Judge Sides with Covington on Bavarian Brewery Building Demolition
The Bavarian Brewry Building will stand.
A Kenton County Circuit Court judge upheld decisions by the City of Covington Board of Commissioners and the city's urban design review board (UDRB) that prevented Columbia-Sussex from tearing down the 19th century brewery building that it owns near Interstate 75 in the city's Westside neighborhood.
Columbia-Sussex, the hotel company based in Crestview Hills, had sought to raze the structure, arguing that the land is more valuable and marketable with the building gone. The company purchased the building in 2007 in hopes that Kentucky would enable casinos to operate in the state, but such legislation never came about. The building most recently was home to a Jillian's entertainment complex.
In 2009, the City of Covington adopted a redevelopment plan for the surrounding area, including the building, and used that plan as evidence that the historic could not be torn down.
Judge Patricia Summe agreed this week when she issued her ruling.
"The decision of the board was well supported by substantial evidence before it, including the development plan, the full staff report, and statements from several members of the public opposing the demolition of the Bavarian Brewery buildings," Summe wrote in denying Columbia Sussex's motion to vacate the decisions. "The decision of the board is consistent with the development plan and other city ordinances and was made in conformance with state law and is not arbitrary or capricious."
It has been a long process.
Timeline of events
Sept. 29, 2014: The River City News is first to report that Columbia Sussex is weighing the possibility of demolishing the building Story
Oct. 7, 2014: Petition launched to stop demolition of the brewery building Story
Oct. 29, 2014: Permission from the City of Covington officially sought by Columbia Sussex to tear down the building Story
Nov. 7, 2014: Pickets planned outside the Bavarian to raise awareness Story
Nov. 17, 2014: UDRB rejects Columbia Sussex's application to demolish the building Story
Jan. 13, 2015: Covington City Commission unanimously upholds the UDRB decision Story
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Photo: Bavarian Brewery Building (RCN file)