January/February: 2021
COVER—Crews prepare Lot 23 for an outdoor plaza for the ICON Music Center and Smale Riverfront Park expansion. ABOVE—New signage identifies The Andrew J. Brady ICON Music Center at The Banks.

The Banks Project
Jan/Feb Monthly Report

The Banks Public Partnership’s Phase IIIB continued its progress in January and February.

  • Public Parties infrastructure crews worked on completing the Race Street Corridor (turnaround and stairs), waterproofing the expanded parking, preparing the Smale Park extension as an event lawn and added greenspace.
  • The Central Riverfront Garage expansion was nearing completion, with installation of striping, signage, and entry gates.

The ICON Music Center edged closer to completion.

  • “The Andrew J. Brady ICON Music Center” exterior signage was installed, while efforts were underway to book talent at the ICON.

The Banks bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues returned to normal business hours.

  • Curfews in place due to the pandemic were eased in January and lifted in February.
  • E&O Kitchen announced it will move into the space formerly occupied by Pies ‘n’ Pints; Fishbowl announced its intended expansion into the former Tervis space.
  • Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) at The Banks will be implemented in late March.
  • SkyStar Wheel’s return to the riverfront was officially put on hold.

Roebling Bridge repairs closed the bridge to vehicular traffic in February; the closure is expected to last until December.

Smale Riverfront Park was nominated in the USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Awards “Best Riverwalk” category.

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: 0.25%
Minority: 16.12%


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

When completed, the Central Riverfront Garage will add 267 parking spaces and two new Mehring Way entrances/exits.
Sunshine on the Race Street stairs masks the cold and snowy work conditions for Phase IIIB in February.
Workers install hot applied water proofing membrane on the Parks podium at the location of the event lawn.
Trees will become part of the landscape in the Smale Park extension and outdoor concert area for ICON Music Center.


A work team installs granite pavers on the south side of ICON Music Center plaza which connect to the Race Street Corridor plaza.
Lifting of curfew meant The Banks businesses could return to regular hours and more customers; Fishbowl announced its planned expansion.
Progress on the exterior of the ICON Music Center continues, despite the blanket of snow (Paul Brown Stadium in the background).


The sun in the sky, a chill in the winter air, and conditions are perfect for walking along the riverfront.
The Roebling Bridge (seen here as the backdrop for the eastern portion of Smale Park) closed to vehicular traffic in February for repairs.
Workers install granite coping, finishing the edges between the stainless steel posts on the 503 level of the Race Street Corridor.
Bicyclists pedal east along Mehring Way, passing the Carousel Building and Anderson Pavilion.

What‘s Next

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