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City-Owned Building Appears to Be Headed for Demolition

The building that was once home to a long-closed Ludlow bar may be headed for demolition.

Commonly known as Ernie's, Kenton County property records indicate that the building at 333-335 Elm Street is still owned by Ernest Moore as it has been since 1995.

But that's not the case, Ludlow Mayor Josh Boone told The River City News. RCN reported in 2017 that the city was pursuing the property when it went to auction. Boone, who was a city councilman at that time, said the city paid $20,000 for it. He said the county property record is incorrect due to an oversight involving the transfer of the deed title. "That is currently being corrected and should not posed any issue in the demolition of the building," Boone said, in an email to RCN.

Nearly two years later, the property looks be history soon.

"Unfortunately, it's too far gone to save and demolition is the only option at this point," the mayor said. "I look for that to occur within the next forty-five days."

As for what's next, it's too soon to say.

"Some in the community have expressed interest in a parking lot," Boone said. "I personally think there could be options to build something on the site. Either way, I'd like to have a public meeting in the months ahead to take public input."

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Ernie's bar building (RCN file)