New residents will begin occupying the 102 apartments in Hamilton’s Marcum Apartments the week of Oct. 15, a few of them on street level even sooner.
A model apartment opened its doors Aug. 28, and before that, 60 percent of the dwelling units were reserved.
Meanwhile, it likely will be the first or second quarter of 2019 before well-regarded Tano Bistro opens on the street level at the northwest corner of the project, Chef Gaetano Williams, for whom Tano Bistro is named, told the Journal-News.
The Hamilton project has been delayed while Williams and his staff work to first reopen the original Tano Bistro location in Loveland, which burned in May of 2016.
City advocates have hailed the project as a significant step for Hamilton’s downtown.
Aside from opening out into a “front yard” of Marcum Park, with its RiversEdge amphitheater, the apartments have views of the park, the Great Miami River and downtown Hamilton.
The apartments range from one to three bedrooms, with varying rental rates that depend on the size and the views from each unit. Rates range from $890 to $1,560 per month, said Anna Simmons, property manager for the apartments.
“We are getting quite a few people moving into Hamilton” and into the apartments, said Simmons, who said many are coming from out of the area as well as out of state.
“We’re almost rented out of the three bedrooms,” with a handful of one-bedroom apartments left, she said.
The modern-feeling units feature granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. First-floor units have 10-foot-high ceilings, while those on the second, third and fourth levels are 9 feet tall.
The model apartment is open during regular business hours.
In Loveland, “We are still waiting on a few big pieces of the puzzle to fall into place, like my gas meter, of all things,” Williams said about reopening of the Loveland restaurant. In Loveland, “We’re hoping to open probably the latter part of September on one floor, and then all three floors, probably early October.”
The Loveland project is complicated by the fact three adjoining buildings there are being rebuilt, with three different general contractors doing the work.
“When you have a shared fire escape with the adjoining building, and they’re way behind, just trying to get that done is a bit of a task,” Williams said.
In Hamilton, “I don’t see us opening in ‘18 at all, because we’re still up against the holidays already,” he said. “So we’re looking at sometime in ‘19,” most likely during the first quarter, but perhaps early in the second quarter of the year.
The reason some renters will be able to move into apartments in coming days is because they have street-level units, so they won’t need to use the elevators, not yet available, to access their new homes.