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Smart Car Dealership May Open in Covington's Ascent

UPDATE (Sunday): The proposed Smart Car & Smart Bike dealership would be owned by Bernie Moreno, owner of the new Ft. Mitchell Mercedes-Benz dealership, The River City News has learned.

ORIGINAL POST:

The retail space that has sat empty since the Ascent at Roebling's Bridge landmark luxury condo tower opened in 2008 may soon be filled.

The agenda for Tuesday night's Covington City Commission meeting includes a possible zoning change that would allow for new vehicle sales in the Central Business District. Assistant City Manager and City Solicitor Frank Warnock said the proposed text amendment to the city's zoning ordinance relates to a possible Smart Car dealership.

According to the agenda, "a prospective business owner is looking to open an indoor smart car/smart bike retail shop in a vacant commercial storefront... The business was unable to locate in the (Central Business District) because the use type, New Vehicle & Equipment Sales, Light is a prohibited use type..."

Warnock confirmed that the location is the first floor of the Ascent.

The prospective business owner, whose name was not released, said that the proposed dealership would not have any outdoor displays and would not conduct repairs on items sold on-site.

This is a Smart Car model:

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Zoning specialist Andy Juengling will recommend to the city commission on Tuesday a move to approve sending the text amendment to the Kenton County Planning Commission which, if approved there, would then send it back to the city commission for final approval.

This story may be updated.

Photo: Retail space at the Ascent/RCN