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Bourbon Street coming to Ohio?

Posted in Development, New Urbanism
The push in recent years for open container entertainment districts in Ohio, which would allow people to openly drink alcoholic beverages in designated outdoor public areas, took another step forward this past week. The Ohio Senate passed a bill permitting cities and townships with populations greater than 35,000 to create entertainment districts that are exempt … Continue Reading

Return of the New Shopping Center

Posted in Development Issues, Mixed Use Development Issues, New Urbanism, Retail Industry Issues
For quite a while there has been very few new shopping centers being developed. Many people may have even questioned whether there would ever be any new significant shopping centers. Apparently, times have changed. In rapid succession, I have been engaged to do the lease up of two brand new, big time, large scale shopping … Continue Reading

The New Water Fountain

Posted in New Urbanism, Office/Industrial Issues
 Recently, I had the opportunity to visit our firm’s new Columbus, Ohio offices.  The office design and space use is so refreshing and sharp.  What caught my attention most was the creative re-design/re-purposing of the office kitchen (picture above).  No longer a galley room with a microwave, refrigerator and a toaster; today’s office kitchen is … Continue Reading

Re-Purposing for the Hospitality Industry

Posted in Development Issues, Hospitality Industry Issues, New Urbanism, Real Estate Tools, Tax Credit Issues
It seems that old is new again !  In cities throughout the U.S. buildings originally built for a specific purpose: banks, office buildings, schools and warehouses are being converted or "re-purposed" into other uses, but in particular into restaurants and hotels.  In Cincinnati alone there are three projects undergoing renovation for their new life as … Continue Reading

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Historic Tax Credits

Posted in Development Issues, Legislative Update, New Urbanism, Tax Credit Issues, Tax Issues
Earlier this fall, the National Park Service celebrated the 35th anniversary of the popular Federal Preservation Tax Incentives Program, which has helped in the preservation of historic structures across the U.S. and particularly in Ohio with its wealth of historic buildings. Because of the program’s numerous possible benefits and its important role in fueling economic … Continue Reading

Ulmer Berne 13th Annual Commercial Real Estate Deal Maker Forum

Posted in Development Issues, New Urbanism, Retail Industry Issues
The End of the Suburbs – Where the American Dream is Moving. That’s the title of the newest book by Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor of FORTUNE Magazine, and the topic of much interest at the 13th Annual Commercial Real Estate Deal Maker Forum held this morning in Cleveland. The event was co-sponsored by Ulmer & Berne … Continue Reading

Cincinnati Central Business District

Posted in Development Issues, Mixed Use Development Issues, New Urbanism
There has been much written of late about how Central Business Districts (CBDs) are the key to regional economic health, growth and sustainability.   We have written in the past about new urbanism concepts and concerns such as walkability and density. We have also written about the benefits of practical public transportation.   As I walk through the … Continue Reading

“Pocket Neighborhoods”: A Concept Worth Consideration

Posted in Development Issues, New Urbanism
Architect Ross Chapin, who has spent his career championing the "pocket neighborhood" concept has proven that "walkability" and "new urbanism" concepts which are successful in the Northwestcan be successful in the Midwest. TheInglenook community development in Carmel, Indiana is proof that "pocket neighborhoods" can be successful anywhere. We particularly like the concept for in-fill parcels and … Continue Reading

Value of Walkability

Posted in Commuting, Development Issues, Environmental Issues, New Urbanism
According to walkscore.com a walkable neighborhood has: 1)  A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space. 2)  People:  Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently 3)  Mixed income, mixed use:  Affordable housing located near businesses. 4)  Parks and public space:  Plenty of … Continue Reading

Trends We Are Watching

Posted in New Urbanism
The residential housing market is stalling; and perhaps non-existent for homes priced in the top third of the market; Public funds for roadway expansions are going to become harder to come by; There is and will continue to be an over supply of low density fringe suburban homes (exurban); Baby Boomers and their children are … Continue Reading
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