Repurpose. Redevelop. Reimagine. New Possibilities For Former Retail Spaces

May 13, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Once a marker of local economic success, the traditional enclosed shopping mall and other declining retail centers are being reimagined with completely new purpose and use. 

Our Speakers:

  Andy Kutcha | City of Springdale

Andy joined the City of Springdale team as Economic Development Director in 2020, previously having served as the Clermont County Director of Community and Economic Development for 15 years. In his 26-year career Andy has managed or worked on projects that have resulted in the creation of over 7,000 new jobs and $750 million in real and personal property investment. Notable accomplishments include the redevelopment of the 1.8 MM sq. ft. Ford Transmission plant in Batavia, the creation of the first Port Authority in Clermont County, managing the public-private financing structure for the FC Cincinnati training facility in Milford and the development of the 242-acre South Afton Industrial Park in eastern Clermont County.

  Eric Newland | Equity Real Estate

Eric's professional background is in both real estate development and as a Registered Architect. Throughout his 20+ year career, he has been involved in national retail, office, restaurant, medical, religious, multi-family, single-family, and mixed-use projects. Additionally, Newland has held active roles on several planning commission review boards and non-profits. 

  Eric Puryear, AIA | GBBN

With an abiding interest in craft and the question of how material and form interact with light and space to affect people, Eric found a natural fit in architecture. This interest finds direct expression in his daily work as he develops initial design concepts and transforms them into buildable realities. His current work includes two projects that re-envision the future for vacant retail properties: The Foundry will transform a former Macy’s department store on Fountain Square into a new mixed-use building for workplace and restaurant tenants and the new Rushville Community Center will transform a former Walmart into a multi-purpose community amenity complete with a pool and library.

  Moderator: Kathleen Norris | Urban Fast Forward

Kathleen Norris is a specialist in urban real estate and revitalization. She started in 2007 as Leasing Consultant for the Gateway Quarter, in Cincinnati’s historic Over the Rhine, where she developed the concept for a destination retail district in a reemergent urban setting, creating one of the most popular shopping and dining destinations in Greater Cincinnati. She has since become sought after as a consultant and practitioner on real estate issues pertinent to urban revitalization. She is known for a creative approach paired with understanding of and sensitivity to community issues. She works regularly with a range of local governments, economic development organizations, developers and community revitalization corporations. Ms. Norris is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and Managing Principal of Urban Fast Forward, a WBE company. She continues to work with both landlords and tenants, representing some of Greater Cincinnati’s best independent restaurateurs and retailers as well as a select list of regional and national clients.

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10:30am: Introduction

11:30am: Networking break-out rooms 

For any questions on this program or registration, please contact Janet Heil at [email protected] or 859-630-2068.

Online registration closes at 9:00am on 05/13/21. 


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$20.00 Guest Ticket

$10.00 Out of Town SMPS Member