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Forbes lauds downtowns in Cincinnati, Cleveland

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CINCINNATI -- Two Ohio cities have been named as being among 15 cities in the U.S. with emerging downtowns.

Cincinnati and Cleveland made Forbes magazine's list released Tuesday. Forbes says it listed cities that have seen double-digit population growth and revitalized central business districts.

Cincinnati's major projects include a $600 million retail and residential development on its riverfront known as The Banks, a $110 million streetcar set to open in 2016, a $120 million riverfront park and a $400 million casino.

Cleveland's projects include a casino, new aquarium, a new convention center this summer and a $200 million mixed-use development.

Development group buys old Bluefield theater

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- A development group wants to restore an old theater in Bluefield and make it a part of revitalizing the downtown.

The Development Authority of the Greater Bluefield Area Inc. bought the former Granada Theater at a public auction on Monday.

"The reason that the board purchased the building was to make sure that it is preserved," authority member Charlie Cole told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. "We would like to see it preserved and become functional. The authority would like to see it become a functioning part of downtown."

He says the authority's board plans to meet with the Bluefield Preservation Society board of directors to discuss possibilities for restoring the building.