The recession we keep hearing about doesn’t seem to be slowing big-name national retailers from signing on to be part of Kenwood Towne Place, the $175 million, 585,000-square-foot center under construction at Interstate 71 and Galbraith Road.

The first office lease is signed, too, with global firm UBS Financial Services saying it will take the entire top floor of the eight-story building, with about 32,000 square feet. UBS will leave its downtown offices at 580 Walnut St. in 2009, but will retain offices at 312 Walnut St., along with its Mason location.

The retail lineup for the Kenwood development began last year, with magnet brands such as Crate & Barrel, Fresh Fare by Kroger and The Container Store. Borders book store is the latest to sign on, with plans for a 28,000-square-foot new concept store over two stories.

With 300,000 square feet of office space and 285,000 square feet slated for retail, Kenwood Towne Place has been called the largest mixed-use facility under construction in the Midwest. It’s expected to be finished later this year. Bear Creek Capital, Neyer Holdings Corp. and DOV Ltd. are making it happen. Live updates are at www.kenwoodtowneplacecamera.com. Erlanger-based WILD Flavors Inc. bought American Purpac Technologies of Beloit, Wis., a subsidiary of Hendricks Holdings. Wild Flavors is one of the largest, privately held ingredient suppliers to the food and beverage industry. American Purpac specializes in aseptic processing and packaging of perishable, high-acid liquid ingredients


Laura L. Long is the first president of the non-profit Campbell County Economic Progress Authority, where she will promote economic development there. Long, former executive director of the Cincinnati Business Committee, drew national attention when she helped galvanize the resurgence of Newport as that city’s economic development director.

The West Chester Chamber Alliance appointed Karen Mueller to its executive board. Mueller is executive vice president at HORAN, which provides benefits consulting to employers and individuals in the Greater Cincinnati area. She is a graduate of Miami University.

MV Residential, a division of Miller-Valentine Group, expects to complete seven affordable housing developments this year using the federal housing credit program. The federal program awards tax credits to developers like Miller-Valentine for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of affordable rental housing. Miller-Valentine has offices in Cincinnati and Dayton,

MMS, a manufacturing process-improvement consulting firm in Deerfield Township, is now Definity Partners. The company is expanding into the healthcare industry, opening an office in Cleveland, and recently promoted veteran project manager Jay Kuhn to president. Company founder Ray Attiyah will now focus on strategy.

Philly cheesesteaks will be on the move this year when Penn Station East Coast Subs shifts its headquarters from Anderson Township to a new 10,000-square-foot building on Ohio 50 near Roundbottom Road in Miami Township. The building will house Penn Station’s 14 employees, with room for at least four more staff members.

The Northeast Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce has been designated an accredited chamber with three stars by the Accrediting Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Accreditation indicates that a chamber of commerce operates under effective organizational procedures and contributes to significant positive change in the community.

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