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Public meetings planned to discuss the future of Fort Washington Way

Meeting to discuss 'Connect the Blocks'

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CINCINNATI - Imagine Fort Washington Way as a tunnel, with an open park space or a commercial district above it.

That could soon be a reality.

The city of Cincinnati is gathering opinions and design plans for it's "Connect the Blocks" project. The city says the idea of the project is to connect the central business district to the Banks.

But before plans are drawn up and construction starts, city leaders are opening a community conversation to identify what decks over Fort Washington Way will be. The city says that could be anything from a public park to a commercial or mixed retail corridor.

The city is hosting two public meetings to discuss the project. City officials as well as design, architectural and engineering experts will be on hand to answer questions and gather new ideas.

The first is Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Madisonville Recreation Center.

The second meeting is Saturday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Public Library.

The city is also hosting a national, open competition for architecture, engineering and landscape design professionals to design the decks over Fort Washington Way. It's called the "Connect the Blocks" competition. An evaluation committee, appointed by the city manager, will select the winning design.

For more information on the "Connect the Blocks" project, visit http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cityofcincinnati/connect-the-blocks .

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