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Permission Officially Sought to Demolish the Bavarian Brewery Building

The owners of the Bavarian Brewery Building in Covington have filed the necessary paperwork for city review as the demolition of the historic structure is sought.

Columbia Sussex, the Crestview Hills-based operator of hotels and casinos, has owned the building since 2007 when it anticipated the expansion of gaming in Kentucky and identified the site as a possible casino location.

Gaming was never expanded in the Commonwealth and the building has been vacant for nearly a decade, last occupied by Jillian's, an entertainment venue.

The River City News was first to report the demolition plans in late September. Following that story, a petition drive was launched to save the property. Permission to demolish the building was not sought at this month's meeting of Covington's urban design review board.

If the urban design review board refuses to permit the demolition (required because in 1996 the city adopted a KRS Chapter 99 Development Plan about the site), the matter would go before the city commission. If it is further denied, it would go to Kenton County Circuit Court.

According to Covington Historic Preservation Officer Beth Johnson, being on the National Register does not necessarily protect a property from demolition unless federal funds are involved. In this case, the funds would be privately held.

The Bavarian Brewing Company can trace its roots in Covington back to the 1860s. It moved to the sprawling, castle-like location on Twelfth Street in 1877 and operated there in some capacity until 1966.

The urban design review board will meet at Covington City Hall on November 17 at 4 p.m.

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-Michael Monks, editor

Photo: Bavarian Brewery Building/RCN