Uptown Consortium / MLK/Reading Rd Corridor Study


Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Scope: Master Plan Study

The Uptown Consortium and City of Cincinnati hired GBBN to facilitate an advanced study of the impact of a new interstate interchange for I-71 at Martin Luther King Avenue, serving Cincinnati’s Uptown neighborhood. With improved access and traffic along the MLK and Reading corridors, and pending expansion of Metro and Streetcar routes, our team took a three-pronged approach focusing on Transportation & Transit Management, Planning and Urban Design for ‘complete streets’, and promoting Economic Development – working jointly to create a sense of place and arrival for Uptown, and improving connectivity to Downtown.

Uptown, the second largest employment district of Greater Cincinnati with over 50,000 jobs, world class academic and healthcare institutions, and high density residential property serving primarily college students and workforce, has an opportunity to create its own identity, as a safe clean neighborhood of choice for residential and commercial development. Our study shows the potential for over 6,000,000 SF of new development.

Our work included economic analysis and viability of existing property uses and absorption, established a design approach to increase bicycle and pedestrian access, and created a strategy that outlines neighborhood revitalization and stability. Together with subconsultants Sasaki, RCL Co, and CBI, and neighborhood stakeholders, a plan has been established for a diverse, healthy, sustainable mixed-use community.