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Especially now that everything he says is is recorded , you know , tell me many more public if somebody’s gonna be falling around filming it , how is that going to , how is he going to get away from that and try to explain some of the things he says we don’t.
Well that’s next year’s election , but we will be there. I want to thank Adam Beam and Daniel de Rocher for joining us today . Michael . Let’s take a look at some of the stories that you’ve been covering across the river in northern Kentucky . One is the place I grew up a new city hall in Covington , yes we all know , the old city hall because it’s been completely refurbished into hotel Covington , which is just become this huge attraction where is city government now .
Well , city government has in Covington has been rather nomadic since the latter part of the 20th century. They moved into the coffins builder that’s pretty long . So I guess it is pretty long ago to just my 20 year high school reunion . I realize how long ago the ’90s are her no yes so Covington moved into the Commons building which we now know as hotel Covington in about 190 and they moved into that building from the old JC Penney store on Pike Street , they moved out of the carbons building back to the old JC Penney store of course now it’s been completely renovated in the 2000s , it was used as a smoky old bingo hall and now it’s a really cool looking updated office building but it has some infrastructure problems that has some leaky roof issues . It’s a little dark in there , so they’re finally ready to fight and permanent home for the first time in a long time and they’re not exactly sure where they’re going to go . They’re going to open it up to a lot of community feedback . I think that a lot of people in Covington have talked about looking at something similar to what Newport has Newport , really the only city in the urban core Northern Kentucky that has all of its government operations in in one newer building and Covington doesn’t have that coming in as a city building and then it has a building where its fire departments base as a building works police headquarters are 20 blocks away and at the public works department is all the way the Tonya so if there is an opportunity to consolidate that that’s probably worth exploring , but they’re going to a series of forums for the public to weigh in on where City Hall should finally settled down after all these years , is there another department store this event . No , I had , I don’t want to go there , all filled up . You know the old Sears is our Bracks in the Parisian is a law firm . So they’re refocusing all those old department store as well .
Florida development issues in Northern Kentucky they’re going on right now. And let’s just take a look at a couple of them Ludlow which is a river city and everybody wants its views of the river that’s developers want to be close to the water that’s not just locally that’s nationally . They just turned down a development 72 units in Ludlow yards that seemed pretty favorable what what was problem here .
Strange development. It is so what low Covington Newport Bellevue Dayton typically define the urban core Northern Kentucky and because of Cincinnati successor revitalizing its urban core , you’re seeing a lot of similar developments pop up income you’re seeing an extension of the success in Cincinnati pore over to the other side of the river . All the other cities Covington to Newport Bellevue in their apartment buildings going up all over the place .
I would actually suggest that some of that predate some of the things and and there are 7 times are since then has been trying to catch up. Absolutely with Newport and Belgium for sure .
The city’s have their own things going on that are inspiring to the other cities as well Ludlow is so far the very first one to reject such a project , and they’re the only ones without one going on. So here you have a city just like the other ones trying to revitalize its central business district and they do have some really cool things going on in the city in this project had been on the table for a long time but it was shut down unanimously by city council , after some organized outcry against the project , some of the concerns about the Ludlow Yards project the smallest concern was probably be esthetic that’s becoming a common theme when any of these apartment buildings are presented people decry the architecture are inspired to modern looking it doesn’t fit in with the historic fabric . So that’s going to happen everywhere but that was really the minimal concern there was a lot of talk about the affordable housing component . Most of these units , we’re going to have restricted income but it wasn’t low income this was middle class young professional income but it was sort of either misunderstood or deliberately manipulated by some of the opponents to say this is going to be restricted for 30 years to attract what people assumed was Section 8 housing at the gateway to the city . Now they’ve decided to shoot it down . There is no plan for this large empty lot at the gateway to the city and I don’t know how they’re going to recover from this because they may have harmed the reputation with developers as well , so that’s going to be interesting to watch the other big election in Ludlow I covered their meeting last night , it was a disaster . These people really don’t like each other in the Ludlow city building and 3 seats for sure will be open . They’ve got a full field looking to replace all of them . It’s going to be one of the wildest elections in Northern Kentucky this year .
Oftentimes , people don’t pay attention to Ludlow but we this inner city news to sell , I know diversity 7th let’s go up the hill to Fort Mitchell sure there’s there’s another development , the EU can only be understood. Interestingly enough , some of the opposition in terms of the peach would school south right which are one of the the crown jewels in Northern Kentucky and people are worried that you might build a bit , he might build a building that has units that are too big .
And that , that’s exactly right. So , so there’s a lot in Fort Mitchell on Grandview and it’s it’s next to where the Kentucky Enquirer used to have its office back when he had an office in northern Kentucky don’t anymore but that building . If you know where that is , that’s the lot and there is a developer who wants to put up a nice looking apartment building there with I think more than 100 units and those community is upset now because of the architecture for Mitchell starts building more suburban soul . A little more flexibility with the types of new construction that goes on there . The people are concerned that it will stretch the beach would school district too thin . Now when you rank not just Northern Kentucky school districts across the entire state you get 4 Thomas and beech wood at the top of the list . Nearly every single time they’re in the top 3-5 school districts across the states will be with a very competitive school district for minerals also very expensive city to live in . So if you have the opportunity to rent an apartment and put kids in in the school district outweigh it may be something that families will pursue . However , some of the arguments seemed a little bit strange if you’re watching the meeting because there was suggestions that families might rent an apartment not use the apartment stay wherever else they live in Northern Kentucky Cincinnati just have access to the beach woods school district now the developer himself says these apartments are not designed for families . These are smaller units , they are , they’re very small they’re small units and they will have an under 800 square feet . Exactly right . So they’ve got some you know amenities that attract one young professionals and empty nesters . It’s exactly the same message that you see in all the urban core apartment projects . It just happens to be in Fort Mitchell but but beech what is at capacity . They are concerned about having to put trailers in front of the buildings to educate this influx of kids that my comment this new apartment building has developed , so that’s going to be an interesting to watch there’s has been no official vote there hasn’t even been an official plan submitted to the Planning Department yet but we has been some renderings and there was a public meeting with the developer engage with some of the citizens , and that’s where these details come from .
Well not Weaver , we’re running out of time. But here’s a complicated one , where do we stand with the IRS site in Covington it’s yet , for all practical purposes riverfront property incredibly potentially valuable .
It’s a year from now this month so September of next year is when we expect the IRS flat top building to go away and the city has decided to engage with the firm to help guide them on what the possibilities might be so similar to the City Hall situation they’re going to engage with the public , they’re going to get as much analysis and feedback on what is possible at that site as they can. They’re hoping through connections with Senator McConnell and other federal officials that the city will be able to get control over that site . But you know how government can work . There is a lot of governments involved with that Satan right now . No idea what’s going to happen there , but they’re going to lose a lot of payroll revenue over a million dollars in in the city budget is going to be impacted . So it’s a very serious affair .
Which is why it was built in the first place. Exactly , and why they basically gave it to the federal government .
Back in the late ’60s , early ’70s I want to thank Michael monks from the River City news its online you anybody can get to it. You’ve been listening to Cincinnati edition on 91.7 double WV cheer the producer of the show is right . Meyer , the assistant producer assuming a reader segment producer Leila should in the .
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