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New Developments

What’s new in the Cincinnati region?

These days, it’s more like what’s NOT new! The Cincinnati region is in the midst of an exciting renaissance. There’s a convergence of new developments, projects and convention wins taking shape that collectively makes this one of the most progressive, game-changing eras in our region’s history. Almost all of this progress will directly impact and benefit visitors to the region.

Cincinnati experienced a similar boom starting in 2003 when the new Reds and Bengals Stadiums, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the renovated Duke Energy Convention Center and new Fountain Square emerged in rapid succession. But this latest surge of activity is even more exciting. These projects bring completely new experiences to the region, change the city landscape, appeal to a broad cross-section of individuals and businesses, and represent more than $1.4 billion in new infrastructure spending from the northern suburbs to the Ohio River.

SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN 2022!

The following is an overview of some of the major projects now underway or have been recently completed in the Cincinnati region:
 

New Hotels and Renovations



New Entertainment Districts


Fountain Square

Fountain Square — Downtown's living room recently underwent a $2 million facelift to relocate and enhance the Fifth Third Center Stage. With programing more than 300 days a year, it’s an amazing place to sit in the summer and grab lunch from a food truck while catching a free concert, or practice your double axel on the ice skating rink in the winter.  

The Foundry — This $51 million development across the street from Fountain Square and downtown convention hotels involves the conversion of the former Macy’s-anchored Fountain Place into a modern, mixed-use development. It will reactivate and convert the 3.5-story structure into roughly 150,000 square feet of office space, along with 35,000 square feet of with street-level retail/restaurant space. The building will also serve as the home of a new LED board for Fountain Square visitors to enjoy.


The Banks — Winner of the “National Planning Excellence Award,” the expansive new downtown entertainment district is situated between the Reds and Bengals stadiums along the banks of the Ohio River, and just south of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
The $600 million-plus development includes retailers, restaurants, a hotel, residential units and underground parking. Current and announced tenants include: 

Brady Music Center

Andrew J. Brady Music Center — Unique in design and capacity, the $27 million state-of-the-art facility opened its doors in 2021. Designed to fill the community’s need for a year-round, flexible music venue, The Brady Music Center features a general admission main floor and two balconies, and hosts multiple configurations for indoor concerts up to 4,500 capacity and 8,000 at the outdoor space. A-Listers like the Foo Fighters, KEM, the Roots and Jason Mraz have already performed. 

Pendleton and the Casino 

This small and up and coming neighborhood is full of colorful homes in the midst of the city, but it houses the Pendleton Art Center, lots of murals, a brewery, eclectic restaurants and a cool urban neighborhood vibe. You can play the role of photographer, art aficionado, foodie or craft beer enthusiast all in one district. You can even roll the dice at Hard Rock Casino if you’re feeling lucky. Totally walkable and worth your time.

Pendleton District

Hard Rock Casino - Recently rebranded as the Hard Rock Casino. The $400 million, 400,000 square foot casino is located on 20-acres on the northeast side of downtown, just blocks from the city center, most downtown hotels and the Duke Energy Convention Center. The casino has four restaurants, including Brick'd Pizza, Council Oaks Steaks & Seafood, Noodle 8, YOUYU and the famous Hard Rock Cafe. Make your plans now to rock out to A-List concerts in the near future.

Over-the-Rhine (OTR) 

OTR is one of Cincinnati's oldest and most historic neighborhoods, home to the country's largest collection, 943 buildings, of 19th century, Italianate architecture. Since renovations began, about $93 million has been invested in the development and creation of the OTR Gateway Quarter starting near 12th and Vine Streets, the development continues north along Vine Street to 15th.  

Over-the-Rhine

Publications like the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times are recognizing the revitalization of this historic district, noting its collection of architecture, chic atmosphere, and culinary excellence. In addition to long time businesses, an infusion of new faces has come to Over-the-Rhine in recent years. Locally-owned restaurateurs, boutiques, bars and tour companies have opened shop and transformed the area into a most visited destination. These are a few bars and restaruants sure to satisfy any appetite: 

Music Hall Renovation — Renovations are now complete for one of Cincinnati’s most iconic landmark structures, the 130-year-old Music Hall in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The building’s last major renovation was in the early 1970s. Renovation of Music Hall is a key piece in the transformation of Over-the-Rhine and will maintain the historic and acoustic integrity of the hall. 

Music Hall and Washington Park
 
Washington Park Renovation — The project included the renovation and expansion of the public park and the addition of a 450-space underground parking garage. It transforms a pivotal civic space in Over-the-Rhine, creating a green oasis for residents and visitors in the middle of an urban neighborhood. 

TQL Stadium —  This $250 million soccer-specific stadium is home of FC Cincinnati, our Major League Soccer team. The stadium is located in the West End neighborhood, adjacent to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and debuted for the 2021 season. It holds 26,000 spectators and has already hosted the World Cup Qualifier for the U.S. Men's National Team. The dazzling 700-foot motion lighting is featured on the stadium’s east façade, and made of 2.7 miles of LED lights. Every seat is covered by a 360 degree roof canopy, and the closest seat is just 15 feet from the sideline.

 

Cincinnati North Developments


Sharonville Convention Center Expansion — The Convention Center recently completed a major renovation and expansion in 2012. In total, the Center has been transformed from eight meeting rooms with 28,000 square feet of meeting space to an all-new contemporary meeting facility with 19 rooms and 65,000 square feet of space. With occupancy levels over 70%, plans are approved to expand the Center again by 2023! The exhibit hall will double in size from 20,000 sq. ft. to about 40,000 sq. ft. and will also feature an onsite restaurant and a ticket office.  www.sharonville.org/scc

Cintas Center at Xavier University 
 — A $10 million expansion is underway for the 10,244 seat arena. The expansion will feature a second practice gym in the building, in addition to the Kohlhepp Family Auxiliary Gym. Read more or visit CintasCenter.com

Additional Developments in Cincinnati North



Northern Kentucky Developments


Ovation Music Venue

The Ovation Music Venue in Newport, KY and just steps away from Newport on the Levee, opened in early 2021. In partnership with AEG Presents and Promowest, Ovation promises a significant range of big-name artists. The venue accommodates indoor audiences of up to 2,700 and an outdoor capacity up to 7,000. A Home Suites Hotel and an office building are also part of the Ovation project.
 

Newport on the Levee Bridgeview Box Park

With the grand opening in 2021, the Box Park features eight new restaurants and retailers offering great outdoor, Covid-Concious seating areas with views of Cincinnati. It also serves as a great stop along Northern Kentucky's 11.5 mile Riverfront Commons Walk and Trail that connects to its six riverfront cities.
 

Hotel Covington

The #1 ranked hotel in Kentucky will debut its $40 million expansion in 2022.
 

Turfway Park

Churchill Downs takes over NKY’s Turfway Park - The $145 million renaissance of Turfway Park will include a new marquee bourbon bar in late Q2/early Q3 of 2022.
 

Pickle Factory

The new Pickle Factory boutique hotel in downtown Covington plans their opening for a new bourbon blending experience called ‘Wentzel’s Whiskey’ where visitors can blend and bottle their own Kentucky Bourbon expansion in Q1 2022. 


Key Developments and Events in 2022


Black Music Walk of Fame
Set to be compleeted in the Summer of 2022, the Black Music Walk of Fame will be a permanent and interactive feature to honor Black Cincinnatians contributions to music. It will be located in the The Banks area of downtown Cincinnati that connects the Brady Music Center (opened in 2021) to Paul Brown Stadium, where the Cincinnati Music Festival takes place. Inaugural inductees are Otis Williams, The Isley Brothers, Gospel pioneer Dr. Charles Fold, and Bootsy Collins.
  • Cincinnati Music Festival returns July 21-23, 2022, with the full line-up from 2020 including headliner Janet Jackson.
  • “According to recent research by 888 Casino, Cincinnati is ranked the seventh most influential music city in the U.S. and the most influential city in Ohio.” 
 

Taft Museum of Art Preservation

From summer 2021 to spring 2022, the historic home that houses an impressive art collection and special exhibits is undergoing series of preservation projects so that the next generation of visitors can enjoy its great art and history. www.taftmuseum.org/lovethishouse 
 

BLINK

BLINK Cincinnati is back for October 2022! This truly awe-inspirng light and art event features large-scale projection mapping, light-based sculptures, interactive art, murals, and live performances in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. blinkcincinnati.com
 

Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial

More than 50 exhibitions, programs, concerts and festivals are part of the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial from September 2021 through October 2022. www.jewishcincy200.org. Many events are taking place in 2021, and below are a few of the events scheduled in 2022: 
  • Jewish Cincinnati Historic Tours (through Oct. 2022): “A Walk Through History” will offer guided and self-guided tours of Jewish Cincinnati through the 19th and 20th centuries. Augmented reality and photographs by Cincinnati photographer J. Miles Wolf bring to life architectural remnants no longer standing.
  • Warsaw Cabaret (April 2022): Cincinnati Opera presents Warsaw Cabaret, an imagined recreation of an evening at the Cafe Sztuka in the Warsaw Ghetto, late in the year of 1941. 
  • Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival (February 2022): A diverse, inspiring lineup of award-winning films that showcase aspects of the Jewish and Israeli stories in theatres and on screens around the Cincinnati region. 
  • Jewish Cincinnati Cemetery Tours (March/April 2022): Guided tours of Cincinnati's historic Jewish cemeteries and the noteworthy individuals buried there.
  • Our Shared Story: 200 Years of Jewish Cincinnati exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (April 8-Oct. 2, 2022). Explore 200 years of Jewish life in Cincinnati through a new exhibition. Meet ordinary and extraordinary individuals whose innovation, persistence and creativity founded organizations, businesses and movements that shape our region today. 
 

New LPGA Event

The Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G - The best golfers in the world will be returning to Cincinnati for the next three years. The inaugural event will be played September 5-11, 2022, at Kenwood Country Club featuring a purse of $1.75 million dollars.
 

Delta Air Lines Expands International Service

Delta direct Flight to Paris from CVG will return in 2022 after being halted during pandemic travel restrictions.
 

40 Days and 40 Nights of Gospel Music at the Ark

With such success in 2021, The Ark Experience will again hosting its “40 Days and 40 Nights of Gospel Music at the Ark,” - the world’s largest Christian music event. It will take place Aug. 2 through Sept. 10, 2022 and include music performances, a speaker series and exploring the Ark and its grounds.

 

Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill

Spooky Nook Champion Mill in Hamilton will be the region’s largest indoor sports complex, is slated to open in April of 2022. The 500,000 square feet of space includes a 225-room hotel, restaurant, 12 hardwood courts, outdoor turf fields with seating for 3,500 and a fitness center with indoor track. The buildings that are being repurposed for this sports complex and hotel used to be an old Champion Mill Paper Factory.