Friday, August 9, 2013

City recommends 'art wall' across from casino

Cincinnati City administration has proposed expanding its casino area infrastructure improvement project to include an art wall at Broadway and Eggleston streets, directly across from Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati.

The Casino Neighborhoods Working Group has selected ArtWorks to manage artist procurement, design, and installation of the art wall, which would cover a portion of the chain link fence surrounding the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department parking lot.

The project would be funded with $200,000 from $1.3 million in tax increment financing (TIF) money, the remainder of $8.6 million authorized by Council in November 2011 for infrastructure work in the neighborhoods surrounding the casino. ArtWorks intends to supplement the City funding with private donations.

City Council has yet to approve the expenditure.

Also, on August 29 at 5:30 P.M., members of the City's Department of Transportation and Engineering will be joined by representatives of the Pendleton Neighborhood Council and local residents on a walk-through of the proposed Spring Street Plaza, to be located at E 12th and Spring streets.

City Council approved $400,000 for creation of the plaza on February 12.

Previous reading on BC:
Committee approves $17.4M for streetcar, triggers $5M in federal funds (6/25/13)
$22.9M in casino-area infrastructure completed (2/14/13)
Casino-area development controls extended 6 months (1/22/13)
Another change coming to Pendleton traffic flow (10/31/12)
Construction photos: Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, 8/18/12 (8/24/12)