Friday, February 14, 1997
Stadium will oust well-known businesses
Bars, restaurants, warehouses must go

BY LAURA GOLDBERG
and ANNE MICHAUD
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Bengals stadium and related riverfront plans will push out several well-known businesses, including the Caddy's Complex, and will mean relocating a number of produce houses.

Needed for development is land along Pete Rose Way that includes Caddy's, Flanagan's Landing, Skyline Chili and the Old Spaghetti Factory.

The county also says it will need land occupied by Lumpy's, now closed, and the Second Street Saloon.

Hamilton County officials said Thursday they have no plans for relocating those businesses. They say their first goal is getting the land.

Steve Misleh, an owner of Skyline, said he is ''kind of disap
pointed'' by the news that the restaurant will have to go.

He said that when he and his co-owners opened in 1991, they assumed the surrounding area would be developed. Now, he said, the development is going on top of his business.

Mr. Misleh said he would like to stay in the riverfront area.

The story is different for the produce companies. The city is working on plans to relocate them. One idea was to move them to the Queensgate South area. The latest proposal is a 60-acre site in Sedamsville and Riverside along River Road.

An ordinance proposed by the city administration calls for setting aside $1.6 million for the Sedamsville/Riverside site. It is expected to be discussed by city council in the next few weeks. An administration report on the project said it would create and retain about 800 jobs.

''Our goal is to keep the produce industry in Cincinnati,'' City Manager John Shirey said.

Among the produce companies is the Castellini Co. ''We're going to sit down and discuss all the options,'' said Castellini spokesman Joe Bride. ''We really haven't reached the point where it's been possible to reach any preference. The preference is to find something in the city of Cincinnati that will work.''

One source said Spinney Field in Lower Price Hill is being considered as a potential site for the Castellini relocation. The Bengals will get a new practice field next to the stadium.

When asked about Spinney Field, Mr. Bride said: ''I'm sure that's been part of some of the discussions.''

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