Clifton's Mad Frog is no more.
The decades-old, green-hued music venue and bar at 1 E. McMillan St. has been demolished after closing in July of this year.
At the time, owner Aydin Kol — who purchased the property in 1996 and ran it for 26 years — wrote on Facebook that the closure was due to the impact of the pandemic, thanking patrons and employees for their support over the years.
"We have been a haven for nearly every musical genre during our 26 years, as well as for many live performance acts. Patrons from any walk of life could be sure to find something to match their interests, and no matter the turnout, could always be sure to have a great time,” the post read.
Instead of live music, the space where the Mad Frog stood will now be home to a residential development from Uptown Properties, the redeveloper and rental management company that oversees housing near the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, as well as across the Greater Cincinnati area.
Kol sold the property to Uptown in January of this year, according to the Hamilton County Auditor, and it will become part of the company's Hollister Court development.
The $60 million project will include a four-story apartment building, five three-story townhomes, a multi-level parking garage and "indoor and outdoor amenities," according to the City of Cincinnati. It will span 2429 Macauley St., 2434 Vine St. and 13 E. McMillan St. and includes the former Hollister Recreation Area, which had housed a parking lot and basketball courts. The city sold the recreation area to the developers.
The Hollister Court project has the support of the Mount Auburn Community Development Corporation and Short Vine Association, according to letters sent in favor of the sale of the Hollister Rec Area. Uptown Properties doesn't list a projected opening date or rental details for Hollister Court, but one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments in the company's similar nearby apartment communities start at around $1,400 per month.