The Banks Project May/June Report

2020: May & June   Progress

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Crews pour concrete slab on grade in Lot 23 and form columns for Parks construction in Phase IIIB.
  • Phase IIIB construction progress continued in May and June, with concrete pours for slabs on grade, columns, and decks for Parks and for the Race Street stairs and turnaround.
  • Variable Message Signage project erected the digital matrix signage on Columbia Parkway, River Road, Second and Third Streets in May. In June, crews continued running power and fiber, and installing sign foundations.
  • Restaurants and bars that were ordered closed due to COVID-19 were cleared to open for outdoor service May 15 and indoor service May 21. Development owners announced Martin’s BBQ as the next new commercial tenant.
  • Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s Hats Off Luncheon was rescheduled from May to October. Smale Riverfront Park playgrounds (but not splash grounds) opened in June.
  • Cincy Red Bike reopened service May 28.
  • Reds Hall of Fame Museum opened to members June 13 and June 20 to the public. The Cincinnati Reds baseball season will begin July 24.
  • Cincinnati Parks announced the Marian Spencer statue installation in Smale Park is planned for August.
  • Moerlein Lager House opened a weekend beer garden on the Schmidlapp Lawn in June.
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announced it will re-open July 24.
  • ICON Music Center construction continued on schedule.

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: 0.41%
Minority: 14.13%


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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Construction team pour concrete slab on grade for Phase IIIB infrastructure before dawn.
Workers form the concrete stairs on Race Street as part of Phase IIIB.
Concrete columns will support the extension of Smale Park.
Construction on the Race Street turnaround takes shape.
Lift equipment raises Digital Matrix Sign into place on Third Street.
Daytime concrete pours occurred in June for Smale Park.


Crew lays steel for a deck for Race Street, with the ICON Music Center in the background.
ICON Music Center pavilion interior seating risers take shape.
ICON Music Center construction crew working safely.
Patio seating re-opened in May for many restaurants at The Banks.
Personal distancing and ‘house rules’ were two of the precautions in place for both outdoor and indoor dining.
ICON Music Center structure stands in the foreground of Paul Brown Stadium along Mehring Way and Elm Street.


A book and a friend make summer in the sunshine at Smale Park enjoyable.
The Ohio River Trail offered a scenic backdrop for graduation photos in May.
Smale Park provides a perfect place for a warm weather picnic.
The labyrinth is a mindful way to enjoy a Smale Park visit.

What‘s Next

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