Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Robert Hudson, author of the award-winning book “A Better Tomorrow” who spoke about jobs in the heartland. Robert is a lawyer who serves entrepreneurs who deal with employment issues as they build their businesses. He previously served as President of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. After years of writing columns for the newspapers, a friend suggested he compile all his columns and build out a book which chronicles the first term of President Obama from a business perspective.

A primary inspiration for the book was a business person who grew up as a child of an absentee, moon-shiner father. As he grew up, the business man worked hard as an employee and saved every penny he earned. Eventually, he broke his family’s cycle of poverty. This book is a testament to the fact that we live in a country where we can accomplish anything.

Next week we will hear from Bob Derr from the Veterans Association and organizer of FALLEN HEROES Commemorative Sculpture.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Greg Fusuro or Capital Investment Group, developer and builder of Ivy Pointe Lofts. He shared the history of Capital Investment Group which did a lot of development in the Washington DC area in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Someone convinced the company to look into the Cincinnati area where Greg was working. He sold them several properties and they eventually relocated their headquarters here. Together they developed South Shore Condominium Development in Northern Kentucky behind Don Pablos. Since that time, they have focused mainly on downtown and the urban core.

Capital Investment Group believed they could take the “urban concept” and apply it in a “suburban” context. They began looking for a suburb that had a “downtown” type of area with an urban feel. The basic idea was to help businesses grow and remain in business by creating residential living space right next to them. Union Township Administrator, Ken Geist, agreed with this concept and welcomed the idea of creating a “24-7” environment. There is no other concept of this kind in our area. This will be a very upscale, 4-story single building that is elevator served, will include a fitness facility, pool room, card room and a club room with an internet cafĂ©. The units will rent from $800 to $1200 per month and will be sized from 600 to 1100 square feet. The target renters are employees of TQL.

According to Fox 19 News, “The $13 million Lofts at Ivy Pointe will include 133 efficiency, one-and two-bedroom residential rental units in a four story elevator building on three acres located at the entrance to the Ivy Pointe Business Park. The development is in close proximity to the headquarters of Total Quality Logistics, Jungle Jim’s and a planned Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.”

A couple of stories can be found here and here.