The Banks Project March/April Report

2020: March & April   Progress

Crews pour concrete slab on grade (cover) and set podium supports for parking infrastructure in Lot 23.
  • “Stay at Home” orders from the State of Ohio ruled construction activity ‘essential’, allowing Phase IIIB infrastructure, Variable Message Signage public work, as well as the developer’s ICON Music Center construction to continue.
  • The Beam of Hope, installed as a community response, cast a blue light beam skyward from the riverfront to encourage the community during this challenging time.
  • SkyStar Wheel was dismantled, making way for site preparation for construction of a new, larger replacement next year.
  • Beginning in mid-March, community response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) significantly affected the riverfront’s live, work, play neighborhood, The Banks.

We invite you to visit Cincinnati’s riverfront often in 2020!

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: 0.53%
Minority: 13.87%


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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Public Partnership

Phase IIIB workers place Race Street stair wall forms in Lot 23.
Work continued on an elevated deck in the Lot 23 portion of parking insfrastructure.
“Stretch and Flex” exercises begin each workday for the health and safety of Phase IIIB workers (photo taken 3/5/20).
City of Cincinnati completed crosswalk replacement along Mehring Way.
Workers tied rebar on a section of Lot 23 construction.
Workers installed the structural frame to support the Third Street Variable Message Signage.


SkyStar Wheel was dismantled in March. A new, larger wheel is scheduled for installation at The Banks in 2021.
Crews raised steel framing for the ICON Music Center.
Entertainment, dining, retail establishments were ordered closed in mid-March, with some restaurants offering carryout and delivery for food and beverage sales (with 15 minutes of free parking for order pick-up along Freedom Way).
With Opening Day postponed, the Great American Ball Park’s video board promoted carry out meals from neighboring restaurants and bars.
Dubbed “The Beam of Hope,” this lighting feature focused blue lights skyward from Lot 18 (formerly home to SkyStar Wheel) as a symbol of hope for a community in the throes of pandemic response.
Yard House and other restaurants used banners and social media to attract customers during the stay-at-home order.


Ohio River Trail and paths in Smale Riverfront Park remained open for walkers and joggers.
Smale Riverfront Park’s playground and picnicking facilities were closed to the public in response to ‘Stay at Home’ orders. Here, yellow caution tape restricts access to the Rosenberg swings.
While the swings are off-limits, the sunlit paths and garden plots remain open and free for all to enjoy Smale Park.
Walkers share the path while keeping suggested personal distance.

What‘s Next

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