It starts off with a dumb question: what does a real estate developer do?
One of the best parts about journalism, and running a podcast, is the ability to talk to really smart people who are operating at the highest levels of what they do. Molly North is one of those people.
She's the CEO of commercial real estate developer Al Neyer, the company behind projects that have shaped or reshaped neighborhoods throughout Cincinnati. Some of the projects they've completed include the Madamore in Madisonville, the Blonde Apartments at Eighth and Main streets downtown, MadTree Brewing's Oakley brewery, the Offices at Vernon Manor and the Offices URL Vernon Place in Avondale, and U Square URL the Loop near the campus of the University of Cincinnati.
North came to commercial real estate through the accounting and finance worlds, first working for EY (then known as Ernst & Young) and then Fifth Third Bank. She joined Al Neyer at an inflection point for the company: right at the onset of the Great Recession.
North talks with me and co-host Tom Demeropolis about how Al Neyer survived that recession, and what parallels she sees today. She also talks about how she got into her role, as CEO of one of the city's most active developers.
Elsewhere on the podcast, we discuss plans to build a football stadium near Blue Ash's Summit Park, a craft brewery taking over the former Brentwood Bowl, and plans to expand Amtrak service from Cincinnati, an unprecedented explosion in James Beard nominations among local chefs and a homegrown pickleball brand.