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Historic loft renovation project starts anew in downtown Cincinnati

A historic loft renovation project that had previously stalled is starting anew in downtown Cincinnati. A new model unit has been completed and developers are anxious to start moving new residents into the 109-year-old structure. Once complete the project will create seven new residential units.

The redevelopment of downtown Cincinnati’s former industrial buildings continues with the McFarland Lofts, a seven-unit condominium project under construction in a circa 1901 wagon livery and horse stable. Developers plan to build two units on the building’s middle floors and a penthouse unit is planned to occupy the building’s entire fifth floor.

A recently completed a model unit on the second floor illustrates the incorporation of the building’s original brick and high level of finish expected for the rest of the building. It also assuages fears about noise from Interstate 75, which is a block away but almost entirely out of sight and cannot be heard inside the building.

Upper units on the building’s north side boast views of historic buildings along Fourth Street. The fate of an empty lot between the McFarland building and Fourth Street is uncertain, however Cincinnati’s parking code prevents construction of a high-rise that might block views of the historic district.

Secure parking for residents of McFarland Lofts (map) is provided on the building’s first floor. Units are priced in the low to mid $200’s with a 10-year tax abatement through the City of Cincinnati.

By Jake Mecklenborg

Jake Mecklenborg joined UrbanCincy in 2009, contributing original articles, photographs, and videos. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1996. Jake went on to study at the University of Tennessee and Ohio University. His book, Cincinnati’s Incomplete Subway: The Complete History, was published by The History Press in 2010. He currently lives on Mulberry Street overlooking Over-the-Rhine.