PHOTOS: Construction Continues to Transform Cincinnati’s Central Riverfront

The changes early phases of The Banks and Smale Riverfront Park brought to Cincinnati’s central waterfront were remarkable to many lifelong Cincinnatians. In fact, when UrbanCincy showed those dramatic changes through Google Street View imagery last year many were stunned.

Those changes, however, were just the beginning. Work has progressed rapidly on the subsequent phases of work at The Banks and Smale Riverfront Park. The structures and final look of this work is now taking shape and is easily visible.

Much of the work at Smale Riverfront Park will be complete within the next month or so; then the next wave of activity will begin and continue to push the park westward toward its ultimate completion several years later. The second phase of The Banks, which includes 60,000 square feet of street-level retail, 300 apartments and General Electric’s 340,000-square-foot Global Operations Center, is scheduled for completion at the end of 2015. The complete build out of GE’s new $90 million office building will not be fully finished until sometime in 2016.

EDITORIAL NOTE: All 15 photographs in this gallery were taken by Jake Mecklenborg for UrbanCincy on April 12, 2015.

  • Jasomm

    Good stuff… I’ve been wanting to see how all this stuff is coming, but haven’t been able to make it back to Cincy for a while

  • While in Keokuk, IA last summer I took a tour of the George M. Verity, an old steamship, in their riverfront park. With our city’s river history, it would be really cool if we had an old ship (or two) like this in our riverfront park to tour. (

  • Brian Boland

    Drove across the suspension bridge by the Carousel last night around 10pm and saw they had the new fountain up and running with colored lights, it looks really cool. I’m sure it’s still just testing now, but can’t wait to be able to ride bikes down with the family to enjoy the new park!

  • PhilipGlassRules

    Those railroad tracks in the roadway are so awesome for bicyclists….