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Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation, Northpointe Group, and Wichman + Gunther Architects

Over-the-Rhine is home to the country’s largest collection of 19th century Italianate architecture. In 1983, the neighborhood was listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.

Once densely populated and bustling with business and activity, Over-the-Rhine by the beginning of the 21st century, had become one of the most economically distressed areas in the country with a poverty rate of 58%, an unemployment rate of just over 25% and a median household annual income of less than $10,000. Despite its pivotal location, Over-the-Rhine was becoming Cincinnati's urban center for crime, poverty and a large concentration of social service agencies. In 2003, the City of Cincinnati and the City's corporate leaders made a joint commitment to jumpstart economic development in Cincinnati's urban core. Together they created the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation—also known as 3CDC - with Over-the-Rhine as one of its main focus areas.

Parvis Lofts on Vine was created by rehabilitating 9 historic buildings into 32 market rate apartments with more than 14,000 square feet of first floor commercial space. The historic character of these buildings was preserved by rehabbing the original tin ceilings as well as the original trim and mantles. In addition, compatible new or restored windows and storefronts were put in place.

In collaboration with the developer, Northpointe Group, the architect Wichman Gunther Architects, and with guidance on historic preservation details from preservation consultant, Judy Williams, Parvis Lofts on Vine is 3CDC’s first project to bring market rate apartments to the neighborhood in response to the demonstrated need for more rental units in Cincinnati’s center city. The units vary from studio apartments to three bedroom townhouses. They boast laundry facilities in each unit, stainless steel appliances, hand finished white oak hardwood flooring throughout, adjacent secure parking, and free WiFi.

The commercial spaces within this development present opportunities for community investment. Every dense urban community needs a good balance of mixed use development and Parvis Lofts on Vine illustrates that well.

This project has quickly brought a critical mass of people to the area stimulating more interest in the community. Parvis Lofts apartments were 100% leased within 3 months of completion.

The $10.7 million project was financed by a variety of private investors and public sources including the State and Federal Historic Tax Credits, which 3CDC has stated made the project possible.

3CDC has invested more than $300 million in redevelopment efforts in downtown Cincinnati resulting in 186 condominiums, 68 rental units, and more than 87,000 square feet of commercial space mostly in historic, formerly vacant and vandalized buildings. More than 81% of the new or renovated for-sale units are sold, the rental units are filled, and a vibrant shopping and dining district has replaced empty storefronts with over 60% of the completed commercial space now leased.

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