open at The Banks by the end of 2019. He admits that it won't be easy, but says the county is still pushing.

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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.

cincinnati edition
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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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It's time to get moving on the proposed music venue at The Banks, according to county leaders. Hamilton County commissioners are directing the board's administration to proceed with negotiations on the southwestern lots of The Banks, known as lots 23, 27 and 28.

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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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Hamilton County commissioners could vote in June on which company will build and operate a Banks concert venue. The Joint Banks Steering Committee recommended MEMI, the subsidiary of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in early May, but commissioners haven't voted on that or talked with the city.

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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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With a new entertainment venue on the horizon for the Banks, finding an available parking place on the riverfront is going to become even more important. Luckily, plans are underway for a new advanced signage system that will direct you to a specific spot.

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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 Joint Banks Steering Committee has voted to find a developer for a new entertainment venue. In addition, the committee also has put out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a possible master developer for the remaining undeveloped 15 acres of the Banks.

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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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