Winning Design Announced in Eastern Hill’s Journal

Eastern Hills Journal announces Reztark Design Studio’s winning design for Mt. Lookout Square redevelopment.

Mt. Lookout Square Project Taking Shape
By Lisa Wakeland for Eastern Hills Journal

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Mount Looking Square will have a new look by the end of the year. The community recently received a $350,000 funding boost from the city of Cincinnati to complete the second phase of its revitalization project.

The project includes wider sidewalks, decorative lighting, extended curbs at crosswalks, additional greenspace and other enhancements

“Phase one allows us to complete the streetscape on the south half of the square and now we’re going to finish up the north side,” said Matt Johnson, treasurer of the Mount Looking Community Development Corporation (MLCDC).

Mount Lookout previously secured $400,000 from a program that aims to improve neighborhood business districts, but missed the cut for funding in 2010.

City Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan recently announced Mount Lookout was one of three neighborhoods that would receive a share of unused capital funds.

“We believe the $750,000 will cover the second phase,” said Andy Park, president of MLCDC. “We’re ready to get this rolling and wrap up the main construction for the project.”

Bids for construction should be awarded this spring and construction work is expected to start this summer, Park said.

The project should be complete by the end of 2011.

It’s been decades since Mount Lookout Square, at the intersection of Delta and Linwood avenues, received significant infrastructure improvements.

Following construction, Park said the community will begin beautification on the square. Members of the Mount Lookout Community Council recently selected a greenspace design for the large traffic island near United Dairy Farmers

Each design was evaluated on originality, feasibility, cost, and other factors. The concept from Reztark Design Studio ranked the highest among the dozen of entries in the design contest.

“We have a plan to raise a significant amount of private dollars for comprehensive branding in the square, including addition signage and enhanced landscaping in the island,” Johnson said.

The community council also is considering incorporating elements from other submissions, such as a fountain or water feature, Park said. Beautification elements will be implemented as private funds are raised, he added.

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Dean Lutton