The Blue

A Community Focal Point

The Blue

Defining the heart of a community with a vibrant, family friendly space

Creating a Destination

In evolving the design concept for this important downtown Blue Ash site, Reztark used market opportunity assessments to determine the appropriate, market driven, type and quantity of uses. We are creating a destination by providing a critical mass of retail, restaurant, and entertainment tenants, providing a built-in customer base with the on-site residents, who in turn draw more people to the site. In addition, the synergistic relationship of the different uses helps the project weather future economic storms. The concealed, shared, mixed-use parking is provided to promote a walkable, pedestrian friendly streetscape. Along that pedestrian streetscape, we are maximizing retail and restaurant frontage, while pushing the residential use back on the upper levels, to ensure the non-residential uses are visually the dominant land use. The proposed retail mix and the on-site residents promote activity morning, noon, and evening.

The “Center Park” which is the heart of the project, is where all the pieces come together. We have incorporated retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, along with office, residential, and outdoor gathering spaces. The development is intended to be Vibrant and Family Friendly. The Corner Plaza building pulls back to provide a release, a gathering space, with active and passive elements to engage the pedestrian. Along Kenwood Road, the building moves closer to the sidewalk and road, connecting the building with the hardscape, creating a Pedestrian Friendly, walkable environment, which activates the streetscape with outdoor seating and gathering areas. The addition of parallel parking along Kenwood Road not only supply convenient retail parking, it also forms a comfortable buffer between the street and pedestrian traffic. The Residential uses have been pushed back from Kenwood Road to ensure the retail, restaurant, entertainment, and office uses maintain the visually dominant land use. The Human Scale is maintained by stepping the building back as to not overpower the street. At “Center Park,” we truly have our heart and Community Focal Point.

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Blue Ash, Ohio

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We know mixed-use

The blending together and integration of multiple uses into a space that through composing form, connectivity, and engagement bring people together in a stimulating sequence of settings that encourages connectivity and creates a lasting bond with the public. At its very minimum, mixed-use creates opportunities for growth. At its very best, mixed-use design evolves — threading complex components in a simple presentation that provides vitality, energy, and experiences for life.

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