New business at Levee, developments at Music Venue announced
Developments at Newport on the Levee and the PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation, the new riverside music venue, were discussed Wednesday morning at a virtual meeting of the Newport Business Association.
The meeting preceded the official announcement of the arrival of several new tenants at the dike.
Levee CEO Justin Otto joined Eric Buck, senior development partner at Corporex, which develops Ovation, as the guests.
Otto said he expects many of the new developments at the seawall to open on Memorial Day weekend. The seawall is still undergoing a $ 100 million redevelopment following its $ 100 million purchase by the North American Properties Group of Cincinnati.
Some of the features include a new garage entry from the valet ring, new bars and restaurants, new LED lights around the main sea wall building, a new more dynamic sound system, and general renovations designed to make the space more attractive. brighter and more open.
“When North American Properties acquired the property, they really wanted to improve – and on the top of the list to improve the asset – access to the garage, connection with neighbors and the community, and activation of the property,” Otto said. “This project would never have been possible without the support of Newport and Campbell County.”
Otto also drew attention to a large new LED display that has already been installed above Sweet Dreams, a candy store near the Newport Aquarium. The screen was installed in preparation for the dike derby night which will take place this weekend. He also mentioned another LED display that will be installed to provide visitors with a screen experience despite inclement weather or uncomfortable weather conditions.
Otto expressed his gratitude for the support he noticed throughout the community and seemed especially grateful to the Ovation Pavilion – which is expected to complete the first phase of its development soon.
“You can build a Newport on the seawall anywhere,” Otto said. “But what’s really hard to build is an Ohio River, a People’s Purple Bridge, a Cincinnati skyline, and a partner like Ovation.”
Meanwhile, North American Properties Group announced five new additions to the food and beverage line at Levee.
Beeline, a full-scale cocktail bar with an expansive outdoor patio will open this fall, brought to the city by local entertainment group 4EG which operates a similar concept to Columbus, Oh.
Next month, four new local suppliers will open at Bridgeview Box Park, Levee’s shipping container park.
Beeline will occupy 2,800 square feet of space at the seawall with garage door style doors that open to reveal views of the Ohio River and the Cincinnati skyline.
Named after the railroad that once connected Columbus and Cincinnati, Beeline will bring a wide selection of beers, wines and craft cocktails to the seawall. Beeline’s first location opened in Columbus last year,
Next month, 4EG will launch Buzz, a twin concept of Beeline, at the Levee’s open-air Bridgeview Box Park, serving a variety of craft cocktails and frozen drinks.
“There is incredible excitement in the community around the seawall redevelopment and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Beeline to a new market and present The Buzz,” said Bob Deck, Managing Partner of 4EG . “We are committed to providing superior hospitality and enjoyable experiences to our guests, and we look forward to countless evenings of cocktails, camaraderie and community at Levee.
Other new additions are expected to open at the box park next month:
West Sixth Brewing, a Kentucky-based craft brewery with locations in Lexington, Louisville and Frankfort. West Sixth will bring its craft breweries and community taproom experience to the colorful park.
Blackmarket Saloon, a local, family-owned and operated business offering fortified lemonades in many unique flavors as well as specialty cocktails. In addition to drinks, they will also serve Chuy chips and salsas. Blackmarket Saloon is the big sister concept of Farmhouse Lemonade and Farmhouse Goods Co., which debuted at Box Park and the Exchange Market at the Levee last year.
CrepeGuys, a father-son duo who introduced the concept in France in 1999 and whose mission is to become the first internationally renowned pancake restaurant in Europe, will present a menu consisting of 40 hand-made pancakes, savory and desserts as well. only cold beer and cold nitro. ground coffee.
Kon-Tiki, the tiki bar-inspired concept serving classic and tropical cocktails with unique spirits and flavors from around the world, will remain open at the box park.
“As the seawall redevelopment draws to a close, we are excited to present four concepts that perfectly match our vision for the new Newport, bringing undeniable energy to the street-level experience,” said Regan Noppenberger, rental representative for NAP. “Beeline is a fantastic addition to the activated public realm and the dike’s entertainment mix, and we know the community will love to sip handcrafted cocktails and sample local fare from the box park – all while taking in the stunning river views. .
Ongoing renovations to the gallery building include transforming the space into a weatherproof gathering place for the community. The new structure connecting the east side of the building to the Purple People Bridge will open to the public in May, while the west side of the building has been replaced with an impressive all-glass wall to flood the space with natural light.
Recent seawall redevelopment milestones include the construction of a parking garage driveway on 3rd Street, improvements to the valet loop, fresh exterior paint, new signage and lighting, and improvements to the Plaza. These improvements have been transformative in creating activated spaces that make the seawall a true gathering place for the community, as well as improving connectivity and the pedestrian experience on the property.
Meanwhile, at the Ovation site, the $ 40 million concert hall hopes to host its first concert in September and is expected to attract around 350,000 to 400,000 visitors to its 180 planned annual events. In addition, it has indoor or outdoor capacities and can accommodate 2,700 people for indoor shows and 7,000 for outdoor shows.
Eric Buck spoke about the design of the pavilion stating that there will be real grass growing above the parking lot for participants to sit on, enough space for individuals to queue for seats predominantly first come, first served, and which he described as a life design circle, which allows attendees to quickly and efficiently tour the main hall bar next to the stage or one of the two satellite bars at the back of the lounge area.
Buck also spoke of a new hotel and office building that will be built along the south side of the pavilion, saying the footprints of the buildings are there and he plans to start construction in the next few months. weeks and do some major construction work this summer.
Buck also featured images of two cranes installing the pedestrian bridge that connects to the project on Highway 8.
“This bridge is definitely a milestone for us,” Buck said. “This pedestrian bridge is what will connect Phase I of Ovation to Phase II.”
Corporex’s Phase II development will include 120 condos / apartments, retail space and restaurants along the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers. Buck highlighted the walk of the entire project by stating that residents of the building will be able to step out of their front door and walk straight to the river, to a show at the pavilion or to the sea wall. He also said Corporex is working on a solution to the Fourth Street Bridge to make it more pedestrian friendly.
“Getting the people from Covington to Newport and from Newport to Covington is very important,” Buck said. “It is so important to both communities that the bridge be replaced, not only for vehicular traffic, but also for pedestrian traffic.”
Newport Business Association President Mark Ramler said he was excited to see all of the development unfold in Newport, adding that rising tides were lifting all ships.
-Connor Wall, associate editor