Demolition of the Millennium Hotel Closing Portion of Downtown Elm Street Through 2022

Demolition on the Millennium Hotel will begin March 29 and is expected to continue through summer 2022

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Construction overview

Starting Monday, March 29, a portion of downtown's Elm Street will be closed to traffic.

The city says Elm between Fifth and Sixth streets will be closed until summer 2022 to demolish the former Millennium Hotel.

"Crews will be using cranes and other heavy equipment to remove a 34-story tower and five-story annex building to the north along Sixth and a 24-story tower to the south along Fifth, as well as a skywalk over Sixth and a skywalk that connects to the Duke Energy Convention Center over Elm," writes the Department of Community & Economic Development in a Facebook post. "To maintain safety and accommodate crews and equipment in this compact area of downtown, Elm Street will remain closed throughout the project."

They expect to take down the Elm Street skywalk in the "coming week," and shorter buildings this spring. They'll take down both former hotel towers by early summer.

Sidewalks will be closed on the south side of Sixth Street and the north side of Fifth Street, and cars will be detoured west at Fourth and Fifth streets. The main entrance to the Duke Energy Convention Center will stay open.

Expect periodic full-street closures around the site as construction progresses. 

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Elm Street will be closing between Fifth and Sixth streets for more than a year beginning Monday, March 29, as crews...

Posted by City of Cincinnati Department of Community & Economic Development on Thursday, March 25, 2021
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