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The Banks selects new project executive

| Enquirer | by Bowdeya Tweh

Philip Beck is new project executive for The Banks, replacing John Deatrick, who vacated the post earlier this year to lead the Cincinnati streetcar project.

Beck will coordinate projects associated with the riverfront residential-and-retail development on behalf of the city and Hamilton County. The Banks is envisioned to be Cincinnati’s largest single mixed-use development – home to 3,000 residents when it is complete.

Beck, a Symmes Township trustee and chief executive of Beck Infrastructure LLC, has worked on projects such as Great American Ball Park, Smale Riverfront Park and the first phase of The Banks in his 27 years of experience. He also worked for 14 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps.

“Phil brings the right combination of expertise and leadership to continue the on- time, on-strategy and within-budget performance of The Banks project,” Christian Sigman, Hamilton County administrator, said in a news release.

Deatrick joined The Banks project in June 2008 when it was still in its planning phases. He had a $175,000 salary.

The project’s next phase includes building a nine-story mixed-use building near the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Construction is expected to begin early next year.

The first phase of The Banks was completed in October. That $90 million phaseincluded a revised street grid, a parking structure, 300 apartments and 96,000 square feet of retail.

“Phil has great experience that will help move The Banks forward,” said Scott Stringer, executive vice president at Atlanta-based Carter & Associates LLC, the project developer. “We look forward to continuing to work with him to make The Banks a success.”

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