In the third annual Urban Land Institute (ULI) Cincinnati Case Competition, the assigned case was a site located in the southwest corner of Downtown Cincinnati. The West Water Street development site (not a currently active development site) is comprised of a large parcel of land southwest of Paul Brown Stadium. This site is used as a company’s central aggregate distribution and ready mixed concrete terminal for the Cincinnati metro area. The main property is positioned between West Merhing Way and the Ohio River. To the west of the site is the Brent Spence Bridge and to the east of the site is a a surface parking lot owned by Hamilton County. Teams proposed development of this site for a dense residential/mixed use project. The case competition, for University of Cincinnati students, consists of an eight week course done in collaboration with UC Real Estate Program and Center, UC College of DAAP’s Niehoff Urban Studio and ULI Cincinnati.
The winning team [Team 4] proposed the “Queen’s Landing” development – the complete redevelopment of over twenty acres of industrial yards. This is a complete mixed use project whose primary objective is to totally energize an untapped portion of the city and create a genuinely unique experience for people to live, work and play. The team with the winning proposal included a combination of UC undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines: Connor Nicholas Hymes (M Arch), Toni Nicole Strauch (BUP), Qisheng Zhu (M Arch), Jalisa Harris (MCP/GC RE), and Joseph Riusche (BBA RE). The winning team received a $5000 award, and all student participants receive a one-year ULI membership.