Perry Richardson, a spokesman for Miami’s Hamilton campus, said while the university is not involved with the project and the apartments will not serve as official student housing, it’s good news for students and faculty there.
“We do welcome it,” he said. “We think it’s great for any private development that comes in and develops something that would benefit our students, of course we think that would be great.”
“I think some of our students would be interested in living there,” Richardson said. “Perhaps particularly student athletes. I don’t know.”
“It would add convenience,” he added. “I assume that it would spur other developments, as far as restaurants, things like that. It’s especially well-timed with completion (later this year) of South Hamilton Crossing.
Smith said retail development in the area was a discussion topic last month among Second Ward residents who gathered to discuss riverfront master planning.
“People were complaining about the lack of amenities, and I said, ‘I get it. If you live down here, if you go to school at Miami Hamilton, if you (work) at Barclaycard, where do you get a cup of coffee? Where do you drop off your dry cleaning? Where do you go go day care? There’s no convenience, anything down there.’”
“When those apartments are constructed, in my mind, that will help,” Smith said. “It should attract what I call convenience-commercial. South Hamilton Crossing will help with that, too, because it will give you a direct connection to that area (from Ohio 4),” Smith said.
The project is one of two major apartment developments in or near Hamilton’s core. The other is The Marcum project of apartments immediately north of downtown, which will include street-level eateries and other businesses, with apartments on top.