University of Cincinnati Moves Forward With Two Demolition Projects

Last week construction crews began demolishing the 81-year-old Wilson Auditorium along Clifton Avenue. The structure had sat vacant, used for not much more than storage, for decades and had been planned for demolition for just as long.

University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono reassured concerned students in September that the building’s historic facades would be preserved.

A parking garage was once envisioned to take the place of Wilson Auditorium, but updated plans call for the construction of temporary classroom space for students displaced by the $45 million renovations taking place at the College of Education. Once that project is complete, the temporary structures will come down and school officials say that the site will be transformed into green space.

The future of another University-owned structure, however, also appears to be limited.

The Campus Services Building along Reading Road is rumored to also be in line for demolition. This 84-year-old structure was once home to a Sears Department Store and now sits on what will become prime real estate following the construction of the $108 million MLK Interchange.

Requests for information from the University of Cincinnati’s office of Planning + Design + Construction were not returned.

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The Heights Music Festival kicks off tonight with over 60 performances

Local music will be featured this weekend as The Heights Music Festival returns for its seventh installment. Over 60 performances will take place on Friday and Saturday nights, spread across five Clifton Heights venues within a short walk of each other.

Performers will include local favorites like The Frankl Project, Hickory Robot, and The Natives, along with newer acts such as DAAP Girls, Buenos Crotches, and Oui Si Yes. Some regional acts will also be featured, like The Regrettes and Shrub, both from Columbus. Performances at Mac’s Pizza Pub, Baba Budan’s, Christy’s, and Roxx Electrocafé are open to ages 21+, while Rohs Street Cafe is open to all ages. Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating venues, and cost $5 for Friday night or $10 for both nights.

The festival is organized by Rome Ntukogu of Far-I-Rome Productions, who joined us for episode #10 of The UrbanCincy Podcast. On the podcast, we discussed how festivals like The Heights can help grow the local music scene by connecting music fans to artists.

The Heights, which was originally known as the Clifton Heights Music Festival, takes place twice a year with a strong focus on local artists. The first six installments featured over 500 performances and were attended by over 15,000 music fans, and with each installment, the momentum continues to grow.