PROJECT YEAR IN REVIEW: 2021

The Banks

CAPTIONS: Upper left: Civil rights icon Marian Spencer was honored with a statue placed in the Women’s Garden at Smale Riverfront Park. Upper right: Officials named four inaugural honorees and announced intent to develop the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame on Lot 28. Main photo: In June, key stakeholders marked completion of Phase IIIB infrastructure, including Race Street turnaround, Central Riverfront Garage and Smale Riverfront Park expansions and completion of the Andrew J. Brady Music Center, with an on-site ribbon-cutting on the event lawn.

The Banks Project
2021 in Review

The year 2021 offered hope with easing of COVID restrictions and seeing businesses beginning to bounce back. Public Parties- and Developer-led construction continued throughout the year.

  • Business at The Banks began building again, as venues opened up and customers returned. Fishbowl expanded, E+O Kitchen opened, and Frost Factory was signed as a new tenant.
  • DORA—the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area—opened in March. An area within the DORA from Joe Nuxhall Way to Marian Spencer Way was permanently closed to vehicular traffic.
  • Phase IIIB’s completion was celebrated in June with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the opening of the Andrew J. Brady Music Center and outdoor stage.
  • Anderson Real Estate broke ground for development of Lot 19, with plans for constructing the Filson Queen City Kitchen & Bar.
  • VMS and Digital Messages construction was completed, with signage activated in phases.
  • The Roebling Bridge was closed for repairs and remained closed through year-end.
  • The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame was introduced with an induction ceremony for four inaugural honorees and plans to develop Lot 28 as an interactive, permanent installation.

CAPTIONS ABOVE: Left: Construction crews prepare Lot 19 for concrete pour for Filson Queen City Kitchen & Bar. Center: Variable Message Signage spanned Second Street, with phased activation underway. Right: Early sunsets and warm temperatures drew many to the Ohio River Walk late afternoons in November.

Highlights

PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP

JAN/FEB

Race Street stairs seen in snowy work conditions.
Phase IIIB added 267 parking spaces and two Mehring Way entrances.

MAR/APR

Workers form Race Street turnaround.
Central Riverfront Garage workers prepare for Spring opening.

MAY/JUN

New parking entrance offers convenience for Music Center patrons.
Key stakeholders in Phase IIIB and VMS Phase II are recognized for the partnership effort before the assembled crowd.

JUL/AUG

Black Music Walk of Fame inaugural honoree Bootsy Collins.
Electric Vehicle charging stations added to Central Riverfront Garage.

SEP/OCT

Lazy last day of summer at Smale Park.
Variable Message Signage activated in phases.

NOV/DEC

Autumn leaves are the backdrop for a walk in the labyrinth.
Lot 28 is future home of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame.

Highlights

DEVELOPMENT

JAN/FEB

Crews create outdoor plaza for the Music Center.
Granite pavers are installed on the Music Center plaza.

MAR/APR

Opening Day saw limited crowds to comply with health guidelines.
Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area was established in March.

MAY/JUN

Phase I buildings sport a fresh coat of paint.
The Andrew J. Brady Music Center begins outdoor stage construction.

JUL/AUG

Workers prepare E+O Kitchen for opening.
Rockin’ the Roebling summer concerts drew crowds to Schmidlapp Lawn.

SEP/OCT

The Banks welcomed the FIFA World Cup Site Selection team.
Coming soon—Frost Factory!

NOV/DEC

Concrete pour on Lot 19.
AC Hotel Upper Deck offers igloos to keep out the cold.

Project Pillars

ECONOMIC INCLUSION

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

87.8%
0%

* 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: 0.31%
Minority: 16.5%

SAFETY

Public Parties construction safety hours for all phases.

BUDGET

The Public Parties project work remained within budget.

SCHEDULE

All Public Parties work  remained on schedule.

100%
0%

COMMUNICATIONS

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Highlight of 2021 was the ribbon cutting to commemorate completion of Phase IIIB and VMS Phase II.

1,649

FOLLOWERS

198

TWEETS @IBackTheBanks

4,186

ENGAGEMENTS

180,399

IMPRESSIONS*

1,778

MEDIA MENTIONS

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• TOTAL VISITOR SESSIONS: 3,925
• AVERAGE MONTHLY SESSIONS: 327
• TOTAL PAGE VIEWS: 5,876
• MONTHLY PARKING PAGE VIEWS: 145
• AVERAGE DURATION: 1:17 minutes

Additional Media Information

Further details are available here.
* Impressions equals the number of times users saw the tweet on Twitter.
‡ Engagements is the total number of times users have interacted with a tweet, including retweets, replies, follows, and likes.

PUBLIC PARTIES CONSTRUCTION

Walnut Street Steps beckon as the sun goes down and the lights turn up.
Perimeter wall construction at Lot 24, north of The Andrew J. Brady Music Center lawn.

DEVELOPER

Concrete pour in the early hours at the site for Filson Queen City Kitchen & Bar.
E+O Kitchen opened in November at Freedom Way and Race Street.
The Andrew J. Brady Music Center updated its name and signage.

PARKS

One more benefit to remote working is doing so from Smale Riverfront Park.
Exercise time!

WHAT‘S NEXT

Future site of the proposed Gateway to Freedom (Freedom Way and Lot 18, just south of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center).
For more information: Phil Beck, AIA, LEED AP Project Executive The Banks Project (513) 946-4434