Lisa Bernard-Kuhn of the Enquirer wrote a great article about the rapid development currently happening in Over-The-Rhine on April 15, 2012. She reported that 50+ Over-The-Rhine buildings had already been refurbished as new homes, condos, restaurants and other businesses.
Here is a breakdown of what is happening now in this historic, 19th-century built area:
- Work on 247 new town homes and apartments will be started in the next 60 days
- 50 renovated historic buildings on Vine, Race, Republic and Elm streets, along with a 340-space parking garage will soon be under construction
- Washington Park is scheduled to be completed this summer
The work accomplished thus far in Over-The-Rhine has been recognized throughout the United States as “fast urban progress” especially considering the current economic situation.
Over-The-Rhine is a true mixed-income neighborhood that home to some amazing architecture including a large collection of Italianate-style buildings. It is believed to be the largest most-intact urban historic district in the U.S. Says Chad Munitz, 3CDC’s executive vice president of development and operations, to the Enquirer, “This neighborhood has great bones, and the thing that really sells it is all of these amazing historic buildings.” Over-The-Rhine was voted best Cincinnati neighborhood in CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati 2011.
The area has its name from early German immigrants settlers. These people walked over the Miami and Erie Canal (which separated the area from downtown Cincinnati) and nicknamed this waterway “the Rhine” (in reference to the Rhine River in Germany) and their neighborhood as “Over the Rhine” since it was a northern settlement. (uber’m Rhein)
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