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Park Hills, Covington Take Action on Proposed Hilltop Development

A development of new housing that will take place on land in both Covington and Park Hills saw action from each city's government this week.

On Monday, Park Hills city council had its first reading of an ordinance related to the development, and Covington city commission followed on Tuesday night. 

At last report, the plan calls for 82 new single-family homes on the former hilltop site of Gateway Community & Technical College. Park Pointe is being developed by Joshua One and Paul Zeltwanger.

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

A stage-one development plan was approved by the Kenton County Planning Commission in April.

In Park Hills, there are still mixed feelings about whether Old State Road should be reopened to support the project. The stage-one development plan does not call for that, Zeltwanger said, though he has asked the city to consider reopening it either as a second entrance to the development or one that can be used by emergency vehicles.

Resident Jim Fowler argued that the road should reopen - saying it was the neighborly thing to do. But resident Jenny Wessels opposed the idea because of an anticipated number of vehicles that could come with the new development. Resident Sheila Hammons agreed that Old State Road should remain closed.

Resident Cyrus Miller was worried about landslides and water runoff from the new development. He cited land at the bottom of Amsterdam Road, and said there doesn't seem to be any remedial action going on for the landslides there.

Zeltwanger added that the current plan includes a detention basin to catch storm water and that he will provide his mobile number to neighbors if there are concerns.

City Attorney Kyle Winslow drew up the ordinance approving the plan with five stipulations: building a retaining wall near the entrance at Dixie Highway - on private property so that the city won't have to maintain it, and also that any wall within the development be built on private property for the same reason. Patton Drive must also be rebuilt according to county subdivision regulations and that a report from a geotechnical engineer related to slippage problems must be provided.

The fifth stipulation was that Old State Road stay closed.

City council will vote after a second reading of the ordinance on Monday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at council chambers.

In Covington, the city commission listened to a first reading of its ordinance related to the development.

Covington also added conditions that a planned road from the hilltop to Dixie Highway be eliminated and that Old State Road reopen for use by emergency vehicles.
 
The city commission will vote at a special meeting planned for next Thursday.
 
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, Carrie Crotzer, and Michael Monks