Monday, October 8, 2012

City rezones for its portion of Xavier project

Last Wednesday, Cincinnati City Council unanimously approved the rezoning of two parcels in Evanston to facilitate Xavier University's redevelopment of 20 acres at the corner of Montgomery Road and Dana Avenue.

The rezoning changes approximately four acres at 1728 and 1764 Dana Avenue from the CC-A Commercial Community-Auto Oriented District to Planned Development District No. 67, allowing for the construction of a corridor of approximately 150,000 square feet of Class A flex office space that would be built as part of the project's third and final phase.

Developer the Ackerman Group must submit a final development plan for approval by the City Planning Commission and City Council before construction can begin.

Phases one and two of the project, located in the City of Norwood, is expected to include approximately 180 units (480 beds) of market rate rental housing, a 57,000 square foot recreation center, 50,000 square feet of office space, nearly 25,000 square feet of retail, an 11,000-square-foot campus bookstore, and a 100-room hotel.

Work is tentatively scheduled to start in mid-2013.

In 2007, the university and Covington-based Corporex Companies announced plans for a similar, $150 million development on the site called Xavier Square.

In March 2008, the last building on the site, the former Zumbiel Packaging plant, was imploded. Plans for Xavier Square were shelved later that year due to the recession.

Images courtesy of the Cincinnati City Planning Commission/Ackerman Group

Previous reading on BC:
Planning Commission to consider concept plan, rezoning for Xavier project (7/19/12)
Zumbiel implosion photos (3/26/08)
Xavier moving forward with Hoff, Xavier Square (3/19/08)
Blume to discuss Xavier Square on Thursday (3/11/08)
Site features Xavier Square interactive map (2/14/08)