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Park Hills to Discuss Future of Covington Border, Land Use

The future of Park Hills's border with Covington, its land use, green space, street configurations, and other issues will be discussed at a meeting this week that will also feature remarks from a representative for a forthcoming development project on a hilltop where Gateway Community & Technical College once operated.

The "Plan Park Hills" public forum is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Joseph Heights (1699 Dixie Highway). The meeting is part of city council's special committees' effort to host quarterly meetings with the public to address issues.

The first meeting will gather input from residents regarding the future of what the city calls the Amsterdam Valley, the space between Trolley park and the VFW Post at the bottom of the hill.

At last week's city council meeting, it was announced that a representative from the hilltop development will also speak and offer some details about the project.

In May, it was announced that the former automotive center and classroom building that served Gateway Community & Technical College, along with the surrounding land and its sweeping views of the Cincinnati skyline, was sold to CondoView, LLC. The site straddles the Covington-Park Hills line.

The Kentucky Community & Technical College System and Gateway sold the property for $3.2 million to the limited liability company connected to Cincinnati-based Sibcy Cline realty. A forthcoming development is expected to be a collaboration of Joshua One and Sibcy Cline Realtors. 

Joshua One developed the Views, the prominent housing development that boasts 3-story townhomes on the hillside below. This week, a second phase of that project will break ground.

At last week's city council meeting, council members also discussed how the former Park Hills School, which also sites on the hilltop site, should be better secured since children are gaining access to it. Fire Chief Scott Rigney said that he would look into it.

Other notes:

City council voted on its tax rates for the coming year: $3.34 per $1,000 of assessed value on all personal property assessed as of January 1, 2017; $2.09 per $1,000 of assessed value for all real property assessed as of January 1, 2017; a road tax rate of $1.55 per $1,000; and $7.50 per $1,000 for all corporate and intangible properties. The rates have remained the same for years, it was noted.

Council also adopted a zoning text amendment to allow windscreens in its institutional zone, which assists Covington Catholic High School with completing its athletics facilities upgrades.

Liz St. Onge, president of the Park Hills Civic Association, came to council to ask for some monetary help with a second mailing to the residents of Park Hills. They have a dinner dance coming up and are hoping for more people to sign up in their membership drive. Council voted to provide $300 for the second mailing.

Councilwoman Pam Spoor said that there will be a speaker, Paul Tenkotte, who will give a history of Park Hills at the Behringer-Crawford Museum on September 7.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer and Michael Monks

Photo: Park Hills School building (RCN file)