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Greiwe breaks ground for fifth condominium project Jeanne Houck


Lucas Zamora, 2, and his sister, Ava, 4, play on the bridge at Summit Park in Blue Ash.

Blue Ash council to consider playscape design for Summit Park Kelly McBride

Blue Ash City Council will decide on a design for an innovative playscape planned for Summit Park. During council’s July 13 meeting, Parks and Golf Maintenance Superintendent Brian Kruse will present a design for the play area, which uses natural elements. It will complement the existing playground at the park. “We’ve got a remarkable park, and it gets a lot of use,” Kruse said. “We didn’t want to duplicate that. This one is a natural playground, using elements of landscape.” Kids will play with sticks, mud, water and sand. Among other fun options, they will be able to climb on logs, and follow paths to connect sections of the park. If council approves the design on Thursday, the city will move ahead and open the project for bidding. “The goal is October to award bids,” Kruse said. Because natural elements are being used, the weather

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Indian Hill developer Richard Greiwe recently helped break ground for a pricey condominium project in Mariemont. He’d do well to keep a shovel handy for a planned earth-turning later this year for an unrelated Montgomery venture. Representatives of Greiwe Development and partners North American Properties of downtown Cincinnati and Sibcy Cline posed for pictures with politicians June 1 at a ceremonial dirt tossing for Hampstead Park, a three-level, 18-unit project to be built at 3818 Miami Road in Mariemont, one block from village square. The condominiums will range in size from 1,800 square feet to 3,200 square feet and lighten buyers’ pockets by $800,000 to $1.5 million. In the past decade, Greiwe Development, North American Properties and Sibcy Cline have built more than 100 condominium units in Mariemont with a total value of $80 million. Their condominium projects include: » Jordan Park at the northeast corner of Miami Road and East Street, completed in 2008. » Emery Park at the northwest corner of Madisonville Road and West Street, complet-

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This rendering shows ponds that will be incorporated into Summit Park in Blue Ash. The plan also calls for a playscape that uses natural elements.

will impact completion of the project, but Kruse said he expects it to be open by next spring, or before. The highlight of Phase 3 is an observation tower and pond. The tower’s skeleton has been erected, and will offer a 124-foot-high observation deck. Rooms underneath the tower will be designed for

double usage. For instance, the stage in front of the observation tower will serve as a stage for events, and also acts as a stoop for the tower. Rooms under the tower, to the right and left of the structure, will be available as community rentals, with indooroutdoor options, including small kitchens and restrooms.


Rick Greiwe of Greiwe Development, left, and Mariemont Mayor Dan Policastro at the groundbreaking for Hampstead Place, a new condominium project in Mariemont.

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ed in 2011. » Nolen Park at the northeast corner of Madisonville Road and West Street, completed in 2014. » Livingood Park at the convergence of Murray Avenue and Madisonville Road, slated for completion later this month. Greiwe said Hampstead Park’s exterior will be a contemporary take on an English cottage, with white brick and steep gables. Residents will have private balconies or first-floor terraces with gas lines for outdoor grills – and share a large front porch as a common area. Hampstead Park won’t be completed until early 2019, but Greiwe will not be idle until then. He already has a new focus. “Beyond Hampstead Park, we are in the planning stages for a mixed-use development in Montgomery with partners Brandicorp (of Bellevue, Kentucky) and Traditions Group (of Sharonville),” Greiwe said. “This next big project from our team will be done in four phases and include 120 luxurycondominium residences, a public green with four to six restaurants, 200,000 square feet of office space and a boutique hotel.”

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