Former downtown mall gets new life

The city purchased the old Tower Place Mall last year for $8.5 million, and it is now the site of a 775-space parking garage and just over 8,000 square feet in retail space, now called Mabley Place. Former Bengals player Chinedum Ndukwe partnered with JDL Warm Construction to redevelop the site.
Standard Parking signed a 10-year lease, and will operate the garage. Monthly parking will cost $145. The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza will use a portion of the garage for its valet parking.
Domino’s Pizza is opening a “pizza theater” in one of Mabley Place’s retail spaces. The 2,400-square-foot restaurant will allow customers to watch pizzas being made while they dine in. It will be owned and operated by John Glass, who owns 25 other Domino’s locations in the area.
Two other retail spaces—one with 4,800 square feet and the other with 1,200 square feet—are still available.
The mall purchase also came with the deteriorating, eight-story Pogue’s Garage. It served as parking for Pogue’s Department Store across the street, and when the store closed, it was replaced with Tower Place Mall in the '80s.
A 30-story apartment tower with about 300 units is planned for the site of the old garage. It will include 1,000 parking spaces and 16,000 square feet for an independent upscale grocery store.

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Caitlin Koenig is a Cincinnati transplant and 2012 grad of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She's the department editor for Soapbox Media and currently lives in Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their three furry children. Follow Caitlin on Twitter at @caite_13.  
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