Former Bengal investing in downtown real estate project

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A former Bengals player is investing millions of dollars to transform downtown Cincinnati's Tower Place Mall.

Construction has started on what will be called Mabley Place, a parking garage and retail space in the building known as Tower Place Mall on West Fourth Street. Former Bengals player Chinedum Ndukwe is overseeing the project through his real estate development firm Kingsley Wells Enterprises.

Along with other investors and a partnership with JDL Warm Construction, the multimillion dollar project will add 775 parking spaces and 8400 square feet of street-front retail space to downtown.

The project will serve the needs of area hotels, shops, the Duke Energy Convention Center and developing office and residential projects.

Ndukwe's firm, Kingsley Wells Enterprises, will be one of the first storefront businesses to open in Mabley Place.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

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