Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Neyer's Corner

After making another one of our tours through Hyde Park, I spotted yet another remnant of the city's past...

NW Corner of Delta Avenue & Columbia Parkway [2/17/8].
Zoom in several times to see the stairways at both ends of the wall.

With limited research, I didn't find much on the history of this corner, so those specific foundations' stories remain ambiguous. Though, this research jogged my memory about how long the Neyer Properties' "For Sale" sign (placed to the left of the housing remnants above) has been sitting on this site... way before many of my personal milestones: marriage, children, moving out of town, moving back, etc. - in other words, it's been awhile [articles from 2003, 2004, 2005].

Proposed construction at Delta & Columbia Pkwy (NW lot) [Neyer Props.].
This concept sits where the old foundations I photographed remain currently.

I wasn't even aware of this development in its early stages, but according to an opinion from a 2006 Citybeat letter, it's been a storied one:

My co-workers and I have a pool going right now -- which will be completed first, Columbia Square along Columbia Parkway or The Banks on the riverfront? I'm not sure I'll be living here long enough to find out..." [full letter here].

Columbia Square plans, Columbia Tusculum [Neyer Props.]. Source: Amy.

Anyway, after recently settling back in Cincinnati, it's been nice to see the developments on the south side of Columbia coming along, not to mention The Banks, Fountain Square, OTR, the streetcar initiative... it's an exciting time.

I just wonder on which side that guy placed his bets.

Details on the progress of this development (and all others in the city) are listed at the extremely informative & always interesting Building Cincinnati. Looser dialogue and repostings of recent news articles on Columbia Square can be found at UrbanOhio.


Anonymous said...

Like so many things, once you start looking for this stuff it appears everywhere.

I hope that the design where the foundations are can incorporate it into the site.

The dynamic between the past and progress isn't black and white and hopefully the exciting progress this place is making won't eliminate the past, even the less spectacular aspects of it.

Kevin LeMaster said...

There are also a ton of great ruins to explore a little farther east, between the site you show and the Cottage Hill development on Strafer. There is a street sign for Broughton that has been laying on its side there forever, and lots of great concrete steps to climb.

Matt said...

Thanks - I'll check it out.