Great Miami Rowing Center in Hamilton plans $6.5M development

The Great Miami Rowing Center is planning a $6.5 million mixed-use development project on North B Street. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

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The Great Miami Rowing Center is planning a $6.5 million mixed-use development project on North B Street. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

The Great Miami Rowing Center plans to build a $6.5 million mixed-use development to include a new boathouse and training center.

The 15-year-old organization has an integrated plan to redevelop its site at 110 North B St. Officials said this project, which has received $3 million in donations, would address the Hamilton’s growing demand to build upon the city’s Hamilton River Plan, which is to push the Great Miami River as a catalyst for entertainment, recreation, and economic development.

“Rowing should be accessible and available to anyone in our area who wants to try it. It is our goal as an organization to bring the love of rowing and Hamilton and the Great Miami River together to ensure the future of the club,” said Kristen Riekert, GMRC board co-president.

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Pictured are artist renderings of the planned $6.5 million mixed-use project to provide the Great Miami Rowing Center with a new training center and boathouse. It will also feature a community recreation center. PROVIDED

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Pictured are artist renderings of the planned $6.5 million mixed-use project to provide the Great Miami Rowing Center with a new training center and boathouse. It will also feature a community recreation center. PROVIDED

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Pictured are artist renderings of the planned $6.5 million mixed-use project to provide the Great Miami Rowing Center with a new training center and boathouse. It will also feature a community recreation center. PROVIDED

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The project is down the street from the $165 million Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill development expected to fully open later this summer. GMRC’s other board co-president, Melissa Sancrant, said this is “a very exciting time” for the organization and the project is something they “have hoped and dreamed for this for so long.”

“We look forward to complementing Spooky Nook and helping to make B Street the place to be downtown,” she said. “With the help of the city of Hamilton, the Hamilton Community Foundation, and the Harry T. Wilks Foundation, we are able to kick off our capital campaign and see our vision and dream becoming a reality.”

The GMRC’s $6.5 million project includes a boathouse, community recreation and training center. The organization partnered with Susan T Rodriguez Architecture Design, a local developer known for several developments that include apartments, townhomes and other mixed-use projects.

The project has received nearly half of its funding from three donors. The Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, Hamilton Community Foundation and the city of Hamilton each contributed $1 million. Hamilton’s contribution, according to City Manager Joshua Smith, would be contributed to the GMRC upon successfully raising matching funds. The city’s contribution would come from American Rescue Plan Act funds.

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The Great Miami Rowing Center is planning a $6.5 million mixed-use development project on North B Street. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

The Great Miami Rowing Center is planning a $6.5 million mixed-use development project on North B Street. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

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The Great Miami Rowing Center is planning a $6.5 million mixed-use development project on North B Street. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

Plans call for a two-story, 14,000-square-foot building that would house the existing fleet of rowing shells, kayaks, and equipment with room for expansion for the expected growth of the GMRC. This would also include a year-round café and spaces for the team, coaches, and the broader GMRC community.

The second level of the facility would include a training space, and also serve as a location for events and recreation that features expansive views of the city. According to the organization, the design concept is for a sustainable facility that would support the health and wellness of the community, optimize energy performance, and adapt to the evolving needs of the organization and the community.

Riekert said they expect to have construction bid packages together before spring 2023 and hope an eight-month construction process starts around March. Preliminary estimates show the project to range from $6 million to $6.5 million.

John Guidugli, Hamilton Community Foundation president and CEO, called the project “exciting” and is h happy to be “helping connect the larger Hamilton community with the river.”

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Bates said the mixed-use project “is most exciting because it is the first development in Hamilton that combines residential development with river recreation.

“We have the beautiful Great Miami, a gem, running through our downtown and this is a benchmark project that focuses on the river and river recreational use,” he said. “It has been proven time and again when communities embrace their waterfront with appropriate development projects, those communities engage their residents and become a magnet for visitors.”


HOW TO HELP

The Great Miami Rowing Center is designed to engage youth and adults in Hamilton and the surrounding region in the sport of rowing. Additionally, the organization brings recreational opportunities to underserved or at-risk populations.

The GMRC is seeking funding to assist with its Row Hamilton Capital Campaign, which would raise funds for the new rowing center. To donate, visit the Hamilton Community Foundation website, or visit https://tinyurl.com/GMRCCapitalCampaign.

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