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Why you could pay more for food, drinks at The Banks

Posted: 12:05 PM, Sep 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 12:43:56-04

CINCINNATI -- Patrons of The Banks could soon be paying a little more for food and drinks. 

A City Council committee voted Wednesday morning to approve organizing a group that will help re-invest funds into future programming along the riverfront development.

The vote for approval will go before Cincinnati City Council on Thursday. 

If approved, patrons would see a “community development charge” on receipts from some establishments, but it would only be a few cents on the dollar. That money would go toward paying for future events within the district. 

Advocates expect to raise over $500,000 a year with the plan; over $5 million dollars would be generated over the next decade.

Tracy Schwegmann, of Jeffrey Anderson Real Estate, said the goal is to attract more Greater Cincinnatians to the development.

“We have a lot of fantastic spaces down at The Banks that are begging for activation, and we'd like to be able to pull together as a community and fulfil our mission and offer folks more reason to come down to The Banks on a greater greater level of regularity,” Schwegmann said. 

If the plan is approved by city council, the group will have to create a Board of Trustees and create by-laws before any decisions can be made.