Real Deal at the Paramount Building
Paramount Square is the LEED Certified $22.6 million revitalization within the Peebles Corner Historic District in Walnut Hills and part of a broader $40 million development plan for the district. The Model Group (TMG) is partnering with the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation (WHRF) to restore and revitalize eight historic buildings at the primary intersection of the neighborhood business district in alignment with WHRF’s community reinvestment plan.
Paramount Square is anchored by Esoteric Brewing Company, the first Minority-Owned brewery in the history of Cincinnati, as well as the new Taste of Belgium Commissary and Corporate Offices. This mixed-use project will deliver 51 apartments and over 56,000 square feet of commercial space, which includes a CVS as well as other neighborhood amenity retailers. The project was financed in part by New Markets Tax Credits and Historic Tax Credits, as well as Tax Increment Financing and CRA Tax Abatements.
Phase I of the Paramount Square project was the revitalization of the signature Paramount Building, which will be completed in Q1 2019 and feature the Esoteric Brewing Company. Phase II of the project is the stand-alone Taste of Belgium facility, which will be completed in early Q2 2019. Phase III is under construction and will be completed by the end of 2019.
Presenters will include –
Graham Kalbli, Principal, New Republic Architecture
A registered architect and certified planner, Graham has nearly 25 years of experience in the architecture and planning fields. He founded New Republic Architecture in Cincinnati to focus solely on urban redevelopment, historic rehabilitation, and mixed use urban infill. Since its inception in 2014, New Republic has been focused on urban redevelopment areas in Cincinnati. The 5 person firm’s mission is to put people in vacant buildings and buildings on vacant lots, enhancing the urban environment for everyday users. Their collaborative design process works almost exclusively with owner/developers and community redevelopment organizations to breathe new life into neighborhoods with significant opportunities for architecture to perform a transformative role in community development. Graham is well versed in building code, historic preservation tax credit, and development challenges, and the firm’s ability to creatively “think like a developer” has been the catalyst for numerous projects to get from napkin sketch to occupancy. Graham has a Master of Architecture from Miami University, and a Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati.
Jason Chamlee, Developer, The Model Group
Jason joined The Model Group in 2015 and leads the company’s market rate development projects in Cincinnati, Ohio and Fort Wayne, Indiana. While at the Model Group, he has developed nearly $200M of urban, mixed-use projects in communities such as Pendleton, Walnut Hills and the Findlay Market area of Over-the-Rhine. Jason specializes in complex financing structures that utilize programs such as New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits and Tax Increment Financing. Jason lives with his family in the neighborhood of Pleasant Ridge, where he is the President of the Pleasant Ridge Development Corporation. Jason holds a BA in History from Miami University and a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.
Emily Sheckels Ahouse, Executive Director, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation
A native Cincinnatian, Emily has been back in the region since 2015 most recently serving as Preservation and Planning Specialist for the City of Covington. In Covington she was responsible for the administration of the City’s Historic Preservation Program, including historic preservation permitting, staffing the City’s Urban Design Review Board, and the City’s small area study community planning efforts. She was the City liaison to the NKY Public Arts Network and served on the Board and as Chair of the Design Committee for Renaissance Covington, a Main Street America program. After graduating from Cornell University with a B.S. in Design and Environmental Analysis and M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning, Emily started her career in South Florida first as a consultant for Janus Research then as Historic Preservationist for the City of Coral Gables.
3:30-3:45 PM – Check-In and Networking
3:45-4:45 PM – Program
4:45-5:45 PM – Tour and Happy Hour
$25 – members
$40 – non-members