Years of acquiring land and a partnership with Corporex Companies has culminated in Xavier University’s plan for Xavier Square, a 20-acre multi-use development that will provide amenities within walking distance for students and the nearby community.

Xavier Square will include 500 student housing units, 100 market-rate housing units, 100,000 square feet of retail space, 100,000 square feet of office space, a boutique hotel, a recreation center and a college bookstore. The development’s location, on a site bounded by Montgomery Road and Cleneay and Dana avenues, is within walking distance to the campus and surrounding neighborhoods such as Evanston and North Avondale. This was a key part of the development.

“(Xavier Square) is really designed to be a place where the university and the community come together,” says Liz Blume, director of Xavier’s Community Building Institute. “It will provide amenities for the students, but it will catalyze and support the surrounding neighborhoods, as well.”

The university has spent years patiently assembling key parcels of land that make up the site. That includes seven acres donated to Xavier by BASF in 2000, and nine acres the university bought from Zumbiel in 2004. The university and architects are finalizing site plans. The first piece of Xavier Square is targeted to be ready in fall 2009.
 
Hospitality industry veteran Carrie Moore is the new director of business development for Northern Kentucky University’s METS Center. Moore, who brings more than 10 years of hotel sale and marketing experience to the high-tech conference center, is familiar with The METS Center for Corporate Learning, and already has relationships with many METS clients.

After 25 years at the helm of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce, Steven R. Love is stepping down at the end of the year. In a letter announcing his resignation, Love said the chamber had improved access of African American businesses to corporations and majority-owned firms. He also cited as successes the chamber’s involvement with The Banks project and several community advisory councils.
Erlanger is now home for the head office of Toyota Boshoku America, a manufacturer of automotive interior systems. The 23,000-square-foot office space in the Dolwick Business Center is owned by Corporex. Boshoku America has hired 40 employees in the head office and is on target to reach its goal of 100 employees by mid-2008. The Toyota Boshoku Corp. is based in Kariya, Japan, with 2006 revenue of $9.5 billion and operations in more than 15 countries.
 
The flavored water market is hot these days, and Sunny Delight Beverages Co. has taken a big step toward getting its share: It bought Fruit2O water and Veryfine juice brands from Kraft Foods. The purchase will bring about 200 employees from a Littleton, Mass., Veryfine plant to the Blue Ash company.