Banks project still incomplete in Ohio city

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Restaurants, bars and apartments that have risen in The Banks project have enlivened Cincinnati's riverfront, but the development is still far from achieving earlier visions.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1fEi4pp ) that only a portion of the 18-acre site between stadiums where the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals play has been built up as planned. The goal of a mixed-use urban neighborhood is still missing key pieces such as a hotel, office building, condos and retail shops.

There's a 300-unit apartment building soon to be joined by a luxury apartment building, and condos are still part of future plans. Efforts to draw a hotel and retailers are continuing.

There are more than a dozen eateries and bars. But one restaurant owner says business is slow when there is no major event.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com