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Short Vine under construction: Entertainment district gets new look

Rendering of Short Vine via Uptown Consortium Rendering of Short Vine via Uptown Consortium

For much of the summer, an overhaul in the Short Vine and Corryville neighborhoods had streets and sidewalks under construction.

The entire business district is getting a new look and hundreds of new residents are calling the neighborhood home as part of the redevelopment.

Uptown Rental Properties focuses on removing blight and renovating homes. The company, in partnership with North American Properties, has built three new apartment buildings and is currently developing a complex on the corner of Euclid and Corry Avenues.

At one point, a 5/3 Bank and run down buildings occupied the block, but construction is underway and scheduled to be complete by August 2015. There will be 149 units, some apartments and others town homes. It is being built on a two-story parking structure where one level will be for residents and the other will be public parking. The hope is that an increase in people living in the neighborhood will help sustain the Short Vine Business District.

Streets and sidewalks are currently torn up on Short Vine to bring a very visible change to the area. The redevelopment is to return Short Vine to the pedestrian friendly, vibrant music and art district it once was. The sidewalks are being expanded to 27 feet, which eliminates the diagonal parking, but will allow restaurants to have outdoor seating and benches to be installed to invite more people to the area.

The curbs are considered "zero entry," meaning they are low and flush with the street. This creates a park-like feel and makes the area desirable for block parties and street fairs. The overhead utilities are being moved underground to create a cleaner look, and many of the businesses have had upgrades in their facade.

The redevelopment is being funded by a $2.4 million Tax Increment Financing Revenue (TIF), and the facade updates were supported by the Neighborhood Business District Improvement program.

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