Former Lumber Building to Be Transformed by Center for Great Neighborhoods
Four properties on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Covington were auctioned on Tuesday and the Center for Great Neighborhoods scored the former Hellmann Lumber building.
The 13,464 square-feet, two-story brick and frame building went for $36,500.
The Center has not fully disclosed what its plans are but offered a hint to The River City News.
"The Center pursued this building," said Executive Director Tom DiBello. "Our objective is in keeping with the city's and the state's desire for the historic integrity. That is something that is important to us. We hope to have a positive community impact and to have an economic impact for Covington."
"We have a concept having to do with art and culture that we will achieve."
Three other parcels were also auctioned on Tuesday.
Another property was sold for $4,000 to Tom Feldhaus & Jim Martin who have done rehab work in Covington, a second building was sold for $3,500 to Mark Ramler who has done work in Newport's Mansion Hill, and a third property went for $2,100 also to Feldhaus and Martin.
Two of the four historic buildings were moved from their original locations when Twelth Street/Martin Luther King Boulevard was widened by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
A month ago, the properties appeared on the agenda of the Covington City Commission which had planned to purchase them from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and then turn them over to the Center for Great Neighborhoods for development.
The item was scratched when the Commonwealth decided to auction them all.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: Hellman Lumber building/provided