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The Story of The Banks: Redevelopment of Ohio’s Southern Gateway

The Banks Project is one of the largest and most complex urban public-private partnerships in the United States. Underutilized for decades, the flood-prone riverfront has been transformed into a $2.8 billion marquee, mixed-use development incorporates residential, office, retail, park, stadiums, museums and entertainment venues. 

Specifically, The Banks Project is home to the nationally-acclaimed Smale Riverfront Park, the Cincinnati Reds (Great American Ballpark), the Cincinnati Bengals (Paul Brown Stadium), the new AC Hotel, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and G.E.’s U.S. Global Operations Center. 

For the latest update on The Banks, check out the update during the August 13, 2019 Commissioner meeting on YouTube or page through the presentation here. 

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Special Project Counsel

Between 1997 and 2019, under the direction of Hamilton County Commissioners, Hamilton County Special Project Counsel has worked collaboratively with the County Prosecutor's Office, County Administration and the City-County Banks Project Team to obtain savings and generate additional funding with respect to the transformation of Cincinnati's riverfront. Read the Executive Summary outlining the county's return on investment for over two decades of work on the project. 

The Banks Public Partnership

A working partnership between the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, The Banks Public Partnership ensures timely, safe, efficient and inclusive management of the public infrastructure of The Banks project—a vibrant Cincinnati riverfront neighborhood where people live, work and play.

Please click here to go to the Banks Partnership page