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Zoning Requests May Give Clues to What's Coming to Old Remke Site

We still don't know exactly what might be going into the redeveloped site where Remke grocery operated for decades at the corner of Dixie Highway and Orphanage Road in Ft. Mitchell.

But there are expected to be multiple requests related to zoning submitted to the Kenton County Planning Commission next month, which may give us some clues.

Ft. Mitchell city administrator Sharmili Reddy told city council last week that three items would be considered for the site, which is part of the neighborhood commercial zone: microbreweries would be added as a permitted use (restaurants and bars are already permitted); outdoor music, which is currently prohibited there, could be allowed during designated times; and regulations related to outdoor dining could also be amended for the development.

The River City News reported in November that Bill Remke, who still owned the property, was part of a joint venture with Anchor 360, a development firm, which would seek to change the face of the site, allowing multiple businesses to locate there.

Construction is well underway, but word on what is actually going inside has not yet emerged officially.

Anchor 360's David Birdsall told RCN last year, that he would expect to know more after Christmas. He did not respond to an emailed request for comment last week.

Microbreweries are defined by state law as producers of fewer than 50,000 barrels per day.

As for the outdoor seating, Ft. Mitchell allows it to make up 25 percent of the total indoor eating space. The adjustment would double that allowance.

The outdoor music would also be regulated, if permitted at all. There would be no allowance for sound amplifiers if the business is next to residences.

The Kenton County Planning Commission is expected to consider the proposed changes next month.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher