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Get sneak peek of nearly completed first phase of The Banks tomorrow

Developers of the region’s largest mixed-use development are throwing open the doors to the supporters that have long awaited the opening day for Cincinnati’s massive riverfront development. Developers will be giving tours and holding a happy hour party at the development’s recently opened Holy Grail Tavern & Grille tomorrow evening.

As the Cincinnati Enquirer so often likes to remind us, The Banks has been decades in the making, and after much political infighting, the project is finally coming to fruition. The massive mixed-use riverfront development project saw its first business open on St. Patrick’s Day and will soon start welcoming hundreds of new residents.

Developers have decided to invite those interested along for a tour of the $90 million first phase (map) that is nearing completion on Wednesday, March 30. The event is free, but reservations are required in order to participate in one of the two tours.

Tours will meet in from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and will begin at 4:15pm and 4:30pm. Following the tours, there will be happy hour drink specials and light appetizers at the Holy Grail Tavern & Grille. Those who wish to attend one of the tours are asked to contact Mary Kathryn Kennon at (please indicate preferred tour time in RSVP email).

For fun, you can also RSVP to the event’s TwtVite page brought to you by UrbanCincy and The Banks Master Development Team.

The Banks phase one photograph by Thadd Fiala for UrbanCincy.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.