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Banks development wins award

The American Planning Association has awarded Cincinnati’s Central Riverfront Plan its 2013 National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation.

The award honors the city and county’s success in converting 195 acres of vast wasteland – between the Ohio River and Cincinnati’s Central Business District – into “an economically successful and vital, mixed-use development with a dramatic new park.”

The Implementation Award recognizes a project that shows achievement for an area that accomplished positive change as a result of planning. The award emphasizes long-term, measurable results that have been in continuous effect for a minimum of three years.

“The Cincinnati Central Riverfront redevelopment is an excellent example of plan brought to reality,” said Ann C. Bagley, the awards chairwoman. “The fact that this development happened during an economic downturn demonstrates the strength of the plan and the importance of the public commitment that brought it into being.”