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From the 12/1/05 Cincinnati Business Courier:

 

 

Ace Hardware to anchor Florence Promenade

 

Ace Hardware will be the anchor retailer at Florence Promenade in Florence, Ky., developer Paul Hemmer Cos. said in a news release Thursday.

 

Construction on the store has begun in the $10 million center off U.S. 42.

 

Hemmer, headquartered in Cincinnati, has not yet announced other tenants.

 

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2005/11/28/daily33.html

 

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WELL HOLY HELL!

 

Ace HARDWARE!!!!


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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From the 12/1/05 Community Recorder:

 

 

Bellevue developments selling at the river

BY KATIE WEITKAMP | COMMUNITY RECORDER STAFF WRITER

 

BELLEVUE -- The Bellevue skyline is starting to change.  With work on two riverfront developments continuing, developers are finding the Bellevue riverfront is going to be a popular place to live.

 

Chip Hunter, a Realtor with HHB & Partners, Inc. said the WatersEdge at Bellevue development has more than half of its 24 condominiums sold.  "It's about 50-50 between Kentucky and Ohio," Hunter said of the soon-to-be Bellevue residents.  "They're mostly empty-nesters."  WatersEdge at Bellevue offers 3,200 square foot condos with 650 foot covered terraces.

 

The plan originally called for the two buildings to be built at different times, but he said the condos have sold so quickly that the two will be built at the same time.  "They decided to go ahead and start on the other," he said.  He said the project is ahead of schedule.

 

http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051201/NEWS01/512010408/1077/Local

 

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To update this, the thing sold on Friday for $48,500 ($33,500 for the Landing and $15,000 for the ramps) to Midwest Steel Ventures.  It will be gone within two months.  This is probably about as much as the city spent since the thing started leaking in July.

 

Story:

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051203/NEWS0103/512030431/1059/rss13

 

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Boone County gets high tech

Campus that teaches job skills makes debut

By William Croyle Enquirer staff writer

 

A local college dedicated a new building here Monday, just minutes after asking state legislators for $36 million to build another one.  About 200 people attended Gateway Community & Technical College's grand opening of its $10 million, 50-acre Boone campus.

 

The lone building is two stories, 30,000 square feet, and will open for classes Jan. 9. It will serve students looking to enter fields in manufacturing and technology.  "It's the first step of many to keep Kentucky moving forward," said state Sen. Katie Stine, a speaker at the event. "We need a work force that works more efficiently and at a higher level technologically so we can compete globally."

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051213/NEWS0102/512130332/1059/

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From the 12/30/05 NKY Sunday Challenger:

 

 

PHOTO: RENOVATION STATION: The renovation of Odd Fellows Hall was just one project undertaken by Renaissance Covington, the city department dedicated to revitalizing the city's downtown commercial district.  File photo

 

 

Renaissance Continues in Downtown Covington

 

COVINGTON - Renaissance Covington, the city department dedicated to revitalizing the city's downtown commercial district, is awaiting word on two grants that will help renovate the former Goodwill building on Seventh Street and another to continue streetscape work and help with a façade-improvement program.

 

Renaissance Covington has had a busy and successful year with a streetscape project on Madison Avenue and renovation of Odd Fellows Hall.

 

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http://www.challengernky.com/articles/2005/12/30/freetime/doc43a9a918a376d132326356.txt

 

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From the 1/5/06 Boone Community Recorder:

 

 

PHOTO: The Hendrickson family of Union went shopping on Mall Road in Florence on the day after New Year's. They are Michelle, Bodey and Tony holding Atalie.  NANCY DALY/COMMUNITY RECORDER STAFF

 

City Center Boulevard plans still on horizon

BY LINDSAY KOTTMANN | COMMUNITY RECORDER STAFF WRITER

 

FLORENCE -- The recommendations from the first phase of a city-sponsored study on Mall Road were released in October 2004 by Marketing Developments Inc. Since then, some changes have been made on Mall Road, but others will be slow in coming as the project waits for funds.

 

Stan Eichelbaum, president of Marketing Developments, said the study identified the Florence Mall Road area as one of the most dominant retail areas in the country.

 

http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060105/NEWS01/601050516/1076/Local

 

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From the 1/5/06 Enquirer:

 

 

Wedding Mall opens in Covington

 

COVINGTON - The Wedding Mall, a $1 million investment in the matrimony industry by Jim and Donna Salyers, opens in Covington's growing wedding district next month at 630 Madison Ave.

 

With marble floors, opulent chandeliers and a projected 16 retailers, the mall will bring one-stop luxury wedding shopping to this historic business district.

 

So far, eight stores in the mall are leased.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060105/BIZ01/301050006/1076

 

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From the 1/15/06 Enqirer:

 

 

PHOTO: Kathie Hickey

 

Covington set to reap fruits of reinvention

 

Cultural tourism takes on new meaning when a community consciously decides to reinvent itself as an arts mecca for visitors and artists alike. Like many other small cities around the country - Paducah, Ky., Rising Sun, Ind., and Providence, R.I., come to mind - that's what Covington has set out to do.

 

The city designated an arts district in its downtown, which has the second largest collection of historic buildings in the state, hired a new economic development and community relations director in the fall and is aggressively seeking artists and money.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060115/ENT07/601150375/-1/rss


From the 1/15/06 Enquirer:

 

 

PHOTO: The Wedding Mall, at 630 Madison Ave., is one of several stores that Covington officials hope will revitalize the area. Vendors renting space in the building include a floral and wedding events company, an invitations store, and a video company.  The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy

 

Wedding stores revitalize street

Vendors rent buildings along Madison Avenue

BY MIKE RUTLEDGE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

COVINGTON - One of Madison Avenue's most dreary empty storefronts has been transformed into one of Covington's most stylish buildings.

 

The Wedding Mall at 630 Madison Ave. will open Feb. 3, with space for 16 wedding vendors' shops. Already, eight vendors have rented spaces in the building that will have marble floors, murals on the ceilings and chandeliers.

 

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http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060115/NEWS0103/601150430/

 

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From the 1/20/06 Enquirer:

 

 

Buildings popping up along Mall Road

BY BRENNA R. KELLY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

FLORENCE - The parking lot of a strip mall here will soon sprout a building. It's one of several projects that indicate Florence's plan to revitalize Mall Road is gaining steam.

 

The 5,000-square-foot building will be in Village at the Mall, in front of Michael's, The Arts and Crafts Store and the vacant Drug Emporium property. It will likely house a sit-down restaurant and a retail store, though the tenants have not been decided, said Todd Morgan, a planner with the Boone County Planning Commission.

 

http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060120/NEWS0103/601200443/

 

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From the 1/17/06 Enquirer:

 

 

PHOTO: PHOTO: Jerry Steffen, owner of 115 W. Pike St., in Covington, wants to demolish the building. But the city preservation officer is fighting to rehab the space.  The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy

 

Covington halts razing

Preservation officer proposes rehabbing Pike Street building

By Mike Rutledge

Enquirer staff writer

 

Jerry Steffen, owner of Steffen's Tool Crib, wants to demolish the four-story building he owns at 115 W. Pike St. next to his tool-rental business.

 

But the city is arguing that the structure should be saved.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060117/NEWS0103/601170336/1059/rss13

 

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From the 2/3/06 Enquirer:

 

 

Home found for benches: Covington 'art park'

Millennium mosaics moved to 'art park'

BY CINDY SCHROEDER | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

COVINGTON - Nearly six years after they were built, Covington's colorful millennium mosaic benches have found a permanent home.

 

On Thursday, a crew from Baxter Precast moved the benches from their temporary location in the Northern Kentucky Convention Center to a small "art park" at Madison Avenue and Seventh Street.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060203/NEWS0103/602030417/1059/rss13

 

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Student fees pay for $37M building

Ground broken for NKU center

BY RYAN CLARK | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

The 10 golden shovels stood upright, ready to move earth on Northern Kentucky University's new $37 million student union building.  University President James Votruba took one, as did Student Regent Jennifer Perry, a senior majoring in organizational leadership. Other school officials - each wearing a white NKU construction helmet - did the same.

 

Just like that, a project 14 years in the making officially began.  "It's a special day ... to take another step in the development of NKU," Votruba said. "It's hard to believe that 35 years ago this was a farm and a pond."  The three-story building will serve as the "Main Street" of campus, officials said. The size of a football field, the union will be next to the current Regents Hall in what was Parking Lot A.

 

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Still very much "on the drawing board".  From the 2/27/06 Cincinnati Business Courier:

 

 

Ascent prompts sister plan

Corporex proposes second site as condo sales exceed 50%

Laura Baverman

Staff Reporter

 

Strong sales in Corporex Cos.' signature Ascent condo development in Covington have prompted planning for a sister project directly west of the site.

 

The development, now informally called Illuminations, would likely be a smaller, less expensive complex than Ascent. Tom Banta, executive vice president, discussed the project at the Feb. 17 UC/PNC Bank Real Estate Outlook conference. Corporex spokeswoman Debbie Vicchiarelli said the name and the details of the project are a work in progress.

 

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http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/02/27/story4.html

 

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this is good news.  the less surface lots the better in my opinion.  i just hope they realie the reasons the ascent has been so successful, and that is the views and the unique design it has to offer.  they already have the views.  now, they need to make sure this poject is catchy and news worthy so people know about it. 

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I think the name is terrible. It sounds like an electric company.

 

LOL...  I do not like the name either--but oh well, I guess that is minor.

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From the 3/17/06 Enquirer:

 

 

Theater will have 3D capacity

Florence Mall movie house will bring snacks to your seat

BY SCOTT WARTMAN | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

FLORENCE - Residents and city leaders welcomed the announcement of a 14-screen movie theater to open at Florence Mall late in 2007.

 

National Amusements announced plans this week to build a Showcase Cinemas with digital projection technology with 3D capability, Dolby Digital surround sound, rocker recliner chairs and food delivered to seats.

 

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060317/NEWS0103/603170443/1059/rss13

 

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From the 3/30/06 Enquirer:

 

Vision 2015 gets Friday unveiling

Plan for N.Ky. focuses on economy, education

BY MIKE RUTLEDGE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Northern Kentucky in 2015 can be a place where all children are ready to learn - and they focus more than kids do today on math, science and engineering. Northern Kentucky urban neighborhoods have become "true destinations."

 

Local governments collaborate with each other. And with all the high-wage jobs coming to the area, the pay is generally good. Those are some of the things Northern Kentucky Vision 2015 officials see when they peer into the future, according to a preliminary release of a report that will be unveiled Friday afternoon.

 

If you go

What: The unveiling of Vision 2015

When: 1:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Northern Kentucky University's METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger

Information: (859) 291-2020 and www.vision2015.org

 

MORE: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEWS0103/603300367/1059/rss13

 

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From the 3/31/06 Enquirer:

 

Strategies define 'Vision'

BY MIKE RUTLEDGE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

With the hopeful songs of kindergarteners and videos portraying a "region in motion," results of a regionwide strategic planning process were unveiled today at a meeting at Northern Kentucky University's METS Center in Erlanger.

 

“This has been a lot of fun, but it’s been like preparing to launch,” said NKU President James Votruba, co-chairman of the Vision 2015 process. “Now we do launch, and it’s time.”

 

“The dreaming is done, and the doing must begin,” agreed Andrew “A.J.” Schaeffer, Votruba’s co-chairman, before an audience of several hundred.

 

Dubbed Vision 2015, the plan offers more than three dozen strategies for improving Northern Kentucky by the year 2015, developed by Action Teams which included “Competitive Economy” and “Educational Excellence”.

 

For documents, links and comprehensive media coverage,

http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=VISION2015

 

MORE: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060331/NEWS0103/60331007

 

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From the 4/1/06 Enquirer:

 

Next task: How to turn Vision ideas into reality

BY MIKE RUTLEDGE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

ERLANGER - Now it's time for the difficult task of making the dreams work.  With Vision 2015's ideas on how Northern Kentucky can be improved within the next decade, it's time to talk implementation, Vision 2015 leaders say.

 

Local attorney and Vision 2015 co-chairman Andrew "A.J." Schaeffer will lead a yet-to-be-created Regional Stewardship Council of 20-30 people.  Members will be announced soon.

 

The council's members will be a mix of younger and older people, in keeping with the effort's inter-generational goal of grooming the next generation of Northern Kentucky leaders.

 

MORE: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060401/NEWS0103/604010438/1059/rss13

 

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ok so now im confused.  i look at the plan and i look at the construction pics and it seems to me the latest 2 structures under construction are far away from the other.  also, there is an existing structure in between the two new structures and the other.  whats the deal, anyone know?

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From the 4/7/06 Kentucky Post:

 

 

Restaurateurs eye Madison sites

By Greg Paeth

Post staff writer

 

Less than a week after the Atlanta Bread Company opened on the ground floor of the RiverCenter high-rise on the Covington riverfront, two other restaurant owners are pondering plans to open two new dining spots about seven blocks south on Madison.

 

Rima David, who owns Rima's Diner in Crescent Springs, plans to renovate the long-vacant Chili Stop at Seventh and Madison into another Rima's Diner.

 

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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060407/NEWS02/604070364/1011/RSS02

 

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This is good news, but I don't think restaurants south of 4th street will last very long.  I hate to be negative, but I've seen a ton of them come and go in that vicinity.  I'm hoping they can pull it off though.

 

 

BTW... I think the Saphire place is closed and the building is for sale.

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From the 4/12/06 Kentucky Post:

 

 

City buying land to boost arts district

By Luke E. Saladin

Post staff reporter

 

Covington is buying blighted property in a crime-ridden pocket of its arts district in hopes the move will aid revitalization and boost the number of owner-occupied homes.

 

Blighted properties near the intersection of Locust and Orchard streets are being acquired to facilitate construction of owner-occupied condominiums and homes in the residential portion of the Covington Arts District. That intersection is particularly troublesome, city officials say, because much of the property there is dilapidated and the corner is a hotbed of drug trafficking and other crime.

 

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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060412/NEWS02/604120363/1011/RSS02

 

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Property bought in arts district

Covington bolsters area

BY CINDY SCHROEDER | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

The city is buying dozens of properties in a blighted, crime-ridden part of its new arts district to boost home ownership and trigger redevelopment.

 

So far, the city has spent $266,000 to acquire vacant or rundown lots on its Westside, and it has budgeted another $455,000 for property acquisitions and clearance, said Aaron Wolfe-Bertling, the city's housing development director.

 

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http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060417/NEWS0103/604170357

 

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From the 4/18/06 Cincinnati Post:

 

 

Keeping up

Stalwart Florence Mall isn't rolling over dead as new competitors spring up

By Greg Paeth

Post staff reporter

 

On one hand, the new food court that's under construction at the Florence Mall will provide little more than some fresh surroundings for anyone in search of Chicken Vesuvio from Sbarro's, the quick-serve Italian franchise that prides itself for being "the largest shopping mall-based restaurant chain in the world."

 

On the other, the new eating area is one of the first tangible steps in the still-gestating process of rebuilding, reshaping and rethinking the two-mile-long Mall Road corridor that has been Northern Kentucky's undisputed center of retail commerce since the Florence Mall opened nearly 30 years ago.

 

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060418/NEWS01/604180372

 

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It could take Northern up to a year to design new facility

By Stephenie Steitzer Post staff reporter

 

With Gov. Ernie Fletcher sparing funding for the proposed Center for Informatics at Northern Kentucky University from a veto last week, school officials will now begin planning the facility.  It could take the university up to a year to design the $35.5 million building, with construction not likely to start for another year after that, said Ken Ramey, vice president for administration and finance at NKU.

 

"We would definitely break ground within the biennium," Ramey said Wednesday.  The Center for Informatics is one of three NKU projects the state legislature authorized during the 2006 session.  The university also gained approval to finish construction of a new student union and to build a parking garage next to the planned Bank of Kentucky Center, expected to open in 2008.

 

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I really hope they get additional funding to add these projects, and hopefully they do not continue with the same architectural theme.  They really need to beautify a little more, and get rid of the overall Logan's Run look of this campus.  It was part of the era I guess.

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Gateway to sell off campus, move to new Covington site

 

Gateway Community and Technical College is making plans to eventually close and sell its Covington campus and open a new Covington campus.  The move is about three years away.  It's part of Gateway's master plan to have three campuses: the main one in southern Boone County, an urban campus in Covington and a health care campus in Edgewood.

 

"We have to have all three of those up and running in order to vacate the current Covington campus," said Gateway President Edward Hughes.  Classes now taught at the Covington campus will be moved to the Boone and new Covington campuses when adequate facilities are ready at those two sites.  The Covington campus is on 23 acres near the border of Covington and Park Hills off of Amsterdam Road and includes the old Park Hills Elementary School.

 

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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060502/NEWS01/605020349/1010/

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