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Designs Approved for Downtown Covington's Biggest Planned Development

The massive downtown Covington residential and commercial development known as Duveneck Square took another step forward on Monday.

The City of Covington's Urban Design Review Board (UDRB) approved the design plans submitted and presented by architects John Senhauser and Andreas Lange. 

"We want to make sure that it fits within the character of the neighborhood," Lange said. Though the buildings appear to be much more modern than the historic surroundings around Seventh & Washington Streets, the design was inspired by the same character. "We can't develop over time the way the fabric developed in Covington so what we're trying to do is learn lessons from rhythm and proportion and scale and to put them together in our buildings."

That inspiration has led to the use of masonry and larger class on the lower levels and then lighter materials on the upper levels.

Duveneck Square will be developed in two phases with the first buildings being constructed on the east side of Washington Street where several buildings and a parking lot known as Madlot will make way for residential units and commercial spaces. The second phase will occupy the parking lot on the west side of the street bordered by Pike and 8th Streets.

Approximately 175 units will be part of the development, led by Cincinnati-based NorthPointe.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher