REAL ESTATE

The Great Centers of Ohio: Rookwood

BY Al Urbanski

Earlier this year, real estate editor Al Urbanski set off on Interstate 71 from Cincinnati to Columbus to Cleveland in search of the greatest retail centers the Buckeye State had to offer. This stop: Cincinnati.

Asked what shopping venues she frequents most, a millennial sales executive of our acquaintance who lives in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood of Cincinnati told us she and her fiancé invariably found themselves at Rookwood. It’s easy to see why.

Easily accessible off I-71 just minutes from downtown, Rookwood is a quirky mix of retail types, architecture (the Le Blond Machine Tool smokestack), popular restaurants, and ground sculpture. It houses both a Bed, Bath & Beyond and a Sur La Table, an Old Navy and an REI, a BJ’s Brewhouse and a Five Guys.

The complex is essentially two contiguous centers—Rookwood Commons and Rookwood Pavilion—purchased by Hines in 2017 and joined together by updated dining and drinking options that build significant traffic. The eclectic mix includes Redlands, Buca di Beppo, P.F. Chang’s, and a replica of an authentic British pub called, simply, The Pub. Beyond the parking garage is a separate development with a Seasons 52, a Capital Grille, and a Marriott Residence Inn.

Hines property manager Mike Seyferth told us that Hines was attracted to the site because it rides the border between Oakley and Hyde Park. Young professionals are flocking to the two neighborhoods, where luxury apartment buildings have been rising at a brisk pace.

“Between the hotel, and these neighborhoods, and the highway access, traffic at Rookwood is fairly constant throughout the week,” Seyferth said.

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