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Walgreen's that Would Raze Historic Building to Seek Approval Monday

The building commonly referred to as the Bishop's Mansion, the towering nineteenth century former residence that faces the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, is one day closer to being torn down. The Diocese of Covington, which owns the property, has a development deal with Covington-based Anchor Properties to place a Walgreen's on the site. Those plans come before the urban design review board Monday afternoon. Initially, the plans were met with protests from preservationists and members of the community but it appears as though the dispute has settled. The proposed 14,500 square foot Walgreen's would be right at the southeast corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Madison Avenue and at Monday's meeting will seek design variances for its north, east and west facades as well as for placement of its off-street parking at a street corner, locating its drive-thru on a non-rear facade, locating the drive-through off Madison Avenue, and creation of a new curb to serve the drive-through. 
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From a June 12 story in The River City News:

...members of Progress With Preservation met with developer Anchor Properties to discuss modifications to the design plans for the Walgreen's that first surfaced in mid-February. Michael Ricke, executive vice president of Anchor Properties, explained the updated design which will look less typical and be more complementary to its prominent and important neighbors.

"We're not trying to make the building look like the Cathedral, we're trying to be compatible with it," (Anchor Properties executive vice president Michael) Ricke said. To that effect, a new plaza area will be featured at the sidewalk on MLK with benches for sitting and taking in the view of the Cathedral. The new structure will use materials that complement the nearby Cathedral buildings in color and texture. On one side, the store will be enclosed by a concrete wall that resembles a stone wall while another side will have an attractive wrought iron fence. New trees will be added along the sidewalks. Other changes to the original concept include more windows on the second level of the building to give the impression that it has a second floor. 

The Bishop's mansion was constructed in the 1870s by a lawyer with the last name Cleary who was also a veteran of the Confederate Army. 
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PHOTO: Rendering of proposed Walgreen's/RCN File

Comments

isnt there a walgreen two blocks down? 

Utterly hideous. And yes, there is another Walgreens two blocks away. I suppose they'll let that sit empty until it becomes an eyesore. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

There is a Walgreen's two blocks away.  Why would anyone vote to allow this historic structure, regardless of cost, yes, I said REGARDLESS of cost to renovate, be torn down.  It is a part of Covington history.  And for a freakin' hideous WALGREENS? Shameful and shockingly backward.  This is not progress.

I have a problem with the UDRB meeting at Anchor's offices to hatch out the issues in private.

Horrible decision.  This is a gorgeous building in need of rehab not being tore down for another Walgreens.

If you want the Bishop's House not to be torn down...offer the asking price and buy it.... M'kay That's what Chris Jackson did with the building on 4th Street. It's easy to sit back and play armchair quarterback with things that don't belong to you. It's tiresome hearing people bellyache about "you can't tear down this" or "we need to save that" blah blah blah. To quote Jerry Macguire "Show me the money".
Walgreens business model is they will close a profitable location and build/relocate to another even if it a block away. 12th and Madison is a much more desiable location, and if you've been a new Walgreen's you'd know they are larger then the older layouts. Walgreens is willing to pay up....balls in your court those who think this building should be saved.