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Senior Housing Project Coming to Highland Heights

The Highland Heights City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday night at its regularly scheduled meeting to ask the Commonwealth of Kentucky for help with funding the construction of a new senior citizens living community in the city.

Former Newport mayor and current Executive Director of Neighborhood Foundations Tom Guidugli presented plans and construction drawings for the proposed Highland Village Seniors Housing project facility, which will include 104 single-apartment units, as well as 14 cottages, totaling 118-units for senior citizens.

The resolution asked for the Mayor to execute an application for $500,000 in community development block grant (CDBG) funds from the Kentucky Department of Local Government for the construction of the project. The resolution passed unanimously.

“A community without seniors is not a community,” said Mayor Greg Meyers. “You are making many senior citizens happy today.”

The River City News will update this story with photos of the plans when we receive them.

The city also passed a resolution to retain ownership of the newly realigned Hilltop Drive. The road was realigned in 2012 during the construction of the new Johns Hill Road and the roundabout at the intersection of Hilltop Drive, Johns Hills Rd., and Campus Drive.

In the resolution, along with requesting ownership of the street, the city asked for all the responsibilities of electrical and road maintenance of the street, which is now owned by the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

Other notes:

A representative from Precision Concrete Cutting gave a presentation to council to discuss the concrete sidewalk tripping hazards in the city and replacing or fixing the concrete panels. Work may be forthcoming in the city. Precision has done a demonstration of its work at Meadowview apartments near Northern Kentucky University.

A resident on Harrison Avenue complained of the fireworks over Fourth of July weekend that disrupted the neighbors. According to the resident, she called the Highland Heights police who then sent Campbell County Police to take care of the issue. The Campbell County Police did not see an issue. After the resident called again, Highland Heights police were dispatched. The resident showed council a bag of firework shells, demonstrating that the fireworks litter the neighbors’ yards. Council urged the resident to go to county attorney’s office and file charges.

The city council moved to bring back the Communications committee, which was eliminated last fall.

Police Chief Bill Birkenhauer said in his report that although there are twice as many calls for services, there are fewer arrests than last year. Birkenhauer also stated that although drug arrests are also down, heroin is still a problem.

A resident on Jillian Court expressed his displeasure with another resident deciding to build on an area of landscaping at the end of the street without a permit, which also included the transporting of dirt from NKU. The accused resident is on the Highland Heights Planning and Zoning committee. The resident believes this devalues the surrounding properties on the street. If this action continues, the city may not be able to extend the street.

Written by Clayton Castle, RCN contributor