Demolition Marks Next Step Of Streetcar Progress

Aug. 26

Mayor Mallory prepares the crowd for the countdown

Demolition Marks Next Step of Streetcar Progress

The most visible sign of progress on the Cincinnati Streetcar to date began today in Over-the-Rhine with demolition work to make way for the Cincinnati Streetcar's Maintenance & Operations Facility (MOF).

Two vacant buildings are being torn down at the corner of Henry and Race streets for the new "streetcar barn."

Demolition is expected to last about six weeks, according to construction contractor Messer/Prus/Delta Railroad, or MPD.

"People ask me all the time, 'Is the Streetcar happening?'" Mayor Mark Mallory said. "Let me be clear: The streetcar is happening. You can see it happening here today."

"They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The Cincinnati Streetcar, connecting the Riverfront and Findlay Market, will be that single step that will connect the city’s two largest employment centers and spur development along the route," Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls said.

Once constructed, the MOF will be a 12,500 square-foot facility with two tracks and room for expansion as the system grows. It will be able to hold up to 12 vehicles, and the building will also contain the operational staff’s offices. The price for the facility is $11.9 million. The City's Historic Conservation board approved the demolition and the new building's designs.

The Cincinnati Streetcar MOF should be completed in March 2015.

The first streetcar line from The Banks to Findlay Market will be open for passenger service in Spring 2016.

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