Since city-data.com only writes about development downtown, northern Kentucky, eastern Hamilton County, and West Chester, I am going to start a thread here about development west of the Mill Creek. Ah, yes, the much-maligned west side that the folks at city-data are always insulting.
If I find articles in The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Community Press, The Business Courier or any of the southeast Indiana papers, I plan to place a link here.
Cincinnati Business Courier, June 3, 2013, South Fairmount
EPA approves Mill Creek sewer overhaul
EnlargeThe city, county and Metropolitan Sewer District’s plan to control overflowing sewage won approval by federal regulators on Monday.
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Email | Twitter | LinkedIn The city, county and Metropolitan Sewer District’s plan to control overflowing sewage won approval by federal regulators on Monday, including an innovative part that would bring a long-buried stream in South Fairmount back to the surface.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave its formal approval to what local governments call the “revised original Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy.” It’s a plan that was submitted in December to stop nearly 1.8 billion gallons of dirty water, including unprocessed sewage, from flowing into the Mill Creek.
One of the centerpieces is a first-of-its-kind plan to bring a creek back to the surface of South Fairmount neighborhood. The Lick Run creek would displace businesses, fast food restaurants and old homes between White Street, Queen City Avenue, Westwood Avenue and the Western Hills Viaduct. But it also creates the possibility of redeveloping the neighborhood and putting green space along the creek.
I keep trying to post this article, but am not having much luck. Now I am just going to copy and paste it.
Cincinnati Enquirer, June 3, 2013, about South Fairmount
New river to flow through South Fairmount
By Sharon Coolidge
The Lick Run will flow through South Fairmount again after two federal agencies signed off on a $244 million Metropolitan Sewer District project intended to keep sewage out of the Mill Creek during heavy rains.
The U.S. EPA and U.S. Justice Department’s Friday decision is years in the making and part of a federal consent decree that mandates a $3.2 billion clean-up of local waterways to bring the utility in compliance with the Clean Water Act.
MSD Director Tony Parrott said work on the Lick Run portion of the project, specifically along Queen City Avenue, could start as early as this summer. Under the project MSD will “daylight” Lick Run - bringing the river out from underground.
First Cincinnati City Council members and Hamilton County Commissioners must work out differences over MSD policies dictating who can work on sewer projects. Last month commissioners halted all new sewer construction contracts until the issues are resolved.
The county owns MSD, but contracts with the city to run the utility that serves 800,000 customers.
Parrott said he’s excited to start what he called an “innovative wet weather solution” that saves money and helps rebuild local communities. Board of Commissioners President Chris Monzelalso praised the project, which has been touted nationally as a model for other communities seeking greener solutions to the problem of “combined sewer overflows.”
As part of the consent decree, MSD was originally ordered to build a deep tunnel system under the Mill Creek to alleviate 1.78 billion gallons of combined sewer overflows annually from the Mill Creek. That would have cost more than $500 million.
MSD came up with an alternate solution that is cheaper by about $200 million and greener than the tunnel project.
While the Lick Run is the project’s primary focus, 22 communities - city neighborhoods and suburbs - will benefit from the project by relieving combined sewer overflows in other parts of the lower Mill Creek.
The completion deadline: December 2018.
In the approval letter, EPA Water Director Tinka G. Hyde commended the city, county and Metropolitan Sewer District “for the hard work and incisive analyses” that went into the project and for their “frequent communications” with regulators.
Rather than hunt all over the Internet for this brief article, I am retyping what was in the June 25 Cincinnati Enquirer.
"Michael's, the Irving, Texas-based arts and crafts retail chain, will open its new Colerain Township store, part of the overhaul of Northgate Mall, July 21. The 21,840-square-foot store will employ more than 60 people."