The Port Seeking Bids to Redevelop Former Mt. Auburn Cable Railway Site

Also seeking creative developers for former Alms’ parking garage

Cincinnati, OH, June 3, 2021 – The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port) is seeking developers of multi-family, mixed-use, single-family, and commercial projects to provide proposals for the redevelopment of two properties. The first is the property that once housed the Mt. Auburn Cable Railway building at 2001 Highland Avenue in Mt. Auburn. The historic Cincinnati structure partially collapsed from the weight of snow this past winter and required emergency demolition. The second property is the former parking garage of the historic Alms Hotel in Walnut Hills. Both properties are owned by the Landbank, a managed entity of The Port.

2001 Highland is approximately one-third of an acre site located at the highly visible corner of Highland and Dorchester Avenues. Although the Landbank’s preference is to solicit proposals to increase the affordable housing density in the neighborhood, all project types are welcome. The Mt. Auburn neighborhood is located just north of Over-the-Rhine and South of the Uptown neighborhoods of Clifton, Avondale and Corryville.

The original cable house was built in 1884 for the Mount Auburn Cable Railway, which emerged as an alternative to the city’s inclines for transporting passengers from the urban basin to uptown neighborhoods that were then still considered suburban.

“The Mt. Auburn community is looking forward to learning the future plans for this site,” said Carol Gibbs, President and CEO of the Mt. Auburn Community Council. “Our community was terribly saddened to lose this iconic building, so knowing its redevelopment is in good hands makes us optimistic this site will again be a beacon for the people of Mt. Auburn,” Gibbs added.

The Landbank is also seeking proposals from developers for the redevelopment of the former parking garage of the Alms Hotel, another historic Cincinnati property, built in 1891. The garage is located at 1119 William Howard Taft Road in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Walnut Hills.

“Over the past several years The Port has been a great partner in Walnut Hills,” said Samantha Reeves, Executive Director of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation. “We’re excited to hear about the proposed plans for this former garage,” Reeves continued.

Although the structure has always served as a parking garage, the Landbank is open to creative redevelopment proposals for this site.

“These two projects present a terrific opportunity for local developers to contribute to the growth of our local economy,” said Laura N. Brunner, President and CEO of The Port. “We encourage visionary developers to think creatively on returning both of these properties back to their highest and best use,” Brunner added.

Interested developers for the Mt. Auburn Cable Railway building may submit proposals here.

Interested developers for the former parking garage of the Alms Hotel may submit proposals here.

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