Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Newport reroutes for Levee

Detours begin today

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — Beginning at 9:30 a.m. today, Third Street will be closed from Monmouth Street to York Street for nine months to a year as part of the Newport on the Levee development.

        In addition to the closing of that block of Third Street:

        • York Street will become two-way from Fifth Street to the Taylor Southgate Bridge.

        • Monmouth Street will be closed to through traffic from Fourth Street to Third Street and will only be open for local business and residential traffic.

        • All traffic using the 300 block of Monmouth Street will need to use Southgate Street eastbound from Monmouth to Saratoga when leaving locations on that block. Southgate Street remains one-way eastbound from York to Saratoga.

        At Monday's city commission meeting, Barry Rosenberg, vice president of Steiner & Associates, the Newport on the Levee developer, provided additional information about the planned hotel and office complex on the east side of the L&N Bridge adjacent to the Levee project.

        The Hilton Garden Inn hotel will have slightly more than 200 rooms, while the main office building near the flood wall will have about 200,000 square feet of office space over seven floors, topped by luxury two-story condominiums. A third two-story office building is planned for Second and Washington streets.

        Mr. Rosenberg said the project will including 850 underground parking spaces, and a pedestrian bridge is planned from the hotel/office site over the L&N Bridge to the entertainment center.

        “We will have 2,000 parking spaces at Newport on the Levee,” he said.

        There still is no definite date for start of construction on the complex, which will cover 5 acres between the flood wall, Second Street, Saratoga and Washington.


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