Loading...

Unique Project for Over-The-Rhine

300 views

Loading...

Loading...

Transcript

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Jan 3, 2014

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- When you take the board off a vacant building in Over-The-Rhine, more than 100 years of history are inside. But in this rubble-strewn, fire damaged structure it's not a pretty sight. You can't envision people living here and it being nice because right now it's a dump. But some can, because just a few blocks away, you can see it. On the outside, the beautiful, ornate woodwork as good as 1890's new.We reconstructed it just the way it was when this building was originally built, and that's what you see today. Those top colorful things we build by hand with wood, just like it was the day this building was originally built. But on the inside, 21st century furnishings and comfort. Of course, housing redevelopment is nothing new. But this project, the 13-million dollar Mercer Commons Two, is unique, according to HGC Construction, the company doing the work. It's the city's first mixed income rehab project. About half of the total 67 units will be market rate, about 800 to 1,000 dollars per month. But the other half will be subsidized, everybody living side by side. Actually this type of mixed income development is bringing Over-The-Rhine back to the way it was more than a century ago, because in those days you used to have well-to-do people and middle income people and low income people all living right near each other. And that's what will happen in this building. A place where anybody can hang his hat. And to the people doing this work, that's pretty important.It feels pretty good when you're walking down the street and you look at it and feel you were part of it. It changes communities, not just buildings.The buildings will open in phases and all should be finished by this summer. The building's front on Walnut Street but will have an open courtyard in the back.

Loading...

When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...