FAQ: Redevelopment of 801 West 6th

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Redevelopment of the Former Hudepohl Brewery Site

801 W. 6th Street

Cincinnati, OH


March 2019 (UPDATED June 2019)

What Can I Expect During Demolition?

Site History and Project Timeline

Who is The Port?

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port), is an economic development finance agency that initiates projects to improve property values and promote job creation throughout Hamilton County. The Port has development-related tools and expertise that allow it to take on complex projects that catalyze private investment, with a focus on real estate development, community revitalization and public finance.

The Port’s industrial revitalization strategy includes environmental stewardship, site readiness and third-party project management. In addition, The Port is a public steward of blighted, vacant property with a goal of remediating and redeveloping these underutilized properties for higher and better use. We have delivered our technical expertise and grant / project management that allows us to create the safest and most cost-effective solution for blight abatement.


Why did The Port purchase 801 W. 6th Street?

The 1.6 acre property has been vacant since Hudepohl ceased operations in 1987.  The blighted property is contaminated with hazardous substances including asbestos and PCBs and in disrepair and is a safety and health threat to the neighborhood. The Port intervened and purchased the Hudepohl property in May 2014, not as an immediate redevelopment prospect, but to act as an environmental fiduciary. Since purchasing the property for $400,000, The Port has invested $750,000 in stabilizing and securing the site.

The Port industrial revitalization team explored redevelopment opportunities with private developers. The developers relied on their experts to investigate the property for reuse, who deemed the rehabilitation of the property too expensive due to the extreme disrepair of the existing buildings.

Cincinnati City Council approved a $2M funding ordinance in March 2017 to remediate and demolish the Hudepohl site.


Are there future plans for the site?

The site will be marketed for development following the demolition and remediation project.  While the site is only 1.6 acres, it can be incorporated into a larger development by assembling the adjacent properties, including the property at 840 W. 5th Street directly to the west, which The Port also owns.


What can I expect during demolition?

What is the redevelopment project?

The Port will demolish, remediate, and grade the site for future development. Four, highly compromised, buildings are present at the property.

The Project includes asbestos abatement, environmental hazard abatement, demolition of the existing structures, stabilization of a masonry wall that is to remain, construction of a retaining wall, and final grading of the site.

The Port partnered with the U.S. EPA to perform a targeted cleanup of asbestos at the site. The U.S. EPA finished cleanup of the site in September 2018, removing 4,450 tons of asbestos containing material, covering ¾ of an acre, and 10,375 tons of debris.


What company will perform the demolition?

O’Rourke Wrecking Company was awarded the demolition contract on March 1, 2019. O’Rourke is a local demolition firm that has been actively engaged in the demolition profession since 1962 and is consistently ranked by Engineering News Record (ENR) as one of the Nation’s Top 10 leading specialty demolition firms. O’Rourke has completed at least four projects of similar complexity and scope within the past 5 years.


What is the timeline for the project?

Project mobilization began in March 2019.  It is anticipated the project will be completed by the end of 2019.


Will the smokestack be saved?

At the request of Cincinnati City Council, The Port completed a smokestack evaluation in July 2017 to determine the feasibility of preserving the smokestack. Findings from that evaluation included the need for the demolishing the upper 40-45 feet of chimney immediately due to failing mortar joints and replacing the lightning mitigation system.  The cost to complete these items and address additional concerns were deemed too prohibitive.


Is the material from demolition able to be recycled?

The Port strives to utilize sustainable, environmental practices in all projects. Where appropriate, building materials will be recycled and incorporated into the project.  All other material will be properly disposed of and delivered to a licensed demolition debris landfill.


Are any items being salvaged during the project?

The Port worked with the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation to identify significant items that can be safely and feasibly salvaged during the project.  The Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation is a non-profit organization committed to making the Brewery District a healthy, balanced and supportive neighborhood economy by preserving, restoring and redeveloping our unique brewing history and historic urban fabric.


How will safe removal of asbestos occur?

Any remaining asbestos was abated by June 1, 2019 and was limited to the interior of the buildings.  All asbestos containing material will be disposed of in approved containers, covered, and placed in storage until proper removal from the site to an approved asbestos landfill.

The contractor will be required to comply with all Federal and State laws including the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Ohio Department of Health during the safe removal of asbestos.


What are the work hours? 

The contractor will be required to confine productive work hours to 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No work is to occur after 7:00 p.m. without the written permission of The Port. There will be 24 hour security surveillance for the duration of the project.


Which streets or routes will be utilized to gain access in and out of the site?  

The project should not unnecessarily impede or interfere with traffic.  Should the contractor need to close Sixth Street, the contractor will coordinate with the governing department of transportation and City of Cincinnati for permission. The contractor will also notify local Police and Fire Departments of their intention to close streets or alleys before the actual closing takes place.


What work has been performed through June 14, 2019?
– Demolition began on May 24, 2019. Hand separation from adjacent properties is roughly 25% complete. The old boiler house demolition is 85% complete.
– Asbestos abatement was completed on June 1, 2019
– Items were salvaged and provided to the Brewery District and were picked up on Friday, June 7, 2019.
– Clean fill has been brought to the site and the tunnels are completely filled. Fill will continue to be brought in throughout the project when there is available space as buildings come down.


What is the timeline of the Hudepohl Brewery and project timeline?

A brief timeline, 1987 – 2019:

  • June 11, 2019 – Hand separation from adjacent properties is roughly 25% complete.  The old boiler house demolition is 85% complete. Clean fill has been brought to the site and the tunnels are completely filled. Fill will continue to be brought throughout the project when there is available space as buildings come down.
  • June 7, 2019 – Over the Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation removes historic relics from the site.
  • June 1, 2019 – Asbestos abatement completed by O’Rourke
  • May 2019 – O’Rourke begins demolition.
  • February 2019 – The Port awards contracts to O’Rourke
  • October 2018 – Two bids opened for Contract #02-2018 – Demolition and Remediation of the Former Hudepohl Brewery Site and Contract #03-2018 – Site Work at the Former Hudepohl Brewery Site
  • September 2018 – U.S. EPA finished cleanup of the site. By the time the EPA was finished in 2018, it removed 4,450 tons of asbestos containing material, covering ¾ of an acre, and 10,375 tons of debris.
  • August 2017 – U.S. EPA began $1.8MM cleanup of the site
  • July 2017 – The Port announced the financial cost to try to preserve the smokestack would be nearly $1MM
  • March 2017 – Cincinnati City Council approved $2MM funding ordinance to remediate and demolish Hudepohl site
  • October 2015 – Illegal entry and injury
  • May 2014 – The Port purchased 801 W 6th Street and 840 W 5th Street
  • February 2014 – Fire at Hudepohl site
  • 2007 & 2009 – City condemned the building twice and cited numerous fire code violations; Selective demolition by private developer, environmental issues.
  • 2002 – Private developer purchased the property, sold to another developer
  • 1987 – Hudepohl closed the brewery


How do I Get More Information about the Project?

How do I receive ongoing updates about the phases of this project?

Information about the project can be obtained by contacting The Port directly at 513.621.3000 or via communications@cincinnatiport.org. Updates will be posted on The Port’s website at www.cincinnatiport.org.