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New Hilltop Subdivision in Covington, Park Hills Moves Forward

A residential development planned for the site of the former Gateway Community & Technical College campus atop a hill in Covington and Park Hills won approval from the Kenton County Planning Commission.

The development sought a map amendment to rezone a parcel so that all three parcels could be considered contiguous zoning.

The plan for the Park Pointe project, developed by Joshua One and Paul Zeltwanger, will include up to eighty-two homes and no condos. More than twice that number of homes were part of the project at one time.

Proposed layout of the subdivision (provided)

The developer purchased the property from the Kentucky Community & Technical College System for $3.2 million last spring. Ground was broken on the $15 million development last summer. 

Three additional waivers were approved: one related to frontage on two sides of a property, one related to driveways and road cut spacing on Dixie Highway, and another related to subdivision regulations requiring sidewalks on both sides of a street.

At Monday night's Park Hills city council meeting, which followed Thursday's planning commission meeting, it was discussed that there are still issues with access to the forthcoming subdivision. Patton Drive, which provided access to Gateway, would have to be rebuilt to become a public road, and it only reaches Amsterdam Road. Old State Road, closed by a Park Hills city ordinance, would exit to Dixie, but would have a lot of work ahead of it before it could be used as such.

Rendering of what parts of the project could look like (provided)

Most of the property is in Covington, but some is in Park Hills - where the old Park Hills School was recently razed to make way for the development.

Park Hills Mayor Matt Mattone said the city may hold a special meeting to approve the stage one development plan so that stage two can begin. He said he has concerns that Covington will get the lion's share of the revenue, while Park Hills would own the excess traffic.

The houses in the development will likely be listed at $500,000 to $600,000, he said, so the part of the development that will be located in Park Hills will increase the tax base of the city eventually.

Other notes from Park Hills city council:

Councilwoman Kathy Zembrodt said that another forthcoming subdivision in the city developed by James Berling, has been sitting idle for awhile. She suggested that the project has been slowed by permits related to grade requirements and said that if the city had a requirement that any development with a 20 percent-or-more grade to have all its permits so that the land could be cleared, the Berling project would likely not be stalled.

Council members agreed to discuss the proposal to see if there could be a version that would work for Park Hills.

Karen Oberjohn, wife of Park Hills councilman Karl Oberjohn, is working with the Park Hills Civic Association to bring back the spring garden tour, which was last held in 2002. This year the tour will be two days long, June 24 and 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets will cost $15. Children under 12 are free.

Oberjohn wanted to get the word out early to encourage business sponsorships, as well as to entice residents who are proud of their gardens to sign their gardens up for the tour. The association is still coming up with a website, so anyone interested can call the city building for more information.

Councilwoman Pam Spoor reiterated a request for anyone who has old pictures of Park Hills to bring them to the city building so they can be scanned and used in an upcoming book about the history of the city.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor