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District at Clifton Heights to transform Deaconess Hospital site near UC

Construction starts this spring
Posted at 9:52 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 21:58:33-05

CINCINNATI — “The District at Clifton Heights,” a $420 million development on the former site of the Deaconess Hospital, will become one of the largest private developments ever in the city of Cincinnati, and the project is on track to start construction soon.

Renderings show a 275-foot tower with new apartments housing more than 2,500 people. Next to Hughes High School will be multi-family living with retail on the ground floor.

The private development is helmed by Midwest firm Trinitas and Columbus developer Crawford Hoying. Trinitas has expertise with student housing, while Crawford Hoying has the retail and commercial side of things covered.

Later this week, they will close on the Delta Delta Delta house on Clifton Avenue, as the sorority moves into a new 34-room house (double the current size) that is part of this redevelopment, according to Trinitas Senior Vice President Development Aaron Bartels. That site will then become a hotel, with a chain to be announced soon.

After the hotel, the next project is more student housing on top of a parking garage to serving the hotel. A senior housing development will follow with a development partner to be announced "shortly," Bartels said.

Find more concepts and renderings here.

Cincinnati Councilman David Mann called the design an "evolved" collaborative effort with the community. Noting how the area has transformed in recent years, he said the latest project provides more than just tax revenue.

“This is going to be the single biggest private project we’ve had in recent years,” Mann said. “That says loads about how the city is doing economically. We can build on that.”

Last year, The Deacon student apartments at University of Cincinnati opened nearby.

“When you put it all together, I think this is a tremendous addition to the university community," Mann said.

With the partnership of the two developers, the city’s largest private economic development is closer to building for the future.

“They talk good planning. Trinitas has delivered so far. That gives us confidence. I’m anxious to see some dirt turn over and get this thing going," Mann said.

Construction on the next phase, including the hotel, garage and student housing, starts this upcoming summer and is slated to finish in 2023. Multi-family housing and mixed-use development along Straight Street will follow 18-24 months after that, Bartels said.