Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Parker Flats: Vector Construction selected for Contractor

The contractor selected to build Parker Flats is Vector Construction, starting in 1997 with just two employees they now employ over twenty five people and they will work as the main contractor in charge of all sub-contractors.
They have successfully completed commercial, industrial, institutional, medical, retail and renovation projects under a variety of contract delivery methods including general construction, design/build, and construction management. Their projects have ranged in size and complexity from pouring and finishing a small sidewalk to a $17 million retail/parking/office complex. They routinely perform general labor, concrete work and rough and finish carpentry with their own personnel, thus allowing them tighter control of the schedule, cost and quality of a project.
Recently, two of Vector Construction’s projects, Gateway Center West Office Center (Commercial Construction) and M. Böhlke Veneer Corporation (Design Build Construction), received Awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Ohio Valley Chapter.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Parker Flats: Downtown Cincinnati

Big announcementsthe past couple months have only intensified the luxury-condo frenzy enveloping the riverfront and surrounding downtown areas in Greater Cincinnati.

Dozens of projects in various stages are bringing hundreds of units onto the market, most selling for hundreds of thousands to a million or more dollars. The projects run the gamut from ground-up developments like the Ascent at Roebling's Bridge, a 72-unit glass tower in Covington designed by world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind, to smaller apartment-to-condo conversions like the just-finished rehab of the Fort Washington Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

The influx of high-income residents has the potential to transform the surrounding areas, bringing vitality with support businesses, expanded entertainment options and sheer volume of foot traffic. Officials are banking on the fact that these new residents want places to get a bagel and coffee in the morning, to drop off laundry or pick up groceries and to eat dinner and get a drink. They support arts and cultural venues, bookstores and specialty shops and want places to meet friends from out of town. It's hard to imagine, for example, that the teeny-bopper appeal of many Newport on the Levee shops won't change after the condos go up next door.

The trend can also bring improved quality of life with the greater demands for services. The soaring demand for downtown condos in Cincinnati, for example, was partly credited for the results of a survey by Downtown Cincinnati Inc. this spring that showed perceptions of downtown had improved in 18 of 20 categories, including cleanliness, selection of stores, safety and hours of stores and restaurants.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Parker Flats: Cincinnati Post story

Parker Flats:

Post staff reporter Bob Driehaus

The booming downtown condominium market is adding another 49-unit project.
Parker Flats, at 345 W. Fourth St., will be built from scratch and will feature soaring glass walls and a spartan steel design. Its units will go on the market Friday with prices mostly between $200,000 and $300,000.
Christine Schoonover, a Huff Realty agent leading marketing of the condos, said six to eight condos will be priced below $200,000 and three will be more than $300,000. The rest will fall in between to appeal to an underserved segment of the housing market, she said.
"They're purposely designed in a range no one else is offering," she said.
Middle Earth developers of Cincinnati is in charge of the project and hope to break ground in three months. The condos could be ready for occupancy as early as next year.
One big draws for the condos are dramatic glass walls, Schoonover said. "Picture this: 16-foot ceilings, which means you got a 16-foot wall. You push a button and the bottom eight feet of the wall rise to the top. You have an instant patio." There will be a railing for safety.
Schoonover said the development is testament to the momentum gained from the last few years of successful condominium developments.
Condominium projects are cropping up throughout downtown as well as along Covington's riverfront. Among major projects in the works are "The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge," an 80-unit high-rise in Covington; the American Building on Central Parkway, being converted from offices to condos, and the conversion into condominiums of the former McAlpin's store on Fourth Street.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Parker Flats: Meeting with Middle Earth Developers

Parker Flats: We had a meeting with the developer, Middle Earth last week. Nothing ground breaking, just going over a rough schedule and what to expect in the next couple months. They told us "construction will start in 6 weeks. honest. cross out hearts." we'll see, they seemed sincere this time, they've only been telling us this since December.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Parker Flats, downtown Cincinnati’s newest architectural landmark! The cutting-edge modern sensibility of this project’s distinctive steel, concrete, and glass design brings a new level of sophistication to downtown living. Here, you’ll have the unique opportunity to own a home in a newly constructed building that’s located in the heart of one of the city’s oldest downtown neighborhoods. Inside, a unique combination of contemporary industrial flair and luxurious finishes will make this project stand out. And where else can you find retractable glass window-walls to transform your indoor living space to an outdoor entertainment terrace? These enormous windows will offer dramatic views of Cincinnati’s downtown and riverfront attractions, while the wide open floorplans with 16’ ceilings will make your indoor space feel equally spacious.

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