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Large Bellevue Building Slated for Apartment Development

A massive building is the target for redevelopment - and misinformation, according to the City of Bellevue.

The Kent Building at 239 Grandview Avenue is on the market and Covington-based Orleans Development has expressed interest in creating 66 apartment units in the space. The 87,000-sq. ft. structure is listed for sale at $1.2 million.

Orleans is one of the top redevelopment firms in Northern Kentucky's urban renaissance, with marquee projects like the Boone Block Lofts, the Market Lofts, and the Pike Star I & II in Covington, where the company is also in progress on the Madison Flats and its newest project at the former Transitions, Inc. location on Greenup St.

According to the City of Bellevue, which put out a news release about the site on Friday, Orleans has submitted an application to the board of adjustments for a variance to allow for the 66 units because that number exceeds the permissible amount of units for a 1-acre site. A notice was sent to business and property owners nearby alerting them to the meeting set for Tuesday, September 5 at 7 p.m. at the Callahan Center.

In its news release, the city said that "contrary to misinformation on flyers that have been placed on cars in the neighborhood, there is no plan for Section-8 housing on this site."

The City said that Orleans has informed city officials that the target market for the proposed development is professionals.

Last year, The River City News included the Kent Building on its list of 9 buildings in the Northern Kentucky river cities that should be restored.

-Staff report

Photo: Kent Building in Bellevue (RCN file)