SOAPBOX CINCINNATI By Kevin LeMaster
April 8, 2008
The $3 million renovation of the former Clyffside Brewery will begin Friday afternoon in the Brewery District in Over-the-Rhine.
The Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (BDCURC), Clyffside Development Company and Comey & Shepherd plan at PM public groundbreaking for The Clyffside, a 19-unit townhome and industrial loft project at 244 W McMicken Avenue.
The units will include luxury finishes, rooftop terraces, decks with city views and garage parking, all for between $124,900 and $229,900.
At the groundbreaking, GBBN Architects will make available renderings of changes to the buildings, which date from 1845 and 1887.
Afterwards, an open house reception will allow the public a rare peek at the interiors.
The Clyffside will be the Brewery District's second major residential project, following 2005's successful City Lofts on Dunlap at 1908 Dunlap Street.
Steven Hampton, executive director of the BDCURC, says that the groundbreaking is a good way to showcase the neighborhood's possibilities.
"It shows that there's a market there - we've had a good response already," he says. "And it's an opportunity to show why we need to move forward with the streetcar. The hillside has such great potential for single-family infill, all accessible by the streetcar line."
The developers hope to have the project completed by this fall.
Immediately preceding the groundbreaking, an Ohio Historical Marker paying homage to the area's brewing heritage will be unveiled in front of Hanna Park at W McMicken Avenue and Dunlap Street.