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From the 12/5/06 Campbell County Recorder:

 

Leaders map out courthouse future

BY CHRIS MAYHEW | COMMUNITY RECORDER STAFF WRITER

 

NEWPORT - What makes a good courthouse?  A group of judges and other court officials have begun a process to answer that question and shape the design of another courthouse for Newport.

 

It would be two years before any work could begin on a new facility.  "It's a major undertaking," said Campbell District Judge Greg Popovich.  Campbell County is the last of the three counties in Northern Kentucky to have its courthouse facilities upgraded with a new building, he said. 

 

The Kentucky legislature approved the project in 2006, putting Campbell County at the top of the state's list for a new building.  The estimated $29 million construction costs can't be approved until the 2008 budgetary session of the legislature, said Garlan VanHook, an architect and facilities general manger for the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts.

 

MORE: http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061205/NEWS05/612050364/1095/Local


From the 12/6/06 Enquirer:

 

$2M to finish hospice

BY PATRICK CROWLEY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

EDGEWOOD - The largest private gift ever given to St. Elizabeth Medical Center will allow the hospital's foundation to complete its $6.5 million freestanding hospice unit.

 

The St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation learned Tuesday night that it is the recipient of a $2 million gift from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./US Bank Foundation.

 

The gift will allow St. Elizabeth to finish the unit for terminally ill patients under construction on the medical center's Edgewood campus.  It also will enable the unit to expand by four additional patient rooms to bring the number to 16.

 

MORE: http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20061206/NEWS0103/612060400

 

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Student Union plans don't include media

Roxane Hasselbeck Issue date: 11/29/06

 

While other supervised student-run organizations and departments will move to the new Student Union building when it opens, Student Media will not have a home there. A limited amount of money and space forced the planning group to prioritize, according to Mark Shanley, vice president of Student Affairs.

 

The organizations included in the move are a part of the Office of Student Life, such as the Student Government Association, Activities Programming Board, Greek coordinating councils, Northern Kentucky Leadership Institute, and the Latino, African American, and International Student Affairs.

 

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http://www.thenortherner.com/media/storage/paper527/news/2006/11/29/News/Student.Union.Plans.Dont.Include.Media-2511110.shtml?norewrite200612180253&sourcedomain=www.thenortherner.com

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County buying site for jail

Commissioners OK purchase, but won't say where

 

Kenton County Fiscal Court chose a jail site Tuesday night, but isn't saying where it is.  "We can't disclose the site until we actually have the deed in hand," Commissioner Dan Humpert said after the meeting. "I don't want anything to mess up the sale of the property."

 

Humpert did say, however, that the site is not in Elsmere. Residents of that Kenton County suburb were caught off guard when the county voted seven years ago to build a jail there. The site was later dropped because of public opposition, but Elsmere officials have continued to monitor the site selection process.

 

In its unanimous vote, the four-member fiscal court, which will have two new members in January, authorized Judge-executive Ralph Drees to develop and execute a purchase contract and spend up to $750,000 for a parcel of property for the construction of a county detention center/public safety complex.

 

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http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20061122/NEWS0103/611220446

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Site for new jail is set

 

The new Kenton County Jail will be in unincorporated Kenton County, just outside of Independence, at the end of the new Ky. 17.  Kenton County Judge-Executive Ralph Drees announced the location at an 11 a.m. press conference today. County officials said they purchased 25 acres, of which 12 will be used for the jail.

 

The site is between 500 and 800 yards south of Pelly Road on the east side of a planned extension of Ky. 17 - about a mile from Summit View Elementary School.  "It's on 12 acres of level land on a major road that's easy to get to from different areas of the county," Drees said this morning prior to the press conference.

 

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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061211/NEWS02/612110364/1014

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Timing on jail site curious?

Controversial issue would have clouded Nov. elections

 

The political timing of the Kenton County Fiscal Court's announcement to build a jail on the fringe of this growing city hardly seems coincidental.  But even with some machinations that appear designed to blunt potential fallout, the politics of the jail decision is likely to linger for years.

 

Independence officials and residents, Kenton County Schools officials and others are angry for two reasons:  Location: The new site is within a mile of two schools - Summit View Elementary and Middle schools - and close to residential areas.  Process: The all-Republican Fiscal Court - led by Judge-executive Ralph Drees - made the decision where to locate the jail with no input from the public.

 

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http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20061216/NEWS0103/612160381

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New jail raising fears

Others say lockup next door not so bad once you get past perception

 

Suddenly, there's fear on Kieffer Ridge. Residents of this quiet suburban street learned last week Kenton County plans a new jail nearby.  "My neighbors, looking out the backyard, they're going to have a scenic view of the convict condos over there," said Kevin Lalley, a 46-year-old father of two whose house would be about 700 feet from the jail property. "I'm not worried about seeing it - I'm more worried about the fallout from having it."

 

But people who live near existing jails say it isn't as bad as some might expect.  Modern-day jails are more secure and attractive than they used to be, officials from Kenton County and other governments that have built jails recently point out.  Lalley and neighbors in the Liberty Orchard subdivision learned about county plans for a $40 million, 600-bed jail across a new section of Ky. 17, south of the Pelly Road intersection.

 

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http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20061217/NEWS0103/612170402

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Jail foe: City should secede

 

Independence attorney Eric Deters is advocating that Independence and southern Kenton County secede from Kenton County if no other way can be found to stop the county's new jail from being built near the city.  "We could form our own county - Independence County - or merge with another county, like Boone, Campbell or Grant," Deters said Sunday.

 

"It is wild. It is an extreme measure. It would be a last resort. But there is good reason to do it. If Kenton County keeps insisting on the jail site through the end of the year, I'm going to recommend that a petition drive be started early in the new year to secede."  Deters said state law permits an election on secession if most people living in a particular section of the county sign a petition asking for an election.

 

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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061218/NEWS02/612180370/1014

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Whats the old saying...its not who has the best/most logical point, but it is who ever shouts the loudest who is heard  :|

 

Crowd too much for meeting

 

More than 200 people lined the walkway of the Kenton County Courthouse on Wednesday night protesting the county's choice of a new jail site.  The 7 p.m. special meeting of the Fiscal Court, scheduled to discuss miscellaneous administrative actions, never took place.

 

The disgruntled group spilled into the court foyer and outside to oppose the $40 million, 600-bed Kenton County jail planned for a portion of Ky. 17 just outside of Independence. When attorney Eric Deters requested the meeting be canceled because of lack of room for the crowd, court officials unsuccessfully tried to wire speakers outside the building.

 

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http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20061228/NEWS0103/612280379

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None of these people had a problem when the jail was right in the middle of a busy downtown.  Right in the middle of the economic engine of the county.

 

It's not "the children" they're worried about.  It's their children.  They should at least be honest and own up to the fact that they're against this jail for selfish reasons instead of hiding behind slogans.

 

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Statue's unveiling today

BY MIKE RUTLEDGE | ENQUIRER STAFF REPORTER

 

The shrouded statue of painter Frank Duveneck will be unveiled again - for good, this time - at 3 p.m. today in the Covington Arts District.  The bronze statue of the Covington artist was briefly displayed during the Oct. 6 Art Off Pike event but shortly afterward was covered up.

 

There was no truth to the rumor among people who work nearby that Duveneck was wrapped up again because he was missing a body part, Covington Renaissance Manager Kathie Hickey said, laughing.  Instead, the bronze statue was covered to protect it during construction of its base and the landscaping around it, she said.

 

The monument, commissioned by Covington philanthropists Oakley and Eva Farris, was created by sculptor Matt Langford, who was born in Mariemont and lives in Union.  Its red-granite base is the same color as Duveneck's gravestone at Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia.

 

MORE: http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20061121/NEWS0103/611210384

 

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As much as your comments are true, it was totally ridiculous for the county to move ahead on purchasing the land and picking this spot. I have no problem with them building a jail outside of Covington, but it was STUPID to consider a site so near brand new schools. There is plenty of suburban (cheap) land available in Kenton county and it wouldn't have to be near two brand new schools. The county is totally stupid and I cannot blame people for being upset. Stop making things out to what they are not, such as a suburb vs. urban issue. Plus it's KENTUCKY!!

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A new view from Bellevue

BY JEFF MCKINNEY | JMCKINNEY@ENQUIRER.COM

 

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BELLEVUE - New luxury condos are popping up at the Harbor Greene residential and commercial development along the Ohio River.  Twenty-three of the 38 condos in the first phase of the $140 million development have been built and sold, said Greg Long, chief operating officer at Norwood-based Ackermann Group, the project developer.  Work on the 15 remaining condos, which will run from $484,500 to $1.7 million and range from 1,500 to 3,200 square feet, will be finished as the units are sold. 

 

Harbor Greene also will have a clubhouse, swimming pool and a European-style garden that can be seen from most of the condos.  The overall development will include about 120 to 130 condos. Harbor Greene is receiving $3 million in incentives from the city of Bellevue for the project's condo component.

 

The development's commercial portion will be a four-story, 110,000-square-foot building, with 55,000 square feet for a Gold's Gym. The building will include 25,000 square feet for office space and 30,000 square feet for retail. The developer hopes to have tenants signed by 2008, Long said.  The building is to have a 430-space public garage.  The development is expected to be completed by 2010.

 

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070111/BIZ01/701110356/1076/BIZ

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Jail foes offer lesson

Movement grew by going on the Internet - and door to door

 

As soon as Melissa Wilkerson heard the news, she was out of the house, kids in tow, ringing doorbells and telling the neighbors.  They weren't going to do this to her neighborhood. Not now. Not ever.  "We all have to be leaders in our own kind of way," says Wilkerson, a 41-year-old mother of three.

 

So she knocked on the first door, and just like that, the protest had begun.  Wilkerson knew the people of the Liberty Orchard subdivision in Independence would be enraged when they heard of the county's plans to put a $40 million, 600-bed jail on a 25.6-acre tract nearby.  It would be about 1,800 feet from her home, in a populated area with schools and a day care.  She was afraid for the safety of her children. She worried her property value would plummet.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070122/NEWS0103/701220325

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The photos in the above article are simple RIDICULOUS!!!!! It couldn't justify this threads title anymore. This is plain and simple a case of NIMBY's going crazy...and its not who has the most logical points/arguments..but rather who yells the loudest and overcrowds the most mtgs.

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Jail opponents hound Drees

 

A leading opponent of a proposed Kenton County jail near Independence says a protest Saturday will be just the start of a campaign against county Judge-executive Ralph Drees.  Independence lawyer Eric Deters said he plans a public-relations battle against Drees Homes, where Drees is chairman of the board of the home-builder.

 

County fiscal-court meetings will be disrupted, he said.  Also coming soon, Deters said: protests outside Drees' own home.  "He can picket my house," Drees responded.  "But he can't see the house from the street and he can't come on my property, so let him do it - we won't even know they're there."  Saturday's one-hour demonstration is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Northern Kentucky Home Builders Association's 2007 National City Home Products Expo, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.  It will be the first protest, other than during public meetings, Deters said.

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070126/NEWS0103/701260375

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NKU plans dorm at ex-nursing home

BY PATRICK CROWLEY | PCROWLEY@NKY.COM AND SCOTT WARTMAN

 

Northern Kentucky University is in negotiations to purchase the former Lakeside Heights Nursing Center, university officials and state legislators confirmed Tuesday.  The university plans to convert the building into housing for up to 460 students, said university spokesman Chris Cole.

 

Cole said the goal is to have 200 students housed there in the fall. He estimated NKU would save $8 million to $10 million by converting the building rather than constructing a new one.  State legislators are working to get $20 million to NKU for the purchase and other projects.  The nursing center closed in April amid a state investigation on allegations of neglect and abuse.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070103/NEWS0102/701030378/1058/NEWS01

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NKU wants dorms open by fall

BY PATRICK CROWLEY | PCROWLEY@NKY.COM

 

Northern Kentucky University is poised to receive state approval to borrow up to $23 million to develop dorm rooms in a former nursing home.  But even as the university plans to purchase the Lakeside Heights Nursing Center and convert it into a dormitory, officials are looking at the next phase of construction expansion.

 

NKU is lobbying legislators and Gov. Ernie Fletcher to spend $17 million to renovate what is known as the Old Science Building and $36 million to build a Health Innovation Center, where students in health-related careers would take classes.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070113/NEWS0102/701130354/1058/NEWS01

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Jail foes picket expo

But protest angers some exhibitors

 

Two dozen people protested Saturday against a proposed Kenton County jail site, but they weren't the only ones angry during the demonstration.  Picketers stood outside the Northern Kentucky Home Builders Association's 2007 National City Home Products Expo because county Judge-executive Ralph Drees' family business is Drees Homes, a home-builder.

 

Carrying signs with messages such as "Drees Builds the American Nightmare" and "Drees Builds Jail Next to Schools," they picketed for an hour outside the Northern Kentucky Convention Center against the proposed new location, which is along a new section of Ky. 17 south of Pelly Road.  At least one exhibitor inside was dismayed, and went outside to say so.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070128/NEWS0103/701280371/1077/COL02

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Deadline extended for jail opponents

By Luke E. Saladin | Post staff reporter

 

Opponents of a proposed site outside Independence will have an additional two weeks to submit a list of alternative sites for Kenton County's new jail.  Kenton County Judge-Executive Ralph Drees decided to extend the deadline because Tuesday's Fiscal Court meeting was cancelled due to snow. Both sides anticipated the presentation of the alternative sites would have taken place at that meeting.

 

"I have no problem with giving them until the next meeting," Drees said. "Even if some extraordinary proposal came up after that, we could take a look at it. We're not going to be doing any actual construction for some time."  The county purchased a tract for a new jail in December along the planned extension of Ky. 17 just south of Pelly Road. But that choice and the secrecy that shrouded the decision generated a storm of protest from Independence area residents.

 

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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070215/NEWS02/702150371/1011/RSS02

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Wow, what a total mess.  You certainly can't commend the way the county did this -- keeping it all under wraps, then BOOM! here's where it will be. 

 

On the other hand, it seems to me that the county's in a bad spot now.  What happens if they give in and don't go through with it?  Why wouldn't the people near the next site do the exact same things, if this sort of campaign is successful?  And apparently Covington isn't really feasible, so you can't fall back on putting a new one where the old one already is. 

 

I think it said a lot in one of the earlier articles -- talking about secession -- where the folks seemed to realize that, as their own county, they would have to build a jail -- so it's better to be taken in by someone who already has one, and use that one. 

 

It's gotta go somewhere.  Makes me pleased with the way Hamilton County seems to be proceeding on the new jail, with apparent support from the community. 

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City loan approval thaws plan to renovate Ice House building

Cincinnati Business Courier - February 16, 2007

by Laura Baverman  Staff Reporter

 

Seven years after Al Haehnle purchased Covington's historic Ice House building, it's finally getting new life as an office building.  Last week, the city of Covington approved a $390,000 loan for Haehnle to renovate the 143-year-old Scott Street building to 12,000 square feet of high-tech office space and an interior parking garage. The project has been mired in problems since Haenhle obtained the deed in 2000.

 

Called the Covington Fruit House when built in 1864, it was one of the nation's first commercially refrigerated buildings, storing fruits and syrups, and in the 1890s, butter and eggs. More recently, Columbia Sussex stored files in the building.

 

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http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2007/02/19/story13.html

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This is the big parking lot just south of the RiverCenter Towers...

 

More Covington condos proposed

By Bob Driehaus

Post contributor

 

Corporex Cos.' luxury Ascent at Roebling's Bridge condominium tower is still under construction, but the Covington-based developer has unveiled plans for a companion complex that will be marketed to a younger professional crowd looking for upscale lofts in the heart of town.

 

Bill Butler, Corporex president and CEO, announced Thursday that a project called Illuminations will break ground when the Ascent sells 90 percent of its condos. About 70 percent have been sold to date.

 

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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070223/NEWS01/702230367

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While the urban condominium market has cooled in many big cities, Greater Cincinnati's market has years of growth left, Butler said, thanks to the tri-state's late start in joining the national trend.

 

Thank you Bill Butler and the Post for making the observation that is unfortunately lost on the Enquirer and its constant gloom and doom predictions for the local real estate market.

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The complex will include street-level parking on all but its south side and street-level retail space in a configuration that Butler said is inspired by Hyde Park and Oakley squares in Cincinnati.

 

such high aspirations, Bill...

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i think the more the better but man what an arrogant jackass....and for what! 

 

"In The Banks, you don't have the view. One building looks into another, and we had the massive task of overcoming the perception of a safety problem, which Cincinnati is now doing something about," Butler said, referring to plans to add police patrols downtown.

 

Butler predicted that Covington and Newport will continue to thrive and draw Ohio residents and shoppers, building on the momentum of recent large projects, especially The Ascent. He said 87 percent of the condo project's buyers are from Ohio"

 

Now he's making it personal.

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we'll see with this project.  I don't know how he plans on attracting a different crowd (under 50) with the same business model.  But if good ol' Billy Butler says so then it must be so.  I bet it will be more successful than the great Ovation project he's got going on!

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^ yeah i have just lost the only sliver of respect i may have had for butler.  what sucks is that even though his projects are terrible and look like sh!t, they will still sell because people "love the views".  i think he has misplaced his confidence because of this.  he thinks people love his buildings when all they love is whats out the window.  i know people who have worked with him on projects and claim it to be an absolute nightmare.  but he's the man writing the checks so what he wants he gets.

 

the verdict is still out on the ascent and who knows what ovation will turn into.  i will hold off judgement till these things come to fruition but in the meantime...stop making ugly buildings. 

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phatty, you just articulated my thoughts perfectly.  take a stroll around riverview/center/whatever it's called in "downtown" covington and you'll see it's an absolute disgrace.

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I am not sure what views he is selling.  The lowest of these units will have to first be higher than the Embassy Suites hotel, and the eastern side will have to be higher than RiverCenter Tower I (the taller tower).  The Embassy alone is at least 8 stories.

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I am not sure what views he is selling.  The lowest of these units will have to first be higher than the Embassy Suites hotel, and the eastern side will have to be higher than RiverCenter Tower I (the taller tower).  The Embassy alone is at least 8 stories.

 

Maybe he thinks he can sell views of the Ascent.   :-)

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>am not sure what views he is selling.  The lowest of these units will have to first be higher than the Embassy Suites hotel, and the eastern side will have to be higher than RiverCenter Tower I (the taller tower).  The Embassy alone is at least 8 stories.

 

And also the parking garage on the south half of that block is quite tall.  I remember a rendering was published back around 1998 of an office midrise that was to have sat on this site that would have been roughly as tall as the garage.  No doubt the garage was built with the office building in mind, but it seems as though they think that garage isn't quite close enough to this new condo development, hence the underground garage.

 

I think for the time being the IRS complex is preventing the spread of more towers down the Covington riverfront and causing the "downtown" to actually fill in.  Ironically the IRS is no doubt a great source of tax revenue for Covington and without another obvious flat site available in the city limits they're not moving unless they are put in a new midrise.  They have a lot of security issues there (supposedly they would not sign off on a light rail bridge connecting with Race St.) so I'm not sure what they'd do without that parking perimeter although countless government buildings across the country have avoided the Timmy McVeigh treatment. 

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From the 1/15/07 Kentucky Post:

 

 

Money for Mall Road is sought

By Stephenie Steitzer

Post staff reporter

 

Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore is hoping to use some of his political muscle to direct $9 million in state money to improvements to Mall Road in Florence.

 

With Gov. Ernie Fletcher asking Kentuckians how he should spend a projected $279 million budget surplus, Moore is hoping to get a small chunk of that to make the aging retail corridor more user-friendly.

 

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070115/NEWS02/701150360/1014

 

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From the 1/27/07 Enquirer:

 

 

Furniture store would fill empty Frank's site

New building first must pass agency review

BY BRENNA R. KELLY | BKELLY@ENQUIRER.COM

 

Another empty big box is getting filled.

 

Value City Furniture plans to open a store on the site of the former Frank's Nursery & Crafts on Ky. 18 at Mall Road.

 

The discount furniture retailer plans to tear down the existing building and build a 46,800-square-foot store, according to plans submitted to the Boone County Planning Commission.

 

The former Frank's building has been vacant since the chain closed all of its 169 stores in 2004. The building is attached to the Kmart store, but the buildings are separate.

 

http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20070127/NEWS0103/701270421

 

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Goodbye to this poor little lonely building.  Newport's core sure is bustling!  From the 3/13/07 Enquirer:

 

PHOTO: A site being cleared at East Fifth and Saratoga streets could become a parking lot. Ray Faul of Maxim Crane Co. operates the excavator on Monday.  The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy

 

Historic building destroyed

Preservationists mourn teardown

BY SCOTT WARTMAN | SWARTMAN@NKY.COM

 

Some residents in the east end lamented the demolition of a circa-1880s three-story building on Monday.  Building owner and Fort Thomas developer Wayne Carlisle said land at the northwest corner of Fifth and Saratoga streets may become a parking lot or parking garage.  "It was a building that was empty," Carlisle said. "I was paying taxes on the building, and I couldn't use it for anything. The building was an expense."

 

The three-story building was one of the few remaining 19th century structures along the northern section of Saratoga, with many being torn down to make way for parking.  "One by one, some of these historic buildings are being taken down," said Mary Beth Crocker, a resident in Newport's east end.  "Once they are torn down, we will never get them back."

 

MORE: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070313/NEWS0103/703130401/1059/rss13


From the 3/9/07 Cincinnati Business Courier:

 

22 doctors invest in $8M surgery center in N. Ky.

Crestview Hills facility to include three other practices

Cincinnati Business Courier - March 9, 2007

by James Ritchie

Staff Reporter

 

A long-planned doctor-owned multispecialty surgery center finally will open in Northern Kentucky.  Paul Hemmer Cos. will break ground Wednesday on an $8 million construction project to house the newly formed Surgery Center, which will include 22 doctor-investors.  Three other practices also will locate in the 34,000-square-foot building at the Thomas More Centre in Crestview Hills.

 

The project, which involves expanding and remodeling a 24,000-square-foot structure, should be completed late this year.  The investors have been trying to get the project off the ground for several years, with different sites under consideration.  It will be the first freestanding center of its type in Northern Kentucky.

 

The Surgery Center, taking one floor of the building, will provide orthopedic, podiatric, general, gynecologic, plastic, reconstructive surgery and other types of surgery. Dr. Devinder Mangat will serve as CEO.  Also in the building will be sports medicine specialist Dr. John Larkin of the Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers; the physical therapy group Progressive Rehabilitation, owned by Jo Terry; and Drs. John Kelly and Brad Mullen of Neuroscience Associates of Northern Kentucky.

 

MORE: http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2007/03/12/story6.html

 

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Well, the carousel does look nice. But in a mall?

 

I had no idea this thread existed! I went to the new Starbucks near the Florence Mall a while back and the whole area still reeked of this mall-ness. Not downtown-ness. Big whoppee do!

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Wow...is that four buildings on Eastern that were demolished in the last few weeks?  Wow...

 

In the last 9 months they have demolished about 15 houses. I have a house down there and they tore 6 down within sight of it. It's nice that the city is finally taking some interest in that part of Eastern. It is getting a lot better.

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Pavilion proceeds buy park projects

City to finish plan for Devou Park

BY CINDY SCHROEDER | April 1, 2007

 

An extended band-shell stage, a new public restroom and completion of a Devou Park master plan are just a few of the city's plans for the past year's $375,000 in proceeds from the Drees Pavilion.

 

Opened in 2004 to mark the Drees Co.'s 75th anniversary, the 10,000-square-foot Drees Pavilion at Devou Memorial overlook "has really become the place to go for receptions, life celebrations and business meetings," said Barbara Drees Jones, chairwoman for the Devou Properties Board Inc.

 

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Why is it that the Nky developments seem to ignore their surroundings all together?!?!  Are they trying to create the most isolated projects possible??  I just don't get it...you can build riverfront condo projects and still relate the bldg to the street and make it look attractive at street-level.  But what do I know... :|

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Anybody been to visit Harbor Greene yet?  My wife and I did - we were in the area visiting Party Source and stopped in during their open house.  The main entrance needs a little warming up  - but step off the elevator (elevator talks - sexy lady voice "3rd floor") and you can see the quality immediately.   Their model is stunning - and my wife fell in love with the layout and views.  When you're standing in the kitchen area looking out - you feel like you're on a boat - all you see the water and Cincinnati skylines.  I wasn't familiar with the Ackermann developers but looks like they have a winner with this.  I encourage anyone thinking this was going to be an ugly project to check it out - it really is beautiful.  The decorated model isn't over the top either - just enough to enjoy but doesn't take away from seeing the actual quality of the home.  You're greeted by a non-pushy, very warm lady (I think she said her name was Judy or Jodie)  - we we're hot from running around and she gave us an ice cold bottled water - and really made us feel at home so we could enjoy the tour.  She said their commercial phase has started and will be complete next spring - with a Golds Gym she called state-of-the-art.    They have 2 more buildings going up on the other side too - Judy or Jodie said she thinks they'll break ground some time this year - and the next building will be 12 stories.  She didn't have any renderings yet to show us but we're going to keep checking this place out.  The views really are as incredible as they described.   

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