The Allison is a new mixed-use building in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, OH. It is the city’s oldest and most historic neighborhood, strategically located between the two biggest employment centers, the central business district and the Uptown medical and university community. The design team worked to deliver the developer's vision to transform one of the highest crime neighborhoods in the entire metropolitan area into a place where people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds choose to live, work, shop and socialize. As an infill project in an historic neighborhood, the architectural design attempts to recreate the patterns of the neighborhood in a contemporary manner. The architectural design incorporates the tenets for new construction outlined in the Over-the-Rhine Historic District Guidelines for Conservation. As a result, the new building’s scale, materials, openings, and other traits are compatible with surrounding historic structures. The individual units are compact but well-equipped, meeting contemporary desires for smaller footprints and a more urban lifestyle. The retail spaces are defined by regular brick pilasters and storefronts, creating interest along the street edge for retail and residential entries. The Allison includes 17 one- and two-bedroom units, with 4,500 sf of ground floor commercial space and 30 parking spaces. Apartments are between 1,000 and 1,300 sf and each includes a balcony or solarium overlooking Race Street or a mid-block courtyard.