1313 Vine Street has a long and storied history, and if all goes according to plan, it will become home to Cintrifuse, an initiative to take Cincinnati’s growing startup community to the next level. The goal of the effort is to launch high-growth startups by providing post-seed, pre-scale funding and by connecting entrepreneurs and investors. Over-the-Rhine is the natural home for this new hub of innovation, and 1313 Vine Street may become its epicenter.
The sandstone, Italian Renaissance Revival building that now occupies the site was built in 1885. In 1850, the Cincinnati Brewery was located here and became home to the Tivoli Gardens (concert hall, saloon, and beer garden) through 1885. It later become Cosmopolitan Hall and hosted an assortment of civic, ethnic and business organizations . After Prohibition, an indoor golf course, Bellonby Furniture, and an electrical equipment sales company. Scenes from the movie A Rage in Harlem were filmed in the building in the early 1990s. Most recently, 1313 Vine was the location of the well-known Warehouse Nightclub from 1989 to 2004. The building was purchased by a subsidiary of 3CDC in 2006.
Construction work on the Republic Street side of 1313 Vine Street:
Some details about the tentative plans for the Cintrifuse space:
The buildings at 1311-1315 Vine Street may soon house Cintrifuse, an incubator designed to foster the growth of new businesses. Cintrifuse will include 24,000 SF of flexible office space, a 5,400 SF sub-basement restaurant/bar space, as well as first floor restaurant space. 1313 Vine has previously been awarded State and Federal historic tax credits and an amendment has been approved to extend the deadline for using the credits. The project is currently in the schematic design phase and architects are developing drawings that will be used to determine both pricing and overall feasibility. The project is estimated at $13.6 million.
Although the entire project is good news, the use of the sub-basement space is particularly exciting.
Since being named in mid-2012, Cintrifuse has been in the news by filling a number of high profile positions and meeting its funding goals.
- Over-the-Rhine to be hub of innovation for Cintrifuse
- Cintrifuse to offer developing start-ups room, tools, to grow in Cincinnati
- Cintrifuse names new director of mentoring
- Cintrifuse hires ShareThis’ Schigel to manage fund
- Cintrifuse closes $40 million for first fund