Sunday, March 11, 2001

How would you design 'lid' on FWW?

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Monday is the last chance for residents to sell Cincinnati officials on what to build over Fort Washington Way.

        At a 5 p.m. meeting in the Hueneseld Tower Room at the Main Library, a city design team will unveil some of the ideas for the decks planned to fit atop the interstate like a three-block lid.

        “Our consultants are bringing in a model and about a half-dozen schemes,” said Cincinnati Park Board Planner David Prather.

        The ideas were generated at a public hearing in January, attended by 62 people.

        “There were ideas for memorials, a visitors center, green space and recreation uses,” he said.

        The city has put aside about $12.8 million for landscaping and improvements above the decks, which will form a bridge over the interstate between 2nd and 3rd streets.

        When finished, the decks will cost taxpayers an estimated $63 million, including $10 million already paid for the support structures, $40 million for the decks, and $12.8 for improvements.

        The decks, described as plazas, will provide a park-like link from downtown into the central-riverfront project known as The Banks.

        Mr. Prather said planners will recommend ideas from the public sessions to the park board, which will vote on them this spring.


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