ORIGINAL CONCEPT + DESIGN
The vision is that the space becomes a welcoming entry and social hub to both current and prospective clients, as well as neighborhood residents. Kolar Design, in collaboration with Human Nature and RDA Group Architects, worked in close coordination with North American Properties to achieve its vision for enhancing a highly visible exterior plaza on the corner of 7th and Sycamore Streets and its interior leasing center space.
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ST. XAVIER PARK
2019 Update - Cincinnati Business Courier
Dog park, yoga lawn coming to downtown apartment buildings
By Tom Demeropolis – Senior Staff Reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier
Cincinnati Business Journal - 2019
The owners of four downtown Cincinnati apartment buildings are adding a new amenity that is expected to be unique in the city.
North American Properties and NorthPointe Group, the owners of the collection of apartments known as Saint Xavier Park, are building a park for residents of four apartments at 636 Sycamore St. Maggie Hobbs, property manager for Saint Xavier Park, said she believes the park will be the first of its kind in downtown Cincinnati.
“The goal we’re trying to accomplish is have all four buildings with one common area shared amenity mostly to build community amongst the four,” Hobbs told me.
The apartments that make up Saint Xavier Park are East 8 Lofts, Sycamore Place, Seven at Broadway and Encore. Between the four buildings, Saint Xavier Park has 402 apartments.
The roughly quarter-acre park will include a dog park, grills, fire pits, a turnaround for food trucks, a stage for entertainment, outdoor seating and a yoga lawn. The dog park area will have water fountains and drainage in the turf.
“Aesthetically, it will be a nice addition to the block,” Hobbs said.
Nick Rabin, asset manager of multifamily for downtown-based North American Properties, said the park will be an enhancement to the downtown community.
“It will be an exciting gathering place and social experience for our downtown residents,” Rabin said via email.
The park is part of a three-phase reinvestment in the properties, Hobbs said.
The first phase was renovating the space on the first floor of Sycamore Place into a combined leasing office for all four properties. There, potential residents are able to get information on all four properties and use giant touch screens to look at them. The second phase is the park, which is currently under construction. The plans for the third phase, which would include some additional indoor amenities for residents, are being finalized.
Residents will be able to access the park at the southeast corner of Seventh and Sycamore streets using their fingerprints. When the Eighth and Main apartment building is complete, its residents also will be able to access the park.
North American Properties also recently launched a “black card” for residents of Saint Xavier Park. The company worked with a dozen downtown retailers to provide residents with exclusive discounts. Participating retailers include Money Chicken, Spoon & Cellar, Corkopolis, YWCA and Woods Hardware.
The architect for the park project is RDA Group Architects, with Plant Trolley also working on it. The park is scheduled to be completed this spring.