Re: Banks project to be open by end of 2009
Years of squabbling between Cincinnati and Hamilton county came to an end today. This thing might actually happen after all. Better five years late than never at all, right?
Banks approved; 'An incredible thing'
BY JESSICA BROWN | JLBROWN@ENQUIRER.COM
Cincinnati and Hamilton County governments have approved the Banks agreements, paving the way for the project to begin.
The voting —which took several minutes due to the multiple pieces of legislation —were greeted by a hearty round of applause. The votes were unanimous. Commissioner Pat DeWine was unable to participate because of a potential conflict of interest involving his law firm.
Elected officials termed it a historic occasion. Each took several moments to thank the Banks Working Group, the city-county body charged with jump-starting the project-- for getting things done. They also thanked each other for their roles, and the community for their patience.
“We’ve stared problems speed bumps and all manner of difficulty in the face and we’ve decided that in spite of it all we’ll find a way around it and we’re going to move on and we’re going to do it together,” said Commission President Todd Portune at the ceremony at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
“That’s an incredible thing for a community to realize.”
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory echoed those remarks, calling the Banks “the biggest development deal in the history of Cincinnati."
He said it shows a new era is dawning in city-county cooperation.
“Cooperation has never been the issue. But we’ve built a relationship. This is how we’re going to develop things in the future.”
The Banks is a proposed 18-acre neighborhood district on the Cincinnati riverfront between the Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park. Developers hope to break ground early next year.
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