July/August: 2021

Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame honorees claimed their stars which will be part of an interactive outdoor attraction planned for Lot 28 just south of the ICON Music Center at the corner of Mehring Way and Elm Street. Founding Honorees include: Otis Williams, Bootsy Collins, The Isley Brothers, and Dr. Charles Fold (posthumously).

Hamilton County Commissioner Alicia Reece welcomed the crowd to the ICON Music Center and announced the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame’s founding inductees. Hamilton County Commission President Stephanie Summerow-Dumas brought greetings from the County. Commissioner Driehaus, Mayor John Cranley, Lincoln Ware, and Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell highlighted the rich history of Black music here in Cincinnati and congratulated all involved in the effort to create the Black Music Walk of Fame.

The Banks Project
Jul/Aug Monthly Report

Hamilton County announced creation of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame and bestowed honors on four founding inductees: Bootsy Collins, Dr. Charles Fold (posthumously), The Isley Brothers, and Otis Williams. Hamilton County Commissioner Alicia Reece keynoted the community celebration July 24 at the ICON Music Center, with support from founding sponsor Procter & Gamble.

With its outdoor stage constructed, the ICON Music Center held an open house for the public July 25. The first indoor concert and first outdoor concert rounded out the month of July.

Cincinnati Parks opened bids to build a boat marina near the Public Landing.

Jeffrey A. Anderson Real Estate announced plans to build a new restaurant (Filson’s) on Lot 19, west of the Yard House and just north of the Carousel.

The Cincinnati Reds inducted veteran sportscaster and “Voice of the Cincinnati Reds” Marty Brennaman into the Reds Hall of Fame.

On August 29, the Cincinnati Bengals welcomed fans to Paul Brown Stadium for a pre-season home game.

Project Pillars


Percentage of workforce living within the 26-county Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area*


* There are no local residency participation goals for the project.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Goal/participation varied by
project, between 4% and 9%.

Combined Minority and Women Workforce Participation

Female: 0.27%
Minority: 16.33%


Public Parties construction safety hours for all phases.


The Public Parties project work remained within budget.


All Public Parties work  remained on schedule.












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* Impressions equals the number of times users saw the tweet on Twitter.
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Public Partnership

Data fed to the Variable Message Signage is continuously updated to keep parkers informed about hours, space availability, and pricing.
Phase IIIB additional parking entrances and spaces opened to the public in July.
The Central Avenue Variable Message Signage directs Reds fans to the Official Reds Parking area.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are available in the Central Riverfront Garage.
The Walk of Fame, currently in the design phase, is slated to start construction in Lot 28 just south of the ICON Music Center at Elm Street and Mehring Way.
The community celebration was held July 24 to recognize founding inductees of The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame.


Work continues on the exterior painting of Current at The Banks.
Work on the interior of E+O Kitchen continues at the corner of Race Street and Freedom Way. (“E+O” stands for “Earth and Ocean.”)
Kroger and Procter & Gamble sponsored The Wellness Experience at The Banks in August.
Reds fans gather pre-game in the DORA along Freedom Way.
The outdoor stage took shape in July, as preparations were underway for the first outdoor concert on July 28.
Weekly “Rockin’ The Roebling” concerts drew crowds to the Schmidlapp Lawn.


Family members gather to enjoy Smale Riverfront Park.
Hot summer days call for a quick run through the spray at Smale Riverfront Park.
Music from the ICON Outdoor Stage’s first concert entertains Smale Riverfront Park patrons.
Visitors enjoy the hydraulic playground at Smale Riverfront Park.
Some sunshine and some shade will be found along the Ohio River Walk.

What‘s Next

The Race Street stairs were completed as part of Phase IIIB.

For more information: Phil Beck, AIA, LEED AP Project Executive The Banks Project (513) 946-4434