Phase 1 of University Station, a mixed-use development near the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati, opened its doors to residents last week, just in time for the start of Xavier’s fall semester. Messer acted as the builder for the 315,000-square-foot first phase and teamed with Cincinnati-based Ackermann Group to serve also as co-developer.

One-hundred percent of University Station’s residential and office space is leased; all 480 residents moved in on Aug. 22, and office tenants are continuing to take occupancy. Several retail tenants, including the Xavier University Bookstore, Graeter’s, Starbucks, Fat Daddy’s Donuts, FroZenYo, and Digital Doc, will be opening their doors in the coming weeks and months.

The Cincinnati Enquirer was on hand for move-in day and captured feedback from a few impressed students and parents. It also looked at the impact already being felt by the surrounding Evanston and Norwood communities.

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