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Leaks close Cov. Landing

Ill-fated complex would move to higher ground under plan

By Eileen Kelley  Enquirer staff writer

 

The floating Covington Landing entertainment complex could be moving to higher ground now that the city has announced an $8.7 million, land-based entertainment complex to replace the troubled river-based venture.  The last potato skins and frosty beer from T.G.I. Friday's were served Thursday night. City officials made the decision earlier that day to close the ill-fated floating barge, worried that new leaks posed a safety hazard.

 

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The land-based plan would be nice to get rid of the surface lots that are now there. But I wonder what would go in there? If the Banks gets off the ground I'd assume most businesses would want to locate there instead of in Covington.

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Covington hopes to replace leaky barge with $8M complex

By Ryan Clark and Eileen Kelley  Enquirer staff writers

 

City officials looking to capitalize on their waterfront - in the wake of the closing of a local landmark - will take an $8.7 million development plan to business leaders later this month.  Covington officials announced the plan for an elevated entertainment complex just hours after closing Covington Landing, the troubled riverfront spot that housed a T.G.I. Friday's, but few other businesses in recent years.

 

City plans show the new complex would provide a 20,000-square-foot platform that could be used for restaurants and entertainment venues. The platform would offer river views, as well as links to the RiverCenter complex and the proposed Southbank walking and biking paths.

 

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From the 7/13/05 Enquirer:

 

 

Florence Mall plans about to be revealed

Big movie complex now in works, says consultant

By Brenna R. Kelly

Enquirer staff writer

 

FLORENCE - Aging Florence Mall is getting a makeover and a "sizeable" cinema complex is in the works nearby, says Florence's retail consultant working to revamp Mall Road.

 

Though he did not divulge specifics, Stan Eichelbaum said Tuesday night that announcements about the projects are coming soon.

 

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It appears that not everyone is pleased with the vision for an Arts District.  From the 7/14/05 Kentucky Post:

 

 

Displaced salon irked at Covington

By Jeanne Houck

Post staff reporter

 

Covington officials look at a proposed new zoning map and envision a bustling arts and technology district emanating from the intersection of Madison Avenue and Pike Street.

 

Dottie Roedig sees it as an affront.

 

Roedig and her business partner, Larry Gleitz, have operated La Bod tanning salon at 118 Pike St. for 10 years.

 

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http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050714/NEWS02/507140367/1014

 

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From the 7/13/05 Kentucky Post:

 

 

Revitalizing Mall Road corridor

Mall may play a crucial role

By Denise Wilson

Post staff reporter

 

A consultant hired to help Florence revitalize its aging Mall Road corridor said Tuesday that Florence Mall may play a key part in that plan.

 

The mall's owners intend to upgrade the interior of the complex and could follow that with improvements to the exterior, said consultant Stan Eichelbaum.

 

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From the 7/16/05 Kentucky Post:

 

 

Mall updating to maintain prominence

By Tony Cook

Post staff reporter

 

As a teenager, Brad Poindexter and his friends came to Florence's Mall Road to hang out at the mall and watch movies.

 

"This is where we came," said Poindexter, 36, of Lawrenceburg. "There weren't many options 20 years ago. There was this or Northgate, and we liked this better."

 

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$45,000 in memories sold off to help city

Money will contribute to replacing site of entertainment center

By Deborah Kennedy  Enquirer contributor

 

Following a public auction of restaurant equipment and memorabilia, Covington is a step away from saying good-bye to the leaky Landing for good.  More than 200 bidders flocked to Covington Landing on Tuesday to buy up pictures of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, Tiffany lamps, bar stools, a wooden ship's wheel and University of Kentucky basketball souvenirs.

 

Loveland-based auctioneers Worley and Associates sold the merchandise that formerly graced the walls and kitchens of Applebee's, Sleepout Louie's and the Yucatan Liquor Stand.  About $45,000 in merchandise was sold, of which the city will receive about $35,000.

 

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the damage under the barge must be pretty bad b/c they are still pumping water out of it, i'd think they'd have to repair that before they could even move it

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City scrambles to sell Covington Landing

By Bob Driehaus  Post staff reporter

 

Covington is pouring more than $3,500 a week into the vacant Covington Landing to pump water out of its porous hull as officials scramble to set an auction date to finally get rid of the albatross.  The city tried unsuccessfully to sell the floating entertainment and restaurant complex through a three-month contract with a real estate agent, and the situation has gone from bad to worse:

 

On June 28, a major leak sprung in the hull, prompting city officials to hire pumping contractors to keep the complex balanced in the water.  On July 9, after consulting with experts, the city asked TGI Friday's, the Landing's last tenant, to move out. Officials were concerned that a large piece of driftwood or a rapid change in water levels could further damage the Landing's barges and jeopardize customers and staff in the restaurant.

 

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From the 7/24/05 Enquirer:

 

 

RENDERING: This is the proposed design for the accounting building.  Provided

 

Store's move aids neighbor

By Mike Rutledge

Enquirer staff writer

 

COVINGTON - A new beginning for a 116-year-old Covington store will mean new life for its former neighbor, the 141-year-old Ice House building at 424 Scott Blvd.

 

But that didn't make things easier for Rhonda McCardle, office manager for Covington Paper & Woodenware when she recently closed the doors for the last time after 34 years working at her company's former Scott Boulevard building.

 

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From the 7/26/05 Kentucky Post:

 

 

One step up, one step back

 

Timing is everything for a city wanting to turn a low-energy downtown into a place people want to shop, walk and just hang out, according to a research article published in March by the Brookings Institution of Washington, D.C.

 

The key, according to the article, is to build up a "critical mass'' of attractions as quickly as possible, "before the initial revitalization efforts stall for lack of support.''

 

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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050726/NEWS02/507260366/1011/RSS02

 

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From the 8/8/05 NKY Sunday Challenger:

 

 

PHOTO: MALL SITE: A city loan is helping pay construction costs on the ground floor of 630 Madison Avenue in Covington.  The Sunday Challenger staff photo

 

Prevailing Wage Doesn't Prevail

City Changes Loan to Cut Costs

By Michael Jennings

The Sunday Challenger

mjennings@challengernky.com

 

COVINGTON—By changing the funding source for a low-interest loan, Covington city commissioners are helping the developer of a downtown wedding district avoid paying workers a wage high enough to cover health and retirement benefits.

 

Developer Jim Salyers says paying the local prevailing wage plus fringe benefits would add $80,000 to the $750,000 he expects to spend in converting the ground floor of his building at 630 Madison Avenue to a mall-like array of about 17 wedding-related shops. He says that added expense would force him to cancel the project.

 

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http://www.challengernky.com/articles/2005/08/08/around_nky/doc42f4e0aaf1f6f668335102.txt

 

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This recent article in the 8/1/05 Cincinnati Business Courier mentions Harbor Greene:

 

Ackermann: 'Can-do' attitude secret behind N. Ky. success

Unified focus has produced RiverCenter, Newport on the Levee

Lucy May

Courier Staff Reporter

 

At a breakfast presentation to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, developer Dobbs Ackermann cited the region's "can-do" attitude as an important reason for its success.  "It truly is a network of people here that seem very focused on making Northern Kentucky a better place and a more prosperous place," Ackermann told a crowd of more than 170 people at the chamber's July 19 Eggs 'N Issues forum.

 

The Ackermann Group is working primarily in Bellevue, the little riverfront town that boasts 64,000 residents in the square mile that makes up its city limits.  There, Ackermann is developing Harbor Greene, a $90 million mixed-use project that will include 110 high-end condominiums.  Already, the company has brought in 60,000 cubic yards of dirt to lift the development out of the 100-year flood plain without restricting the river views that all the condominiums will feature.

 

The commercial part of the development will come next, Ackermann said.  The company plans to build a 500-space garage that will serve as the platform for 100,000 square feet of office space, a 50,000 square-foot Gold's Gym and another 15,000 square feet of retail.  Ackermann said he hopes that work will begin within a year, but the company must wait for the market to justify the new office space.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2005/08/01/newscolumn3.html?from_rss=1

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A write-up from the 8/15/05 Kentucky Post:

 

 

Boom under way in Bellevue

By Stephenie Steitzer

Post staff reporter

 

Four development projects are starting to come to life in Bellevue.  Construction crews are moving earth at Taylor and Eden avenues to make way for the construction of 24 luxury condominiums that are expected to be finished next summer.

 

Mason, Ohio-based Joshua One has already sold seven condos and has another three under reservation, Joshua co-managing member Paul Zeltwanger said.  "When people come down to see it, they fall in love with the site," he said.

 

The 3,200-square-foot condos come standard with high-end fixtures, appliances and woodwork.  They range in price from $710,000 to $990,000.  Zeltwanger said his company is targeting empty nesters who are looking for one-floor units with riverfront views.

 

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050815/NEWS02/508150360/1011/RSS02

 

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From the 8/16/05 Kentucky Post:

 

 

PHOTO: Covington’s “streetscape” project is under way with several downtown sidewalks being torn out. JPS Construction is doing the job. Here, employee Terry Howard of Demossville, is building concrete forms.  JOE MUNSON/The Post

 

Madison Ave. makeover starts

First phase of downtown work

Post staff report

 

The first phase of an $889,050 "streetscape" project to improve sidewalks, curbs and crosswalks at several locations in downtown Covington is scheduled to be completed in mid-September.

 

The $343,750 first phase includes work around the intersections of Madison Avenue and Sixth Street, Pike Street and Madison, Seventh Street and Madison and the entrance to the arcade in the middle of the block on Pike just off Madison.

 

The $545,300 second phase, expected to begin shortly after the completion of the first phase, will include work along Madison from Fourth to Sixth streets to connect with phase one work. Renovation also will be done on Scott Street from Fourth to Sixth and on Fifth and Sixth between Scott and Madison.

 

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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050816/NEWS02/508160385/1011/RSS02

 

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NKU asks $70M from state to grow campus

Post staff report

 

Northern Kentucky University officials want the state legislature to approve $70 million for campus construction projects next year.  "Lack of space has reached a crisis on our campus," NKU President James Votruba said today in his annual State of the University speech. "It impacts our ability to grow enrollments and serve our community."

 

NKU is asking the legislature for $33.5 million for a new building for the College of Informatics and $22.2 million for a new home for the School of Nursing and Health Professions. The university also wants $15 million to renovate Founders Hall, the old science building.

 

In addition, NKU is urging legislators to help finance "public engagement" work that NKU and other state universities do on behalf of their communities. Earlier this year, the legislature rejected a $10 million request made by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for such work.

 

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From the 8/25/05 Kenton Community Recorder:

 

 

Covington aims to attract artists to Pike area

By Jonathan Divita

Staff Reporter  

 

COVINGTON - The city is paving the way for the development of a new arts district that officials hope will attract businesses, residents and tourists to the region.

 

The newly-created arts and technology zone allows for art studios and galleries, technology businesses and professional offices to be opened in an 18-acre area along the north and south sides of Pike Street, extending from Washington to Main streets.

 

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http://www.communitypress.com/CovingtonKY/News.asp?pageType=Story&StoryID=17188&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&SectionPubDate=8/25/2005%203:42:41%20AM&RefDate=8/25/2005%203:42:41%20AM

 

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From the 8/25/05 Enquirer:

 

 

Building expected to be razed today

Demolition of Covington Paper key to Scott Boulevard renovation

By Mike Rutledge

Enquirer staff writer

 

COVINGTON - The former Covington Paper & Woodenware building likely will be razed today to accommodate the renovations of two neighboring buildings.

 

Allen Haehnle, who recently bought the building at 428 Scott Blvd., said he expected his contractor to tear it down sometime today.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050825/NEWS0103/508250343/1059/NEWS01

 

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Covington gets no bidders for its Landing

By Bob Driehaus  Post staff reporter

 

Covington still holds the keys to the vacant Covington Landing entertainment and restaurant complex after a public auction failed to entice a single bidder.  Worley Auctioneers of Loveland said it drew at least three interested parties to the auction, which was scheduled to occur at noon Wednesday. But only two registered to bid, and neither was willing to place a bid.

 

City officials, BB Riverboats employees and other interested onlookers shuffled around the vacant complex until about 12:20 p.m. as Bryan Worley, the auctioneer, sought someone - anyone - to make a bid.  When none came forward, the auction was canceled, forcing Covington to try Plan C - negotiating individually with potential buyers. The city previously had hired a real estate agent to market the complex before resorting to the absolute auction.

 

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From the 9/1/05 Enquirer:

 

PHOTO: Kama Reed unpacks glasses inside Keefer's Irish Pub on Madison Avenue in Covington. The bar opened to the public on Wednesday. She and Jeff Reed bought the building for $150,000 and spent "six figures" on improvements, she says.  The Enquirer/Ernest Coleman

 

Rehabbers help revitalize Madison Avenue

By Mike Rutledge

Enquirer staff writer

 

COVINGTON - Jeff and Kama Reed have bet more than $250,000 on the future of the 900 block of Madison Avenue.

 

Wednesday night, they officially opened Keefer's Irish Pub at 902 Madison Ave. It's named for an Irish setter they once owned, and it's not far from where Jeff's father, John Reed, once owned a pub on Madison. Another Covington company John founded, BJ Novelty, is celebrating its 50th year in business.

 

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From the 9/7/05 Enquirer:

 

 

PHOTO: Tom Humphrey (left) uses paint to mark the location of walls and benches as he and Cameron Pickett mark the layout of a small park at Pike and West Seventh streets in Covington. They work for JPS Construction.  The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy

 

MULTIMEDIA

Covington Arts District (PDF)

 

Covington aims to create arts hub

Lower real estate costs pushed as prime incentive

By Mike Rutledge

Enquirer staff writer

 

COVINGTON - Rick Hoffman and his partner Kim Heindel visited many cities before deciding to move their lives and careers 490 miles west from Allentown, Pa., to the new Covington Arts District.

 

"We traveled literally over 10,000 miles by car, looking at places," said Hoffman, an accomplished potter who teaches the art at a community college and as a visiting art teacher at primary and secondary schools.

 

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Also from the 9/7/05 Enquirer:

 

 

Duveneck statue, mosaic benches to go in district

By Mike Rutledge

Enquirer staff writer

 

COVINGTON - A life-size statue of Covington painter Frank Duveneck and the award-winning millennium mosaic benches will have places in the Covington Arts District.

 

An anonymous donor has contributed money for the Duveneck statue, which is planned for a small, triangle-shaped garden between Seventh, Washington and Pike streets. That's a block from Mother of God Church, where Johann Schmitt, Duveneck's first art teacher, painted five major murals.

 

Duveneck, the Cincinnati area's leading artist in the late 1800s and early 1900s, lived in 1848-1919, and painted in three styles: Realism, Social Realism and Impressionism.

 

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From the 9/7/05 Enquirer:

 

 

Lots happening on Madison, Pike

By Mike Rutledge

Enquirer staff writer

 

Here are some developments happening from the 400 to 900 blocks of Madison Avenue and along West Pike Street:

 

Sidewalk improvements. Covington is spending $363,000 to beautify the sidewalks along Madison Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets, using money that U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning obtained. Concrete and a pattern of four colors of bricks will replace the hodgepodge of patterns. Work should be largely finished by the end of this month.

 

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From the 9/14/05 Cincinnati Post:

 

 

Covington officials back rehabs of historic sites

By Kevin Eigelbach

Post staff reporter

 

Covington's City Commission continues to support renovation of historical buildings in the city.

 

At Tuesday's commission meeting, the board gave preliminary approval to lending $275,000 to Pike Street Lofts LLC to renovate 120-130 Pike St.

 

Developer Tony Kreutzjans wants to convert the former Blue Grass Electrical building into 10, two-story, market-rate apartments, plus space for four businesses. He would pay the city only 2 percent interest on the loan for five years, then convert the apartments to condominiums, sell them or refinance the building and repay the loan.

 

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From the 9/20/05 Enquirer:

 

 

Arts incubator possible in Covington

Grant would also allow firm relocation

By Mike Rutledge

Enquirer staff writer

 

COVINGTON - If Covington wins a $450,000 state grant, the money could mean two good things for the vacant building at 25-29 W. Seventh St., city officials say.

 

The first floor would house an arts incubator, with studio spaces for at least 20 artists. The second floor would house architecture and planning firm Kinzelman Kline Gossman, which would relocate its office from downtown Cincinnati.

 

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From the 9/22/05 NKY Sunday Challenger:

 

 

PHOTO: WEDDING BELLES: Karen Spradlin and Debbie Hacker opened Park Avenue Bridal in Covington's Wedding District earlier this month. At this full-service planning business, Spradlin and Hacker happily help brides-to-be plan their weddings from beginning to end.  The Sunday Challenger staff photo

 

Finding People of Vision

Arts, Wedding Districts Attract Entrepreneurs

By Lew Moores

The Sunday Challenger

lmoores@challengernky.com

 

COVINGTON - They were attracted from one side of town and from far out of town, drawn to an urban core within blocks of one another-the entrepreneurial spirit embedded in both the city's arts and wedding districts.

 

Karen Spradlin and Debbie Hacker opened Park Avenue Bridal at 711 Madison Ave. at the beginning of the month, moving the wedding and event planning business from Latonia to what was once a shoe store.

 

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http://www.challengernky.com/articles/2005/09/22/around_nky/doc4329c6938d3c6545051866.txt

 

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From the 10/8/05 Kentucky Post:

 

 

Covington Arts District is planned

Post staff report

 

Local artists and home rehabbers, along with city leaders, are launching the Covington Arts District next Saturday with a major event from noon to 5 p.m.

 

More than 60 artists will display and sell their work in the Art Off-Pike Neighborhood Art Show, which will begin at Lee and Pike streets, just off the 12th Street exit from Interstate 75, and stretch for several blocks.

 

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Somewhat related, from the 10/12/05 Enquirer:

 

 

Covington promotes 'it's happening' push

By Cindy Schroeder

Enquirer staff writer

 

COVINGTON - A new marketing campaign proclaims "it's happening" in Covington through banners highlighting redevelopment efforts in and around the city's downtown.

 

City workers began installing 13 black banners with white lettering on buildings, scaffolding and above city streets Monday. The banners with the "it's happening" slogan are on or near commercial and mixed-use structures on Madison Avenue, Pike Street, Scott Boulevard, Fourth Street, Main Street, MainStrasse Village and a city-owned parcel fronting Interstate 75 near 12th Street.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051012/NEWS0103/510120343/1059/news01

 

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Landing's last stand

By Mark Hansel  Post staff reporter

 

The time has come for the Covington Landing to sink or float down the river to a new location.  Covington City Manager Jay Fossett said he would know by early next week whether potential buyers will come through with an acceptable bid for the complex.

 

"We have a couple of people interested," said Fossett. "We should know something soon."  The City Commission last week voted unanimously to authorize Fossett and Mayor Butch Callery to entertain more offers or accept bids for demolition. Fossett said if a buyer is not found soon, it would likely be the end for the 15-year-old complex.

 

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Well, I went to the Arts fair/Rehab-A-Rama and I was kind of disappointed.  I didn't get to see everything, of course.  The sites were very spread out and there wasn't much going on in between.  Sometimes I was the only person on the street.  At least one-fifth of the buildings along the way looked vacant.  And the map they gave out was upside down!

 

I do give them credit for their efforts, and I hope it pays off in the future.  I'll have a few pictures up soon.

 

In the meantime, here are a couple of articles.


From the 10/15/05 Kentucky Post:

 

 

Art but not just for art's sake

Covington is pinning hopes of a downtown rebirth on its new district

By Greg Paeth

Post staff reporter

 

Matt Colston, a 25-year-old entrepreneur who hopes to open the Clique Lounge near Pike and Madison next week, is convinced that this is the right time to be investing in Covington.

 

"Covington is a completely blank slate right now. There are so many storefronts available that are just waiting for something to happen," said Colston. "There's more and more happening every day. I sense a certain electricity in the area. You constantly see real estate prices go up and everything is being rehabbed."

 

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http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051015/NEWS02/510150329/1014


From the 10/16/05 Enquirer:

 

 

PHOTO: Christian Schmit of Northside works on a painting in Covington during the Art Off-Pike Neighborhood Art Show. The arts district is working to attract studios.  Photos by Ernest Coleman/The Enquirer

 

PHOTO: Deborah Fish waves to grandson Angelo Fish, 3, with his grandfather, Louisville artist Carlos Fish, at the art show.

 

Painting a picture of revival

New arts district aims to fill vacant stores

By Jim Hannah

Enquirer staff writer

 

COVINGTON - City officials got Joseph Drury to peddle his brightly colored glass sculptures Saturday afternoon at the Art Off-Pike Neighborhood Art Show.

 

Now, they say they need to persuade artists like him to stay, and set up studios in the many vacant storefronts along Madison Avenue and West Pike Street as part of a newly created arts district.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051016/NEWS0103/510160363/1059/rss13

 

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From the 10/14/05 Enquirer:

 

 

Florence Mall renovating

New food court, carousel, more stores planned

By Brenna R. Kelly

Enquirer staff writer

 

FLORENCE - A new food court, carousel and space for more stores will be part of renovations to Florence Mall, the mall's owner said Thursday.

 

The glass-enclosed, contemporary food court will have more seating and family-friendly restrooms, said mall spokeswoman Windy Robinson. There will also be 13,000 square feet of new retail space.

 

http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051006/NEWS01/510060551/1076/Local

 

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From the 10/19/05 Enquirer:

 

 

PHOTO: Justin Martin of Wright Contracting works on the exterior of Smokey Bones BBQ, under construction on Mall Road in Florence. The casual-dining restaurant is scheduled to open in mid-December.  The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy

 

PHOTO:  Chi-Chi's.  A f$&king Chi-Chi's.

 

Mall Road re-emerges with signs of change

By Brenna R. Kelly

Enquirer staff writer

 

FLORENCE - Almost four years after Florence began trying to revitalize the aging retail strip along Mall Road, the first visible changes are occurring.

 

Last week, Florence Mall announced renovations to the food court, more retail space and a large carousel. Near the mall, a Smokey Bones restaurant is under construction, and across the street two more restaurants and several stores are planned.

 

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051019/NEWS0103/510190382/1059/rss13

 

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Covington Landing bids low

By Bob Driehaus  Post staff reporter

 

Like a bad penny, Covington Landing just won't go away for the city.  The Covington City Commission is set to reject a handful of bids that were submitted to either buy or demolish the vacant and leaking entertainment complex at the foot of Madison Avenue.

 

"The bids didn't come back in the range of what we thought was reasonable," City Commissioner Jerry Stricker said Friday. "We're going to reject them all."  That leaves Covington with very few options after trying unsuccessfully to auction off the Landing, sell it through private negotiations and through a bidding process.

 

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From the 10/22/05 Kentucky Post:

 

 

Arts district gets help from patrons

New 'Gateway' and statue

Post staff report

 

The Covington Arts District got a boost this week from some bucks and a bust - of the artistic kind.

 

The Covington Business Council Foundation gave Renaissance Covington Inc. a check for $23,284 to build "The Artisan's Triangle," a "gateway" to the district. The welcoming plaza will be built on a city-owned triangle of land at Washington and Pike streets in downtown Covington.

 

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The Covington City Commission is set to reject a handful of bids that were submitted to either buy or demolish the vacant and leaking entertainment complex at the foot of Madison Avenue.

 

"The bids didn't come back in the range of what we thought was reasonable," City Commissioner Jerry Stricker said Friday. "We're going to reject them all."

 

Umm...reasonable or not, why don't they just accept the best of the bids so they don't have to deal with it anymore?

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It's a shame that place went down hill so fast. I used to go there a few year back. Here is the cycle.

 

The Covington landing was booming, then Main street started booming. That took a way business form the Landing. Now Newport on the levee is booming and that took away business from Main street. If the banks gets built. That will take away business from NOTL. I guess that's how business works. No one cares who's throat they cut.

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From the 10/24/05 Enquirer:

 

 

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Arts District to get Duveneck statue

By Mike Rutledge

Enquirer staff writer

 

COVINGTON - The new Covington Arts District now has a logo, and will have a statue of Covington artist Frank Duveneck as one of its focal points, officials announced.

 

The new logo features a splotch of green paint with splatters around it - one of them looking like a computer mouse - to reflect one of the three art-related zones the logo will represent: the Covington Arts and Technology Zone.

 

Also part of the overall arts district are the Covington Artists Residential District and Covington Cultural Heritage District.

 

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Barge for sale. Needs work. Hot to move.

Covington Landing might be sold as 'surplus property'

By Cindy Schroeder  Enquirer staff writer

 

City officials have declared the vacant, leaking Covington Landing surplus property to make it easier to get rid of.  On Tuesday, City Commission said the two bids the city received last week to demolish the floating entertainment complex at the foot of Madison Avenue were too high. Members authorized City Manager Jay Fossett to accept others.

 

Fossett also is continuing to negotiate with two people he declined to identify who have expressed interest in the complex.  If that doesn't work out, the commission approved selling the two barges on the Internet through a company that sells surplus equipment.

 

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Student union construction coming soon

By Sean Dressman Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 

 

Northern Kentucky University has seen a lot of changes lately. The University has received a new lake, which is nearing completion. It is scheduled to receive a new arena for the sports groups to use. Now, it appears that another new building will soon be gracing the campus.

 

The new Student Union building, scheduled to start being built soon, will be between the University Center and Nunn Hall. The Union, a three story building, will house many facilities that are currently in use in the University Center. The Student Union Building, according to manager Steve Meier in the Dean of Students Office, will begin at the grass area just behind UC, and will stretch out to halfway into Parking Lot A. The bridge that Albright Students currently use to get into the upper levels of that building will go away, as all students will have to enter through the lower levels.

 

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http://www.thenortherner.com/media/paper527/news/2005/10/26/News/Student.Union.Construction.Coming.Soon-1034229.shtml

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