March/April: 2021
COVER—Crews lay sports turf to form the outdoor event lawn at ICON Music Center.
ABOVE—Workers form the Race Street turnaround in front of the ICON Music Center.

The Banks Project
Mar/Apr Monthly Report

The Banks Public Partnership’s Phase IIIB construction progress kept pace in March and April.

  • Public Parties infrastructure crews worked on completing the Race Street Corridor (turnaround and stairs), acquiring a temporary certificate of occupancy for expanded parking, and adding sports turf to the ICON Music Center’s event lawn.

The ICON Music Center construction focused on interior details as the project moved even closer to completion.

  • Officials announced plans for a Walk of Fame to honor local Black music icons to be constructed near the ICON Music Center.

The Banks bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues celebrated the opening of DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area).

  • As a focal point of the 85-acre DORA site, transformation of Freedom Way between Joe Nuxhall Way and Marian Spencer Way into a public plaza began with installation of gateway bollards and planters.
  • Opening Day attracted baseball fans to Great American Ball Park, Freedom Way’s DORA, and to The Banks businesses.

With the Ohio River reaching 56.9' in March, parts of Smale Riverfront Park and the Ohio River Walk experienced high water for several days.

Paul Brown Stadium served as a COVID-19 Vaccination site in April.

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: 15.85%


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

Workers complete the Race Street stairs from Mehring Way up to the Race Street terminus.
Central Riverfront Garage workers prepare for a late spring opening.
Great American Ball Park limited Opening Day attendance to comply with COVID guidelines.
Fans gathered along Freedom Way to watch the Reds on the video screen.
Crews work to create the future phased expansion of Smale Riverfront Park.
The elevator head house east of the Race Street stairs offers access to the ICON Music Center plaza.


The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) opened in March. Workers built temporary barriers to close Freedom Way East (from Joe Nuxhall Way to Marian Spencer Way) to vehicular traffic, allowing patrons to move freely within the DORA boundaries with beverages in specially marked cups.
Posters presented the footprint and rules to help guide patrons around the DORA.
Crews mask windows and rails in preparation for painting the exterior of Current at The Banks apartment building.
The entire building will be painted, giving Current at The Banks a new look.
E&O Kitchen prepares its new space at the corner of Race Street and Freedom Way.
Officials announced plans for a Walk of Fame to honor local Black music icons to be constructed near the ICON Music Center.
Construction of ICON’s interior stage and seating prepares the Music Center for booked concerts beginning in September 2021.
Workers lay down pavers to form ICON’s entrance plaza.


With a river level over 56 feet, the Smale Park Adventure Play took on water in March, creating a reflective pool at the end of the slide.
A photographer captures the beauty of the spring flower beds at Smale Park.
The Ohio River Walk is a popular feature bordering Smale Riverfront Park.
Future expansion of Smale Park takes shape with the addition of trees.
Smale Park is the perfect background for a ‘selfie’.
Smale Riverfront Park sports colorful flower beds for all to enjoy.

What‘s Next

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