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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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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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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050901/NEWS0103/509010431/1059/news01

 

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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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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050907/NEWS0103/509070347/1059/rss13


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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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050907/NEWS0103/509070349/1059/rss13

 

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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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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050907/NEWS0103/509070348/1059/rss13

 

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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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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050914/NEWS01/509140356

 

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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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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050920/NEWS0103/509200341/1059/rss13

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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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http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051008/NEWS02/510080328/1014

 

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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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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051022/NEWS02/510220333/1011/

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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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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051022/NEWS02/510220327/1011/RSS02

 

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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:

 

 

RENDERING: Provided rendering

 

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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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051024/NEWS0103/510240331/1059/rss13

 

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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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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051027/NEWS0103/510270346/1077/news01

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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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From the 10/30/05 NKY Sunday Challenger:

 

 

PHOTO: Y'ALL'S FAIR: Florence Mall, NKY's original suburban shopping destination, faces new competition with a major facelift and other plans.  File photo

 

Florence Ramps Up Retail

Mall Facelift, New Lifestyle Centers Coming

By Dennis O'Connor

For the Sunday Challenger

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FLORENCE - Retail has long been the life-blood of this Boone County city, and recent developments along its major artery - Mall Road - show that Florence's most important industry is moving in the right direction.

 

An announcement Oct. 14 that Florence Mall was upgrading its food court coincides with conversations city officials are having with other Mall Road developers - with buildings and sites across from the mall - as they upgrade the quality and mix of retail along the region's most important marketplace.

 

http://www.challengernky.com/articles/2005/10/30/business/doc43623e6949c9d283601062.txt

 

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From the 11/4/05 Kentucky Post:

 

 

Arts District apartment project set to begin

Post staff report

 

The renovation of the former Wiseway Electric building, in the heart of the Covington Arts District, is scheduled to begin before the end of this month.

 

The city of Covington is lending $275,000 from one of the city's revolving loan funds to Pike Street Lofts LLC to renovate the building at 120-130 Pike St.

 

The 20,000-square-foot historic building will have four commercial units on the first floor and 10 market-rate apartments on the second and third floors.

 

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http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051104/NEWS02/511040371/1014

 

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Why don't they just scrap it?  It was ill-conceived and there didn't seem to be much sense as to where the banners were hung.  From the 11/8/05 Enquirer:

 

 

LOGO

 

City's logo design - it's (not) happening

By Mike Rutledge

Enquirer staff writer

 

The design for Covington's new "it's happening" signs are so last month, officials have decided.

 

The font is very Halloween. So are the white letters against a field of black. Too much like what you'd expect from a creepy movie poster.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051108/NEWS0103/511080343/1059/rss13

 

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From the 11/11/05 Enquirer:

 

 

Changes coming to mall food court

By Brenna R. Kelly

Enquirer staff writer

 

Florence Mall is renovating its food court, but that might not be the end of changes coming to the 30-year-old shopping center.

 

General manager Greg Comte told Florence City Council this week that the mall's owner is considering more renovations.

 

"We are looking at the possibility of maybe adding a theater onto the property," Comte said. "We are also looking at ways to maybe add some kind of a streetscape onto the property as well."

 

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051111/NEWS0103/511110410/1059/NEWS01

 

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Up close is aim of marina

Planned at pier over Ohio River in Covington

BY MIKE RUTLEDGE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

Northern Kentucky officials have been floating the idea of a Covington marina past federal lawmakers, with hopes of winning funding for an eye-catching development that would bring people into closer contact with the Ohio River.

 

"Right now, when you're standing (on the shore), the river always seems to be away from you," said Patrick Baxter, Corporex Cos.' director of community development. "The idea of this concept is to bring people down onto the river, and make it a real personal experience."

 

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I know that it is just a model, but the supports, docks, piers and building all look pretty rigid.  That place is going to have to be able to change with the flood level of the river.  I remember walking into Covington Landing plenty of times and having to walk up the ramp from the existing circle driveway, and even then the water wasn't high enough to close the facility, which happened quite often.

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i think you're reading way too much into a concept model...but i think they actually have it covered.  it looks like all the docks are independant of the land via the long bridge and that each of the docks might be stayed during high water by the vertical posts...but like i said this only in concept

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Landing could be unloaded

By Cindy Schroeder  Enquirer staff writer

 

City officials have apparently found a buyer to take the vacant, leaking Covington Landing off taxpayers' hands.  On Thursday, a group of Midwest investors involved in the restaurant, bar and waterfront development business submitted a bid of $33,500 for the entertainment complex, said Covington Fire Chief Charles "Buddy" Wheatley. About a month ago, Wheatley was put in charge of resolving the Covington Landing problem.

 

The bid was submitted via www.govdeals.com, a Nashville, Tenn., company that sells governments' surplus equipment. The company charges no fee for its Internet auction service, but takes 7.5 percent of anything sold, Mayor Butch Callery said.

 

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