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That's pretty much what I was expecting, but with a bit more office, which should be a good thing for the area. Hopefully luminaut can make the parking garage somewhat attractive, especially as the new backdrop for the peace bell but also on the facade facing the Syndicate and Mocha. That rendering mentions facade/cladding for the parking garage so at least it's been mentioned, hopefully it's better than the random red metal screens on U Square's garage.

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Covington considers outdoor alcohol consumption on city streets

 

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Visitors to downtown Covington may soon be able to drink openly on city streets during festivals and special events.

 

An ordinance will go before the Covington City Commission on May 28 for a vote that would establish a new zone called an “entertainment destination center,” or EDC zone, in parts of downtown.

 

While the ordinance would take effect once approved by the commission, the freedom to drink alcohol in public areas would only occur during approved events. Event organizers must seek and receive a special event permit, and the regulation would only apply to certain locations within the zone. The permit requires applicants to address safety and security issues as well as create “barriers” around the designated event area.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/22/covington-considers-outdoor-alcohol-consumption-on.html


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On 5/21/2019 at 12:02 PM, jack.c.amos said:

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They say this development "will fill in the missing tooth"... this building did a pretty good job of that.

Why exactly did they knock down this building?  Besides the peace bell which seems to have no point the rest of that area has been a surface parking lot for as long as I can remember.  

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26 minutes ago, Cincy513 said:

Why exactly did they knock down this building?  Besides the peace bell which seems to have no point the rest of that area has been a surface parking lot for as long as I can remember.  

Late 90's. Ive got pictures of the Demo somewhere in my photo closet. Had beautiful terracotta at the top and base just like in the postcard above. It was a office building and may have had state offices in it. It was torn down specifically by the Hosea group for the bell/Millenium tower project that turned into what we have now. Initially there was talk of tearing the entire block to the north down too along with the Southgate House/Thompson House so that there would be a clear view and greenspace from the river to this block where the huge space needle tower was suposed to be built. Ahhh the 90's

 

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One more. This is the Fire HQ that was mentioned in the article above that was also torn down at the same time. I believe there were a few other random buildings on this block too with the one at the south west being a liquor store of some sort. My memory is a bit fuzzy on the things that don't stand out much. NFDFireHouse1976Addition.jpg

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The massing is nice overall, but some additional height would be great at the front porch of Covington. What good is it if you are in this new development and cant see over the levee walls? 

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That's what I was thinking.  I appreciate the amount of green space and the designs, but why do these look they they are only 2-4 stories tall?  At least go up to 6-8 on most of these buildings, it's riverfront property...

 

I'm rooting for Green on the Levee, a little more compact allowing for tons of park space.

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I also was surprised to not see a single high-rise in the various proposals. It would be great to get another tower or two on the riverfront, I think. It'd create even better views from the Ohio side.

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Without a fine grained look at these, I would prefer to see #2 move forward. Pushing all the green space to the river is a smart move, IMO. Also, this proposal places a new Covington City Hall in the center of that park. It would be a pretty great foreground for a (hopefully) important civic building. Height would be nice, but I think an 8-story district is appropriate. And given that under standard circumstances, this thing will take 20 years to materialize, maybe it will see some more height when it is finally constructed.

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I like #2 as well, but really they all do a good job of re-connecting the street grid and providing much needed green space. I was out of town so I couldn't go to the meetings, but it seems like the input from the earlier sessions was actually listened too which is a pleasant surprise. 

 

At first I kind of hated the one that shifts everything 45 degrees (Green on the Levee), but after thinking about downtown Covington and Mainstrasse being the two main hubs of activity and how that new angled street grid would align the two it does make some sense assuming that the giant Smith muffler would go away eventually. Whatever goes here shouldn't have the word Levee included, that would just cause unnecessary confusion.

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I don't see how any of the schemes that have these huge elevated lawns with Rivercenter Blvd in a tunnel are going to fly, they're going to be budget busters.  Plus elevated plazas/lawns need tons of density to activate them, and even then it's very difficult.  William Whyte dedicated a lot of analysis as to why elevated (and to a somewhat lesser extent sunken) plazas don't work without very specific characteristics, even in New York. 

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Yeah I'm ignoring the Rivercenter Drive tunnels in the two proposals, and even the elevated walks in the third proposal. I would expect Riverside drive to end up like Mehring way across the river with big cross walks and grand stairs. In Cincinnati the stairs lead down to the river, and in this case the stairs will lead up the levee, but otherwise I imagine it will be the same idea. Maybe Covington can even line up the crosswalks with their stairs unlike Smale!

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44 minutes ago, ucgrady said:

Yeah I'm ignoring the Rivercenter Drive tunnels in the two proposals, and even the elevated walks in the third proposal. I would expect Riverside drive to end up like Mehring way across the river with big cross walks and grand stairs. In Cincinnati the stairs lead down to the river, and in this case the stairs will lead up the levee, but otherwise I imagine it will be the same idea. Maybe Covington can even line up the crosswalks with their stairs unlike Smale!

 

It would almost be better to do what the Banks did and elevate the whole thing over a parking garage and demolish the flood levee. It would better integrate the site but is probably much more costly than the land bridge idea.


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Or demolish a section of the levee and replace it with a plaza at ground level.  They can do an arcade wall or something like an old aqueduct to support removable flood wall panels for when the river is high.  Or do something like the entrance to Sawyer Point/Yeatman's Cove that can be closed off. 

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15 minutes ago, jjakucyk said:

Or demolish a section of the levee and replace it with a plaza at ground level.  They can do an arcade wall or something like an old aqueduct to support removable flood wall panels for when the river is high.  Or do something like the entrance to Sawyer Point/Yeatman's Cove that can be closed off. 

 

Agree. So many way so address flood protection with better placemaking than a levee.


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Well Manhattan Harbor just plain feels weird outside the levee, and I suspect that residents are not permitted to plant trees, since there aren't any.  It is definitely not permissible to plant trees on the levee itself because a large object could knock over a mature tree, and the dislodged root ball will undermine the structure of the levee. 

 

 

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I filled out the survey. Again, I love Green on the Levee. If they change the retail street to the one with a terminating view into the city hall, I think this wins by a greater margin. If they select a top notch landscape designer to design the green, this will create one of the best civic spaces in the region, another jewel in the crown. I imagine it being developed like Navy Yard in Philadelphia. 

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Hopefully they will have buildings of different heights or else I feel like it’ll look like a suburban business park. Central green looks like the only one that does even though I’d prefer them to be a little bit taller.

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Newport commissioners OK final stage of riverfront walking, biking pathway

By Mitchell Parton  – Intern, Cincinnati Business Courier

 

The final stage of a project to complete an 11.5-mile walking/biking path along the Northern Kentucky side of the Ohio River has received approval by commissioners.

Newport city commissioners have approved a memorandum of understanding with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to construct two elevated pedestrian walkways connecting the Riverfront Commons pathway to the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, according to a statement released from the city of Newport on July 25.

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42 minutes ago, seaswan said:

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Cant read the article, are they still planning the new apartment building or will it only be commercial/office?

 

The existing building will be commercial. The new construction will be apartments and they have already broken ground on those. 

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On ‎7‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 4:39 PM, The_Cincinnati_Kid said:

Newport commissioners OK final stage of riverfront walking, biking pathway

By Mitchell Parton  – Intern, Cincinnati Business Courier

 

The final stage of a project to complete an 11.5-mile walking/biking path along the Northern Kentucky side of the Ohio River has received approval by commissioners.

Newport city commissioners have approved a memorandum of understanding with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to construct two elevated pedestrian walkways connecting the Riverfront Commons pathway to the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, according to a statement released from the city of Newport on July 25.

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I am confused.  Will the path continue on a bridge underneath the approach or something?  Because if there is only a connection to either side of the bridge, then people will have to cross the roadway on the bridge itself.  So will they put a pedestrian cross signal there?  

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Northern Kentucky city considers entertainment district designation

 

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Bellevue City Council is considering the adoption of an ordinance to designate the entirety of Fairfield Avenue as an entertainment district, WVXU reports.

 

The designation allows for the sale of alcoholic beverages within the common areas of the entertainment district and also allows for patrons at one spot to leave, drink in hand, and walk outdoors with the drink. Upon approval from city council, the issue is sent to the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for a license.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/08/22/northern-kentucky-city-considers-entertainment.html


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Covington redevelopment project will incorporate shipping containers

 

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A local commercial real estate development partnership has acquired more than a dozen properties in the heart of Covington and plans to invest millions redeveloping a portion of them.

 

Covington Yard, a entertainment spot with a bar and shipping containers holding food operators, is one of many redevelopment projects in the works in the heart of Covington.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/09/10/exclusive-covington-redevelopment-project-will.html

 

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$200M racing, gaming venue coming to NKY

 

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Churchill Downs Inc. will expand its racing and gaming operations in the state by adding a facility in Northern Kentucky that could cost $200 million.  

 

The Louisville-based company unveiled plans and renderings Thursday evening for New Latonia Racing & Gaming, which will host a racetrack, a historical race wagering facility and year-round training facilities, according to a news release. An exact location for the track was not disclosed. Latonia is a neighborhood in the south part of Covington, a few miles south of Cincinnati.

 

CDI said it will now file an application with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to host a live winter 2020 Thoroughbred race meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville until the New Latonia facility is complete. The goal is then to transition races under that license to Northern Kentucky on a long-term basis.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/09/06/200m-racing-gaming-venue-coming-to-nky.html


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3 hours ago, ColDayMan said:

Covington redevelopment project will incorporate shipping containers

 

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A local commercial real estate development partnership has acquired more than a dozen properties in the heart of Covington and plans to invest millions redeveloping a portion of them.

 

Covington Yard, a entertainment spot with a bar and shipping containers holding food operators, is one of many redevelopment projects in the works in the heart of Covington.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/09/10/exclusive-covington-redevelopment-project-will.html

 

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This idea makes me think of this place in Portland me and my wife went to a few weeks ago called cartopia. Should be pretty cool.

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I love Cartopia, and you are so right. This spot is perfect for it too. One day, if development pressure comes, it is easy to move. Added bonus. A more upscale version of this is 'Proxy' in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. Good to see this type of development in the Cov.

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Get a sneak peek at million-dollar condos in NKY

 

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Verandas @ the Views, a $15 million luxury condominium development in Covington, has already sold three of its 18 units.

 

JoshuaOne, the developer of the Views in Covington, is wrapping up work on the 18-unit building. Paul Zeltwanger, managing member of JoshuaOne, said it closed on the first two sales this week.

 

“The momentum is cranking up,” Zeltwanger told me. “It’s special. It’s something we’ve been excited about for a year and a half.”

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/10/01/get-a-sneak-peek-at-million-dollar-condos-in-nky.html


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NKY groups craft plan to bring regional growth organizations under one roof

 

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The Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance, along with Corporex Cos. and the Catalytic Fund, are working to build a signature facility to house Northern Kentucky’s regional growth organizations.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/10/02/nky-groups-craft-plan-to-bring-regional-growth.html


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I love the idea of combining forces for NKY as a region and getting everyone under one roof. Considering the northern three counties are larger than Lexington/Fayette we should get way more on the state level than we currently do. That being said, the building as depicted is basically the Ascent turned on it's side so hopefully this is just an early place filler design.

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Churchill Downs to buy Turfway Park

 

Jack Entertainment LLC, the owner of Turfway Park, has agreed to sell Turfway Park in Florence to Churchill Downs Inc.

 

A CDI subsidiary, NKYRG LLC, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Turfway Park from Jack Ohio LLC and Hard Rock International for $46 million, subject to certain working capital and other purchase price adjustments.

 

The closing of the sale is contingent upon approval by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The commission is scheduled to meet Oct. 8, and, if the change of control is approved, the parties anticipate closing on the transaction soon after.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/10/03/churchill-downs-to-buy-turfway-park.html

 


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100-acre residential development starts along Ohio River

 

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Ashley Builders Group has broken ground on Sanctuary Village, a residential community on nearly 100 acres overlooking the Ohio River in Villa Hills.

 

Construction on Sanctuary Village is expected to begin this fall. Ashley Builders purchased the property in 2017 from the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery to fund their retirement. Jason Yeager, partner with Ashley Builders who oversees the residential division, said the Benedictine Sisters drove the idea to create something innovative and thoughtful with the property.

 

“We are so grateful the sisters decided to partner with us,” Yeager said.

 

The Ashley Builders team worked on the design concept for Sanctuary Village for more than a year, traveling to communities across the country to look at this type of development planning.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/10/15/exclusive-100-acre-residential-development-starts.html

 

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Turfway Park renovation plans revealed

 

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Turfway Park will get a new grandstand, bars and other amenities if Churchill Downs’ preliminary plans to rebuild the facility come to fruition.

 

Louisville-based Churchill Downs, which bought the Florence horse racing facility Oct. 9 for $46 million from Jack Entertainment and Hard Rock International, plans to build a 2,500-seat grandstand, a ballroom area and several bars at Turfway, according to plans Churchill Downs officials presented to Florence City Council Tuesday night. A rendering indicates a bourbon bar would be included at the facility.

 

The sale of the track was completed a day after the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved the deal.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/10/17/turfway-park-renovation-plans-revealed.html


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