Restoring Our Future

The City of Hamilton was founded in 1791 and still retains much of its historic charm. Its unique history sets it apart from many of the city’s neighbors, which are mostly suburban, making downtown Hamilton a destination in Butler County for urban life.

Downtown Hamilton has been experiencing a revitalization in recent years, bringing a new vitality to Hamilton. In the past five years, our downtown has experienced over $65 million in investment, including new market-rate apartments, a new riverfront hotel, and a new arts and cultural hub. We have used a creative package of tools to get projects to the finish line, including State and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits, the Community Reinvestment Area, and the Hamilton CORE Fund. Interested in living, working, or playing downtown? We can help connect you to the right people. Email us at econdev@ci.hamilton.oh.us.

Catalytic Projects

Mercantile Lofts

The Mercantile Lofts was the catalytic project the jumpstarted Hamilton’s redevelopment. The project consists of 29 market-rate loft spaces above street-level storefronts. Phase I of the renovations was awarded Heritage Ohio’s Best Mixed-Use Rehabilitation Project for 2011. The $11.1 million has been a resounding success and usually has a waiting list.

Artspace Hamilton

Artspace Hamilton is a mixed-use building comprised of 42 affordable live/work spaces for artists and 3,000 square feet of commercial space located in the heart of downtown. It is home to The Almond Sisters Bakery and Renaissance Fine Art Supplies. Artspace, a non-profit located in Minneapolis, MN, is the owner, operator, and developer of the $11.8 million project. With nearly 40 Artspace locations around the United States, Hamilton is Artspace’s first location in the state of Ohio.

Marcum Apartments – Coming Soon

The City of Hamilton is collaborating with CMC Properties on a new high-end apartment complex in downtown Hamilton. CMC Properties plans to build a $12 million 102 unit apartment complex with 6 retail spaces next to the new Marcum Park. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2017.

Marcum Park & RiversEdge

In 2013, RiversEdge Amphitheater and Overlook opened at the former Mercy Hospital site. It has become one of the most important hubs of activity in downtown Hamilton. The popular Summer Concert Series brings thousands of people to downtown Hamilton for free concerts throughout the summer.

In 2015, it was announced that Joe and Sarah Marcum are donating $3.5 million to the Hamilton Parks Conservancy to expand the park, transforming the current vacant greenspace and the amphitheater into Marcum Park. The new park will include a wide sidewalk designed to be accessible to food trucks and similar users for community events, a children’s playscape on the northwest corner, landscaping, and the great lawn. The park will open in May 2017.

150 High Street & STARTEK

In 2013, the Hamilton CORE Fund’s first purchase was the former Elder Beerman department store at 150 High Street, a large, very visible vacancy in downtown Hamilton. Between 2014 & 2015, five new tenants for the building were announced.

Most notably, international call center STARTEK announced that they would be moving into the building and creating 682 jobs in downtown Hamilton, the largest employment announcement in Hamilton in over a decade. In addition to STARTEK Hamilton, the building is also home to Alexander’s Market and Deli, InsideOut Studio, Kettering Physician’s Network doctors’ office, and a Joslin Diabetes Center.

School of the Arts

In early 2013, a $4.1 million renovation of the former Journal-News building was completed, transforming the former newspaper building into a downtown cultural hub. The building is now home to Butler Tech School of the Arts, Miami Valley Ballet Theatre, and the Hamilton City Schools ABLE program. The project has been great for all of the tenants. School of the Arts high school’s enrollment jumped from 125 to 180 students their first year in the new building.

Courtyard Marriott

After a $10 million renovation, our downtown hotel was retrofitted into a Courtyard by Marriott. Opening in 2009, it was the first major downtown project undertaken. The Courtyard, located along the Banks of the Great Miami River, features the Plaza One Grille.

Robinson Schwenn

One of the first redevelopment projects focused on renovating the beautiful 1866 opera house. It is now home to Liferay national sales office, the Lane Library Community Technology Center, Miami University Downtown, LemonGrenade Creative, and True West Cafe downtown.