Milhaus Development started construction on the Gantry, a $13 million project expected to revitalize the former lumberyard and railroad depot in Cincinnati’s historic Northside neighborhood. It is the first new construction project of its size to be developed in the Northside community in many years.
Indianapolis-based Milhaus announced the project in July 2013. It was approved by the Cincinnati City Council in August and, on October 30, it received its name. Ground was broken last on June 24.
The project calls for the construction of three new buildings at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Street, on the former Myron G. Johnson & Son Lumber Co. property. They will house 130 studio, one-, and two-bedroom rental units as well as 8,000 square feet of first-floor retail and restaurant space. The apartments will feature granite countertops, designer lighting, wood-style flooring and more. Monthly rents will range between $600 and $1,500.
Milhaus Development is the owner, developer, construction contractor and property manager. It designed the project with input from local residents so that it respects Northfield’s historic guidelines.
“Milhaus is really proud to boast a track record of working with neighborhoods to design each and every project to its specific tastes and characteristics,” said Jake Dietrich, Project Manager for Milhaus, in a statement. The Gantry will apply principles of good urban design. It will also preserve an historic building on Langland Street. Milhaus plans to submit the project for LEED Silver certification.
The $13 million development will not only help revitalize Northside, it will also help address a growing demand for high-quality housing. “Northside is in the midst of the biggest development boom it’s seen in 100 years, said Ollie Kroner, president of the Northside Community Council. “The Gantry project has been a decade in the making, and is the product of numerous community conversations. We are excited to see more housing coming to the heart of the business district.” Completion is expected by the end of 2015.
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