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14 West Covington Properties to Go Before Code Enforcement Board

Fourteen properties poised for development in Botany Hills (formerly known as West Covington) and owned by Mount Martre, LLC will go before the Covington code enforcement board Wednesday afternoon. The properties are 302, 332, 334, and 336 Altamont Road, 1419, 1421, 1426, 1436, and 1446 Lexington Avenue, and 1435, 1437, 1439, and 1441 Livingston Street. The properties have been the subject of heated online wars of words between City Commissioner Steve Frank and developer Wes Bittlinger who is listed as a manager of Mount Martre, LLC along with Jeffery Long according to records at the Kentucky Secretary of State's office. Frank posted several photos on his Facebook page and then posted more after City Manager Larry Klein and City Manager Frank Warnock visited the area. The battle spilled over into a city commission meeting in August when the City welcomed public comments about the future of its code enforcement department. Bittlinger contends that the buildings will be razed soon and that the area is to be developed. The River City News will have the meeting covered for you and will have an update here Wednesday evening.

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PHOTO: A sign reads "Mr. Frank Back Down Now" in Botany Hills