Cincinnati Business Courier: $32 million high-end apartment project coming to Lawrenceburg

By   – Senior Staff Reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier

Flaherty & Collins Properties is moving forward on a long-planned $32 million apartment development along the banks of the Ohio River.

Indianapolis-based commercial real estate developer Flaherty & Collins and the city of Lawrenceburg are scheduled to host a groundbreaking ceremony for the project, named Whiskey River Apartments, on Oct. 26. The project will add 150 high-end apartments to the banks of the Ohio River.

Kelly Mollaun, mayor of Lawrenceburg, said this public/private partnership will provide quality housing options in the city.

“This day is the collaborative result of strategic long-term planning and preparation that we have all been waiting for,” Mollaun said in a news release.

Deron Kintner, general counsel and lead project developer for Flaherty & Collins, said the city has been “a great partner.”

I reported on Flaherty & Collins’ plans to create a public-private partnership and develop about 150 apartments a quarter-mile from Lawrenceburg Event Center in February 2018.

Whiskey River, which will be located at 500 W. High St., will include a resort-style pool, lounge area, grills, a co-working lounge and patio. Other amenities will include a fitness center, a bark park, dog spa, and bike storage with a wash and repair station.

The apartments in Whiskey River will have modern finishes, LED lighting, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, washers and dryers, and private balconies on most units.

Kintner said Whiskey River is expected to bring new residents to Lawrenceburg with strong disposable income. He also said the project will help increase the demand for additional development in the city, creating an estimated $25 million in economic impact.

Flaherty & Collins deciding to move forward on the $32 million project is another sign that developers see the economic issues that have arisen as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic as temporary and that they expect the region to rebound strongly. A number of other developers announced plans to move forward on large-scale projects, such as Kean Ventures and Buckingham Cos.’ planned $80 million mixed-use project at Liberty and Elm streets in Over-the-Rhine and Cincinnati Center City Development Corp.’s $50 million renovation of the former Macy’s store downtown into a mix of office and retail space.

Flaherty & Collins Construction will serve as the general contractor for the project, with American Structurepoint serving as the project architect and engineering firm. Champaign, Ill.-based Busey Bank is serving as the construction lender.