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First Look at Possible Transformation of Newport on the Levee Released

What the transformation of Newport on the Levee may look like was released on Monday by the entertainment destination's new owner, Cincinnati-based North American Properties.

It's the first glimpse of the potential renovation of the site, purchased by NAP last year for $100 million with the promise of a $100 million renovation.

Reztark Design Studio created the images of the 360,000-sq. ft. site, though they are not intended to represent the final drawings, but only to reveal how the project will "come alive over the next 18 months," a news release said.

“Newport on the Levee has been a central location for connecting the community since it opened in 2001,” said Tim Perry, Managing Partner of NAP Acquisitions. “Over the last several months we’ve taken the time to understand what truly makes Newport on the Levee special to our office tenants, surrounding residents, and regional guests.  We are excited to re-introduce the Levee with renewed relevance, offering enhanced restaurant and entertainment options to be announced for freshly defining its place.  People celebrate--and make--milestones here, and we’re reclaiming it as a beloved destination ready to come back to life, to reenchant guests and to welcome new generations.”

Construction Manager Turner Construction along with the owner’s representative J.S. Held will lead the transformative improvements to capital spaces throughout to take advantage of the panoramic Ohio River and downtown views and to realign the spaces for today’s marketplace needs.

Visitors might already notice barriers in place in the former Mitchell’s Fish Market, which closed late last year, as improvements are already underway. Construction begins in earnest in late Summer and will continue through 2020, a news release said.

Along with the improvements to the building itself, Newport on the Levee has already begun transforming the space through programming including free wellness classes four times a week and Summer Music on the Levee, which are weekly concerts overlooking the Ohio River, presented by Braxton Brewing.

Newport on the Levee also recently won a global silver MAXI award from the International Council of Shopping Centers for its excellence in presenting Winter Wonder on the Levee (its holiday activation which included Kentucky’s largest ice skating rink and Santa house), against competitors both domestic and international.

“We are boldly envisioning the possibilities of dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces for activation and events as well as the interplay of long-term commercial and hospitality relevant tenant relationships, both existing and new to provide a year-round venue that attracts people that live, work, and play in the region,” said Brett Kratzer, president of Reztark Design Studio.

Over the next few months, NAP will announce new restaurant and retail concepts for the property, including chef-driven restaurant concepts and first to market operators, which will celebrate its iconic location and leverage local talent, warm Southern hospitality and a commitment to unassuming luxury for guests.

-Staff report

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